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DrChops - Tuesday, March 4, 2014
 Re-open the figure and add apoxie sculpt or try shims (like thin plastic, glued to one surface, leave hanging out, then trim off). If it is only a little bit loose, try superglue method.
-- in reference to Body Swaps by wyLun in Custom Tutorials
DrChops - Tuesday, March 4, 2014
 If the figure is solid plastic, you can use a larger screw to make the waist rotate. If you are working with hollow pieces, I would recommend a collar-bead type assembly. Drill a small hole in one piece, sized to a paneling nail. Slide two round beads onto the nail, then super-glue the nail into the small hole, with the two beads projecting out, held in place by the nail head. Be careful not to attach the nail onto the beads with the glue, they need to spin freely. Drill a hole in the opposing piece that is a little bit bigger than the beads. Hot glue the beads in place. The beads will act as a collar, holding the figure tight together, and the nail and opposing piece will spin freely. Vaseline or chapstick can be used as a "resist" on the nail, stopping the glue from grabbing, but normally you can just spin things a bit after initial set-up, the beads will stay in place, the nail will spin, creating a very strong roto-joint.
-- in reference to Adding Swivel Joints by Jin Saotome in Custom Tutorials
DrChops - Tuesday, March 4, 2014
 At 1/12th scale many fabrics will not look right or drape right, they are too heavy. Very light fabric such as a hankercheif cloth or thin t-shirt material can work. However, fabric or real hair/fur fibers are not much in style for smaller figures. It would also be quite difficult to sew and dress 1/12th scale or smaller. With careful work, fabric or leather can be glued to a figure. way better to get some apoxie and learn to sculpt
-- in reference to Fabric Costumes by Vlad Basarab in Custom Tutorials
pock63 - Tuesday, March 4, 2014
 My hot glue gun only has one setting which is hot,
-- in reference to Making a Hot Glue Joint Tutorial by pock63 in Custom Tutorials
kodykoala - Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Hot or Cold setting on the glue gun?
-- in reference to Making a Hot Glue Joint Tutorial by pock63 in Custom Tutorials
monoloco"el cuztoymizer" - Friday, February 28, 2014
 Hello!no, you can leave it on the whole process it works better like that just turn in down a little if it starts like foaming or rising and continue dipping till its all painted black.remember this works better with the softer plastic on your figure the harder plastic takes a little longer for the dye to cover just don't let in the boiling dye for long periods of times take it out once in a while and cool with tap water bend the joints and dip again.thank for looking and let me know if you have any questions.
-- in reference to Color Dye Your Action Figures by monoloco"el cuztoymizer" in Custom Tutorials
aioria 2 - Friday, February 28, 2014
do you reheat the water every time you dip the figure?
-- in reference to Color Dye Your Action Figures by monoloco"el cuztoymizer" in Custom Tutorials
Figur3 fr3nzy - Monday, February 17, 2014
Hey realmers I'm new to this custom site but I've been an avid fan for a while now I love everything you guys do ! And my question is does this format work on smaller scale figures many thanks figur3 fr3nzy
-- in reference to Fabric Costumes by Vlad Basarab in Custom Tutorials
DrChops - Saturday, February 15, 2014
Lego hero factory and chima type toys are a current product on the market that have barbell type joints, many other types made, you can buy huge bags of parts on ebay for pretty cheap.
-- in reference to Torso Articulation by Holy_Ghostbuster in Custom Tutorials
monoloco"el cuztoymizer" - Saturday, February 8, 2014
 Hello, I don't think it matters which brand it is, They sell it in powder form too . Hope this help you,this works great .soon I will post my US Agent on this tutorial so you can see the results "no paint rub" let me know if you have more questions hope this helps
-- in reference to Color Dye Your Action Figures by monoloco"el cuztoymizer" in Custom Tutorials
GoatNinja - Saturday, February 8, 2014
 So I didn't have a dremmel or screws but decided to start doing what I could (hoping it would make feel better about twisting of my mcfarlane's leg off)... I decided to try boiling the leg and prying the peg out with a little screwdriver ... popped out without a hitch and when I looked at it I came up with the idea I would try something else... I found a small metal rod and heated up a pin to make a hole on the both the peg and the thigh to push the metal rod through... worked great! Coated with crazy glue, pushed the peg onto the rod (which is now in the thigh)and waited a few minutes, reboiled the foot piece... popped it back in and that's it... This is my first repair ever ... hopefully it will stick!
-- in reference to Repairing Broken Pegs with Screws by Mint Condition Customs in Custom Tutorials
GoatNinja - Saturday, February 8, 2014
JUST broke the exact same joint, same leg, same figure (except mine has the other head sculpt) .... so glad I found this!
-- in reference to Repairing Broken Pegs with Screws by Mint Condition Customs in Custom Tutorials
Light_kon - Saturday, February 8, 2014
Hey just wondering there is any other brand of dye I can use? Since I can't seem to get rit dye here in the uk.
-- in reference to Color Dye Your Action Figures by monoloco"el cuztoymizer" in Custom Tutorials
monoloco"el cuztoymizer" - Wednesday, February 5, 2014
 No never have just black , I don't think they make pink dye, but who knows.
-- in reference to Color Dye Your Action Figures by monoloco"el cuztoymizer" in Custom Tutorials
monoloco"el cuztoymizer" - Wednesday, February 5, 2014
 Don't know ,I think it will work if its a really light blue to a red color, but its kind of hard to tell what kind on red tone that will give you , but if you try it let me know what happens..
