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KirkyMonster - Sunday, July 7, 2013
 I use Testors and usually they work fine for me, but I have experienced something odd with it not drying properly on the soft rubber plastic like Sota Street fighter hands. Is your custom soft plastic?
-- in reference to Paint and Tools by Jin Saotome in Custom Tutorials
JayBlazeXGen - Friday, July 5, 2013
Yeaaaaaaaaa this isnt helpful without pics,sorry guys
-- in reference to Fore/Lower Arm Switch by JayBlazeXGen in Custom Tutorials
Walkr - Wednesday, July 3, 2013
I used testors and the figure I had didn't dry for over a year, the citadel paint went on good but it came off super easy. I didn't use primer of any kind so maybe that has something to do with it. Help would be very much appreciated, I've been stuck for a while.
-- in reference to Paint and Tools by Jin Saotome in Custom Tutorials
Rok - Tuesday, July 2, 2013
 I also had this problem, specially with rubber parts or soft plastic . I 'll try coating them with another layer of paint to see if it helps with removing the sticky layer...another solution could be using a little turpentine (aguarraz) to remove it ...
-- in reference to Sealing Customs 101 by Kyle Robinson in Custom Tutorials
THUNDERDRAGON STUDIOS - Friday, June 28, 2013
hello!! im having trouble with some figures staying tacky after I clear coat them any suggestions?
-- in reference to Sealing Customs 101 by Kyle Robinson in Custom Tutorials
Piledriver1993 - Saturday, June 22, 2013
Whats the brand name of the ball joints? I've been looking all over ebay but I can't seem to find anything remotely similar to them.
-- in reference to Torso Articulation by Holy_Ghostbuster in Custom Tutorials
XMenFranko - Monday, June 3, 2013
Now this is very much Appreciated......
I am going to give some tries on customs and it will be the first I ever do
-- in reference to Body Swaps by wyLun in Custom Tutorials
RedRebelCustoms - Wednesday, May 22, 2013
 Sota Street fighters are boil and pop. Boil them in 30-45 second intervals and don't leave them in the pot. Tongs help. Once you've done that and it's somewhat pliable, push the ab rod through. The pelvis on most will pop out as well. the shoulders will pop out but you can wrap a string around the inside of the joint between the shoulder ball and torso twist it around a screwdriver until it pops or just use the string to pull straight out. Do not drill the torso. It is a solid piece. A few are made of a harder plastic and take a lot of work such as Zangief.
-- in reference to Dismemberment & Prep by Buzzy_Fret in Custom Tutorials
giL - Monday, April 15, 2013
Any tips on how to prep/crack open the sota street fighter line?
-- in reference to Dismemberment & Prep by Buzzy_Fret in Custom Tutorials
hunterknightcustoms - Wednesday, April 3, 2013
I never prime any of my figures (except when a lighter color is applied on a darker one) but hey, nice and informational. Thank you!
-- in reference to Painting a Trenchcoat by Shinigami in Custom Tutorials
Charlies Angels - Tuesday, March 26, 2013
I love hoe you did the watch bit
-- in reference to Apoxie Sculpt Guide by Jin Saotome in Custom Tutorials
giL - Friday, March 15, 2013
Very helpful tutorial. I have one question and it's out of the topic, what base body/figure did u used? Thank you
-- in reference to Air Brushing by Gee_jays_Customs in Custom Tutorials
ringomendoza - Friday, March 15, 2013
Very nice tutorial. Funny and pedagogical.
-- in reference to Painting a Trenchcoat by Shinigami in Custom Tutorials
guywitdog - Friday, March 15, 2013
Am I the only one who read all of that in Samuel L. Jackson's voice? In all seriousness though, great tutorial man.
-- in reference to Painting a Trenchcoat by Shinigami in Custom Tutorials
MikeMarvel - Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Nice tutorial and thank you! Always appreciated my friend!
-- in reference to Painting a Trenchcoat by Shinigami in Custom Tutorials
Shinigami - Wednesday, March 13, 2013
 Some stock photo from google images. And thanks.
-- in reference to Painting a Trenchcoat by Shinigami in Custom Tutorials
Darththomas - Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Nice tutorial dude, where did you dig up that picture of the man holding a black dot
-- in reference to Painting a Trenchcoat by Shinigami in Custom Tutorials
Delta T - Monday, March 11, 2013
I have given this tut a passing glance a few times, but now that I have tried it all of my customs are going to incorporate this feature from here on out. Thank you so much for posting this!
