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Plasto

K3PO from Bandai C3PO

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Hi,

 

Very occasionally I drift into a bit of Sci-fi Modelling.  I’ve been watching Lincoln Wright’s excellent ‘Paint on Plastic’ You Tube channel and this has spurred me on to have a go at a Ma.K build at some point but a built but not glued Bandai 1/12 scale C3PO kit turned up on our local equivalent of EBay...

 

So for not many dollars it’s arrived today and is thankfully as advised unglued. The seller was a Lego enthusiast who doesn’t have room for more stuff so C3PO got the chop and had arrived intact and with all of the alternative parts on the sprue. 

 

I fancy converting  him into K3PO the white Protocol Droid seen on ESB on Hoth.. 

 

K3PO is on screen for only a few moments in a couple of scenes..

 

The conversion is simple and is a paint job 

I intend to do ‘him’ in active condition without the blaster damage you see in the final scene...

 

Might he an excuse to watch ESB again for research...

 

here is what I have...

 

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here is where I’m heading...

 

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it would be good to light the kit eyes.... I’ll have a think on that..

 

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Sounds like a great project. Are you stripping the plating or painting straight over it?

 

Andy:cat:

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3 hours ago, AndyRM101 said:

Sounds like a great project. Are you stripping the plating or painting straight over it?

 

Andy:cat:

Painting over....

 

I think lacquers will have enough bite into the plating to adhere ok...

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If you scuff the plating paint will have better adhesion. I used to do that with automotive chrome covered plastic grills years ago. Always hated chrome to gaudy for my taste.

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Might be a bit late for that he’s got the first coat of lacquer primer on as we speak...

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Ok so the base primer layer seems to have gone down well and it adhering ok....

 

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its got a slight off white golden hue which looks cool...

 

I used Tamiya Rattle can fine surface white....

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Hi,

 

Base paint is done.. in the end he had a couple of coats of Tamiya Basic white primer out of the rattle can, then a coat of Racing white also ut of the rattle can followed up with a light dusting of USN Insignia White...

 

I debated painting the 'pips' on.. I can punch a mask easy enough and I also have access to some floquil Caboose red which I suspect it the colour on the 'real thing' ..  In the end I punched some decal discs out of some spare RAF roundels.. Which was a bit easier... 

 

I think they look ok and in proportion to the screen shot from ESB..

 

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I'll let the decals set up and give the paint a good few days to fully harden off before I start some basic weathering..

 

Any comments or tips welcome...

 

Cheers

 

Plasto...

 

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Hi does anyone know what type of LED works best for the eyes on C-3PO??

 

Im picking it’s a SMD type to get the size? Anyone have an idea or part number??

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Cheers,

 

I did a bit of  digging and it seems the preferred thing is a 0805 SMD LED.

 

They are available on EBAY for a few $.

 

That and some .2mm magnet wire should get most of the job done...

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