Dr. Grordbort Custom Manmelter - Finished!

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tmax

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Most who know me know I'm a huge Weta fan (I'm a Kiwi so it's like a national requirement). Especially anything designed by Greg Broadmore which of course includes his brainchild - Dr. Grordbort. I also happen to have a thing for steampunk, so you can see why these guns do it for me. Lol.

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Managed to pick up a Manmelter while in NZ a couple years ago. Then last year found a guy in Canada selling 3 of the Grordbort guns which I purchased knowing we were heading this way. So I now have the Galiathon, the FMOM and 2 of the Manmelters.

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Rather than selling the second Manmelter I decided to custom paint one of them as Weta had themselves customised a few Manmelters...

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If you've browsed my collection you'll see I'm a big Air Force fan and also collect stuff from WWII
https://www.therpf.com/showthread.php?t=277194
So a WWII airplane paint job is definitely on the cards! The question will be, what colours go where and what insignias to use

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While I muse over these questions, I figured the best thing I could do was take the leap and prime the thing! That way there was no turning back right?

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I mean lets be honest, this is an expensive, limited edition, rare prop, so to go and paint over the amazing metal finish would just be nuts! I'm having second thoughts...

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Too late! :wacko
 
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tmax

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Re: Dr. Grordbort Custom Manmelter - WIP

Been thinking over what colours to use... I've always been a fan of the Corsair. Both the design and the colors, especially those grey-blues!

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Being a Kiwi it would be cool to use a colour scheme from a RNZAF plane. Luckily the New Zealand air force did have the corsair and in those awesome blues.

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Ours also had a white underside which I'll incorporate. And definitely the yellow for accents!

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So off to the paint store and found a couple of blues that I think will work. As well as a can of yellow. Quick test paint...

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The dark blue looks black in the pic, but it's not. The variation in the dark blue is due to half of it having a black undercoat, they other half white. As the current undercoat is grey it should sit somewhere between the 2 shades.
 

Sean

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Re: Dr. Grordbort Custom Manmelter - WIP

looking foreword to seeing the end result of this. thinking Its going to look cool very cool. :thumbsup
 

tmax

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Re: Dr. Grordbort Custom Manmelter - WIP

Hour or so of masking

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Light blue colour down

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Wanted to customise the case too. Discovered that the pewter ray gun on the cover comes off with screws. Bonus!

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The bulk of the case will the dark blue

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The top will be light blue and the ray gun will be white

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Re: Dr. Grordbort Custom Manmelter - WIP

On with the show...

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Used the model decals and some stickers on the case.

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Originally the red writing said "Fenito Benito Next Hirohito", I kept the first bit but was able to get "Toxic Nitro" out of the last bit, which I thought was way cooler and kind of ray-gun'ish. Lol.

Added the New Zealand airforce insignia

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Then gave it a matt clear coat

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The gun got it's next colour down

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More masking, then the next colour

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More masking

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And back to the light blue

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Ready to un-peel

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And taa-daa...

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Just the details to add.
 

tmax

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Re: Dr. Grordbort Custom Manmelter - WIP

Here she is all finished. Used a lot of the model kit decals to give it a war plane look.

This particular gun was number 342 of 500, thus TYPE: 342-01

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Still deciding if I should weather it or not. Weathering would help hide bad masking lines, etc.
 
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The Schlitzie

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Re: Dr. Grordbort Custom Manmelter - WIP

That turned out pretty cool. I think if nothing else, a light weathering would complete it.
 

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