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1First kit bash Empty First kit bash on Fri May 17, 2019 2:49 pm

Parabellum


So I have officially completed my first kit bash. Before I go on a long diatribe I would like to thank everyone on here for inspiration and ideas, especially those that have given me a lot of tips and advice, every little tid bit helped.

So I initially got the idea to do another Golgo 13 in battle dress from the previous forum, One Sixth Warriors. A member on there had also done a different version of Golgo 13 (in all black). I love the character and thought it would be really fun to do multiple versions of him based on the different assignments he’s been on throughout his story line. I tried to keep this look fairly retro when it came to the gear and weapons (late 60’s early 70’s). I also didn’t want him to have a ton of stuff as I felt it would take away from his anime look. He’s usually clad with minimal equipment.

The uniform and boots came from DRAGON’s Vietnam line up. The gear and rifle are from ACE’s Mike Force/Force Recon figures and the body is the original made by HOT TOYS.

I didn’t have any problems getting the clothes and gear off/on, just some minor adjustments. I found using a needle nose pair of tweezers worked wonders in getting at the tiny straps and hooks. I did not have to remove the head sculpt for two reasons; the shirt fit over his face and the tie was one piece that I was able to untie. For some reason I never looked at my other figure to see if he had feet or pegs (have no idea why). When I completely undressed him I saw he had pegged feet (I bought “empty” boots). I thought I was going to have some issues with him being able to stand. But when I slid the leg all the way in the pants filled in the excess space making it a very snug fit. He can actually stand up straight without the stand.

So here he is “Battle Dress Golgo 13”. Any criticism is welcome, thanks again everybody. FYI I am doing a scuba version next, just waiting on everything to be delivered.

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2First kit bash Empty Re: First kit bash on Fri May 17, 2019 2:52 pm

Parabellum


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3First kit bash Empty Re: First kit bash on Fri May 17, 2019 5:42 pm

skywalkersaga

skywalkersaga
Congrats on completing him, he looks great! It's always such a good feeling to finally get that look you are going for!

I'm so glad that removing the headsculpt wasn't an issue in the end. And that's handy that the boots worked out ok even without the feet -- that said, if the empty boots ever become an issue and/or you want to do certain poses that don't work otherwise, etc, you can always get some loose feet for him, or switch to boots with pegs, depending on what you prefer.  

Not knowing a ton about the details of the character's different outfits, I can't comment on 'screen accuracy', but I do think that you've captured that 'minimalist' anime style quite well. It's always an interesting balance trying to translate animated characters into something real and tangible like 1/6 figures, and I think you've done a very good job of it. And now you have your own unique Golgo! Smile


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4First kit bash Empty Re: First kit bash on Fri May 17, 2019 6:01 pm

Stryker2011

Stryker2011
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Turned out pretty cool. Looks like a good bash. It’s fun, isn’t it, gathering all the parts. Be forewarned, it’s addicting.


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5First kit bash Empty Re: First kit bash on Fri May 17, 2019 8:28 pm

GubernatorFan

GubernatorFan
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I also think the kitbash turned out great. Depending on the boots, you might be able to get away with exactly what you did -- it comes in handy especially for quick or test bashes. I suppose that if you want to make this a permanent look, you might want to invest in a couple of cheap HT-compatible feet (of which there should be plenty on eBay, etc).


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6First kit bash Empty Re: First kit bash on Fri May 17, 2019 9:28 pm

Parabellum


Thank you everybody! I’m pretty happy with it. Honestly, this went really well because of your tutoring.

I might eventually get some feet but he stands very solid and it doesn’t appear right now to be an issue.

Yes! This is very addictive! I’m already making plans to do kit bashes representing some of his iconic enemies. I planned on doing more of Golgo but he is just soooooo expensive. I think 3 is enough for now. I just need to do more research on what companies are compatible in regards to the base body.

7First kit bash Empty Re: First kit bash on Sat May 18, 2019 4:48 am

skywalkersaga

skywalkersaga
Ooh, good luck with creating the enemies — that should be fun! Very Happy

And I completely understand, I’ve ended up doing several different versions of my fave character(s) as well, and admittedly hope to do several more. Does indeed get pricey though, and it’s definitely a good idea to search around for more affordable parts. : )


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not as a contradiction, but as a transcendence of the universal tragedy of man."

