Customs: Noob customizer questions

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  1. Pieking

    Pieking RID Rules

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    I'm new to this site and after looking at other peoples customs, I wanted to do some myself so, I have a few questions.

    1. What paints should I use that stay on to transformers well?
    2.What should I use to fill in holes?
    3.What's good for making custom parts?
    4.What can I do to prevent paint from chipping off?
    5.How can I get a nice even coat?
    6.What are some tools that I should/can use?

    I would like some advice on these and other basics.Also I'm 13 so I can only go to places within driving distance.
     
  2. Nemesis Predaking

    Nemesis Predaking Offical Enforcer WTF@TFW Veteran

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  3. hXcpunk23

    hXcpunk23 The Chaos Bringer

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    1. What paints should I use that stay on to transformers well?

    Some good paints are Testors, Tamiya, Krylon Fusion, Games Workshop, to name a few. You can use acrylic or enamel--there are advantages to using both.

    2.What should I use to fill in holes?

    Epoxy putty--I use ProCreate (I get it from my old local comic book shop in Florida--they carry some customizing tools for use on miniatures as well as styrene.

    3.What's good for making custom parts?

    Honestly, sheet styrene is your friend. You can build with it or mix and match junker parts from Transformers or other toys/figures.

    4.What can I do to prevent paint from chipping off?

    Clearcoat it with something like Future Floor Wax (now known as "Pledge with Future Shine"). This can be found at Target, Wal-Mart, etc. and can be diluted to your needs.

    5.How can I get a nice even coat?

    If you're talking paintbrushes, then wipe away excess paint in your brush apply very thin layers to avoid brush strokes.

    6.What are some tools that I should/can use?

    I'd suggest a hobby knife (X-acto knives), super glue (cyanoacrylate), sculpting putty, paintbrushes, and paint. For heavy duty customizing, definitely pick up a Dremel and possibly an airbrush kit (these aren't necessarily needed, but they can help--especially the Dremel). Another useful took is a pinvise (used in drilling and tapping).
     
  4. Superquad7

    Superquad7 We're only human. Super Mod

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    I believe that between our tutorials, NP, and hXcpunk's posts, you've got more than enough to get ya started! Keep us posted on your progress! :thumb 
     
  5. hXcpunk23

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    Definitely--there are a LOT of tutorials here that can help you out.

    Also, here are some helpful links, in case you can't find what you're looking for (since you can only hit up local stuff within driving distance). I purchase my styrene from here and they also have a huge selection of supplies.

    HobbyLinc

    Plastics

    Paints

    Dremel Stylus

    HobbyLinc - Glues

    Putty/Filler

    Airbrushes

    Pinvise

    Pocket Drill (w/12 bits)

    These are just helpful links and suggestions. There are many other places you can find this stuff online (and some can be found in stores). I've ordered from these guys and had NO problems at all (So you know you can trust 'em, I was given a link to Hobbylinc over a year ago by ViagraPrime--one of the "greats" in this custom/kitbash hobby).

    Good luck in your search and let us know what you get and what you plan to do.
     
  6. Pieking

    Pieking RID Rules

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    Thanks guys I found an art supply store with everything and I'm gonna turn my acid storm into a hellbat.Also I have another question. How do you paint faction symbols?
     
  7. mrclean08

    mrclean08 G1 FOR LIFE

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    Is there a tutorial that explains how to connect custom combiners?

    I understand that you can use Lego Knights, Bionicle, or Lego Technic parts, but what exact parts do we use here? Would appreciate any help.
     
  8. Ezilla82

    Ezilla82 Expect the Unexpected.

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    Painting faction symbols could be hard as hell, everyone here prefer using stickers from reprolabels.com which does have faction symbols with different backgrounds from white to silver depending what you want I hope that helps if any.
     
  9. Superquad7

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    I'd recommend just performing a "Radicons Search" for projects of similar nature. If the artist has detailed their process well in their first post like they should, you'll find most of your answers there :wink: 
     

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