School Suit Gohan Difficulty: 6/10 How to make: The little things I did to this were pretty time consuming. I cut and grinded the heck out of his neck and shoulder area. I resculpted some of it. I used a Chara Puchi Gohan head that comes on a Great Saiyaman body and added some hair to the back of it. I shortened his thighs. Everything was repainted except for the shirt as it was strangely in 9/10 condition while the rest of the figure was in very bad shape. I repainted his satchel once I realized that it was supposed to be yellow instead of blue. I'm glad I never sold his satchel when I sold my original School Suit Gohan years ago. It is a very hard to find accessory now.
Anyway, I love this custom as it puts me one step closer to being done with Gohan customs. He's the same height as the others now and looks a lot better.
Here's what his "purse" looked like before. [img src="http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f232/BrangetaBB/IMG_2863.jpg
Non Battle Damaged Late Namek Saga Vegeta Difficulty: 4/10 How to make: Shiffty sent me the original figure and the head was glued on with an enormous amount of superglue, so I had to do a lot of stuff to the head and neck to make it worthwhile. (It wasn't his fault, it was the previous owner of the figure). I filled in the battle damage, gave him a nosejob and facial reconstruction, then did what I'm going to call the "poke, slice, and glue" method of retaining articulation at the elbows and knees. It worked pretty well! I like the results a lot.
I still need to refresh and fix up my battle damaged one from the old Scene Stealers contest on old DBT.
I used a shot of a different (but exactly similar non-glue-damaged) Vegeta for the "before" pic.
Wilderness Survival Gohan in orange Piccolo gi Difficulty: 3/10 How to make: This wasn't too difficult, and because it was such a good base, there is actually no apoxie sculpt involved except in lengthening the sword and filling the holes in his back. Use a DWC bootleg Angel Goku (the one that comes in a set of 4 with SS Trunks, SS Vegeta, and Android 16 is a much higher quality bootleg (much better paint quality) than the other bootleg version). I'm not sure if the Chara Puchi Gohan I used was a bootleg or not. He had a better paint job than the other one I had, and came on a base that had a sticker on it instead of just a clear base. The dragonball was still the pale orange color, so it's probably a bootleg as well and I think he's from a series called "scouter" something.... Anyway, since the skin tone matched, I didn't repaint the skin. I didn't repaint the body at all except in areas where the paint wasn't perfect and I just tried to match the color. I also repainted the boots completely, did some dark details to the fingers, ears, etc., filled in the area where wings used to be on his back with apoxie sculpt, repainted that, repainted the hair dark black (it was charcoal), changed the mouth and eye outlining to brown instead of black, repainted the sword sheath only, made a piece of string as a strap and painted it yellow, and glued on symbols I designed and printed. Oh, and the belt, I'm not sure what I got that off of, but I just glued that on and repainted it. It was kind of a lazy custom for me since I didn't repaint the entire thing, but when something isn't broken, you don't always have to fix it.
The only thing to note about this before/after pic is that the CP Gohan head shown here I used for the other wilderness Gohan, the one in white and green. It, as I alluded to above, wasn't painted as well as the other one. In fact, it looked blurry. Plus, as you can tell, the skintone is pinker than Goku and the other head.
Also, I will be selling my Jakks custom in the near future. I might make him a sword before I sell him. Since the unmodified, ugly figure is worth about $18, I'm going to want $50 for the custom, which is a bargain.
Wilderness Survival Gohan in orange Piccolo gi REFRESH Difficulty: 1/10 How to make: The rating above is just for what I did to refresh him. I am selling this custom to Dark Gohan for $50. I made him a sword, used a piece of elastic (since his head isn't removable like my new custom for my personal collection) instead of string, and I also added another layer of clear to his face because I felt it needed it because he had a bit of semi-gloss clear mixed in the flat clear when I did it last time and this dulled it down to look better. Other than those things... things I did in years previous were resculpt the face, add symbols, redo all the skin (articulation is limited on the arms at the elbows), and I think that is all.
Just an FYI to DG: The easiest way to get the sword around him is to squeeze his legs together and put it on from the bottom and go up. It's simple. I wouldn't try stretching the elastic because you shouldn't need to.
This other Gohan is also now for sale (the one above in purple). He's also a custom. I redid the mouth and repainted the shoes. $30, which is a good deal since the unmodified figure sells for about that price.
