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Transtopia: Painting Guide

Transformers News: Transtopia:  Painting Guide
Date: Friday, November 14th 2008 9:39am CST
Categories: Site Articles, Transtopia
Posted by: Stormrider | Credit(s): Omega666

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Are you interested in learning how to do repaints but you don't know where to begin? Omega666 gives us a demonstration on how to repaint Universe Galvatron into something more formidable. Check out his guide.

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I have been doing repaints for over a year now. I started by following Jin Saotome's tutorial. I then found a You Tube clip of Chih doing custom repaints. My style is now a combination of the 2.


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I prepped the figure by cleaning it with soap and water. Once dried, I took the figure apart at the joints like the left arm, the legs and the back kibble. I unscrewed the head and right arm/turret and taped up the canon. Once I had all the pieces, I used Krylon flat black and sprayed them. After all the pieces have dried, I used Testors Silver Argent and drybrushed them. I like the weathered look so I try to keep some of the black base coat when I apply the silver. Then, I assemble the pieces together. Galvatron looked pretty cool all silver.

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I drybrushed gunship grey to the tank mode. In robot mode, I again drybrushed 2 shades of purple to the left arm, torso, crotch, head, feet, right forearm and canon. The first shade gave him a more metallic look and the second shade just made it look better with the grey. I added some red to the torso, knees, and eyes. The parts that were left silver were the face legs and tank treads. Some of the orange joints and pieces were left alone because they probably would have flaked. Overall, I am very happy with how he turned out.

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Do you have an interesting custom guide that you would like to share? Send us your submissions here and it may get posted in the next monthly update.

Noir Style Transformers

Transformers News: Noir Style Transformers
Date: Monday, November 10th 2008 1:26am CST
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Site Articles, Transtopia
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): ninjaink

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Deviant Art member ninjaink has posted a new version of a Transformers the Live Action Movie poster. Ninjaink seems to specialize in doing noir style and did up a nice poster that takes a modern day movie and gives it a classic style poster.

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The poster lends itself to straight satire with a twist of fanboy humor.

Check out the original post and his other movie posters here.

Do you have any art you'd like to showcase? Let us see it by posting it in our Transtopia Fan Art Forum.

Custom Monthly Update - Sept. & Oct.

Transformers News: Custom Monthly Update - Sept. & Oct.
Date: Sunday, November 9th 2008 3:25am CST
Categories: Toy News, Site Articles, Transtopia
Posted by: Stormrider | Credit(s): Seibertron

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Welcome to Seibertron's Custom Monthly Update. Our Seibertron members have been working hard to produce many interesting customs and we are proud to share their work with you on a monthly basis. This first update is being kicked off with customs from the past two months - September and October. You can check out previous customs here.

The customs have been divided into three categories: Repaints, Kitbashes, and Extensive Mods & Scratchbuilds. Click on the links to see additional gallery pictures and to learn more about each custom. At the end, find out how you can submit your custom for the next update.


Repaints

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G1 Ironhide
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Classics Jetfire
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Movie Devilbee
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Universe Ironhide
Omega666


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Animated Devilbee
Omega666


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Animated Grimlock
Crefigz


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Universe Shattered Glass Sideswipe
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TFA Cykill
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TFA Beast Wars Neo Killer Punch
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Movie Accurate Bumblebee 1974 Camaro
Crefigz


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Cybertron
Omega666


Kitbashes

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G1 Mirage
wan_de_real


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Animated G1 Shockwave
Psyke


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Universe Shockwave
Jin Saotome


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True Classic Cliffjumper
tentagil


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Master Blaster Upgrade
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Universe Tigertracks & Diaclone Sunstreaker
RodimusConvoy13


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Revoltech Nemesis
chris-morada



Animated Sunstorm & Acid Storm
Spurt Reynolds


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Animated Skywarp
Spurt Reynolds


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Cobra Rattler
Jin Saotome


Extensive Mods & Scratchbuilds

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Participate In The Next Update
Do you have a new custom that you are dying to show off? Would like you to feature an article or custom guide in an upcoming newsletter? Participate in an upcoming newsletter. Submit your customs here.

Transtopia: Custom "Lucky Draw" UNICRON OF LIGHT

Transformers News: Transtopia: Custom "Lucky Draw"  UNICRON OF LIGHT
Date: Friday, November 7th 2008 1:34am CST
Categories: Toy News, Auctions, Transtopia
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): BOSKOES

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Seibertron.com member BOSKOES has just posted images of a custom repaint of Armada Unicron into the Lucky Draw Green Unicron or Unicron of Light.. This custom was designed to have a close resemblance to the original Lucky Draw figure, while maintaining the trademark "hyper detail" of the BOSKOES team.

