Home Menu

Menu



Closed
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old May 9th, 2011, 03:02 PM #1
Remmy 84's Avatar
> Remmy 84
King of the Munchkins!
 
Joined: Aug 2010
Posts: 1,198
Remmy 84
King of the Munchkins!
Remmy 84's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2010
Posts: 1,198



Power Morpher Restoration and Customisation

Hi all.

I recently aquired two power morphers in varying conditions.








Both had terrible sticker wear and one was severly beat up. I got on here straight away seeing if there was anybody who could make them look like new, when someone suggested i would enjoy it more if i did the work myself.

Here is how i got on

STEP 1

Remove the stickers. I have seen on another thread since starting this that a product called GOO GONE PLANT POWER works wonders for this. However i couldn't find this in the UK. So i did it the old fashioned way: Nail Pollish remover, fingernails and a whole lot of patience. Now before you all scream no for the nail pollish remover, remember this: If you use it in moderation and VERY sparingly there are no issues with this lovely substance. Abuse it and it WILL make you cry as it eats away at your plates. I chose to use this as i had it in the house, i had used it many times before when building Air Fix kits, and because i wanted to be honest. I would have loved to use Goo Gone, but as i said, I could not locate it.

Peel the stickers off as best as you can with your fingernails or a blunt metal instrument. Butter knives worked wonders for me.
Take a cotton bud and lightly dip it into the nail pollish remover. Gently wipe the cotton bud over the stickers and watch as it removes them. You may need to apply gentle pressure to remove some tricky stickers. As you can see i learned the gently gently approach the hard way.





The next one i tried more gently and with better results.



I realised this was slightly less important as i would be priming the plates anyway and the paint being stripped did not matter as much as i feared.

NOTE - NAIL VARNISH REMOVER CAN AND WILL DISOLVE PLASTIC IF TOO MUCH IS USED!!!

STEP 2

Remove the plates. This is possibly one of the easiest tasks you will undertake in this project. Firstly pop the morpher open using the button on the side (try and refrain from shouting various extinct animal names when you press the button). On the revers sde of the now open plates you will see two screws on each plate. Remove these screws and store safely.



Now we can see the freshly exposed plates for the first time.
With all the stickers removed and the plates off the morpher, now would be the time to prime the plates.

STEP 3

Prime the plates. Ensure you use a primer that is designed to be used with plastics. Using the wrong primer/paint can have fatal consequences for your prized possession.

Spray carefully and constantly. Keep a relative distance from the plates and ensure you dont keep in one spot for too long.



Allow time to dry if you intend to do multiple coats, this stuff is very thick bear in mind. My plates only needed 1 coat.

STEP 4

Painting the plates. I used a silver spray paint on one set and a gold paint on the second. Ensure the plates are supported and wont blast off when spraying. This sounds odd advise, but as i found out some paints are powerful. My gold paint was very gentle, whereas my silver paint nearly threw it off my table.
The same premise goes with painting as it does with priming. Use a sweeping motion over the plates and dont focus on one area for too long. If you do you could get a paint build up in some of the reccessed areas, or you can get running paint which can ruin your entire work so far.





Re-coat as necessary but dont go crazy, as like the primer you can fill in the reccessed areas with too much paint. Allow to dry for a few hours just to be on the safe side.



Then return the plates to the morpher and admire the new look.

STEP 5

Applying the stickers. I went for Reprolabels as they are the only ones i have seen available. They arrived less than a week after ordering. Very happy with them and they seem excellent quality. Others i have been told since are available





Take your time on this bit. This was by far my most worrying part as one slip up would ruin my stickers and mean i may have had to start again. Turns out the stickers were of a fantastic quality, easily re-positionable if placed wrongly and the black lightning bolts were almost a plastic type of sticker rather than paper.





And thats it. My morphers are finished and ready for my display case which im also making myself to show off these work of arts

Display Case

So while my paint was drying i contemplated making a display case for these, as it would be a shame to just have them sat on my shelf. I looked into getting a shadowbox frame (I think thats what they're called) but they were quite expensive and i couldn't find any in the UK.

Thats when i thought it would be a great idea, since doing all the work on the morphers, to do all the work on my case.

I started with this stuff: http://www.opticsplanet.net/pelican-...-foam-set.html. I had "aquired" some of it from my work and it seemed like a good start.



I placed the morpher on and drew vaguely round it in chalk, which made it easier to see where i could pop the innards out. Once out i could remove a few millimetres from the inserts and re-insert.



As you can see the morpher sits in quite nicely and so do the coins Even though not pictured yet...



