Dr. Grordbort Custom Manmelter - Finished!

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.



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.






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




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




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?




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...



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!




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.



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




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...



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




Light blue colour down




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




The bulk of the case will the dark blue




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

 

tmax

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Re: Dr. Grordbort Custom Manmelter - WIP

On with the show...




Used the model decals and some stickers on the case.





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



Then gave it a matt clear coat




The gun got it's next colour down





More masking, then the next colour



More masking



And back to the light blue




Ready to un-peel




And taa-daa...



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























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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