Focusing on the Prequels, Clone Wars, and Original Trilogy eras (NO 'sequels', thanks!)
https://the-far-bright-center.tumblr.com/

8First kit bash Empty Re: First kit bash on Sun May 19, 2019 7:46 pm

ThePhotogsBlog

ThePhotogsBlog
Congratulations. There is nothing in 1/6th modeling that I can think of that can be so satisfying as kit bash. All my figures so far are bashed and creatures of my own imagination. That's a personal thing mind-you and I'm not saying anything is wrong about collecting straight out of the box figures either only for me, it seems more fun to create the figure from the ground up with the elements that I want in it. Good luck in the future and keep up the good work.

9First kit bash Empty Re: First kit bash on Mon May 20, 2019 4:22 pm

Peaches

Peaches
I don't know the context but he has a ton of style! I can see 60's cartoon at a high level in him (meaning realistic cartoon) very cool Smile

10First kit bash Empty Re: First kit bash on Mon May 20, 2019 5:07 pm

Parabellum


Thank you Peaches!

11First kit bash Empty Re: First kit bash on Tue May 21, 2019 4:08 pm

Parabellum


Here is my second completed kit bash of the same character. On this I decided to do a scuba version.

No issues with the figure itself other than a loose knee joint. He couldn’t stand under his own weight so I threw a couple wraps of scotch tape on the joint and it kept the knee from bending. Because the tie loop was a little bigger on this particular one I was able too just pull it over his head.

The dive gear is from Toy City. I bought a dive knife but the straps aren’t long enough to fit around his leg (I’ll figure something out later). The boots and body are HOT TOYS and the weapon is from FURUTA. The weapon he is carrying is called an APS, it is an underwater assault rifle made by the Russians in the 70’s. Basically a semi/fully automatic speargun. It works both in and out of the water. The reason why the rebreather is sitting so low on his chest is because the hoses and mouth piece cover his face when worn correctly. I originally wanted to do a standard scuba tank but there where none to be found.

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12First kit bash Empty Re: First kit bash on Tue May 21, 2019 4:16 pm

skywalkersaga

skywalkersaga
That's SO neat! He somehow manages to look very stylish this way, lol. Another excellent job with this one!

Once you have your various 'looks' completed, you should line them all up, along with the original version of the figure, for a group shot. Smile


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"The happy ending of the fairy tale, the myth, and the divine comedy of the soul, is to be read,
not as a contradiction, but as a transcendence of the universal tragedy of man."

Focusing on the Prequels, Clone Wars, and Original Trilogy eras (NO 'sequels', thanks!)
https://the-far-bright-center.tumblr.com/

13First kit bash Empty Re: First kit bash on Tue May 21, 2019 4:36 pm

Stryker2011

Stryker2011
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Turned out great. Nice job.


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14First kit bash Empty Re: First kit bash on Tue May 21, 2019 5:04 pm

Parabellum


Skywalkersaga, as you requested...
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15First kit bash Empty Re: First kit bash on Tue May 21, 2019 5:17 pm

skywalkersaga

skywalkersaga
Awesome! They look great together! cheers


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https://the-far-bright-center.tumblr.com/

16First kit bash Empty Re: First kit bash on Tue May 21, 2019 6:20 pm

GubernatorFan

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Just keep him away from sharks... simply because he's lean doesn't mean they won't go for a seal snack. Smile I like the new kitbash and the look at all three of them together.


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17First kit bash Empty Re: First kit bash on Tue May 21, 2019 6:56 pm

Parabellum


Hahhahahahaha! Thank you! I’m thinking of somehow changing the number “38” on the rebreather to “13”. Maybe some black tape over the current number and then apply some stickers.

18First kit bash Empty Re: First kit bash on Tue May 21, 2019 7:09 pm

GubernatorFan

GubernatorFan
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Parabellum wrote:Hahhahahahaha!  Thank you!  I’m thinking of somehow changing the number “38” on the rebreather to “13”.  Maybe some black tape over the current number and then apply some stickers.  

Sometimes black tape (like the black "chalkboard" tape they sell) works remarkably well for reversible alterations.


