A few questions before attempting my first ever custom
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A few questions before attempting my first ever custom

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Hello all, I'm new to these forums and I've been looking through a few of the tutorials here on making custom figures.

The figure I want to make is a Green Lantern Batman. I want to use the DCUC Hal Jordan body with some parts of a DCUC Batman figure (obviously the head, gauntlets, and his utility belt). I've looked at the tutorial on how to easily remove DCUC figure belts and I noticed after you remove the belt there is a gap in the figure.

My question is: is it possible at all to squeeze a belt into a figure body that does not have the gap if I open up the figure? If not, would it be feasible to cut the top molded piece of the belt and just glue it around the waist?

My other question is are there any good tutorials for making custom capes from fabric rather than having the hard plastic that most of these action figures come with?

Thanks for any help.

Posted by kenmasters226
on Friday, June 17, 2011
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kenmasters226 -
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Thanks for the reply. As for the fabric cape, I decided against it for this particular figure due to the fact that the characters cape is black on the outside with a green inlay. I just painted the inside of the plastic cape green instead of trying to put two different color fabrics together.

I wanted to post a picture of my work in progress but I can't yet post links in my posts so I guess I won't be able to get some feedback.

For some reason I had a lot of trouble with white paint. Is this common when painting action figures? I repainted almost an entire figure with blue from the same set a while back and it went on very nice and easy yet the white had so much trouble setting in and smoothing out.

I still need to do a few paint touch ups on the gloves and belt and add the power ring to his hand but so far I really pleased with how it's turning out for my first custom. Unfortunately, I cannot post a picture of my work so far so I can get some tips .
Automatauntaun -
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
As for the belts, I would if using a dcuc or any belt that has that disk like over lap that sits between the torso and pelves,
Cut it off. If you try and squeez it into a tight fitting spot it will probubly cause all sorts friction.

As for fabric capes, I have not seen a good tutorial. I am looking to make one. But haven't
Made the cape yet? So I can't say if it's worth it. I would suggest,
A cloth cape would consist of two prices of material. With any kind of twist tie
Or plastic twist( like the ones that hold figures into their shells?)
Attached with fabric glue to the inside of one pics of cloth. Then sow the two pices together,
Enclosing the flexible items inside. The rolling them under and re sowing them to creat a seam of sorts?
Again this is a theory so I have to try it first.
Other the. That their was a guy who won the slimed or bug contest that used the same twist ties
And a layering of a brush on drying rubber to make a malabul rubber cape witch looked
Awesome! And seemed to be very movable?
Hope it helps
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