-- in reference to Magnetic Ball-bearing Neck-joints by VariablePenguin in Custom Tutorials
capamerica96 - Friday, February 8, 2013
cool tutorial. I have a ML gray hulk whose leg is stuck at the upper thigh. what do you recommend?
-- in reference to How to Fix a Stuck Waist Joint by Mint Condition Customs in Custom Tutorials
JayBlazeXGen - Thursday, February 7, 2013
 maybe,Is it air dry?
-- in reference to Apoxie Sculpt Guide by Jin Saotome in Custom Tutorials
Liko - Wednesday, February 6, 2013
This is one of the BEST tutorials in here due to the clarity of it and how often this kind of repair is needed by toy collectors AND custom work alike. Excellent work.
-- in reference to Repairing Broken Pegs with Screws by Mint Condition Customs in Custom Tutorials
Liko - Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Espectacular tutorial! Much needed!!
-- in reference to Torso Articulation by Holy_Ghostbuster in Custom Tutorials
Marv-El - Wednesday, January 30, 2013
 Hm. Thanks, I won't try that. I'd used it to swap arms and legs but hadn't tried on putty.
-- in reference to Custom Beginnings by VariablePenguin in Custom Tutorials
VariablePenguin - Wednesday, January 30, 2013
 I'm not sure that using a heat gun would be a good idea. There is so much heat generated by one that it would probably warp or melt the figure underneath.
-- in reference to Custom Beginnings by VariablePenguin in Custom Tutorials
Marv-El - Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Can Sculpey be hardened with a heat gun? Thanks from a noob, both to this board and customizing in this style, to everyone for the helpful tutorials and tips .
-- in reference to Custom Beginnings by VariablePenguin in Custom Tutorials
thegunny - Saturday, January 26, 2013
Ever try this with a lighter color, like maybe pink? I am working on a custom Twi'Lek and would like her to be pink-skinned.
-- in reference to Color Dye Your Action Figures by monoloco"el cuztoymizer" in Custom Tutorials
Keysersoze80 - Saturday, January 19, 2013
Thanks for the tutorial!
-- in reference to Custom Beginnings by VariablePenguin in Custom Tutorials
wolverineboy97 - Saturday, January 12, 2013
can someone do a tutorial on how to sculpt a face for a 6 inch action figure ?
-- in reference to Sculpting Clothing by Kyle Robinson in Custom Tutorials
Jmanjot Customs - Thursday, January 10, 2013
Cool. I might use this on guns.
-- in reference to Dry Brushing by Dr Nightmare in Custom Tutorials
Darththomas - Monday, January 7, 2013
 You're welcome, glad it helped you and welcome to the hobby bud!!
-- in reference to Reaslistic Skin Tones by Darththomas in Custom Tutorials
FengLok - Monday, January 7, 2013
Thank you very much for posting this, just getting into modding!
-- in reference to Reaslistic Skin Tones by Darththomas in Custom Tutorials
guaringuiri - Sunday, January 6, 2013
this helped a lot thanks. doing 3.75 eyes are driving me nutts
-- in reference to Painting Eyes by rateeg in Custom Tutorials
wolverineboy97 - Monday, December 31, 2012
this was great now I know what to do if I take amold of a head
-- in reference to Converting Swivel Heads by Kyle Robinson in Custom Tutorials
detection - Sunday, December 30, 2012
Does anyone have suggestions for adding a cut waist to a figure that doesn't have one? Would the screw technique work? Or a piece of a coat hanger? Though that doesn't have the mushroom effect...
-- in reference to Adding Swivel Joints by Jin Saotome in Custom Tutorials
JayBlazeXGen - Friday, December 28, 2012
Cool
-- in reference to Color Dye Your Action Figures by monoloco"el cuztoymizer" in Custom Tutorials
wolverineboy97 - Thursday, December 13, 2012
awesome I've gotta try this soon meowers fds
-- in reference to Steel Claws by Kyle Robinson in Custom Tutorials
wolverineboy97 - Wednesday, December 12, 2012
ok what if I can't find THAT exact same light up sword at walmart ? im in canada just asking but im gonna look for it tommorrow dudy !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
-- in reference to Optic Blasts by Kyle Robinson in Custom Tutorials
Jaida - Friday, November 30, 2012
Do you know if it's possible to make a clear yellow if you add some yellow acryl to clear acryl? Testors doesn't make it and I wanted to know.