Next came the hard part, upholstering. I decided to aquire some fabric from hobbycraft. The measuring/cutting was fine, but when it came to affixing the fabric i found regular glue and double sided sticky tape just weren't up to the task. I opted to go for spray adhesive, for fixing carpets. The only downside of this was that excessive use could soak through the material. (bottom right square shows how the adhesive can soak through)



I tried finding a suitable chest to place them in, but couldn't find anything to accomodate the setup i had. So i started again after recieving my new chest from here:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...=STRK:MEWAX:IT

And here is the almost finished article. Need to varnish it or paint it, haven't decided what i should do with it yet.



Last edited by Remmy 84; June 5th, 2011 at 03:01 PM.
Remmy 84 is offline    
Old May 9th, 2011, 03:11 PM #2
gagecook45's Avatar
> gagecook45
The Original Badass
 
Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 5,155
32
gagecook45
The Original Badass
gagecook45's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 5,155
32



I hate to tell you friend but:

1. Your pictures don't work

2. There is a thread JUST like this stickied to the merchandise section so that these type of threads are unneeded. A+ for effort though (well maybe an A- for the lack of pictures).
gagecook45 is offline    
Old May 9th, 2011, 03:20 PM #3
EuphoricDorian's Avatar
> EuphoricDorian
99 zulu, Combat Ninja.
 
Joined: Mar 2010
Posts: 1,991
256
EuphoricDorian
99 zulu, Combat Ninja.
EuphoricDorian's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2010
Posts: 1,991
256



gagecook45 wrote: View Post

I hate to tell you friend but:

1. Your pictures don't work

I hate to tell you friend but:

His pictures do work. You just suck
EuphoricDorian is offline    
Old May 9th, 2011, 03:22 PM #4
gagecook45's Avatar
> gagecook45
The Original Badass
 
Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 5,155
32
gagecook45
The Original Badass
gagecook45's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 5,155
32



EuphoricDorian wrote: View Post

I hate to tell you friend but:

His pictures do work. You just suck
Way to be slow to the show doucher. They DIDN'T work when I posted.
gagecook45 is offline    
Old May 9th, 2011, 03:22 PM #5
Remmy 84's Avatar
> Remmy 84
King of the Munchkins!
 
Joined: Aug 2010
Posts: 1,198
Remmy 84
King of the Munchkins!
Remmy 84's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2010
Posts: 1,198



But dont they look pretty now
Remmy 84 is offline    
Old May 9th, 2011, 03:29 PM #6
gagecook45's Avatar
> gagecook45
The Original Badass
 
Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 5,155
32
gagecook45
The Original Badass
gagecook45's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 5,155
32



They do indeed man, and honestly it's a very good tutorial.
gagecook45 is offline    
Old May 9th, 2011, 03:31 PM #7
Remmy 84's Avatar
> Remmy 84
King of the Munchkins!
 
Joined: Aug 2010
Posts: 1,198
Remmy 84
King of the Munchkins!
Remmy 84's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2010
Posts: 1,198



Thanks man. I seriously tempted to get a hemet kit
Remmy 84 is offline    
Old May 9th, 2011, 03:39 PM #8
MnemonicSyntax's Avatar
> MnemonicSyntax
Banned
 
Joined: Mar 2007
Posts: 12,003
1
MnemonicSyntax
Banned
MnemonicSyntax's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2007
Posts: 12,003
1



gagecook45 wrote: View Post

I hate to tell you friend but:

1. Your pictures don't work

2. There is a thread JUST like this stickied to the merchandise section so that these type of threads are unneeded. A+ for effort though (well maybe an A- for the lack of pictures).
No, Remmy and I talked about this after I stickied the other thread. This one is cleaner, more professional and doesn't beg to be stickied. So, this one becomes the de facto tutorial.

Last edited by MnemonicSyntax; May 9th, 2011 at 05:00 PM.
MnemonicSyntax is offline    
Old May 9th, 2011, 03:51 PM #9
D-D-D-Demon!'s Avatar
> D-D-D-Demon!
Demon, dood!
 
Joined: Jan 2010
Posts: 3,510
D-D-D-Demon!
Demon, dood!
D-D-D-Demon!'s Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2010
Posts: 3,510



MnemonicSyntax wrote: View Post

No, Remmy and I talked about this after I stickied the other thread. This one is cleaner, more professional and doesn't beg to be stickied. So, this one becomes the de facto tutorial.

Last edited by MnemonicSyntax; May 9th, 2011 at 05:00 PM.
D-D-D-Demon! is offline    
Old May 9th, 2011, 11:26 PM #10
jkmiii's Avatar
> jkmiii
Zordon for president!
 
Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 137
jkmiii
Zordon for president!
jkmiii's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 137



Nice tutorial. I like it better than the other one that was stickied.
jkmiii is offline    
Old May 11th, 2011, 10:00 AM #11
Remmy 84's Avatar
> Remmy 84
King of the Munchkins!
 
Joined: Aug 2010
Posts: 1,198
Remmy 84
King of the Munchkins!
Remmy 84's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2010
Posts: 1,198



Thanks. I'm not entirely happy with the gold colour. It doesn't look gold enogh. In alot of the pics i took you can barely tell the difference between the gold and silver ones.

I want to get an absolute junker of a morpher, no working lights, sounds anything and do a full step by step restoration. Not found any anywhere.
Remmy 84 is offline    
Old May 18th, 2011, 01:04 PM #12
Remmy 84's Avatar
> Remmy 84
King of the Munchkins!
 
Joined: Aug 2010
Posts: 1,198
Remmy 84
King of the Munchkins!
Remmy 84's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2010
Posts: 1,198



Added more pics on my FB page, hopefully my security settings let you guys and gals view them

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?s...6764.692456043
Remmy 84 is offline    
Old May 25th, 2011, 05:02 PM #13
jkmiii's Avatar
> jkmiii
Zordon for president!
 
Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 137
jkmiii
Zordon for president!
jkmiii's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 137



in your FB pics i see your making a display out of foam. what kind of foam is it and where can i get it?
jkmiii is offline    
Old May 27th, 2011, 10:07 AM #14
Remmy 84's Avatar
> Remmy 84
King of the Munchkins!
 
Joined: Aug 2010
Posts: 1,198
Remmy 84
King of the Munchkins!
Remmy 84's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2010
Posts: 1,198



I am not 100% about what it is or where you can get it from. I got it from my work and i have a fair bit of it spare. I'll ask them if there is a specific place they got it from and get back to you.
Remmy 84 is offline    
Old May 27th, 2011, 10:12 AM #15
XxStarlightxX's Avatar
> XxStarlightxX
I'M NOT STARLIGHT.STUDIOS
 
Joined: Feb 2010
Posts: 2,681
eBay
XxStarlightxX
I'M NOT STARLIGHT.STUDIOS
XxStarlightxX's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2010
Posts: 2,681
eBay



I'm sure you can use any type of foam as long as it is not very thin.
XxStarlightxX is offline    
Old May 27th, 2011, 10:36 AM #16
Remmy 84's Avatar
> Remmy 84
King of the Munchkins!
 
Joined: Aug 2010
Posts: 1,198
Remmy 84
King of the Munchkins!
Remmy 84's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2010
Posts: 1,198



Well this stiff is made of very small squares of foam, allowing you to pole the desired shape out of the whole lot, trim it, re-insert and smile
Remmy 84 is offline    
Old May 27th, 2011, 11:34 AM #17
OmegaRangerRed's Avatar
> ⚡OmegaRangerRed
Moderator
 
Joined: Jun 2003
Posts: 18,085
32 eBay
OmegaRangerRed
Moderator
OmegaRangerRed's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2003
Posts: 18,085
32 eBay



Remmy 84 wrote: View Post

Well this stiff is made of very small squares of foam, allowing you to pole the desired shape out of the whole lot, trim it, re-insert and smile
i always smile when i re-insert
OmegaRangerRed is offline    
Old May 27th, 2011, 11:34 AM #18
Remmy 84's Avatar
> Remmy 84
King of the Munchkins!
 
Joined: Aug 2010
Posts: 1,198
Remmy 84
King of the Munchkins!
Remmy 84's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2010
Posts: 1,198



omegarangerred wrote: View Post

i always smile when i re-insert
lmso!
Remmy 84 is offline    
Old May 27th, 2011, 11:41 AM #19
jkmiii's Avatar
> jkmiii
Zordon for president!
 
Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 137
jkmiii
Zordon for president!
jkmiii's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 137



Alright thanks for the info remmy
jkmiii is offline    
Old May 30th, 2011, 02:17 PM #20
Remmy 84's Avatar
> Remmy 84
King of the Munchkins!
 
Joined: Aug 2010
Posts: 1,198
Remmy 84
King of the Munchkins!
Remmy 84's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2010
Posts: 1,198



http://www.opticsplanet.net/pelican-...-foam-set.html

This is the stuff i used. Glad to see you can get it in America. Hope this helps!
Remmy 84 is offline    
Closed

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

 

Connect







 

Design

    RangerBoard designs are exclusive to Members.
    Please login to access all available designs.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 11:30 PM.
Powered by vBulletin® / Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.