Last Edit: Sept 17, 2013 17:08:29 GMT -6 by Branjita
Saiyan Saga Gohan Difficulty: 4/10 How to make: I started with a bootleg HSCF Gohan. I took him apart and decided to use DWC Yamcha legs (I wanted to use his original legs for my Namek Saga Gohan instead since they matched the artwork for that saga better) so I modified the Yamcha ones and sculpted the proper shoes and sash on. I was going to articulate the arms and waist, but it wasn't worth the effort and sacrifices to the sculpt. I modified the face, I took some of the features off that made him look older or weirder like the edges of the ears and made his nose much, much smaller. I modified the hair a tiny bit. I painted the pieces separately and then glued him together. I decided I hated the wind-blown sash around his head so I put an Irwin Goku belt on the back of his head instead and it looks a lot better. I glued the head on at a little less dramatic angle because I didn't want him to be looking down.
As I said above, the Jakks Gohan on the left I have customized a little is for sale for $30, but I am also going to sell my Legend of the Saiyan Gohan on the right for $10 if anyone wants it. I know it sells for a bit more than that on ebay, so this is a good deal.
Last Edit: Sept 17, 2013 17:10:22 GMT -6 by Branjita
Buu Saga Gohan in black jumpsuit Difficulty: 1/10 How to make: I had the extra parts to make this, so figured I would. I like the inaccurate one Irwin made too much to not keep it in my collection, so I thought I would make an accurate one to go with it. Note: the SS one I have in my collection has the head from the figure that came with the Mr. Satan car playset, I thought it was perfectly painted and Jakks' best paint job. Anyway, I just used an Irwin School Suit Gohan head, sculpted over the disgusting eyes, sanded smooth, and painted new eyes (and the rest of the head) on. Then I sculpted a glove and painted it. I touched up the black in areas and was able to match that color easily. I got lucky, as this body was darker than the other one so it looks like the other one has an SS glow. Easy custom. The head fit right on the peg for the other head too. It sits higher, but I don't care in this case.
Barnabas Collins from Dark Shadows Difficulty: 20/10 How to make:
Necklace: Gold string/rope I unbraided, and hot glue that I just sculpted with the hot glue gun, and candle wax. The hot glue was about 10 or 15 years old and for some reason yellow--I don't know if it was a wood glue-hot glue hybrid or what. I just have a cheap glue gun so I don't know if it is high temp or low temp. The jewel is candle wax I dripped into half of a plastic ornament (after smearing vaseline in the ornament) that I let cool in the refrigerator after I was done dripping the wax in. Then I got it out by pouring a little microwaved water on the mold and it popped out. Since wax gets all over everything and isn't durable I mixed up some epoxy and covered it. The epoxy covered irregularly (probably because of the remaining vaseline) so I put superglue in those spots the epoxy didn't cover and it ended up giving it additional color variation and texture. The hot glue I painted with acrylic paint. Delta Ceramcoat gold and Folk Art metallic charcoal with a small amount of Delta Ceramcoat silver mixed in. I used some of the charcoal/silver to tone down the gold string. WIP:
Finger extensions: I ordered these online and they were ugly but fit my fingers really well.
I cut the tips off, used apoxie sculpt to make finger tips and glued fake nails on.
The first time I painted them, I didn't like the way they looked. I used Sherwin Williams Duralast white exterior latex paint as the base (latex sticks to latex, duh) and mixed in acrylic paint.
Delta Ceramcoat doesn't make realistic colors, so this was a very annoying, long process of mixing contrasting colors in to attempt to match not just my skintone, but my skintone with white paint on my skin. I shortened the fingers to correspond with my knuckles properly after repainting them the best I could match.
Showing that the knuckles correspond
I forgot to wear the ring last night. I made it from a polished black rock from my childhood rock collection that I surrounded with apoxie and attached to a keyring that fit my finger. I then painted it gold and semiglossed it. It was easy compared to everything else.
The makeup and hair: I spent countless hours on the hair. The wig has black feathers integrated into it to make it fuller and longer in certain areas. I did most of the sculpting with the wig on the bottom of a bucket about the size of my head. The makeup took me 5 hours to apply. I ended up overdoing the white while trying to get consistent texture. I've never done makeup before some trial runs for this Halloween, so it was difficult. I used Manic Panic Dreamtone Virgin color white foundation I ordered online after reading that goths like to use it. I did not want to use the grease paint crap they sell on the halloween aisle. I ended up using too much while trying to get really even coverage and ended up super white. Everything else on my face is various eyeshadow colors, some eyebrow pencil, and mascara. My ears were hard to do since I can't see them.
