Whifflefire's Customs

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Whifflefire's Customs

Postby Whifflefire » Fri Sep 17, 2021 10:59 am

Motto: ""From Primus Every Help""
Weapon: Gattling Gun
I've done a few customs here and there, but this one has got to be my most elaborate one yet, so I figured I'd show it off here.

I gave up on finding an Earthrise Runabout for a reasonable price, so I did the next best thing. I ordered a second Runamuck and made one myself.
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Taking him apart was fairly easy, as I didn't need to remove any pins, only mushroom swivels to isolate the limbs and head so they could all be spray painted. It was my first time spray painting a Transformer, but I knew that the best way to ensure the new colour stuck. I taped over the mushroom joints themselves so that they would still fit in their respective sockets; they don't clash since they aren't very visible anyway, and this way the joints are still functional and won't be ruined when put in use.

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I wanted to hand-paint the torso to preserve the translucent plastic on the windows to retain the clear red effect of the real release. I removed the original paint by dropping it in a cup of alcohol. Unfortunately, the over-exposure weakened the pin casings, and those had to be repaired (lots of glue and a hand-held drill). But that was the only bump in the process.

After bewildering myself at the sight of a totally unpainted piece of Transformer toy, I painted the roof and rear end of the outside, then painted the underside of the windows red so that they would still appear translucent but with Runabout's distinct colour scheme.

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After a couple of coats, I added the red stripe using duct tape to keep my lines straight. I then coated the whole thing in a sealer to further mitigate scratching.

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Whifflefire
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Re: Whifflefire's Customs

Postby Whifflefire » Fri Sep 17, 2021 11:16 am

Motto: ""From Primus Every Help""
Weapon: Gattling Gun
The only other thing I did was paint the hubcaps red. they're technically supposed to be grey, but I think it works just as well. I added some grey paint to the face, and that was it!
The only thing left to do was to put the pieces back together. I probably should have removed the paint from the limbs too before I spray painted them, as the vehicle mode has some trouble staying together, but Runamuck has trouble staying together in vehicle mode anyways, so it's not too big a deal. Besides, the robot mode is where it's at, and I'm really proud of how it came out. It's only missing a Decepticon Insignia, but I'm sure I can do reprolabels for that. Do I care that I lack the retooled head and second gun of the actual Runabout release? Not really. The extra work was more than worth it to save up to eighty dollars according to the current Ebay listings for a simple extra accessory. And besides, I enjoyed the process, and am very happy with the result.

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I'm at college now, but maybe when I go back home next I'll document some of other customs.
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