Heavy/Scratch: TR Galvatron Head...2.0! (Shapeways)

Discussion in 'Radicons Customs' started by Hot Shot., Feb 20, 2018.

  1. Dachande

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    They didn't drop the ball at all. They designed it to match the play style of the line.
    For those that don't like the gimmick, it's good we have customizers like Hot Shot. around.
     
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    Agree to disagree.
    By all rights, it’s their toyline and they can do whatever they want; yet I will continue to say that they blew it when they chose to make a bunch of non-HM figures into HM’s- at the expense of actual HM characters none the less.
     
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    Agree to agree on that point. Galvatron was easily the biggest offender, as the design was pretty awesome and only hampered by the line-wide gimmick.
     
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    Yeah, plenty of other figures "fit the play style" but didn't completely fuck up the head on the figure. Galvatron was the worst Voyager because his head was dependent on the flip up mask gimmick and it worked terribly. Imagine Sixshot or any of the Leaders having a gimmick that ruined the head the way Galvatron's did.
     
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    Which is crazy when you examine the figure and it’s engineering, and come to the conclusion that the gimmick was implemented only at the last minute.

    I think I would be more forgiving of this line if The figures kept the HM gimmick, yet were able to be transformed without removing the head. I just don’t like the idea of having to “fix” a figure (by damaging it) after its purchase.
     
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    Basically a line-wide Nitro Zeus deal. Makes sense.
     
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    That is hands down the most beautiful head I've ever seen on this figure! The sculpt is immaculate and the surface is flawless. And that silver hinge you implemented is great too. If Galvy looked this good right off the shelf, I'd have snatched him up straight away. Multiple times, probably.
     
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    I'm willing to attempt the purple painting (for both Hasbro and Takara versions), and even the red eyes. But is the white face unpainted plastic? Or is is a base coat, with purple on top? I've not made custom figures since the 90s.

    Can we get some tips on the paints? I see the purple recipe for Hasbro.
    Anybody have any Takara light purple successes to share?
     
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    No. They dropped the ball. It was obvious that the original design was NOT a Headmaster, and they FORCED it into the design as a gimmick. I will probably sell my Takara version whenever a better version of the same size comes out. I regret buying mine.
     
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    It's a shame because it would have been a great figures.
    Openplay's Big Cannon pretty much shows you what it should've been like.
     
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    I have your first try and I am very happy with the design. I had a terrible time matching colors and gave up. Maybe I'll buy this and try again with your paint recommendations. Awesome job on both designs!
    Any chance you can design a replacement ab section? Possibly just a piece that covers the octagons or can be inserted after cutting out the octagons, to give him square abs?
     
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    That's why I bought that! I just wish it was the same size as the original.
     
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    You are not alone.
     
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    Brilliant! Sorely tempted. How much would the three kits run together?
     
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    It's paint. Frosted detail materials are a foggy transparent color.

    I possibly could but I'm not interested in trying since I kinda like the hexagonal theme the figure has. Plus I personally don't have a great track record with making plates that go over stock parts, and I might end up prototyping it three times just to get all of the minor measurements exactly right.

    It depends on the material. If you get them all in Frosted Ultra Detail they're $22.61 before shipping. The default shipping option is $5.
     
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    Oooh, that's actually not bad pricewise. Is that the material you used here? It looks super clean. Is the mod itself difficult to do?
     
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    Yeah. It's not perfectly smooth, but a very light go-over with fine sandpaper helps and a couple coats of paint does the rest.

    Not at all. The neck is just a part swap, and the pin in the canopy assembly is incredibly easy to push out. You might have to tighten the neck ball, make the thruster's pin hole a little larger, trim the clip-in studs, and so on depending on the material used but that's all very minor work.
     
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    Is the neck required for the head replacement?

    What paint was used for the white/gray face, red eyes, and the silver chin?

    You mention Citadel Genestealer purple, which is something I'm not familiar with. Looking at Amazon, it's a layer pain, and carries the warning "Layer paints are made to be used straight over Citadel base paint, and any Citadel layer paint without mixing the colors." So you're saying to ignore that, and you mixed it just fine with the Createx fluorescent violet? Or is there a non-layer version that I should look for? Does it mean that a Citadel base coat is needed before applying the purple, and the purple cannot act as it's own base with simple multiple coats?

    Any thoughts on the lighter purple used by the Takara version?

    Please understand that I've not done any toy customs in about 10 years now, my knowledge of model paints is mostly forgotten, but this seems like the perfect project to start again. :) 
     
  19. Hot Shot.

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    No, you can use a Titanmaster head or a custom plug that uses the same ball size.

    Tamiya acrylics. Red for the eyes, Gunmetal for the chin, and a mixture of White and just a little Sky Grey for the face.

    I used a couple of coats without a base. Createx and Citadel aren't 100% compatible but they mixed well enough for immediate use. I actually kept the mixture in a bottle and tried to reuse it a month later, but the citadel paint had separated, settled, and mostly dried up. I have no idea how it would work in an airbrush, but in that case you might as well mix the color up purely with createx paints.

    I'm almost certain you could make that color with just citadel paints.

    I understand. It took a lot of trial and error for me and I've been dabbing in model kits and minor customs for years.
     
  20. Sephthestoryteller

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    Excellent! That's one solid, clean design you have there.