Finished costume: The blazer was a single breasted blazer that is a 42R when I wear a 40L. I made it look double breasted by pulling the material over and having my mom sew buttons on and a snap for the top button to hold the lapel. She sewed the sleeves into cuffs so they would be shorter and show more of my shirt. I made cuff links to match the necklace out of hot glue and candle wax. I painted my hands with white Delta Ceramcoat acrylic paint. They say on their site that it isn't for use as face paint, but that it is non-toxic and I looked at the MSDS for it and it seemed safe to me. I didn't have any irritation at all from covering my hands, but after a few hours of people shaking my hand and my sleeves rubbing on it, the paint did crack and flake pretty bad in areas.
Figuring out how to walk to emphasize the fingers
Some pics my mom took of me outside and on the couch
I couldn't use my camera at the Halloween party/costume contest (because of the finger extensions) but here's one pic of me that somebody posted so far. I made it to the top 10 costumes, but they didn't do crowd participation for selecting the top 5. 3 of the top 5 were chosen by people at the front by the announcer, and they chose their friends. The other two were chosen by the two announcers. One chose their friend and the other chose a costume that didn't make sense as being contest worthy. A lot of people boo'ed at the decisions. That was handled poorly and was obviously not in my favor.
Here's a pic of the 2nd place winner. I haven't seen pics of the others in anybody's albums yet.
Overall, I'm disappointed I didn't win $750 but I have never been so popular with women there before (I already do alright, but this was like 400% better), I was photographed more times than George Clooney, and I had a blast teasing all the girls by running my fingers down their backs, playing with their hair, and putting my arm around them. Many were quite receptive of this and I left with the hottest girl's phone number LOL! If we actually end up going out, then I won't feel so bad about losing the contest. But does that mean I need to be in character for the date?
Improved Irwin Chaozu from late DB Difficulty: 0/10 How to make: It's very easy, you take the head off a bootleg DWC Chaozu and put it on the Irwin body without modifying the Irwin figure at all. The head looks a lot better. The paint work on the head I have is a little misaligned, but considering this custom took 30 seconds, I am okay with that. He's just going on my DB shelf anyway. The hole on the underside of the DWC head fits the Irwin body. It's so simple. You can do this without affecting the value of your Irwin figure and put the original head elsewhere for safe keeping.
Krillin from the Saiyan battle as well as Namek Saga Difficulty: 6/10 for the sculpting, 8/10 for the painting How to make: I used the legs from a Burger King Gohan, the top half from a Burger King Krillin, and the head from a Chara Puchi Krillin. For the legs, I cut the lips off the shoes and sculpted minorly. For the arms and chest, I had to shave off the undershirt and resculpt. For the head, I had to make it fit a bit better. I then articulated the neck and arms and engineered it all to work together. The belt I sculpted from scratch. The open hand is from Real Works Frieza form 4 (a bootleg). Repainting Burger King figures takes a long time because their plastic doesn't accept paint well for the first few coats and it takes a lot of paint to cover the dark pewter plastic. To complicate this, blue is notorious for being the worst color to paint with, because one mistake and you have to repaint what you got the blue on, because it has so much pigment, it doesn't just wipe off. Anyway, I think this turned out really nice. I could have done a little better job sanding the socks and articulating the arms (the angle of the left arm looks a bit off because drilling this stuff is very difficult), but I think it's near perfect. It makes me want to repaint a new coat of paint on my Cell Saga Krillin I painted years ago. I may also redo the articulation on him.
Real Works size Yamcha Difficulty: 2/10 How to make: I bought one of the bootleg Yamchas that looks like he's from the Real Works series. It's actually a bootleg of a keychain that just happens to be exactly to scale with Real Works. Anyway, both the legitimate keychain AND the bootleg have really stupid looking hair for the front of his head, so I cut it off, sculpted my own, painted it black, then cleared it. I also glued on turtle symbols on the front and back because he incorrectly had Goku's symbol on the front, and nothing on the back. I carved the eye scar which was missing, and repainted both it and the cheek scar. It looks a lot better, but I do not collect this scale, so am willing to sell it.
