July 8, 2013

Hoffman Avatar of Voltron... I mean Amalgamation WIP

I finally got my hands on the crazy Avatar version of C. Hoffman on Saturday :)

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Here he is all on one well packed sprue. I clipped off all the parts and got to sanding off mold lines.

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to match the rest of my crew I had to work out where to put in some gems. 1st obvious spot was to drill the eyes out of the face.

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I used a round rotary bit on the back of the mask to open up the eyes area to fit in the smallest of my green gems.

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They fit in nicely. I'll glue them in place after painting the mask.

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The chest of the robot already had a sculpted gem in the middle of it's chest continuing the Iron Man look of the other robots. I drilled this out then used rotary bits and a knife blade to expand the hole big enough to fit the largest of gems I have. I went a bit deep drilling though so had to fill it back up a bit with a cut off bit of sprue.

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There it fits in just right.

After the converting I kept cleaning parts and glued him into his stock pose.

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He really is quite a beast. Nice presence on the table. The only dissapointments I have is the plastic version of C.Hoffman seems less defined and a bit weedy compared to his metal version. Not that keen on him just being kinda strapped to the robot's arm either. Lastly The design of the feet is a bit weird, and more importantly, doesn't really fit on the top of the base. Surely the sculpter knew what size base this would be going on, yet the very fragile claw tipped feet look destined to get hooked on stuff in carry cases and break off. They also seem very flat which I don't like very much. Maybe I will think of something that extends over the lip of the base for him to stand on or I will redesign his feet.

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