Minor/Repaint: Refinements to Toyworld Bii

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  1. Alloy Alchemist

    Alloy Alchemist Decepticon sympathizer

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    Looking great ! Did you have a hard time putting those hands together ? They where a pain in the ass for me with my big ol' hotdog fingers !
    The head is PERFECT ! With your mods it's hard for me to believe that the MP is gonna be any better .
     
  2. ambitron

    ambitron Well-Known Member

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    The hands were a real pain the first time I did it - it took me ages and getting the tiny knuckles on seemed impossible. I've now realised it's much easier if you clip the fingers to the knuckles before trying to attach them to the palm, because you can lay the fingers down so they hold the knuckles in place while you clip on the top of the hand.

    Thanks! The face is a little rough around the edges and maybe a touch wide, but I'm really happy with how it's turned out. Can't wait to see the MP, though.
     
  3. OptimushedPrune

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    Looking good, I'd love mod mine a bit but it's more than likely end up looking like a dog's breakfast or something. What hands are those?
     
  4. TigerBlade

    TigerBlade Prepare for extermination

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    Mate....this looks amazing! Getting really tempted now but I think I might wait for a price drop.

    Guessing the hands or 1/100 gundam?
     
  5. ambitron

    ambitron Well-Known Member

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    Thanks! I'm sure he'll be a lot cheaper by the end of the year. :)  He's a fun figure apart from the evil popping-off-backpack which drives me crazy, and the face I can't stand, ha.

    Those are the ones - from here:

    1/144 Mechanical Hand 144 Round Dark Gray by Hobby Base | HobbyLink Japan

    The ball joint fits nicely in a bit of styrene tubing which easily fits in TW Bii's hand slots without any modding.
     
  6. UltraMagnus2008

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    Great job man! Thanks for the link on those hands, rounded fingers seem to be finally gaining a foothold with people. Can't wait to get my Bii
     
  7. ambitron

    ambitron Well-Known Member

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    Thanks!

    I finished spraying the windows black, and I think they came out pretty well (I still need to use a silver Sharpie to touch up the frames and maybe go over the windscreen wipers):

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    I now just have to finish off smoothing out the head where the primer made a mess of it, finish painting the gun, and varnish the yellow parts.
     

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  8. pumpkingonzo

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    Oh mate that's looking fantastic!
    You've done a great job :)  The black windows are spot on.
    Good thread this is.
     
  9. ambitron

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    Thanks! :thumb 
     
  10. OptimusTimelord

    OptimusTimelord Masterpiece Reanimator

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    You got two? :)  That alt mode is really growing on me... I'm still tempted by this figure and you're not making it any easier, making it look all nice and everything! :lol 

    I'm hoping MP Bumblebee gets revealed soon, cos if this guy goes on clearance I won't be able to resist!
     
  11. TacticalBacon

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    This shot just screams MP Bumblebee head! I don't know why! I think it's because of the now trademarked MP-styled lips or something.

    This is coming along beautifully! I can't wait to see the finished result. But may I recommend painting the front and back bumpers silver? Dull gray doesn't really scream Masterpiece to me. Otherwise, keep up the good work! :thumb 
     
  12. ambitron

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    Ha, yep, I knew I'd be customising one and also that I'd find it more stressful making the mods if it was my only copy. :) 

    I can't help feeling that it's going to be June at the earliest before we get to see MP Bumblebee, simply because they're focussing on Wheeljack at the moment and he's not out until August, and we have the Tokyo Toyfair in June.

    Thanks! Yeah, I think the Toyworld Bii head makes quite a good base; I just wish they'd made it a bit G1 out of the box.

    You're right that they would look better in silver, but unfortunately the back bumper has a lot of rub and scratch points during the transformation, so any paint would get scratched away on the first transformation. There's a lot of manipulating the back panels.
     
  13. craftsmith

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    this is awesome and really kicking my ass to get bii, to replace my art feather figure.
     
  14. Xanatos1986

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    Did you paint the hands black? If so do they chip easily?
     
  15. ambitron

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    Thanks!

    Do you mean the Gundam-style hands from HLJ? If so, there was no need as they are black anyway. They are labelled "dark grey", but the grey is so dark as to be indistinguishable from black, at least.

    In the end, though, I have decided not to use those, because they are a bit small fiddly, and instead to modify his existing fists to have MP-style articulation:

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    I pretty much feel the same :) 

    Great work ambitron!
     
  17. ambitron

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    Thanks! I'm hoping to finally put it all together tomorrow - the last coats are drying right now. The main thing that has let it down is the rough finish and dodgy paint job, but I guess those are things that come with practice. :) 
     
  18. ambitron

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    I finally got around to finishing this. I'm not entirely happy with how it came out, but that's mainly down to my sloppy paint and finishing skills.

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    You've done a great job ambitron!
    I've really enjoyed this thread.
    The picture of BII next to Prowl is a stunner!
    Excellent :) 
     
  20. ambitron

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    Thanks pumpkingonzo!
     

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