-- in reference to Metallic Color 101 by Kyle Robinson in Custom Tutorials
Rogue - Monday, November 26, 2012
Silly but helpful! Thank you!
Rogue
-- in reference to Basic Joint Disassembly by Dr Nightmare in Custom Tutorials
ryanisawesome124 - Thursday, November 8, 2012
I smell slenderman figure
-- in reference to Symbiote Tendrils by Kyle Robinson in Custom Tutorials
ReachCustoms - Sunday, November 4, 2012
you can get them at Hobby stores that sell GW paints
-- in reference to Make a Base by Jin Saotome in Custom Tutorials
Kyatollah - Thursday, October 11, 2012
This is great. I think I might adapt this to add ankles to some TMNT figures with static legs.
-- in reference to Articulating Digits by VariablePenguin in Custom Tutorials
Jaida - Monday, October 8, 2012
are there any kinds of sealer that don't dull your colors like modge podge matte does? The bright red on my figure dulls when I use it.
-- in reference to Sealing Customs 101 by Kyle Robinson in Custom Tutorials
Rellim Vad - Monday, October 8, 2012
Great tutorial. I have recently started doing more in depth customs and I am learning body swaps. I have recently swapped a lower on a DCUC figure and the waist swivel is now very loose. Do you have any suggestions for tightening things up?
-- in reference to Body Swaps by wyLun in Custom Tutorials
Skydive - Friday, October 5, 2012
 Hi, it' s a simply plastic shape that you can find almost everywhere. I usually work the little protective caps of the throwaway razors, but you could use even other stuff (in plastic, surely) that could be glued in the leg of your figure.
If you have other question, please feel free to ask me.
Ray
-- in reference to Cheap Holsters for Action Figures by Skydive in Custom Tutorials
CosmicKid123 - Friday, October 5, 2012
What are the materials needed? Please tell me what did you use for the holster
-- in reference to Cheap Holsters for Action Figures by Skydive in Custom Tutorials
Shinobitron - Sunday, September 23, 2012
 Thank you for checking out my TF tutorial. This tut is probably around 5 years old when maybe only a handful of people were customizing TFs, so this many years later there are several new things that should be added to it. I'm sure by now there are plenty of step by step pic tuts, but an equal amount of step by step video tuts. As such I would suggest looking up some of those or really as much as you can find cause it all can help even if there's just a little bit of newer information to learn on each one. Anyways onto your questions, here's some quick pointers:

Paint Damage: For a beginner, using the drybrush method would be effective for this. Silver(s) will be the ideal color for this of course and once you have your brush ready, go around certain edges of the figure and spots where you believe it would have taken wear or want it to have wear. Use liberally.
**Generally this paint damage step is administered once the figure is nearly or fully painted as it should look once its done or about done. It should nearly be the final paint step(s) once the figure is assembled.

Battle Damage: I don't do a whole lot of this to my TF customs, but you will generally need some sort of dremmel tool. You can do this when the figure is disassembled, but to make the figure as a whole more streamlined in the damage aspect I'd suggest adding the damage to the figure before it is taken apart. Since TFs are so diverse in scale and transformation methods, depending on what you are working on will really be up to you. Just be sure not to interfere with the transformation method when using the dremmel. A lot of careful planning goes a long ways.

Of course you can combine these methods which is generally the case. If you've done the "battle damage" to the figure then of course you have to also incorporate the "paint damage" effects. However, you can do "paint damage" effects without having to use a dremmel thereby not having to incorporate the "battle damage" effect.

All in all though when it's all said and done, it really boils down to the individual choosing what methods really work for them. I hope these quick pointers help you out.
-- in reference to Painting Transformers by Shinobitron in Custom Tutorials
spartan0225 - Saturday, September 15, 2012
I am just getting into painting transformers I was wondering how you do the paint damage and how to do battle damage on on the figures
-- in reference to Painting Transformers by Shinobitron in Custom Tutorials
ALOPEZ527 - Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Hi. Newbie to all this. I was wondering if there was a more softer or bendable epoxy product to use for long female hair and clothing like jackets scarfs loin cloths and capes. I hear sculpey has a product that when after you bake it it is still bendable. Has anyone used it before?
-- in reference to Apoxie Sculpt Guide by Jin Saotome in Custom Tutorials
JmTrtt - Sunday, September 9, 2012
This was pretty well done! I saw the shadow creatures on the wall, a nice touch to make the instructional funny!
-JT
-- in reference to Basic Joint Disassembly by Dr Nightmare in Custom Tutorials
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