Minor/Repaint: Studio Series Dreadbot (pic heavy)

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  1. Shattered Trousers

    Shattered Trousers That thing Ratchet needed.

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    Hey, everybody, hope you're all doing well.

    Today I'd like to debut something I've been working on lately, my "Studio Series" Dreadbot.

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    Dreadbot began life as a "Studio Series" Crankcase. I removed the dreadlocks from his back and resculpted the face to remove the big tusks attached to the lower jaw.

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    The entire toy has been repainted in enamel paints. First matte gray all over, then aircraft blue on the parts I decided should be made of vehicle shell.
    Next, I distressed everything with more matte gray and matte brown to simulate rust.

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    To give Dreadbot his whimsical Christmas lights I created tiny drops of coloured plastic, and glued each one onto Dreadbot's arm. The cord is black cotton thread dipped in glue and wrapped around the arm.

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    I can't get a photo of this, so you're going to have to take my word for it, the Christmas lights all glow in the dark.

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    Dreadbot's gun is a Nonnef Outback gun I received as a freebie with the last order I placed with him. It was a gray version that had some black swirled through one end, so I guess it was a reject, but it works great with a little paint on it to match Dreadbot's colour scheme.

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    I didn't want to cut off all the Chevy Suburban parts and be left with a non-transforming robot, because I really like the Chevy Suburban. Also, I'm not very confident re-shelling a bot, so my Dreadbot retains Crankcase's Chevy Suburban mode.

    To make up for this, I've also made a VW Kombi accessory to partner with Dreadbot and be his vehicle mode stunt double.

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    The vehicle was a cheap die-cast model I bought at my local toy store.

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    I removed the surfboard and used epoxy body filler to fill in the side windows to change the minibus into a delivery.

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    The Kombi is painted with the same enamel paints as the robot mode, all painted with a brush.

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    The Decepticon insignias are printed on sticky label paper, sealed with five coats of enamel clearcoat and then painted to distress them to match the insignias real-life vehicle.

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    Thanks for looking, I always appreciate your comments, questions and likes!

    Take it easy!

    ~L~
     
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  2. Shattered Trousers

    Shattered Trousers That thing Ratchet needed.

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    One more thing I forgot to mention...

    I figured Dreadbot's Christmas light have to go somewhere when he transforms, so I strung them up inside his vehicle mode.

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    They aren't really visible (except when I turn off the lights, because they too are made of the glow-in-the-dark) but I know they're in there. It's an Easter egg just for me.

    ~L~
     
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  3. Soundwavelover2004

    Soundwavelover2004 Well-Known Member

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    Looks great
     
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  4. Darkshot22

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    Amazing custom, you really did a great job.
     
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    Wait, does he transform into the van?
     
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  6. shiftypenguin

    shiftypenguin Fancy-Pantsless Dancer

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    That is freakin' awesome! Excellent work!
     
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  7. Shattered Trousers

    Shattered Trousers That thing Ratchet needed.

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    No, I thought a lot about cutting up the Kombi and re-shelling the robot, but in the end I decided not to.

    I've never successfully re-shelled a Transformer before and I'm not very confident I can make it work with my current skill set.

    One day, maybe, I might come back to Dreadbot and make one that is fully transformable, but for now my Dreadbot transforms into a Chevy Suburban, just like all the other Dreads, and the VW Kombi is Dreadbot's stunt double.

    ~L~
     
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  8. BumblebeeNotOP

    BumblebeeNotOP Autobot Second-In-Command

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    this is basically the coolest Dreadbot custom I have ever seen
     
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  9. stephenotes88

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    Very nice! How did you get the enamel paint to harden on the more soft rubbery plastic parts? I once tried enamel paint on Berserker and the paint didn't dry on the hands or the head and I assume Dreadbot has the same rubbery parts
     
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  10. Shattered Trousers

    Shattered Trousers That thing Ratchet needed.

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    Thanks so much to everyone who has liked and commented so far! :thumb 

    That's exactly what I was shooting for! :) 

    ~L~
     
  11. Shattered Trousers

    Shattered Trousers That thing Ratchet needed.

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    You're right, enamel on rubbery PVC is very hit & miss. Sometimes I have to wait months for the paint to dry, sometimes it stays tacky indefinitely.

    I put a light coat of Humbrol Matt Cote, the same stuff I used to seal the Decepticon emblems, onto the hands and the face before I started painting.

    It dried nice and hard over the rubbery bits, giving me a good, solid base to paint over.

    ~L~
     
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    Oh okay. Still looks great and you made me want a Studio Series Dreadbot.
     
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  13. Stormvapor

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    Great work on this! I really love your bot mode work.
     
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