|Looks great until you try to pick up the pieces.|
And therein laid the problem. Because I had used a bed sheet, the paint had seeped into it, and the fibers from the bed sheet had adhered themselves to the paint. Disaster. My parts looked fuzzy. Which is not the look I was going for on the coyote, an urban assault SUV/APC crossover designed to strike fear in the hearts of cobra aligned action figures near and far . Thank goodness, a small amount of rubbing my fingers over the dry paint was all it took to remove the cotton from the paint. Better yet, it didn't leave marks or imprints on the paint itself.
So now what? I didn't want to put the pieces down on the dirty garage floor, and I didn't want to put them back down on the sheet. Thank goodness we had some plastic sheeting in our yard shed from a retaining wall project from a few years ago. I washed the dried dirt off with the hose, let it dry for a bit, and made that the new sheet for the project. I did another four or five coats on both sides, which was also a bit of a mistake. Problem number 1: the toy would smell like paint for at least a week. Problem number 2: paint was think in some of the hinge spots and places where the toy comes together, such as the elevator folds in to the back of the vehicle when the toy is in vehicle mode, making for a tight fit. But it looked pretty good.
I had been thinking about straying everything with a clear paint to keep things from rubbing off, but for whatever reason (laziness? Not knowing if it would actually work?) I decided not to do this.
|My wheels! My beautiful wheels! They look horrible!|
|The right lane is for passing. Or else.|
Over all, I was really happy with the experience of working on this first custom project. It wasn't nearly as hard as I initially thought it would be, and all the problems that came up could be solved with very little extra work and no additional cost, which was a big plus. And it looked good when I was done. This is a cool looking toy, and a great addition to my collection. I know that Hasbro is going to release Renegades themed Joe action figures. I was disappointed when I saw that they are not planning on releasing a Roadblock action figure, because I would love to put him in the driver's seat. At the moment, I have Beachhead driving the thing and have made my Coyote the primary APC of my urban commando GI Joe unit. More about them in a future post.