Monday, August 1, 2011

8inch custom robot QEE wip - working with VINYL


custom robot QEE vinyl toy

Took a break from Gunpla after setting up my MG The O II diorama yesterday. So I started a little bit of work on my very first custom vinyl toy commission work. A client from the US basically asked me to create for him a sort of steam punk looking robot QEE and make it a ver DC23 of some sort.

I am not really aware of how an 8 inch vinyl toy could look like verDC23... should add liberal amounts of Tamiya pla plates all over the poor thing I guess. Anyways, I gave the client a concept and he liked it so far. Basically I sawed off the upper part of the 8 inch QEE and added a metal hinge at the back.

The concept is to make the whole head the cockpit of a 2.5 inch QEE. I am still thinking if the smaller 1.5 inch figure would be a better fit as the pilot. I do like the huge mis proportion of the 2.5 inch QEE over the head. Looks kinda funny but nice to see him fit exactly on the inside of the 8 inch head.

A few important things I learned while working with the toy...

  1. Tamiya thin cement and Tamiya thick cement works like a charm on this vinyl toy. The cement melts the vinyl faster than it melts styrene, so be extra careful. 
  2. You cannot or it is difficult to use mini modeling saws on cutting vinyl. A really sharp and new art knife blade would better suite the cutting job.
  3. Screws are very difficult to drive... bore a hole first before driving a metal screw. However once driven, the screw will firmly fit on the vinyl.
  4. Boring holes on the vinyl is different than boring holes on other plastics. The vinyl tends to squeeze on your drill bit, a little pressure is always needed.
Anyways, this should be a really fun non-Gunpla build. I found the concept of the opening hatch at toycutter.com. Here is the link of the inspiring work and some photos for my client...


custom robot QEE vinyl toy

custom robot QEE vinyl toy

custom robot QEE vinyl toy

custom robot QEE vinyl toy

custom robot QEE vinyl toy

custom robot QEE vinyl toy

custom robot QEE vinyl toy

Thanks for dropping by! Til' next update guys! :)
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