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19First kit bash Empty Re: First kit bash on Tue May 21, 2019 7:38 pm

Parabellum


Great! Thx! Looking at vinyl stick on numbers right now.

20First kit bash Empty Re: First kit bash on Tue May 21, 2019 11:20 pm

actionfiguremovies2

actionfiguremovies2
They do all look great. It's like his back story before he became an agent. Very Cool.
You've been bitten by the Kit bash bug now.

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21First kit bash Empty Re: First kit bash on Wed May 22, 2019 10:03 pm

Parabellum


So I decided to change the number on the front of his rebreather from “38” to “13” (well, he’s Golgo 13). I took a clean piece of electrical tape and cut it to fit over the original numbers then applied 1/2” vinyl stick on numbers. To get the “stencil look” on the number three I took a pencil and ruler and marked the spots on the “3”. Next I took and exacto knife and cut along both sides of the pencil markings. Because the numbers are vinyl I just used a pare of needle nose tweezers to straighten them out. The reason he’s holding the fins in his hand now is because the clip holding them on his belt broke. I kind of like it better, in this way you can see all his accessories.
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22First kit bash Empty Re: First kit bash on Wed May 22, 2019 10:11 pm

Parabellum


Next was getting the dive knife on his leg. As I said before the straps where just too short. What I did was remove the buckles and lay the straps flat. I had some Velcro squares lying around so I measured the width of the straps and cut the Velcro accordingly. Next I glued the Velcro strips to the straps. Once the glue was dry I secured it to his leg and cut the excess. Came out better than I thought it would, lol.
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23First kit bash Empty Re: First kit bash on Wed May 22, 2019 10:20 pm

Parabellum


One thing I did notice is these 1/6 wet suits are not durable. I had to handle him quite a bit getting the gear on him, also there is a lot of rubbing. I’m already noticing some wear on the shoulder. I’ll probably get another wet suit as a back up at some point but I’m good for now. Unless you look real close it isn’t noticeable. I’m done with him so he’ll be static for quite sometime.
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24First kit bash Empty Re: First kit bash on Wed May 22, 2019 10:29 pm

Stryker2011

Stryker2011
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Great job. The stenciling turned out great. Be careful with the right arm position— if the suit is that intolerant of touching, etc., keeping his arm bent like that too long could further damage the suit.


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25First kit bash Empty Re: First kit bash on Wed May 22, 2019 10:48 pm

Parabellum


Thank you! I checked the tension on the suit with his arm bent and and it’s not pulling (but I will keep what you said in mind). I think when I was putting the buoyancy vest back on it must have rubbed the shoulder wrong. I had to remove it a few times to get the straps right.

26First kit bash Empty Re: First kit bash on Thu May 23, 2019 5:08 am

skywalkersaga

skywalkersaga
I’m liking the added details, he looks even more awesome now!

And it is indeed frustrating how delicate some fabric can be. Is it actually tearing a bit, or is it just getting a bit ‘picked’ when you touch it? I realize that it might have been caused by another 1/6 object rubbing against it rather than your fingers, but one thing I do as a precaution when handling delicate fabric on figures is wear gloves — the sort of tight-fitting, latex-free medical type ones. I do this just because I have had instances of my nails scratching things or even just dry skin on my fingers catching on fabric. So I often wear those when handling, just in case.


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"The happy ending of the fairy tale, the myth, and the divine comedy of the soul, is to be read,
not as a contradiction, but as a transcendence of the universal tragedy of man."

Focusing on the Prequels, Clone Wars, and Original Trilogy eras (NO 'sequels', thanks!)
https://the-far-bright-center.tumblr.com/

27First kit bash Empty Re: First kit bash on Thu May 23, 2019 8:04 am

Parabellum


It appears to be “picked” I guess. From what I can see the wet suit is made of two layers. Maybe a fabric base with the “Neoprene” over it. The base fabric is fine it’s the outer layer. I didn’t think of using gloves. Definitely for next time. Taking into account what Stryker2011 said about the arm bend causing stress I plan on periodically checking to made sure it doesn’t get any worse. Thank you everybody!

I’m not going to lie, this “kit bashing” is like crack, lol. I’m already planning several more characters. I might never buy a pre assembled figure again.....wait......that’s a lie.

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