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Old 15th February 2018, 05:14 PM
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Default Gigastorm custom WIP

Here's the first of 2 WIP threads I'm starting today. A few people have told me they like the WIP steps as well as the finished product, so here it is. For this custom, following the advice of a close friend, I'm documenting all the time it takes to complete the job, something I've not done before - so far I've only ever done rough guesstimates.

Not much to show straight away, except for the initial disassembly. I have a few more pictures that I took of some of the inner workings of the TR Trypticon base mould for my own reference, so I remember where things go. They are not very exciting as they tend to lack context.

So, a disassembled Trypitcon:



And the smaller parts (some pictured in the above image already):



I also need to fabricate the horn. I used a dremel to cut down an MP seeker flight stand. Still needs a bit of fine sanding and finishing. I'll be painting it in a transparent orange lacquer on the finished product, so it stays more or less clear. I am still still deciding on whether or not I'll do the other 2 smaller horns on Gigastorm.



I've cleaned each and every piece with isopropyl alcohol to ensure it can take paint. Almost every single piece pictured will be painted in some way.

Current time spent: 2 hours, 40 minutes.
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Old 15th February 2018, 05:21 PM
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Old 16th February 2018, 04:20 PM
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A small update. I decided to start with the arms and wings.

Most of the purple pieces are staying purple, but I still wanted to give them a painted look, so I painted over them (the claws and wings) with a Transparent Purple lacquer (by SMS). It gives them a richer, deeper colour.

The one on the left is painted, the right one not. It's a bit more vibrant in real life.


The grey parts I wanted to look similarly, so I painted them with a transparent smoke (by Alclad), but it darkened them way too much, almost black. I did a fine coat of a mixture of Polished Aluminium and Steel, both Alclcad metallics. Came up nice.


I also base coated the 'hand' bits of the claws (they will be going from pale aqua to gold on the finished model) with a Gloss Black Base (Alclad again).

Finally, I wanted to try out a Transparent Orange (SMS) on the scrap piece of clear plastic I removed from the MP Seeker stand to see how it behaves. Learned a few lessons, mostly make sure I do a deep clean of my airbrush before using it. But I am happy with how bright it came out, with several very thin coats (like about 5-6 passes).


Total time taken so far: 3 hours 40 minutes.
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Old 16th February 2018, 07:59 PM
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Wow that's a pretty extensive repaint.
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A bit more progress.

I've now:

Half-painted the back cannons - base coated in black high-gloss lacquer (the bottom half) and painted the whole thing in Alclad Chrome (which comes out with a very shiny finish over the gloss black and a more silvery finish over the raw plastic. The silvery pieces will be painted over with extremely thin coats of another colour so they look very slightly metallic.


Did a bit of masking and painting in Alclad Pale Gold on the arms:


I've done the "hands" and claws as well, in gold (as above) and SMS Clear Purple lacquer respectively.

The underneath portions of the dint-mode belly are a beautiful clear green on the base mould and opaque purple on a G1 Gigastorm, so I have a decision to make. I want him to look pretty damned flash, so instead of painting them in regular purple, I've decided to paint those clear green pieces in Alclad Chrome and then SMS Clear Purple over the top, so they look crazy metallic purple. Because they were pretty glossy to begin with, even thin coats of the Alclad Chrome gave it a magnificent mirror shine.



I've also masked up some more of the next pieces to paint, the collars and head pieces.

Total time taken so far: 8 hours 10 minutes.
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I've done some more work, most of it a little dull - base coating some of the larger body pieces.

I reassembled the head to do some detail work (much thanks to Demonac who pointed out to me the black pieces on the top of Gigastorm's dino head, which I can now see better on the photos that JITS very generously supplied me with), and found that under bright light, the paint work was not as good as it needed to be. I'll go back and fix it soon.

In order to do some more of the head, I need a horn. I cut and trimmed the transparent section of an MP Seeker flight stand, which was fine, but a little bland. I got out a bunch of unused clear body armour pieces from some RID Minicons (specifically the ones that were clear yellow and clear orange), did some test fitting of some different configurations, cut and Dremelled them down and stuck them on to spruce the horn up a bit. Then did the first few coats of transparent orange lacquer (SMS paints). Will need a few more orange coats and some clear gloss to make it shine.









To finish off, here's a pic of the reassembled dino arm, before detailing:


Total time taken so far: 15 hours, 10 minutes (that includes 4 hours just on the horn!)
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I've done some more work, most of it a little dull - base coating some of the larger body pieces.

I reassembled the head to do some detail work (much thanks to Demonac who pointed out to me the black pieces on the top of Gigastorm's dino head, which I can now see better on the photos that JITS very generously supplied me with), and found that under bright light, the paint work was not as good as it needed to be. I'll go back and fix it soon.

In order to do some more of the head, I need a horn. I cut and trimmed the transparent section of an MP Seeker flight stand, which was fine, but a little bland. I got out a bunch of unused clear body armour pieces from some RID Minicons (specifically the ones that were clear yellow and clear orange), did some test fitting of some different configurations, cut and Dremelled them down and stuck them on to spruce the horn up a bit. Then did the first few coats of transparent orange lacquer (SMS paints). Will need a few more orange coats and some clear gloss to make it shine.



To finish off, here's a pic of the reassembled dino arm, before detailing:


Total time taken so far: 15 hours, 10 minutes (that includes 4 hours just on the horn!)
I'm not sure you need to add the four hours of leisure time to your total. In fact I am not sure I am comfortable with you sharing that sort of information.
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I'm not sure you need to add the four hours of leisure time to your total. In fact I am not sure I am comfortable with you sharing that sort of information.
TMI indeed!
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