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Old 2009-02-01, 02:04 AM   #21
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I'm sure how to phrase this in a none ridiculous fashion, but whatever:

Are there any good techniques for carving out cavities without a dremel or other power tools?

Specifically, I'm thinking of bashing a figure that requires a head swap. Both heads have ball joints but the anchors are switched. One has the stalk and ball attached to the head, with the other has the cavity and the stalk and ball are attached to the figures body (figures in question are Beast Machines Megatron's head going onto a Deluxe Armada Prime).

I'm not looking for a quick way, obviously, but I was hoping somebody had some advice for carving out a relatively circular cavity.
 
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Old 2009-02-01, 02:52 AM   #22
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I actually remember using a screwdriver to create a cavity once, and it worked. So i'm guessing that you might as well chopp the stalk and hball off the head and then just keep twisting a philips screwdriveer into it.

Obviously, the dremel works better.
 

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Old 2009-02-01, 01:10 PM   #23
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Yeah, that was what I thought first. I was just hoping for a bit less risky option. Fortunately, I hate that Megatron figure with a fiery passion. Or maybe I'll just save up for a dremel.
 
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Old 2009-02-01, 01:28 PM   #24
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Just get the damn Dremel. It's not gonna set you back that much, heck, if i can afford it, anyone can. Just get the Dremel Stylus. 'Nuff said.
 

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Old 2009-02-04, 07:13 PM   #25
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Some quick follow-ups:

When painting figures fully disassemble them. You never know what part you missed till it's too late.

Wrap ball joints in tape before painting. There will be serious difficulty in re-assembly if your ball joints are now too thick.
 

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Old 2009-02-05, 06:50 AM   #26
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When painting figures fully disassemble them. You never know what part you missed till it's too late.
Skip-able. I don't, except for the most intricate detail parts. Gundam Vents, rockets, thrusters, etc.
 

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Old 2009-02-27, 03:17 AM   #27
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So I've just about completed my first project using decals (Reprolabels, actually). While I finally managed to wrestle them straight (mostly) and in the same relative space on both sides (as long as nobody breaks out the millimeter ruler).

But I was wondering if there is a more certain way to make sure things line up and match on both sides, besides the aforementioned ruler that is.
 
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Old 2009-02-27, 07:10 AM   #28
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calipers? j/k
 

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Old 2009-02-27, 07:44 PM   #29
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So I've just about completed my first project using decals (Reprolabels, actually). While I finally managed to wrestle them straight (mostly) and in the same relative space on both sides (as long as nobody breaks out the millimeter ruler).

But I was wondering if there is a more certain way to make sure things line up and match on both sides, besides the aforementioned ruler that is.
For stickers? A good eye and a steady hand is all I can tell you...

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I'm sure how to phrase this in a none ridiculous fashion, but whatever:

Are there any good techniques for carving out cavities without a dremel or other power tools?[/url]).
Not really, no. Various scars on my hands indicate that it's not worth trying. The cheapest (battery powered) dremels are only about $20, and great fun in their own right.
 
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Old 2009-02-27, 09:21 PM   #30
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I am a noob at kitbashing and want to make some of my OCs. Where do I find the kits to bash?
 

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Old 2009-02-28, 12:35 AM   #31
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OC?
 

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Old 2009-03-02, 08:57 PM   #32
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OC - original character.
 

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Old 2009-03-02, 10:41 PM   #33
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Where do I find the kits to bash?
Youre kidding, right?

Just find a figure that looks about right, and then get working. You need to have a good image of your OC, to know what you want to get.
 

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Old 2009-03-02, 10:45 PM   #34
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I am a noob at kitbashing and want to make some of my OCs. Where do I find the kits to bash?
Maybe I'm misunderstanding your question, but kitbashing is any combination of repainting, modifying, or combining existing toys into something new.

So, if you're looking to make a character you've created, you'll need to find some figures that have body parts close to what you imagine your character having and modify/combine those.

Garage sales, flea, markets and discount stores might be a good place to find spare parts on the cheap. Otherwise, you may have to shell out for figures that are currently out at retail.
 
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Old 2009-03-03, 12:52 AM   #35
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Youre kidding, right?

Just find a figure that looks about right, and then get working. You need to have a good image of your OC, to know what you want to get.
Told you I am a noob...

That's what I thought, but then I thought maybe there were generic unfinished toys out there...

Thanks.
 

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Old 2009-03-03, 08:07 AM   #36
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Sure thing, mate.

Here's a list of some parts which may be helpful, like weaponry*:

Swords: Go for Sword Strike Gundam's large sword, or possibly Gundam Astray'Blue Frame Second L's sword. Bonus: Doubles as a turret.

Guns: Anything nearly comes with guns, so generally you won't need anything specific.

Wings: Chop them off an acid storm.

*just a some off the top of my head, don't have to stick with these.

If anyone wishes to add to this, feel free.
 

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Old 2009-03-03, 08:08 AM   #37
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I'm assuming that the stealth bomber in your sig has something to do with your OC?
 

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Old 2009-03-03, 06:01 PM   #38
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That's one of her alt modes, yes. She's a triple changer. Her other alt mode is a Pontiac Firebird, hence the name. The character is actually a cross over from my Cars fandom.

There's some mass displacement for the robot or bomber to car transformation, so the diecast would not change to that mode. Just robot to bomber.
 

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Old 2009-03-04, 06:07 AM   #39
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Just robot to bomber.
http://www.tfarchive.com/fandom/kitb...heir/Shuriken/

Maybe this will give you some inspiration.

Or just repaint Energon Wing Saber.
 

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Old 2009-03-19, 12:44 AM   #40
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Finally got around to picking up a Dremel (Dremel Stylus).

Anybody have general tips for dremeling, recommended bits, or things to watch out for?
 
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