Minor/Repaint: Toon-ish Geewun Astrotrain

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  1. echotransformer

    echotransformer Well-Known Member

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    With our favorite space choo choo nearing reissue via Walmart (with a hopefully tasty box) I felt it was high-tide that I get my butt in gear and finish up a dusty old project to give Astrotrain a more toon-accurate paint scheme.

    Indeed I was neither smart enough nor flush enough with cash to nab that E-Hobby version that came out a while back, so this ended up on my "to do" list a few years back as I continue to seek the definitive G1 collection.

    And while I hope that the forthcoming Walmart reissue will be similarly toon accurate, I simply needed to complete this one to see just how it would turn out.

    Ok, on with the pics...


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    Here is the original toy I used for the repaint...got it for a great price, and TBH it was in such good condition it was hard to take the old sandpaper to it.


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    This figure is surprisingly easy to disassemble. The painted black trim, on the other hand was surprisingly difficult to remove. Rubbing Alcohol had some effect, but after an hour of dizzying fumes I decided something stronger was needed. Acetone started to slightly marr the plastic so I decided to switch over to medium cut polishing compound and damn that pulled off that black trim effectively and without damage to that vintage ABS plastic!

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    Here you can literally watch the paint dry. Ok, matching purple is not fun. What i did was try a couple of off the shelf spray bombs that were 'close ish' then put a thin layer of custom-mixed acrylic paint on top. In person the match is very good.


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    The result, in bot mode! Reprolabels offcuts were used for some of the details like the red on the abs and the silver on the knees.


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    Shuttle mode. In general it transforms well without too much paint rubbing. The challenge is mostly the thighs and the tail wing. The key is to not tighten the screws too much in the chest so the arms swing freely. As you can see the ball joints in the arms aren't painted which also helps.

    You can see I had a bit of a challenge with the one mask line. (pictures really show all the flaws!)

    The rubsign is the original, I just carefully replaced it (there is some minor deterioration)

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    Train mode. Again, somehow the camera makes the purple mis-match look worse than it is...or maybe I'm turning blind I'm not sure. Either way I'm very happy with it. Silver paint marker for the bars the turn the train wheels (need a train expert to tell me what the proper name is). Yellow windows are from reprolabel offcuts.

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    OK, now on to some group shots....
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    That's it, that's all! Thanks for having a look.
     

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  2. shiftypenguin

    shiftypenguin Fancy-Pantsless Dancer

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    Nicely done!
     
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  3. MaverickPrime

    MaverickPrime Mechanical Engineer-to be

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    Nice! Really clean looking. Someone's a bit of an Astrotrain fan, huh?
     
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  4. KraegorStark

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    Great paint work!
     
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  5. Digger

    Digger ごはん は おかず

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    Cute! With his little astrotrain family! Great work. Also love how you didn’t transform Chigurh and evila star. ;) 
     
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    Looks great. Nice project.
    Would you mind sharing the color you used for the main body?
    I will be doing some mods to TR Astrotrain and I cannot for the life of me figure out what color Astrotrain is. While a little lighter on your project, I think it is the same general color.
    Thanks
     
  7. echotransformer

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    Many thanks!

    Yeah, I have too many...way too many. ;) 

    Many thanks! I see all the little imperfections, but I appreciate the compliment.

    Yeah that was pure laziness on my part...I was about to transform them, and then I was like "this is going to take 25mins and I need to get these posted and then get some sleep ;) 

    Sure thing, the paint is "Testors 1238 grey spray enamel". It was decent for this project however it was a bit prone to orange peel AND added a fair amount of thickness so I'd say go in thin coats if you can. And it is a bit lighter grey than what is typically chosen; however I didn't want it to look like primer AND I wasn't going to change the purple to be darker, so I felt a lighter grey would help with contrast. Good luck on your TR Astrotrain! That will improve the figure I'm certain!
     
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  9. toretilo

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    Nice work!

    His lost twin brother says hi to yours :p 

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    Similar story here, but I ended buying the e-hobby version for a crazy amount of money, but later I though it better, sold it and painted my old one like you, and I have had it for 8 years. Too lazy to post it, and even too lazy to disassemble it, I painted like it was :D 
     

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