Minor/Repaint: TFA Cliffjumper, Glyph and Tap-Out

Discussion in 'Radicons Customs' started by GizmoTracer, Jul 9, 2009.

  1. GizmoTracer

    GizmoTracer Well-Known Member

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    Bumblebee sure has a popular chassis!

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    Let me start by saying that this is a beastly little mold. It has a ridiculous number of screws for its size, everything scrapes against something and there are hidden pins and glue all over the place. I could tell you I used the Elite Guard Bumblebee retool because of the improved stingers, but honestly they were on clearance at Big Bad Toystore. In retrospect, it probably would have been easier to paint over the yellow version.

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    Looking at reference material, I realized that Bumblebee didn't get his signature asymmetrical black stripe until he got his Earth-mode. Since I was stuck doing Earth-mode versions of these guys anyway, I decided to take some liberties with their paint jobs to spice them up. Cliffjumper is painted to match my family's Mini Cooper S. Glyph's stripe is just a popular design, seen on cars like the one driven by Starsky and Hutch. Tap-Out's white stripe is a nod to the titular vehicle in the Clint Eastwood film 'Gran Torino'.

    The heads were obviously the toughest part, and my success was mixed. Glyph was the roughest go, with an early mishap with what turned out to be some really lousy primer. I think Tap-Out turned out the best of the three, but I'm reasonably pleased with them all.

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  2. big hank

    big hank Resident Slacker-Basher

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    They all look great! I think I like Tapout best....no, Cliffjumper. No, wait......Tapout, hmmm. Glyph? You're gonna have to send them all to me so I can make a more informed decision!:thumbs2: 
     
  3. eisen

    eisen "CUT ME SOME SLACKS!"

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    a GLYPH!! finally! :thumb  great job!
     
  4. Autobot Burnout

    Autobot Burnout SANTARN IS COMING AGAIN TFW2005 Supporter

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    WOW! You certainly make the mold shine with those three! Excelent job!:thumbs2: 

    As for painting the normal BB and not the Elite guard version, BB's yellow plastic isn't as easy to paint over as you think, I know from experience when I made my custom Autobot Maverick.
     
  5. ssg4life

    ssg4life Well-Known Member

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    nice job, but i think cliffy's chin is disproportionate to his face and is kind of, how do i put this lightly, "ballsy"?
     
  6. OPMEGS1.0

    OPMEGS1.0 I Dislike Hotshot's jam!

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    Make a Wasp! that's a great idea!
     
  7. caretaker27

    caretaker27 Well-Known Member

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    your take on glyph is spot on to what i can imagine DW doing to her( i hope that makes sense) looks great. did you clear coat or matte coat the figs? they don't look it, and there is a little bit of brush lines, but your stripes and heads make them looke nicely different. all in all, excellent work. i would be happy to buy these if i saw them on pegs, good job.
     
  8. blue death

    blue death TokuNation Staff

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    WOW! dude these all look great. very nice work on making these guys so different from one another
     
  9. henry_earth

    henry_earth Well-Known Member

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    Im Loving these tapout is def my fav if you ever start selling im first to buy. keep up with the great work
     
  10. TCracker

    TCracker おもちゃは今とても暑いです

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    I like ALL of them! :D 
     
  11. Rumble02

    Rumble02 Radicon of Obliticons

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    love em
     
  12. kaindarkstar87

    kaindarkstar87 Decepticon Outcast

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    Perfect! I dig it.
     
  13. a person

    a person Is not amused.

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    I'd buy Tap-Out if I saw it in store even though I don't collect Animated. Great work!
     
  14. Mr. Knight

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    I want that Tap-Out. :bowdown:  Great job.
     
  15. fakebusker83

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    It's really great to see how well their personalities are conveyed in the face sculpts and poses. I love the combination of colours as well; they look really good together!

    Congratulations on finishing these up! Maybe we should form a new thread on 'Shitty Molds to Avoid' eh?
     
  16. Bumblebee2008

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    These are all brilliant!! I have to say that Tapout particularly stands out!! Love what you've done with his head!!!
     
  17. ORIO

    ORIO Plant-Based Bot Super Mod News Staff

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    Great job!!!! :thumb 
     
  18. E. C. R. Former

    E. C. R. Former Is probably insane...

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    Awesome. You sure gotta love the BB mold. :D 
     
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    Good job. You really made these figures stand out from each other.
     
  20. Autobot X

    Autobot X Too broke for 3P and MP.

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    Nothing against Animated, but I'd love to see someone do the same thing with the Classics 1.0 Bumblebee figure.

    Awesome work!
     

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