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Master Mold Nimrod Custom Action Figure

 
 
Custom #:38181  
Name:Master Mold Nimrod
Custom Type:Action Figure
Toy Series:Marvel Legends
Creator:Dr.Zom  
Date Added:April 8, 2012
Base Figure:Sentinel
Height:17.00 inches
Completion Time:100.00 hours
Articulation:28 points
I caught onto the Uncanny X-Men middle way through the Chris Claremont run; got my first of these comics (#151 vs. the Hellfire Club and Shaw's Sentinels) as a back-issue sometime around 1982. The stories that began a few years later marked the beginning of the end of that era. The eventual battle between the X-Men and hybrid Master Mold/Nimrod in issues #246-7 particularly struck a nerve with me as one of my favorite X-Men, Rogue, was sucked through the Siege Perilous portal along with the robot monstrosity--ironically as Nimrod was instigating Master Mold to destroy itself. All of this culminated in the Reavers' crucifixion of Wolverine on an X and "killing" of nearly all the X-Men through the portal, with a new breed of unlikely heroes such as Jubilee taking up the torch and most of the original members re-emerging as we know them today. Besides, what's not likable about giant mutant hunting robots?!

I started with a BAF Series Sentinel and completely disassembled it using the "Heat and Pop" and "seam incision" methods (for cracking open the torso). Destroyed the lower torso for fodder and room to build out a battery enclosure in the chest cavity. I cut two pieces of composite dowel from a driveway reflector to serve as a superstructure and then sculpted these around a battery compartment for two "AA" batteries. I drilled two 1/4" holes into his waist to set the dowels and sculpted and then sculpted some more until I had fashioned a new lower torso and anchored the chest cavity to it. The lighting itself is a strand of LEDs powered by the compartment which is accessible through a flap in the front middle torso. The On/Off switch is accessible through a flap on his back. The lights run through the chest and up into the head through two small holes. I also cut holes for the eyes and mouth to give a more realistic look.

In addition to a lot of freehand sculpting details, I sculpted fodder from a plastic drain stopper, Sentinel tentacles, the destroyed torso, and pieces of a Mojo BAF tail in lots of areas. The chest light/beam prism is part of the actual driveway reflector. I finally painted with many different coats of Citadel, Gundam markers and DecoArt acrylics well-drybrushed to obtain a brushed metal look. Finally, the disintegration beam and ice blast are both hot glue effects fashioned around the tentacle connectors.


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guaringuiri - Wednesday, May 16, 2012
man this is sick! AMAZING. the light up gave me a little scare remembering how scary sentinels were when I was 5 lol
Dr.Zom - Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Thanks man! I really wanted to add more realistic looking effects than I'd seen previously attempted for the Sentinels, and the Mold-Nimrod hybrid has always been one of my favorites. The way Silvestri drew it was very gritty and sterile--almost reminded me of some of the Decepticons of the Gen. 1 era Transformers style--was very appealing. I tried to imagine what such a metal monster would actually look like, with the recesses and various openings and grafted building materials strewn about.
Dr.Zom - Monday, April 9, 2012
Thanks again for following my thread and taking the time to leave the kind words! To say it was challenging would be an understatement--at least I'm confident now that I can figure out how to install lighting in just about anything!
Cosmic Fantasy Customs - Monday, April 9, 2012
absolutely love the work here, excellent job in customizing and exceptional execution. can't wait to see more of your work and wips.
Galactape- Middle Earth customs - Sunday, April 8, 2012
Great job man! Glad to see him finished! Happy Easter!
NeCrollector - Sunday, April 8, 2012
Very nice!
Nsp - Sunday, April 8, 2012
looks sweet
RedRebelCustoms - Sunday, April 8, 2012
That is freak'n cool!
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