Thanks! I tried a lot of different parts combinations looking for something that would resemble a bulky closed jacket, but nothing worked. Ended up going with "Ol' Reliable," ceremony Luke. Was really happy to see the TVC Ponda Baba get a re-release - The hands especially are useful for a lot of different customs.
Swapped a few more Stormtrooper Han heads and updated some older customs.
The Death Star escape Han is a mild custom from years ago, using a VOTC Han with the belt & comm unit from the TVC DSE Luke.
Fitting the TVC Bespin Han neckpost was easy. Drilled out the head with an 11/64" drill bit to deepen the hole, then lightly Dremeled it for a secure "snap" fit.
The Echo Base Han is another older custom, using a TVC Bespin Han with the arms and coat from the TVC Echo Base Han. The EB Han uses a hard plastic torso, and the shoulders had large round discs instead of pegs. After cracking the EB Han torso, I tapered the discs via sanding so they could be inserted in the Bespin Han shoulder holes.
A couple of notes:
Heads fitted to the VOTC body also fit the TVC carbonite Han. Since Glassman Customs already did a spiffy repaint of the stock head a while ago, I'll skip this swap.
The stock Stormie head is a slightly loose fit on the newer AT-ST pilot body, if someone wanted to make a AT-ST disguise Han. For me, there's so little of the face showing under the helmet that the TVC Bespin Han head (with a dab of greenstuff) works fine.
Thanks! :grin: $14 for a head swap probably seems ridiculous to a non-customizer, but if you compare that to buying a custom head cast, having it painted, and fitting it, it's a bargain. And I can think of worse things than having extra SA Stormtrooper bodies with great helmets and blasters in the fodder box.
From my perspective, the only downside to this head is that it's got a limited range of motion. It's a trade-off that I can deal with, though.
That headsculpt seems to be a really good one for ESB Han. Both the Bespin and Hoth trenchcoat versions look great. I think his hair is more accurate with respect to Empire and while the VC Bespin Han is a good one, you've convinced me to get at least a couple of the new stormtrooper Han to try this.
Body parts were stripped of any factory paint, then dyed with Hi-Tech "Gray Metallic" vinyl dye. The neck was painted with Testors "Light ghost gray" to match the CC pilot's skullcap. To fit Malar's helmet, I found a donor head that fit the neckpost (an unknown Luke head) and sanded it into a ball that fits snugly inside the helmet.
A note about the scanning tech's torso: The shoulder holes are so deep that it's usually necessary to trim pegs of arms you're trying to use; otherwise, the pegs will hit and you won't be able to seat both arms.
I considered trying to hollow out the helmet, but I think I'd have to trim the back of the helmet below the silver tubing to get it to work. That'd leave his neck and part of his head exposed.
Group shot of the boys:
Cantina dude (yellow spacer) is too self-conscious about the paint rub on his nose to remove his helmet. Someday I'll hook him up with a head cast in flesh color.
The last two are fairly standardized recipes by now. Thanks to the originators!
Torso, arms, pelvis, thighs, boots: LC/TVC Imperial scanning technician
Shins: KOTCS Mutt Williams
Head, vest, blaster, spool backpack (not shown): 5POA Bodhi
Hands: TBS General Lando
Body parts were stripped, then the shoulder emblems were masked with patties of blue-tac and the forearm device was taped off. Pieces were then dyed with Hi-Tech "Dark Gray." I used a mix of Testors "skin tone warm tint," "skin tone tint base," "leather," and "olive drab" to approximate the head's skin tone on the hands and neck.
The legs from the LC Rebel flight crewman might work better, but I only have one spare of that guy and I keep thinking I'll eventually use him to make a Tzizvvt.
I dislike painting hands, because they're vulnerable to damage from handling weapons, etc. Ideally, I would've used hands from a LC Talon Karrde, which matched the head fairly well. Unfortunately, Karrde's wrist pegs were too small. I might've been able to fit them with teflon tape, but it would've taken a lot of passes. (***While typing this I realized I could've superglued pegs into Karrde's hands... Wish the thought had occurred earlier!***) Couldn't find anything suitable in my ROTLA donor pile, either. Even thought about cutting the hands from a LC Jango Fett (rolled-up sleeves civvies version) and supergluing pegs, but his thick wrists would've required sanding to match the tech's sleeve cuffs. As a last resort I went with painting. Matching skin tones always gives me fits, and this time was typically horrible. My first handful of tries dried too light, with a pallid gray result. Eventually, I went heavy on "leather" and got a tone I could live with. I've read that "acrylics dry darker" but that has not been my experience, especially with skin tones. Should have sanded the casting flash from the hands, too... Another item added to my "eventually get around to" list. :grin:
Fairly basic -- Trimmed the hood from the 5POA robe with an X-acto and cleaned up the edges with sandpaper. Cut a slit up the front of the robe, stopping near the top so the robe appears fastened by the hood's "clasp." Trimmed the hands' wrist pegs. That's it!