-- in reference to Color Dye Your Action Figures by monoloco"el cuztoymizer" in Custom Tutorials
monoloco"el cuztoymizer" - Wednesday, February 5, 2014
 Yes, I added some water I think I used 1/4 of the bottle for that size pot, 1 bottle = 1 gallon of water it depends on your size of pot you don't really need a whole gallon as long as it covers your figure and you don't burn out your dye. and I also added a 1/2 tsp of salt. let it till it starts boiling and start dipping your figure.remenber to bend the joints once in a while to get the dye in there really good .. thanks for looking if you have more questions just let me know hope it helps you.
-- in reference to Color Dye Your Action Figures by monoloco"el cuztoymizer" in Custom Tutorials
Delta T - Monday, February 3, 2014
Do you dilute the dye at all? If so, what ratio? What Temperature should you boil it at?
-- in reference to Color Dye Your Action Figures by monoloco"el cuztoymizer" in Custom Tutorials
WayneTech Customs - Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Awesome tutorial. I'll Certainly be using these techniques
-- in reference to Reaslistic Skin Tones by Darththomas in Custom Tutorials
WayneTech Customs - Tuesday, December 24, 2013
If you like Apoxie Sculpt, try the Fixit; hardens faster and more durable. Love the Sculpt but I now mainly use the Fixit.
-- in reference to Apoxie Sculpt Guide by Jin Saotome in Custom Tutorials
-=G H O S T=- - Sunday, October 20, 2013
Yes, Sculpy is a heat oven/boiling hardening clay and apoxie, like Aves Apoxie Sculpt or Milliput, are air dry sculpting materials. These are better than Sculpey
-- in reference to Boiling Sculpey by Gee_jays_Customs in Custom Tutorials
panchopantera - Tuesday, October 8, 2013
This was very educational. Man I've going about it all wrong. But now I know....and knowing is half the battle!
boozer111 - Sunday, October 6, 2013
Hey, I'm new to looking in to custom making some figures for my collection and had a question. Is this different sculpt material then apoxie? and if so which do you prefer?
-- in reference to Boiling Sculpey by Gee_jays_Customs in Custom Tutorials
sonicustoms - Monday, September 16, 2013
To whoever doesn't work with Apoxie Sculpt, DO IT! I love the stuff and can't believe I managed to even customize without it! The stuff works like a dream. It seriously is the best.
-- in reference to Apoxie Sculpt Guide by Jin Saotome in Custom Tutorials
NickyHavok1 - Wednesday, July 31, 2013
I did too.
-- in reference to Apoxie Sculpt Guide by Jin Saotome in Custom Tutorials
mandalorian3sora - Tuesday, July 30, 2013
I did not know if you were joking or not but after I bought the apoxie I litterally said "Jin satom sent me"
-- in reference to Apoxie Sculpt Guide by Jin Saotome in Custom Tutorials
NickyHavok1 - Tuesday, July 30, 2013
I would try not to sever the waist artic though.
-- in reference to Cracking Open a Figure by Mint Condition Customs in Custom Tutorials
Mint Condition Customs - Tuesday, July 30, 2013
You might have to get two of the same figure, so you can use the lower torso from one and the upper torso from another.
-- in reference to Cracking Open a Figure by Mint Condition Customs in Custom Tutorials
NickyHavok1 - Tuesday, July 30, 2013
this isn't directly related to this tutorial but it could be it's second cousin. has anyone attempted to add an ab crunch to a figure that doesn't have one? A dc direct figure for example? I'd think it just require drilling a hole horizontally thru the abs and then cutting a |-| shape thru the upper torso after separating the two halves of the figure,then using a rod of some sort (piece of a metal hanger comes to mind) to give it the pivot it'd need.
-- in reference to Cracking Open a Figure by Mint Condition Customs in Custom Tutorials
Shinigami - Friday, July 26, 2013
 None, really. I pretty much always start with the base color I need to have, in this case black. A standard black paint, not some special type. But if you're looking for primers, Citadel has a good line of those, I believe it's called Foundation.
-- in reference to Painting a Trenchcoat by Shinigami in Custom Tutorials
shaka - Friday, July 26, 2013
Love the Tutorial, but I have one question:
What type of primer do you normally use?
Thanks
-- in reference to Painting a Trenchcoat by Shinigami in Custom Tutorials
lkm2000.gl - Thursday, July 25, 2013
damn lex luthor broke poor namors wrist the other day
-- in reference to Removing Body Parts by Dr Nightmare in Custom Tutorials
SaiyanAssassin - Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Can this work with red on a blue figure?
-- in reference to Color Dye Your Action Figures by monoloco"el cuztoymizer" in Custom Tutorials
ACON - Wednesday, July 10, 2013
on a DCUC figure... Is there any way you can just swap the legs from the knee down without having to cracking the figure open?
-- in reference to Dismemberment & Prep by Buzzy_Fret in Custom Tutorials
Walkr - Wednesday, July 10, 2013
 Yeah, it was arms for a wrestling figure. It also might have been the super sculpy clay.
-- in reference to Paint and Tools by Jin Saotome in Custom Tutorials
ashen - Wednesday, July 10, 2013
nice guide but can you use enamal for toys like transformers I went in to hobby craft and they said it was pefect but whats youre veiws on it
-- in reference to Custom Beginnings by VariablePenguin in Custom Tutorials
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
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