Customs: What are some good (Cheap) sources for robotic parts?

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  1. Bottom Out

    Bottom Out Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys, im interested in getting into the kitbashing side of things, but am interested in places that i can get some cheap robotic parts....either peices, or total transformers that arent going to be an arm and a leg (no pun intended lol) just incase i mess it up. I was going to try and make a VW GTI out of an alternator but they sell for 60 bucks a peice...im not going to take that risk on my first attempt :) 
     
  2. Ramrider

    Ramrider TF Art Lad

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    Junkers and KOs. Have a scan on Ebay, and poke around your cheapio shops for bootlegs.
    Look at it this way; if you can take a KO and make it look like a cool TF, you're on a winner already. If you make any mistakes, you've cost yourself a buck; and you can still use the fig to practice techniques on and use for spare parts anyway.
     
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    thats exactly how i see it :) 

    any key words to search for? Brand names or anything?
     
  4. Ramrider

    Ramrider TF Art Lad

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    Not really; generally the point of KOs is that they pretty much are no-name outfits.
    And due to Ebay currently cracking down on bootlegs, I don't fancy your chances much there. You could just do a general search for Transformers and robots to see what comes up.

    As I said, I'd suggest having a trawl of dollar and thrift-type stores to see what turns up. Sometimes you'll turn up an absolute gem, other times you'll come up with nothing. Although for practice, even a crappy Gundam KO has potential value.
     
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    The best place to find KO TFs for spare parts is if you have a decent Chinatown nearby. They tend to have better stuff than your average dollar store.

    I also find it's usually much cheaper just to buy KO TFs in a Chinese gift shop than going through online sellers and dealing with shipping charges.

    zmog
     
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    Ramrider TF Art Lad

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    Ah. See, I didn't think of that, because we tend not to be awash with Chinatowns round here... :p  I'm largely limited to online and pound shops.
     
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    yea no chinatowns around here either, im going to check out some local stores like CVS and Walgreens and see what they have
     
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    anovasinn THE PAINTS MUST FLOW!!!

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    this is my fav dealer http://myworld.ebay.com/chimungmung/

    also big lots has been one of the best places. i have not found anything at walgreens lately but that can change any time. walgreens has a bunch of ko's around x-mas time.
     

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