Minor/Repaint: RTS Stepper

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  1. Jbarb78

    Jbarb78 Well-Known Member

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    Well, it's been a while since I've posted anything, and I wanted to save something good for my return. This figure, along with several others, has been sitting on my bench for a little over 2 months, lying in wait until I found a new camera suitable to showcase him with. I finally found what I wanted, so away we go!

    Obviously, Stepper was created with the RTS Jazz mold, and a Nightstick that was stolen from BIS Cyclonus. For this particular figure, I went the extra mile on prep work, sanding nearly every surface of his alt mode with 1400 grit sandpaper before a coat of HoK adhesion promoter. I also scoured the figure for rub spots and imperfections, hitting them with the Dremel and sandpaper to eliminate any possible chips in what was going to be an ultra gloss finish. After the everything was cleaned and primed, I laid down 4 very thin coats of HoK gloss black, which was then wet-sanded til smooth as glass. Then, 3 thin coats of Testor's Wet-look Lacquer clear, which was also wet-sanded. Then came the fun part, my third attempt at a true-fire paint job, which was applied in about 13 different layers of white, yellow, candy red, and candy tangerine. I'm still getting the hang of this technique, but I'm fairly satisfied with the results seen here.

    After the alt mode was squared away, it went through another round of clear coat, wet sanding, and polishing before being set aside for curing. I then base coated the rest of the parts in HoK flat black, and applied various Testor's Model Master enamels for detailing, and airbrush shaded some HoK flat white. All of the bot mode parts were then coated in Testor's Dullcote, for a little contrast against the gloss car parts. He sat for about 4 weeks before he was reassembled, and has been sitting for 2 months since, so the paint at this point is about as durable as can be. He'll be going up on ebay, so some lucky person will be able to put him on their shelf in the next few days. I do not plan to re-create this figure, so for those who are interested, I suggest some strategic bidding.

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  2. cliffjumperftw1

    cliffjumperftw1 I have no idea what I'm doing.

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    Dude! That's awsome!!!
     
  3. rohrerprime25

    rohrerprime25 Well-Known Member

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    dude that paint job is sick lol :) 
     
  4. Dolza_Khyron

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    wow! looks better then the official one! and looks more like it will fit in with the existing classics then the official one too! nice job!
     
  5. Sy-Rein

    Sy-Rein Rogue Stunticon

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    Yep, great update to a cool figure. The 'real' flames really suit this mold in those colours.
     
  6. deliciouspeter

    deliciouspeter Back in Black TFW2005 Supporter

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    Damn sexy. Look at that paintjob! Beautiful.
     
  7. _Flashback_

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    One of the finest paintjobs I've yet seen on a TF custom. Fantastic work.
     
  8. Jbarb78

    Jbarb78 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks everyone! These kinds of projects are always nerve-racking when posting up, so happy for the good reaction so far, much appreciated. He's now on ebay for anyone who's interested.
     
  9. kjyl

    kjyl I'm a shark.

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    Damn! That is a sexy paint job!
     
  10. Ellamin

    Ellamin Heroes protect Freedom! not safety! BAKA!!

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    :jawdropper: 

    Whoa! that's a beautiful paintjob!!

    How sturdy is his paint?
     
  11. Lucs

    Lucs This Guy!

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    I didn't think this mold could look any more bad ass than it already does. The description of your works makes me feel like a kindergardener. I even have my own custom Ricochet/Stepper from the same mold and I'm considering throwing a bid on yours. The work is top notch quality and I hope one day I'll get to see it in person. Lastly, your choice of colors and design are absolutely superb.
     
  12. Satomiblood

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    Man, I'm really digging that flame pattern. It looks so natural. It works way better than using Reprolabels or any other cookie-cutter design.
     
  13. wardslit

    wardslit Wandering Satellite

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    the flaming hood is awesome!
     
  14. TrueNomadSkies

    TrueNomadSkies Airachnid's ratservant

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    Agreed.

    This is street pimpin'. :) 
     
  15. DJW107PRIME

    DJW107PRIME Autobot Hero TFW2005 Supporter

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    I see this and I imagine LMFAO I'm sexy and I know it playing from those speakers.:dj  Man thats nice work.
     
  16. QmTablit

    QmTablit Disguise: Check. Robot...

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    What's funny is that I'm not a real big fan of the flame deco (or any flame deco to be quite honest). But I just love how smooth the paint looks all-around, and the detail you gave the rims.
     
  17. Ricky_Stream

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    gorgeous paint!!!! 2 bad the pics don't do it justice
     
  18. Death333

    Death333 Otherwise known as Dx3

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    Really good stuff. Some of the best paint work I've seen in a while.
     
  19. jordy

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    dude brilliant work! How did you do the flame work?
     
  20. warhawk

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    That is slick!
     

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