Below are images of the custom with comparison pics of the real Lucky Draw figure for comparison (Courtesy of Transformers @ The Moon)

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This Green Unicron was limited to only ten pieces in a mail away contest held by the Micron Legend Year Book back in February of 2004. The rarity of a Lucky Draw figure makes it next to impossible to acquire and the diamond of an TF Collection. The best thing about BOSKOES Unicron is that you can own it!!! This piece is currently available for auction here.

To view the complete Lucky Draw Unicron gallery, click here.

Transtopia: Articulated hands for your Transformers!

Transformers News: Transtopia: Articulated hands for your Transformers!
Date: Wednesday, November 5th 2008 1:26am CST
Categories: Toy News, Site Articles, People News, Transtopia
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): Jin Saotome

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Resident Kitbasher Jin Saotome has brought us yet another great way to improve your Transformers figures. In this step by step tutorial, he shows us how to create articulated hands for most figures.

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Like always, the original post on this tutorial can be found here, along with Jin's extensive archives on past tutorials and amazing kitbashes.

Transtopia: Fix Universe 2.0 Ironhide's "Low Self Esteem"

Transformers News: Transtopia: Fix Universe 2.0 Ironhide's "Low Self Esteem"
Date: Saturday, October 25th 2008 12:32am CDT
Categories: Toy News, Site Articles, Transtopia
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): Geekee1

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Seibertron.com member Geekee1 has taken time to show all you Ironhide loving TransFans out there how to do a relatively simple modification to Universe 2.0 Ironhide. This fix will eliminate the "hanging head" problem. Here's what he had to share"

I will post this in both the kitbashing forum and the toy forum, as I believe more people will see it there.

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Poor ole Ironhide. he just can’t catch a break with his head can he? For as long as we’ve known he’s gotten screwed when it comes to his head. First he had no head, then he had it blown off in the movie, and now with Universe the poor bastard just can’t stop looking at his boots.

If you’ve been wanting to fix this as much as I have then I have some good news for you, and I have some bad news. The good news is that it can be fixed! Yes, yes hooray, you may love me now. The bad news is, is that it is a fairly extensive (albeit overall easy) mod that takes a good deal of cutting and sanding. Booo! You suck. I know.

So if you’re still with me (and if you love Ironhide you’d better be) here’s what you need.

First tools. Not a lot really. You’ll need a small phillips head screwdriver, and X-acto knife, some sand paper, and a small flat surface like a popsicle stick to wrap the sand paper around.

There are three major culprits in Ironhides head tilt, and how this got passed engineering is beyond me. The first is his “lower spine.” This piece folds down and presses against his rear bumper in robot mode. The problem is that there is too much plastic to allow it to sit flush, so that has to go. First partially transform him and then remove the three screws that hold the roof on like so.

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You will also find it easier to work with him if you remove the “lower spine” from the upper body. Just pull the pieces apart.

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It may be a little tight at first but I have removed and put this piece back together at least fifty times and it still works perfectly. Now carefully cut and sand the shown areas until you can push the spine to the bumper and his head sits flush when you reattach the spine. Remember to go slowly with the cutting and the sanding. You can always take more off, but you can’t put it back on. It took me a good hour to get this how I wanted it, granted I was being supremely careful.

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Now it would be nice if that was the only problem, but unfortunately it’s not. We have two other problems to deal with. The next one that we will deal with is the hinge that is between his headpiece and the roof of the car. The problem here is that when his wheels come up into his backpack the wheel wells hit the underside of this hinge. What needs to be done here is to cut out a triangular shape on both sides so that the wheels can slide into them. I marked where the pieces were hitting with a marker and went from there. After finishing I’ve found that a good place to cut is parallel with the second “line” on this hinge as shown. The other cut for this triangular piece should be at about a 45 degree angle to the first cut. Once again you will have to keep test fitting until you get it just right, and again slow and steady.

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Now onto the last problem that we have that’s got ole Ironhide lookin’ down. Remember those three screws that you took out to take backpack off? You can get rid of two of them because they are part of our last problem. The two screw pegs on the outside of this piece are keeping the tire from fully coming up into his backpack. They’ve got to go. You can cut these little buggers completely flush to the larger piece of plastic and then sand them smooth.