Namek Saga Gohan Difficulty: 5/10 How to make: I started with the torso and arms from a bootleg Super Battle Collection Vol 8 Gohan, which was kind of good, because the arms are smaller than a legit one, but the arms weren't level where they are articulated and I lacked the shirt for him. I used the head from a Chara Puchi Gohan, made it fit, and articulated it. I used the legs from a HSCF bootleg kid Gohan. I sculpted the shirt a bit hastily and planned on articulating the waist, but I scrapped that idea and just glued it on and added some width to the sash. Overall, I am very satisfied with it and it's an improvement over any existing Gohan figure as well as my old custom one.
Android Saga Gohan Difficulty: 3/10 How to make: I started with Bandai Super Battle Collection Vol 8 Gohan, lengthened his arms, added some height under his belt, and then gave him a complete repaint. I thought about modifying the hair, but as soon as I snapped it back on, I knew I didn't need or want to. Cute.
Cell Saga Krillin Difficulty: 4/10 overall, 2/10 for the touch up work How to make: I originally painted (and articulated) this figure around 10 years ago. I did a pretty good job repainting it, but it had some pink paint on it from my old Dodoria for some reason, no clear on the paint, poorly done eyebrows, a neck joint that was off quite a lot, and inaccurately colored boots. I didn't have a drill back then so the way I articulated him was PGV's method: heat up a small nail on a candle while holding it with pliers, press it into the arm to make a hole, reheat it, stick it in the body for good, cut the head off the nail, and hope it aligns. The arms aligned pretty well. The head did not. I repainted the boots, redid the face, did a red wash over the entire gi to freshen it up, repainted all of the blue, glued on new symbols, touched up areas of the skin needing it, cleared everything, and finally drilled a hole in the head in a more accurate location for the nail I used as a peg years ago. It's a much better looking figure now, even though it was still pretty good to begin with.
Cell Saga Hercule (Mr. Satan) Difficulty: 0.25/10 overall How to make: I was watching DBZ Kai and noticed Mr. Satan has blue Bulma-style eyes (much smaller though, they are practically just dots like any other male character). I looked at the Irwin figure, his eyes were solid black. I put two dots of blue and used a pen to put pupils. I like it much better now. It's very subtle though.
Namek Saga Piccolo Difficulty: 3/10 overall How to make: I started this custom a really long time ago. It was a kind of beat up AB Piccolo missing the cape. I originally tried making my own cape from aluminum foil covered with layers of liquid mold making latex (as an experiment in making a flexible cape) and it was a failure. I got the replacement cape from Adam and it was in great shape, but a really weird khaki/off white color, so I had to mix that color and paint his turban that color too. At some point I sculpted longer thumbnails for him and added some apoxie to the bottom of his heels so he wouldn't lean backwards. I originally resculpted the face a bit on this figure, but don't remember exactly what I did other than a nose job. I think I changed the eyes to a very small extent. I didn't want to fully repaint this figure, so I just tried to match the green. I didn't succeed all that well, but it looks acceptable. I repainted the eyes and the purple on the turban, and sanded some scuffs on his purple clothing then brushed on some Testors Model Masters Clear Semi-Gloss Acryl and it did a decent job at making the scuffs nearly disappear. Overall, I'm satisfied, as this is another completed custom; just lacking my usual painting flair.
Cell Saga Piccolo Difficulty: 2/10 overall How to make: I made this Piccolo from a Piccolo I may have posted somewhere earlier in this topic; a Jakks Piccolo I made replacement antennas for. I didn't paint the head very well and I didn't like it. Well, I had this Chara Puchi Nail bootleg figure I bought months ago and I never used it or had any plans for it, so I figured I better use it. I took the head off, trimmed it with my x-acto, took a lot of the nose off, and sanded a negligible amount of material off the antennas. I planned on fully repainting the body, but since I have already made one badass fully repainted Piccolo and am currently working on a second one, I didn't think I needed to. I matched the green to the rest of the body as best I could (pretty darn close!!!) and repainted the head and neck/chest. After that, I carefully boiled only the legs on the figure, and I reset them into the position I wanted, wedged a fork between his legs to make sure it held, let it cool a bit in the refrigerator, and then ran cold water over the legs to make sure they would stay spread like this permanently. Turned out great.
ANY Saga Piccolo Difficulty: 10/10 How to make: This was a very complicated custom. First, I started with a Bandai Ultimate Figure Series Piccolo. The figure came in great shape, but like many of them, the arms broke at the elbows basically immediately--the forearm plastic tore. So I had to fix that first. These figures are made from a different plastic from Irwin and Jakks figures. Super glue actually works as a permanent or near-permanent fix.
