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  1. New tru scale 1/72nd Realgult pod pattern.

    Thanks, it was a bit nerve wracking to be on camera!
  2. New tru scale 1/72nd Realgult pod pattern.

    Sorry, I got super busy with stuff for Comic Con NYC and some other big projects. I am back doing some casting and can fit a few in if anyone wants them. $110 each plus shipping, includes decals. PM me, I will check here every couple of days. I have barely had time to check MW in the last 2 months. Time goes by too fast! mike
  3. 1/55 Custom shop 2017 Edition!

    Could I make something that would allow it to keep it's transformation? Short answer yes if I made something that mimics the 1/48 Yamato swing bar. That being said it's completely unreasonable IMO to do so for a 1/55, I bet it would be like 2 grand of my time/work to do something like that. I am happy to stick to non transformables for these customs, like I said most of these are $20 beaters. The ball joints for the shoulder and hips are just 3/8 diameter brass balls that come pre threaded with a 8-32 thread. I just get some 8-32 machine bolts and cut them to the size I want. In the case of the hips the threaded rod is just straddled across the "headlights". You have to hog out a trench for them to sit in. Then I just putty up the nose and glue it all together and it's good to go. For the shoulders you need to make some mods but it's the same idea, basically a 5/8 8-32 screw covered with a 5/32 piece of brass replaces the post. In both cases I use apoxy sculpt to fill in the voids and then drill out 3/8 receiver for the ball joints. It has limited motion, but these are not for playing with.
  4. 1/55 Custom shop 2017 Edition!

    Thanks, update for today, still lots to do. I made 3 mods to this that i have not done before. 1 is the hip sockets, which is cool not only for the pose but it also gets the legs in the right place. 2 Same type ball sockets at the shoulder. 3. I eliminated the backpack connector part and attached the boosters directly to the standard backpack. This brings those boosters in a bit tighter. Overall it only changes the proportions of the 1/55 a little bit, but I think it goes a long way. Of course all this only works as a non transformable battloid, but I kind of feel like this is what the 1/55 "wants" to be in battloid mode. Either way I feel like it's a good use of a $20 beater.
  5. 1/55 Custom shop 2017 Edition!

    Another one one the bench, Hikaru 1S non transformable made from a beater with numerous broken parts. This will get non removable armor soon.
  6. 1/55 Custom shop 2017 Edition!

    Done I guess...
  7. 1/55 Custom shop 2017 Edition!

    Milia getting there.
  8. 1/55 Custom shop 2017 Edition!

    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.
  9. 1/55 Custom shop 2017 Edition!

    Max Super Battoid, only took me 32 years to get one done!
  10. 1/55 Custom shop 2017 Edition!

    Getting close on Max
  11. 1/55 Custom shop 2017 Edition!

    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.
  12. 1/55 Custom shop 2017 Edition!

    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.
  13. 1/55 Custom shop 2017 Edition!

    And getting some armor started.
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