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Do you have to take them all the way off you may ask? The answer is yes you do, and I should know, I spent about two hours carefully sanding these down little by little, fitting and refitting to see if they could still be used. They can’t. Don’t worry about the roof no longer being secure either. It is still plenty sturdy with just the center screw in there, and if it bothers you that much it can be glued on too.

Now put all pieces back together and voila! No more looking down for Mr. Hide. Now a few additional notes. The head won’t be quite perfectly flush, but it’s damn close. Also if you look at the rotating pelvis area it won’t go quite the whole way back, as it’s hitting the automorph bumper. Honestly this isn’t at all noticeable unless you’re looking at him from underneath. I didn’t even notice it for a couple of hours after I finished the mod.

Lastly I would highly recommend clear coating the backpack pieces. Mine were scarily tacky right out of the box, and I haven’t had that problem on any of my other figures. I recommend Testors Dullcote for this. I used it and it worked great, and the sheen on the figure isn’t that different either. Remember to mask of the windows though or you’ll end up with foggy ugly windows. I also painted his face silver with Games Workshop boltgun metal, followed by chainmail, but you can use whatever you want.

I would consider this mod to be of intermediate difficulty only because of how much plastic you’re actually getting rid of. It’s more time consuming than anything. I also may be a little biased having about 25 years of model building experience, but I’m sure that if you’re careful anyone can do it.


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Seibertron.com Exclusive: Printable Energon Cubes

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Exclusive: Printable Energon Cubes
Date: Tuesday, August 12th 2008 6:43pm CDT
Categories: Toy News, Collectables, Transtopia
Posted by: Stormrider | Credit(s): Nekoman, First Gen

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Seibertron.com's own Nekoman has created a special exclusive for Seibertronians. Using a format taken from little cardboard boxes for GI Joe figures, he's created printable Energon Cubes that can be scaled to fit into any line of Transformers.

Click here to download them. It is recommended that these be printed on hardstock paper with a gloss finish for the best results. Enjoy!

Do you have a creation that you'd like to share with your fellow Seibertronians? Show us in the our Art of Transtopia Forums.

(The image below is not to scale.)

JIn Saotome: How to Partscopy the Easy Way

Transformers News: JIn Saotome: How to Partscopy the Easy Way
Date: Monday, July 21st 2008 8:20pm CDT
Categories: Site News, Toy News, Site Articles, Transtopia
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): Jin Saotome

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Seibertron.com resident Kitbasher Jin Saotome has posted another update in the Transtopia Art Forums with more tips on how to fix, create and just overall improve your Transformers.

Here's what Jin had to share with us:

Hey all! People have been asking me to post a quick guide on how I made Guiltar's chest pieces so here it is. There's many other ways to parts copy and I'm in no way a skilled kitbasher who can make Transformers from scratch using just styrene sheets. So this is just a guide on how I was able to quickly make parts for my custom and may be useful to some of you. Enjoy!

Jin Saotome's How to Partscopy Instructions

Do you have any tips to help out your fellow Seibertronians? Have a piece of art or a repaint you've been wanting to share? Head on over to our Art of Transtopia Forums and show us!

Hasbro Provides Customizing Guidelines to Collectors

Transformers News: Hasbro Provides Customizing Guidelines to Collectors
Date: Thursday, February 14th 2008 5:12pm CST
Categories: Press Releases, Company News, Transtopia
Posted by: Skowl | Credit(s): Hasbro.com

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Hasbro.com has posted some new customizing guidelines for all the creative collectors in the G.I. Joe fandom - the announcement will also be interesting to all the fans of the Transformers fandom who dabble in "kitbashing" existing Transformers figures into unique, one-of-a-kind creations!

To see Hasbro's announcement click here.

And for hints, tips and more information on customizing Transformers figures, or to see the works of fellow fans and customizers, visit the "Transtopia" Forums on Seibetron.com by clicking here.

Seibertron.com is getting upgraded!

Transformers News: Seibertron.com is getting upgraded!
Date: Monday, December 10th 2007 9:16pm CST
Categories: Site News, Transtopia
Posted by: Bed Bugs | Credit(s): Seibertron

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Hello fellow Seibertronians!

By now, most have noticed that the forums have temporarily disappeared. Ryan is currently in the process of upgrading the forums to the new phpbb. So not only will the forums look a little bit different, we will finally have Transtopia moved into Seibertron.com as well!

So have a little patience while we continue to try to get all the bugs out and attempt to make Seibertron.com even better!

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