Minor/Repaint: AoE Evasion Prime Custom: G1/Movie Balance

Discussion in 'Radicons Customs' started by datterboy, May 31, 2014.

  1. datterboy

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    Basically went after the box art paint for the most part. Love this mold. Favorite non-Masterpiece figure... period.

    Rustoleum 2X Painter's Touch Metallic Aluminum and red apps only.

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    All I need now is a masked head (anyone want to trade?) and maybe a couple of emblems for the shoulder. Love the hybrid G1/Movie thing they pulled here. Thanks to all the other customs on this board for ideas and inspiration.

    Labor of love done. Now I can just enjoy it for what I feel like it should have been paint-apps-wise.
     

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  2. Richard598

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    I'm trying to understand what exactly you painted and how. Looks like,if I'm reading you right, you only painted the areas that are red?
     
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    Looks good...planning to do something similar with the prime I just got.
     
  5. datterboy

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    Paints:
    -added chest lines like the box picture
    -biceps
    -grey legs and torso
    -knee joints from blue to grey
    -wheel wells and hubs
    -backplate on his back red
    -underside of head post red so it won't be grey in truck mode
    -back side of arm plate grey
    -smokestacks on shoulder grey
    -grills for trick and bot grey
    -front accents and bumper through to the bottom grey
    -truck mode grey accents for lines and rivets

    comparison back:
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    Front:
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    Truck:
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    very nice
     
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    So how exactly did you spray these parts? Did you take it apart?
     
  8. neevnav

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    Looks great! Love that you left the shoulder pads blue but did the arms grey.
     
  9. datterboy

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    Took apart as much as I could. Any screw I could see and pulled 3 pins. The 2 that held the backplate I painted red in place which also frees the torso. The third was the pin that holds the head and neck pieces on so the bottom could be made red. You'll notice the semi is all red with no grey spot on its top. Everything was spray painted after masking with model tape.

    Started out with hand painting Tamiya but ended up removing it all in favor of sprays and still need to redo a few spots like the wheels. Spray is just so much more clean and smooth.
     
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    Excellent work!
     
  11. gbm

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    Wow, thanks for the insight.

    How did you remove the pins though?
     
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    Saw a video on youtube. Take a wood block and set your piece on it to note how the figure needs to sit in order to allow the pin to be forced out. Drill a small hole in the wood block and use a hammer and nail to force it out into the wood hole.

    To put it back in, I pushed the pin in by hand and then used a small vice to push it all the way back in. Hammering is harsh and difficult to get it back in.
     
  13. gbm

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    Ah yes, just watched a tutorial too!

    So it IS possible to get the pin back in? Cool.


    thanks!
     
  14. datterboy

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    My first experience with pulling pins but it's completely possible. One end of the pins is burred/scored so it holds in place on the plastic. Recommend finding a way to squeeze pins back in vs. force hammering.
     
  15. gbm

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    So that paint color is gray? Not metallic?
     
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    Thankfully, pin removal is fairly straightforward. Figuring out which end is the rough end can be a pain sometimes. Rivets, on the other hand, SUCK.
     
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    Actually... how do you do pins? Is it worth the trouble? Would have done it if I knew how but it seemed like you need to even melt or drill a hole to get it from the other end... not to mention the reinsertion/application when you're done. *shudder*

    The paint itself was Rustoleum Painter's Touch 2x Metallic Aluminum which is a very close match to the default metallic paint applications on Prime now. If you look at my truck mode shots, the whole front is repainted in the Metallic Aluminum, and the side paint where the Autobot Insignia is was untouched with new paint.

    I decided to repaint the legs over the existing Grey because there was an odd discoloration in the grey plastic I wanted to cover up. That and the canisters were already painted giving it a different sheen.
     
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    Yeah, I looked at them closely to see what was actually done, and what wasn't.

    Another question, how did you get the front grill and the little spots on both sides sprayed so cleanly? Do those pieces come apart for taping? I don't have my figure in front of me right now so I can't really tell.

    I do recall however those front grills sections being rather small; couldn't see how spray painting whatsoever would work.
     
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    Meticulous taping with Tamiya model tape... was really tedious. Had to use X-acto knives and scissors to get straight lines and to define/separate target surfaces. For other pieces, like the biceps sections and shoulder, since I could not remove pins, I taped the close areas and put a sheet of paper with slots in it to protect the rest of the figure. Then taped up the paper holes. Kind of like in surgery where they just work through the uncovered area and hole up everything else.

    This was the first time I worked on a piece like this. Other stuff I have done have been completely disassembled. This was a challenge. Would do more but the taping... a ton of work worth it for the result, but not something that can be done efficiently (by me) to do more customs.

    If I did more versions I would want:
    - Complete G1 deco (red upper arms, white accents and yellow/blue highlights, face mask; chrome painted fenders, grills, stacks and wheel wells)
    - Movie deco (bot is totally detailed for this and would look gorgeous. Couple of customs on here have done it and they look fabulous)
    archieboy
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  20. gbm

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    Werd, thanks for all the insight.

    Ok, I'll go pick up some better tape then. I simply used masking tape when I did my Construct Bots Stunticons.....came out "ok", but nowhere near as meticulous as yours.