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Marvel Legends Planet Hulk Repaint in Custom Workstation by Vader1   
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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I dis-assembled all the joints on a marvel legends plant hulk figure to grind them down a bit. Is it easier to Re-assemble then lay down black base paint....or black base paint individual pieces before assembling again? Basically... Will the new paint withstand the heat it takes to re-assemble the joints?....[See More]
Henchmen4Hire -
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
•The paint's durability is going to be the biggest factor. If you use something like VHT spray paint, heat doesn't affect it. But if you use some cheap craft paints, the heat may make them gummy or something. As always, test on a scrap piece.

•I like painting before assembling, makes it easier to paint every area and protect the usual places with super glue. However, I have to be careful reassembling the figure so I don't accidentally scrape something.

•If reassembling swivels or ball-sockets (arms, legs, neck, etc), try using a pipette to squirt boiling water into the hole area. Squirt and replace the water every few seconds to keep it heating up until it's soft. Then just pop the peg in there. This lets you soften up the hole without needing to get the paint wet (if you're neat a ...
Vader1 -
Thursday, May 24, 2018
Thanks....! I obviously never done this before...my 1st custom....I will be using model masters acrylic paints. Thanks again for the experienced advice!
Action Figure POC in Custom Workstation by Talysman   
Saturday, May 19, 2018
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I had tons of action figures growing up. I have a fondness for some of these older toys, so when ReAction issued the previously un-released ALIEN figures, I thought it was an exciting idea. I was even more excited when I found out that they would be producing retro-styled STAR TREK figures, something I would have killed (or at least maimed) for when I was a kid. Unfortunately for me, though, the sculpting across the various ReAction lines was a bit hit or miss. They nailed the "retro" styling, but in some cases the figures themselves suffered a bit. And as happy as I was that there were now 3 3/4" STAR TREK figures, I just didn't like them as much as I thought I would. The upper bodies were a little too wedge-shaped, and the arms a bit too ...[See More]
marz -
Monday, May 21, 2018
great work! and I really enjoyed the wip-story funny,I got something similiar to this layin on my workbench...trying to do a good classic spock from an 90's playmates romulan figure and the process looks pretty close to this^^
Henchmen4Hire -
Monday, May 21, 2018
If the customizing community were larger, I think it would be cool to have a blog where anyone can post things like this. This site isn't set up for anything like that, otherwise I'd say we could host it here.

•Injection molding
The closest thing I've seen to letting us do this at home is using a high temperature glue gun to inject the glue into molds.
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Talysman -
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
It started initially by looking through this site and reading how some of the custom pieces were being produced, but I have a tendency to do projects the hard way. I agree that the price of plastic is a little steep for the learning curve, which is why I've paused in this project. I was tending to get three or four miscasts for every usable piece. Thanks for the comment
Ever ordered from Hobbylinc? in Custom Workstation by Henchmen4Hire   
Thursday, May 10, 2018
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I ordered paint to finish some jobs and was annoyed to find out how slow their cheapest shipping service is (which is almost 8 bucks). They take a week to process your order, and then they still have to ship it, which is another week of waiting. They use UPS Sure Post, which is where UPS picks up the package and then gives it to USPS to deliver.

Is waiting 2 weeks typical? Do you have to give them $20 for shipping so they'll ship it faster? lol

Buyer beware....[See More]
W.I.P. water fall with cave diorama in Custom Workstation by Edgy 3   
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
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Start with card board and wire skeleton
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Bilster packaging plastic and bbq skewers glued in place. Blasts from the heat gun to make the the surface details in the plastic

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news paper shapes hot glued in placed to be plastered over

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Painting with different earth tones
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Adding greens and grits....... clear plastic from packaging for water fall face
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Redmist -
Thursday, May 10, 2018
AMAZEBALLS!
Edgy 3 -
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Thanks brotha !!!!
Deaditor -
Sunday, May 20, 2018
It is incredibly realistic awesome job!
Mattel Supergirl Figures Custom Question in Custom Workstation by Otterboy67   
Friday, May 4, 2018
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Hello collectors;

Does anyone know if you can easily (ball joint?)
swap the heads between the Mattel "Bellyshirt costume" Supergirls, or with the Alex Ross version?

That is, the DC Superheroes S3 Select Sculpt Blue Costume, with either of the White Top costume figures, or the Alex Ross version?

I want the full blue belly costume/body, but don't like the pornstar headsculpt. Wondering if any of you have switched it for any of the other three.

ps; I'm not a brilliant customizer. That's why I'm wondering ball joint.


Thank you so much!...[See More]
ENulmerfigs -
Saturday, May 5, 2018
I think they are the same figure you should be able to heat them up a little and swap them with no issues, you may be able to swap the hair if that's what you don't like.
Otterboy67 -
Saturday, May 5, 2018
Thank you! Yes, two of the belly shirts are. Not sure about the Alex Ross version though. Can't' tell if it's even a ball joint head by pics.
ENulmerfigs -
Saturday, May 5, 2018
It might fit you'd just have to try and see. I'm guessing the Ross fig is DC direct? It may be to big. The DC direct typically have a ball in the head and neck, the mattel have a flat headed peg in the head and a ball in the shoulders. So it may not fit. You can heat them up with a blow dryer or boiling water. If you have to tug real hard it's probably not soft enough. Should be fairly easy, if it doesn't fit and you still want it done there's a tutorial section http://www.figurerealm.com/customtutorial
Searching for a customizer in Custom Workstation by 2manydvds   
Thursday, May 3, 2018
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Hi. I am very unsavvy when it comes to the world of customs, so I need some help. I need to find someone who takes commissions who is in the same league as LooseCollector. I have been having a series of figures,from the same superhero team, made by him. He is now making my sixth figure. But he has just announced that he will no longer be accepting commissions, so I am stuck in limbo. I can't have half my team looking as incredible as he makes them and then entrust the rest of them to just anyone. Can you recommend someone who is up to his standards who would accept an ongoing series of commissions? Thanks a lot!...[See More]
Redmist -
Thursday, May 3, 2018
try Henchmen4hire
Henchmen4Hire -
Thursday, May 3, 2018
Thanks Red, but any time I see "can you make it as good as this other person/team does" I know I'll never live up to expectations. (Maybe if they showed us their process we could learn a thing or two.)

