Heavy/Scratch: WIP leader bumblebee/goldbug

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  1. bonus2003

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    complete leader bumblebee

    This is a very very early picture of my new project. Leader bumblebee but with a nod towards g1 goldbug. Mainly because I think the gold paintjob looks much better than the flat yellow. I am going to try to make sure he can still transform without issues. So let me know what you think. Here is what i was able to do to him:

    -LED to arm cannon
    -LED to eyes
    -complete repaint
    -seperate switches for both LED's
    -resculpt on head
    -2 custom blades fir the arms (fits into the peg holes on his forearm)
    -painted the backpack

    ebay link: eBay - New & used electronics, cars, apparel, collectibles, sporting goods & more at low prices
     

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    Can't wait to see the bot mode! Looks good so far!
     
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    Although I really would have preferred the DLX mold, I like this.
     
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    dyingwill3rd Life is a fabled mystery

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    Awesome! What paint are you using for this?
     
  5. bonus2003

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    I have been using a water based airbrush paint. This is the first time I am really using it on anything major. we will see if this or enamel based paint is the better choice. pictures dont do it justice though, it looks much nicer in person.
     
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    update:

    LED cannon - complete
    LED head - complete
    repaint - 50% complete
    enamel top coat= complete

    pictures coming tomarrow. so stay tuned!
     
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    I would think enamel would be better for the car exterior. A smooth coat of enamel really seems to resemble that off the show room floor look. But who knows, I have no experience yet with water based paint in an airbrush. I look forward to seeing how this comes out. (I 've been considering getting an airbrush- but so far just work with a combination of brushes and as much spray paint as I can get away with).

    I agree about the gold. I've got both Lawson's 77 bee from the first movie and the Costco Gold battle ops and in both cases they look much better than the similar yellow toys I have.

    It looks nice though!
     
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    well here is a belated update. Pictures are not very good so sorry about that, these are the arms and head of leader bumblebee.
     

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  9. megabotatronius

    megabotatronius Master of Disassembly

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    When I first got my airbrush, I used createx water based paint to repaint an Alternators Wheeljack. The color was great, but even after clear coating it was just too soft. I ended up stripping it off and using a can of spray lacquer. I would say use acrylics in your airbrush for robot parts and smaller stuff, but I like a nice lacquer coat on my cars. It is too much of a pain to use lacquer in your airbrush, IMO, and I really don't want to fry my brain cells just
    cleaning it out with volatile solvents. So I just pick up a can of spray lacquer at my local hobby store whenever I need it, in whatever color I choose.
     
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    added custom blades for arms and pictures of the completed backpack
     

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