After that I worked on shortening the pegs that hold the legs. The official figure has legs that stick out too much at the hips. I don't have a picture to show this unfortunately. Strangely, the bootleg of the Kai version of this figure seems to have this corrected based on pics. This process was very difficult as the plastic this figure is made from is very hard. To be honest, I don't remember how I even succeeded in doing it; you'd have to look at my WIP topic. I tried repairing the shortened peg with epoxy several times and it never worked. Then I tried super glue and it worked permanently. The first time super glue has EVER been a permanent solution on any figure I've ever customized. Epoxy is usually the answer.
I don't remember the exact order I went through, but I decided the arms were too long at the forearms and I tried cutting them. I made it through one of them by hand, and it was incredibly difficult. I tried doing the other one and ended up using my new dremel with the cutting disk attachment. I used the kienzan/destructo disk to cut the arms at the wrist, and a spot higher up on his forearms so I could remove a chunk and still maintain the hand switching ability. I then used a different dremel tip to basically destroy the heck out of the forearms. They were too wide to simply glue the wrist back onto, plus the forearm sculpt SUCKED! After using that tip of mass destruction, I used a different one to deburr my destuction and smooth everything out. I then sculpted a new skin for these arms.
Sculpting done, I went through the extremely tedious process of painting him. It's convenient that parts of UFS figures are removable, this made painting easier, but not easy. I probably have 40 hours in this paint job. Maybe more.
If you look closely at some of these comparison photos, I think UFS or Jakks copied the mold for the cape as well as the torso and then made their own custom. It's almost like they are identical in some places.
If you can't tell, I am very happy with this figure. I am also very happy it is the last Piccolo I will ever have to paint. I only have three Namekians left to make: Kami, Moori, and Tsuno but they won't be for a long, long time.
Super Saiyan God Goku Difficulty: 3/10 How to make: This is Goku from the 2013 movie Battle for Gods. I started this before very much artwork of Goku in this form was released/leaked, but I am actually very happy with the results. I started with a Jakks series 16 SS Goku body I got from Shiffty. It had a broken neck with missing pieces so I used pink apoxie sculpt to fill in those areas. I stuck the figure in boiling water and repositioned the legs wider and let it cool like that so it would hold the stance. I used an End of DBZ Goku head for the head and sculpted new hair onto it. If you have the figure, you'll notice he had hair sculpted as a part of his forehead. I cut that off and then used my dremel with one of the green deburring tips to basically erase the evidence of hair ever being there. Since Jakks used lifeless fleshtone plastic for the head, I did not have to repaint the skin, which was kind of nice. I drilled the head bigger to fit better on the neck and did the hot glue method for attaching it to the peg I created. The body had imperfections so I touched those up with a close-matching orange color. Then I covered them with clear to make them blend and be durable. I used the fists from a bootleg Real Works Tien figure for the fists. I designed the symbols and printed them.
All in all, I really like how it turned out. I consider this a low effort custom though, as I did not bother to repaint everything, and did not spend weeks working on the hair.
Janemba (Soul of Hyper Figuration) Difficulty: 1/10 How to make: I didn't like how his purple skin was pink looking. I repainted all of the pink purple and accidentally went a bit darker with the shading than I wanted to, but it still looks great. I left all of the production paint job flaws, as I didn't want to repaint the white or red areas. Before I repainted, I should have cut the horns off his head and resculpted them as they are laying back too much. Oh well. At least I now like the figure instead of dislike it.
SS Goku (Buu Saga, Battle Damaged) Difficulty: 3/10 How to make: I bought the original custom figure from Timone, and he did a great job engineering it. To be honest, I'm not sure how much he actually had to do to make this figure. I'm not sure if the arms came on this or not. I assume the head was a #$&%* to get on that enormous neck this torso has. Anyway, I added scratches all over the skin since Jakks didn't do enough, including adding them to the face. I touched up the hair to repair some factory paint chips. I've never liked the sculpt of the shirt, so I simply went over it with some apoxie and then sanded it mostly smooth--I didn't put a lot of effort into the resculpt of the shirt. It turned out better than the original IMO. After that, I repainted the shirt blue entirely. I really like how it turned out. It looks just like SS Goku when he threw the spirit bomb at Kid Buu.