Although I can swap out the hands for the "lightning" versions, I'll build another version with the lightning and snarling face. Just need to track down another Darth Sidious robe.
You are now the king of cantina spacer dudes. Seriously good work here my friend. When I saw a new update, I went, OOOOhhh!, kind of like in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back when Jay hears Goodbye Horses (from Silence of the Lambs for those unfamiliar with the tune), put on some chapstick, mock-tucked my junk and did a little dance. I'd customize these. I'd customize these so hard.......
But seriously, these are fantastic. Keep rollin' 'em out.
Edit: I'll do some digging, maybe I can find that Emperor's robe you're needing, will PM with search results. Say...is he about a size 14?
Thanks, but I'm far from the first to think of this parts combo. Off the top of my head I know that Jodo and Customs for the Kid have done versions of this guy. Probably more that I've seen but can't remember right now.
Just finished an easy and long overdue Spacetroopers upgrade. After my recent Han headswap festival, I had a handful of now-headless Han Stormtrooper bodies, and another handful of terribly yellowed LC Spacetroopers - Seemed a logical idea to combine them. The only real obstacle was mounting the jetpacks. After bouncing through a few overly complex ideas involving magnets and double-sided automotive emblem tape, I decided the cleanest method would be to transfer the Spacetrooper back plates to the new bodies. For anyone not familiar with the LC Spacetrooper, the back has a separate plate with slots on the sides for the jetpack clips.
Pessimistically expecting the plate to be glued in and hard to remove, I hacked the first donor torso apart with plastic cutters. My plan was to cut as close as possible, then sand the plate down as necessary. I didn't want to damage the edges by prying anything. While trimming, though, I could feel and hear the plate shifting around in what was left of the torso. As an experiment, I loosely pried it with a razor knife and it popped right out! The next four plates took about a minute to remove. :grin:
Caution: I bought these five Spacetroopers in a lot from one of the Chinese sellers years ago. Probably Tunghori or the late, great Viperskingdom. The point being, it's possible the plates may be glued in better on other Spacetroopers. I've received figures in the past from these guys that had completely skipped the sonic welding and gluing phases - Great if you're disassembling for customs, but probably an issue for most buyers.
You can also see some of the torso yellowing below - It might not look too bad here, but this pic was taken a couple of weeks after a two-day soak in 12% hydrogen peroxide. The torsos were sparkling white when they came out, but were turning back already. Not to mention this was the second soaking in the last couple of years.
After popping the plates, I removed the plugs by sanding them on a sheet of 220 grit wet-or-dry paper laying on a flat surface (bathroom countertop). I intentionally left the sanded surfaces roughed up to help the epoxy adhere.
I then sanded the raised details from the backs of the Han Stormies in the same manner. As a precaution, I bent the arms forward and twisted the torsos 180 degrees so that the arms and detonator cannisters wouldn't get accidentally sanded. I used Loctite two-part epoxy to glue the plates to the bodies.
Here's a comparison between the Han Stormie on the right and my only non-yellowed LC Spacetrooper on the left. Re-using the Joe Johnson heads would have been more trouble than it was worth - Would have needed to drill the sockets deeper, then fill them with greenstuff for a tight fit. *Bleah* I used some Dutch Vander heads instead.
The final step was to drill small holes in the helmets for the air hoses. Unless there's something I'm overlooking, it seems impossible to fit the new blasters in the holsters. I'll probably try some of the earlier E-11 molds.
I was able to get a Jabba's Skiff Guards three-pack for $21 at a local shop's Christmas party. This let me finally hack up a Sgt. Doallyn figure without stressing about the cost.
I sanded the neck post and Dremeled the head. Here's a comparison of the modified post and an original. It took a lot of sanding and a lot of MST3K episodes, but I ended up with a nice fit and good range of motion.
The recurring nightmare:
On the subject of nightmares, I tried to piece together an upgraded torture rack Han. It's a TVC carbonite Han with the jacket, arms, and head from the TAC torture Han. The TAC Han has a hard plastic torso and the arms are held in by large flat discs instead of pegs, so I cracked the torso and sanded the discs into pegs so they'd fit in the new torso. The inner jacket has sculpted grooves/channels that fit over the original torso, so I sanded down the new torso to fit in the recesses and let the arms assume a near-normal relaxed position. Other than the weirdly angled scurvy-leg sculpt, the new figure's main shortcoming is a neck that's too short, but I'll take it over the original. A better pair of hands is in the works.
I also Dremeled a stormtrooper Han alternate head for the "My friend" and subsequent Wing Guard hickory shampoo scene.
Speaking of stormtrooper Han heads, I threw one on a TBS Dutch Vander. I've got to believe that Han was able to con stick time in a T-65 at some point.
Thanks for looking - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!