Repro/Sticker: my WIP Metroplex-some neat ideas and tricks!

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  1. jordanimus 1

    jordanimus 1 Well-Known Member

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    I love to paint but as you have shown there's more than one way to make a good figures details look even more excellent. I'm truly glad you shared this idea, it looks great and I will be using this technique.:jawdropper: 
     
  2. MyTea Boc

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    Oooh pretty!
     
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    looks great
     
  4. brr-icy

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    this pulls the retail metro back from "looks cheap", to "looks amazing" must try this, will post mine when i finish it, thanks Zed
     
  5. Superquad7

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    Zed, as much of a "step-by-step" walkthrough that you can do would be most helpful, as it can then be added to Tutorials as well. Check out the Tutorials section to see more of what is desired there. Thanks so much for what you've contributed thus far!
     
  6. omegaprime2

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    Dont get me wrong its a nice idea I will try it myself soon .. but if I know how to put led light I think will do mine with lots of led..
     
  7. strangeguy32000

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    The Foil Tape thing looks like something I might try with my own Titan Metroplex.
    I'll have to give it a try.
     
  8. ZedzDead

    ZedzDead decepticon sabatour

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    I'll do that. I'll make 2 tutorials for both the chroming and the use of reflective tape. I was debating whether to make a video or a comprehensive pictorial with explanations. Actually I also want to do a tutorial on the many uses of a hot glue gun. More to come. I should have it up by the weekend.
    ZedzDead
     
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    Sounds great can't wait
     
  10. Autobot78

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    looks great thanks
     
  11. ZedzDead

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    I have a tutorial coming this weekend. I haven't been ignoring anyone's posts. Just been very busy. Thanks to all the nice comments. In glad these tricks are being well received.
    More to come as well as my project pics updates.
    Zed
     
  12. ZedzDead

    ZedzDead decepticon sabatour

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    I love LED customs. But it's very involved. All of my applications are geared towards cheap DIY customs. I try to get the most impact from what I do to my figs. The learning curve for using the chrome and reflective tape is not bad at all once you get used to the nuances of both mediums.

    Zed
     
  13. Gatchaman

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    I chromed up metroplex' face last night. I think I could've done a better job around the mouth, but really not bad. Thanks for the tip. What did you use to smooth it out? I used a combo of blunt edge of toothpick, credit card and microfiber cloth.

    I didn't realize how big my image was, I removed it. Looking at yours again, mine is nowhere near as smooth. Did you use a single piece for the face?
     
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    It's totally understandable man. This is a hobby :) 

    Anything you or other can add would certainly be helpful!
     
  15. mangrasshopper

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    I tried the red reflective tape you suggested, but i notice it doesn't like to stay stuck down, especially on corners....any tips?
     
  16. maximus_primal

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    Did you wash your piece in warm soapy water first? I usually have to do this to get the manufacturing oils off of it.
     
  17. ZedzDead

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    The face I sprayed with some Chrome spray. Ill take a pic of it along with the brand of red reflecting tape. Work has me so busy I've been neglecting my responses here. I'll be in touch to answer all posts shortly.
    Zed
     
  18. ZedzDead

    ZedzDead decepticon sabatour

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    I suggest you get a piece of the reflective tape you are using; preferably a scrap. Find the breaking point by bending it til it snaps. Any flat curved surface you are trying to apply it to should be not be close to that much bend. For corners, i just cut them to butt up to one another. I always keep a little length so I can finely trim it down to the best fit. Test your techniques on a junker. For circle cuts I use a template, cut it out, and finely trim at each corner. I spent quite a lot of time getting the cut right. To create a template to fit over the existing stickers, simply use an exact-o knife and cut out where the sticker was on the used sticker sheet. And be mindful of which side you put the template on. I wasted a lot of red reflective tape on the big stickers on metroplex's upper body when i realized my error.

    This is the best advice I can give. It works for me.
    Thanks Z
     
  19. mangrasshopper

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    thanks! cutting around angles worked! thanks!!!
     
  20. Arkitect76

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    any updates buddy? just wanna see how I can start working on mine...lol..thanks
     

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