Plus, I'm sick of making spandex super hero customs.

@2manydvds ...
2manydvds -
Thursday, May 3, 2018
@Henchmen4hire - I'm happy with them. The paint IS a bit on the delicate side, so they don't stand up to tons of re-posing, but they look every bit as beautiful in person as online. As far as finding a replacement artist, I do not expect them to look exactly like Loosecollector's, but I do expect a certain level of quality. I guess I'll know it when I see it. If you aren't interested can you point me toward someone who would be? I'm really distressed right now. I had such plans. After having all of Infinity Inc. made I was gonna move on to their villains, then Batman and the Outsiders, the Detroit-era Justice League and then some random one-offs like Dr. Destiny, 70's era Zatanna, and on and on. I have TONS of continuous work for the right person.
Anyone experienced with Angel Forge torsos? in Custom Workstation by FredCheckers   
Thursday, May 3, 2018
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So I have gotten the bug to make a 3.75 inch Fallout valt dweller to go along with the Megamerge power armor figures that I am repainting. I found that Angel Forge makes a Fallout 3 accurate torso for each gender.

https://shop.theangelforge.com/Torso-Fe ... -00081.htm
https://shop.theangelforge.com/Torso-Ma ... -00175.htm

What all will I need besides limbs and a head to complete those torsos?
I have moderate experience with models and miniatures, but little experience with action figures. It seems that Angel Forge uses the GI Joe system but I don't know what hardware is used for articulation. I am also having a hard time finding appropriate limbs at a similar level of detail....[See More]
Henchmen4Hire -
Thursday, May 3, 2018
If you haven't already, try the Hisstank forum, last time I was there it had a big GI Joe customs community.

...and I'm so in love with that Velma kit lol
FredCheckers -
Thursday, May 3, 2018
Thanks. Will do.
It's good to be BACK! - Custom Mandalorian in Custom Workstation by T-Man9613   
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
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Hello everyone! After almost 8 years of being inactive, I am BACK with a VENGEANCE! Just kidding, but seriously, my last login was in September of 2010. I am sure a few of the people I originally spoke to might not be on here anymore, or maybe you are. If so, please say hello and feel free to comment! If not, hello new friends! The reason that I have not been on here in so long is because I have been active on Instagram for a long time now, but I missed posting on here, so now I am back! To start off the comeback, I have uploaded some pics of one of my favorite customs I have done since I have been inactive on here. He doesn't have a name, but I think he looks pretty darn cool, if I do say so myself. If you have any criticism, good or bad, ...[See More]
Edgy 3 -
Friday, May 11, 2018
Great work !!!! And welcome back !!
T-Man9613 -
Friday, May 11, 2018
Thank you so very much!!
[Updated] Experience using Tamiya acrylic paints in Custom Workstation by Henchmen4Hire   
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
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After reading around and painting with 2 Tamiya colors today, here are some results.

I'm using:
-Synthetic brushes
-70% Alcohol as thinner
-Flat Black and normal White (acrylics)
-Painting on bare Apoxie Sculpt that's been lightly sanded (no primer)

•Don't shake the paints or you may get a bunch of bubbles, stir them before use. I used a pipette to stir them since I use it to take out a few drops of paint anyway.

•These paints are on the thin side, some look airbrush ready though I still see people suggest you do at least a 50/50 mix of paint to thinner.

•Most people suggest you use them with an airbrush because brushing them on can be tough. I have to agree to some degree, I don't recommend these for beginners. They dry a little faster...[See More]
Henchmen4Hire -
Saturday, May 12, 2018
What's up, no one uses Tamiya?
Henchmen4Hire -
Monday, May 14, 2018
Quick follow up, the Flat Black covers well, only took 2 coats to completely cover the apoxie. White however needs multiple thinned coats to avoid visible brushstrokes. I'm on the 4th right now and it looks like one more should do it.
TeknoKyo -
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
I use Tamiya acrylics BUT only with Mr.Color Thinner. I don't prime so I put on thin coats normaly 2 coats min or more more until the color is what it should be. Normally I have to put the paints onto a tray then wait for 5-10 mins add thinner then only can start painting else the paint won't stick proper due to no priming. YEP .. I hate paintin the white and yellow ... takes too many coats.. haha. I do only brush painting don't have airbrush and the Tamiya thinners never seem to work well for customizing purposes.
Cost in Custom Workstation by Cyngen80   
Monday, April 30, 2018
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Hello. I have posted in here a few times and really grateful to find a community that is so ooen and heldful.

I have tried and tried my hands at customizing figures but each end with tragic loses.

So I am curious are there people willing to do the customizing themselves? What woulf be the going rate if i offered all supplies with a list and pictures of what I wanted done?...[See More]
Redmist -
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Try IMing Henchmen4Hire.
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