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  1. Another one one the bench, Hikaru 1S non transformable made from a beater with numerous broken parts. This will get non removable armor soon.
  2. Done I guess...
  3. Milia getting there.
  4. Thanks, I'm sure it's my age talking but nothing gives me the warm feeling I want from collecting than a 1/55 custom. It took me years to realize it, but for all the superior releases in 1/48 and 1/60 it's the 1/55 chunky that makes me happy.
  5. Max Super Battoid, only took me 32 years to get one done!
  6. Getting close on Max
  7. So here is a nifty little last minute mod that i don't know if I have seen before. I'm sure someone else may have. One of the things that always drove me crazy about doing customs is that the swing bar pin (that black spring loaded thingy) always would scratch the paint for the most part. I got lucky sometimes with weakening the spring and putting some petroleum jelly on the pin. And it was always a crap shoot. So here I am using 1/4 neodymium magnets on the metal swing bars, you have to drill out the area that pin would be coming out. Then on the nose I put 1/8 steel pins. I found that using steel rather than another magnet, while weaker does not have the issue of them needing to be lined up exactly. I beef up the connection of both the magnets and the pins with a little apoxy sculpt.
  8. Thanks, for the sake of keeping these "reto" I have been using rattle cans of Krylon fusion. It's a great paint for 1/55's and keeps the look of those early 2000's customs I am going for. It's also very scratch resistant after about a week of setting. However, I will say that after 10+ years of using an airbrush exclusively to paint, using a rattle can kind of feels like trying to set a delicate brass furniture screw with a hammer. After this one I may try decanting it into one of my cheaper airbrushes. I just figured out that it cleans up nice with lacquer thinner. I was never sure if it was an enamel or acrylic, but lacquer thinner really cleans it up easy.
  9. And getting some armor started.
  10. The amount of masking that goes into a set of these is way more than I expected. Getting thru it slowly and starting to decal where I can.
  11. Changed the topic, please if anyone else is working on 1/55 stuff feel free to post here. Summer seems a great time to get stuff done.
  12. Summer time means long days home with the kids, that means I have tinker time when the only thing that makes sense to tinker with, 1/55 customs! Max and Millia in progress.
  13. I'll start taking orders for the standard one next week or so. I got so busy in the month leading up to Wonderfest it was hard to get to these. I actually have like 3 or 4 cast up with the exception of the rotocast head. I can run those off pretty quick. I still am going to tackle the heavy missile carriers soon as I can. I may need to do a paint master on a model for the upcoming Comic Con in San Diego, something from a galaxy far, far away. Those always need to bump other projects but we will see if it gets to me in time for me to even paint. thanks mike