Minor/Repaint: the sound of the vacuum goes WOOOOOOOOOOOO!

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  1. bombatron

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    hey there! here is a custom chrome mirage/fracture/drag strip that was vacuum metalized to chrome. i wouldnt really call this one a custom since all i did was take it apart, vacuum metalize and re-assemble. meh... i should have sprayed some color on this pretty boy. oh well.. going forward, i'll be using both techniques when i do my chrome figures. hope you enjoy..

    oh yeah... its on ebay too :) 
     

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  2. cbff

    cbff Destroyer of Botcon

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    Nice! Personally, I think that would have made a better figure than the clear Mirage we got at Botcon 2007. The chrome just feels more "stealthy" to me. Like he could blend his colors into his surrounding if necessary like a chameleon.
     
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    Speaking of techniques, could you discuss the technique you used?
     
  4. big hank

    big hank Resident Slacker-Basher

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    The Silver bullet! I'm in love!:drool: 
     
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    I second this. What is "vacuum metalize"-ing?
     
  6. iDarkDesign

    iDarkDesign Rodeo Lawyer

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    and more importantly will this stay on or flake off in a couple of years like all the vac-chromed parts on Beastwars era toys?

    very cool!

    iDD.......... time will tell
     
  7. frenzyrumble

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    looking good. 2nd TF I've seen vacuum metalized. Saw the red/orange chrome Omega Supreme last week.

    How does this stuff hold up vs. Tfing him?
     
  8. closetrat

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    dang! for a second I thought I was seeing a Mega-Maid kitbash!
     
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    hey FR do you have pics of that omega?
     
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  11. Solrac333

    Solrac333 G1 got it right!

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    Awesome!
     
  12. Solrac333

    Solrac333 G1 got it right!

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    deliciouspeter Back in Black TFW2005 Supporter

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    Wow, that is really cool. I too would like to know more about your technique and how sturdy it is.
     
  14. autobotx23

    autobotx23 Banned

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    Whoa....Mirage Blinged Out? WIN!! :thumb 
     
  15. OMEGAPRIME1983

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    I too would like to know where you got this vacuum metalized and how well it holds up. If possibl, I may send some parts to you in the near future to get them chromed.
     
  16. Goji

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    How do you chrome things ?
     
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    awesome job!!he could probably blend right in in a forest or field!but yeah,please tell us how you did it?(sugar and cherry on top:drool: )i have alot of g1 weapons that could use a new chrome shine on them!!
     
  18. bombatron

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    thanks for all the positive feedback! :) 

    discuss my technique eh? ok!

    technique #1: airbrush

    so where do i begin.. if you've been a frequent visitor of the radicons page, you've probably seen some of my earlier work. when i first started experimenting with chrome, i was using alclad applied with an airbrush. an ounce of alclad chrome will run you around $8 and you can find it at many of your local hobby shops. i didnt get the results i wanted at first but after ALOT of patience and some practice, i began getting the mirror like results. im not doing anything special when it comes to using alclad. just follow the instructions on the bottle and WATCH your PSI when you're spraying.. i believe the PSI is the key. as for the airbrush brand.. meh.. im just using a cheapo $10 brush. to be honest, im a noob at airbrushing and im still learning.

    there are other brands of chrome paint on the market but they are significantly more expensive. alsa is another name brand that im using (and currently using over alclad). alsa, in my opinion, has a better shine quality over alclad. the only drawback to using alsa is their prices. an ounce of alsa chrome will set you back $20. not including their base coat and clear coat :( 
    if you are new to spraying chrome, i highly suggest experimenting with alclad first until you feel comfortable with your technique.

    technique #2: vacuum metalizing

    i am fortunate enough to have access to a vacuum metalizer. VM is a process where the part is placed in a vacuum chamber and the air is completely pumped out. Aluminum metals are then atomized into the chamber and bonds to the part to form a thin silver finish. since the metal bonds by 'line of sight', the parts are rotated in the chamber in order to form a nice even coat. gold and other colors are achieved by applying a transparent paint over the silver finish. the shine of a vacuum metalized part is in fact more brilliant than a part that has been sprayed with alclad or alsa. ive come close to matching the shine with alsa but the VM part always takes the cake. as for the durability of a VM part? the figures that ive done so far hold up to transforming with no chipping. of course, these were mainly made for displaying with the occasional transformation. im pretty sure that after numerous transformations, the chrome at the joints will most likely start to wear. as for the chrome flaking after a few year? i have no idea :confused: 

    for those wanting custom parts done, shoot me a PM.

    :confused2 
     
  19. OMEGAPRIME1983

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    Man, I'm so sending you parts from the new leader prime when it comes out. Maybe even some other pieces too. Is vaccum meatlizing expensive?
     
  20. QmTablit

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    Looking better every time.

    And moving on to vac-metalizing. Awesome.
     

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