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"Z-95 Headhunter" by Bad Batch Customs

When Bad Batch Customs started this project, we had no idea we would eventually be working on it ourselves. It all started when Bad Batch finished their LAAT-C. As soon as they wrapped the project, they asked for some input on what to tackle next. I chimed in that if you are going to make a Clone Wars vehicle it had to be the vehicle we all begged Hasbro for, but never received...the Z-95 Headhunter. Bad Batch didn't back down from the challenge and got to work. Their fearlessness is admirable. Like all their previous projects, we got to watch the build as it progressed from its earliest stages; straight through to its completion. We watched the LED lights get installed, and the magnets get attached to the landing gear. We observed panels being cut from plastic Chinese food containers, and some Bondo applied to smooth out the lines. We just gazed on as we watched this labor of love take shape.

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"PHASE II CLONE PILOT - HAWK" created by Elias of "Customs for the Kid"

When the project was nearing completion, Bad Batch asked Elias if he could make a "Clone Pilot Hawk" to man the ship's controls and sit in its cockpit. Elias got right to work and had the figure completed 24 hours later. We shipped Hawk off in the mail right away to his final resting place at the home of Bad Batch Customs. We just love how this project turned out, and we can't wait for you to lay your eyes on it. It was so much fun to be a part of. So, without further ado, hit that play button on the video below and take in all the eye candy!

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO FOR ALL THE IMAGES:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LFM1PQpdTM
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"Max Rebo Organ Speaker Add-On"
painted by Darth Daddy


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With many collectors now receiving their Jabba Sail Barges, we thought it would be a good time to let you all know about a way to enhance the instrument for your Max Rebo action figure with this cool 3-D printed accessory. For some reason, Hasbro left the speaker to Max Rebo's organ off of the instrument when it was released as a toy in stores. Star Wars customizer IzzyMel45, designed a 3-D printed version of the speaker that can be purchased on Shapeways and shipped to your home. We highly recommend purchasing one if you feel your Jabba display looks naked without it. Click the link below to order!

https://www.shapeways.com/product/4EPZ8BZN9/max-rebo-organ-speaker-add-on
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This figure was a team effort to bring to life. Dad modified the head and body of the figure, while I sculpted on her collar and painted her face and vest. The body we used to make her was from the Star Wars "Dark Horse: Infinites" Action Figure Comic 2-Pack, with the "White Vader and Princess Leia (Sniper)". After we sanded off the pockets below the shoulders on the Sniper body, we cut the circular braid off of the figure and fused it to the head of the Black Series - "Princess Leia Organa" action figure. The soft plastic part of the dress from the Black Series figure was then modified with scissors to make the vest for the new figure. After some minor sculpting and a fresh coat of paint, we added a very much desired figure to the collection and we just love the way she looks.



3.75" THE FORCE AWAKENS
"GENERAL LEIA ORGANA"
created by Customs for the Kid

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Plenty more pictures on the blog:
https://customsforthekid.blogspot.com/2019/03/375-force-awakens-general-leia-organa.html
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Thank you both! We have wanted this version of Leia ever since the 6" version was released.

This one I have procrastinated on for years now, but finally got it finished.

"SPIDER MAUL"
created by Darth Daddy


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SEE THE BLOG FOR MORE PICTURES!
https://customsforthekid.blogspot.com/2019/04/spider-maul-created-by-darth-daddy.html
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Dad has wanted to add the Clone Wars version of Saw Gerrera to the collection for a long time now. So much so that he took it into his own hands to make it happen. The head was originally a modified Clone Wars Anakin Skywalker that Dad completely re-sculpted to more closely assemble Saw's animated persona. Dad borrowed the lower legs from the same figure and completely changed their appearance with Geen Stuff and Aves Fixit to mirror Saw's onscreen look. The arms, hands, waist and thighs were from the Clone Wars Quinlan Vos action figure. Of course those were heavily The upper part of his torso was fabricated from the top of the Clone Wars Phase II Clone Trooper. In the end though, this ended up being a 100% sculpted action figure since all the parts used were only a base on which Dad built onto.

Once Dad started Saw, I just had to make a Steela. The legs are from the Clone Wars Padme, the forearms and hands are from a Cato Parasitti. The rest of the figure was a Clone Wars Aura Sing. From there I just sculpted in everything that needed to be there.

We just loved adding this brother/sister set to our collection. Their appearance on our shelves was long overdue!


"CLONE WARS
STEELA & SAW GERRERA"
created by CUSTOMS FOR THE KID


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"CLONE WARS
STEELA GERRERA"
created by Elias


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"CLONE WARS - SAW GERRERA"
created by Darth Daddy


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Last edited by DarthDaddy on Fri Jun 21, 2019 4:45 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Wonderful work as always. The sculpting at that scale that you guys do is astounding. I must say, I like Steela a tich more than Saw. Dare I say the apprentice is surpassing the master? ;) The hair, bandana and smoothness of the paint really set her over the top for me.
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Thank you both! And yes, I too think the Apprentice has surpassed the Master, although not sure I was ever a Master since Elias and I were both beginners when we started.

Ever since we started this project it has been racing toward completion. It felt like every time we completed a new figure, we became so excited with what we had produced that we couldn't wait to get another action figure started and finished. We were customizing maniacs every free moment we had. We were able to finish the entire project in less than 3 weeks which is unheard of for us. Usually it takes us months to create six, 100% sculpted figures. A real passion for the project and loads of teamwork were the key to the project's quick completion. We put in about seven, 10-12 hour workdays by the time we finished it up.

The workload was divided up fairly evenly. Dad sculpted out Byph by himself and did most of Zatt. I asked to sculpt Zatt's face and his two outer tentacles. I had something specific in mind and Dad said "go for it". I also added some subtle highlights to the figure before the paint was sealed. I sculpted Petro's head and upper torso, while Dad sculpted the arms and added articulation to the elbows and wrists. Dad also sculpted everything on Petro from the belt on down. We both shared the paint on Petro. The only thing Dad did on Katooni was shorten her arms, while showing me how to maintain the original articulation. The rest of Katooni was all me. I also did all the work there was to be done on Ganodi. With Gungi, Dad built out his body and then we split up the sculpting throughout. Gungi ended up being my first 100% sculpted head.

We were hoping to have had the parts here so Huyang could have been posed here with the rest of the bunch, but the shipping has been delayed and we don't have a clear arrival date. Therefore, Huyang will just get his own post on the blog at some future date. It is likely Huyang's big reveal will be on "Customizing The Clone Wars" when we discuss the Youngling arc, so stay tuned when the episode drops!

CLONE WARS "JEDI YOUNGLINGS"
created by Customs for the Kid


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RECIPES AND PLENTY MORE PHOTOS IN THE LINK:
https://customsforthekid.blogspot.com/2019/06/jedi-younglings-part-two-created-by.html
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"PROFESSOR HUYANG"
created by Darth Daddy

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Professor Huyang was an ancient droid who made his first appearance on screens in Season 5 of The Clone Wars television series. Huyang was a storied architect who oversaw the construction of Jedi lighstabers for many centuries. Based aboard the training vessel Crucible, Huyang guided countless younglings in the construction of their lightsabers after they had successfully completed their task of securing a kyber crystal from the icy caverns of Ilum. Huyang helped them visualize their lightsaber parts, and pulled the needed supplies from his vast trove of parts. His ancient memory systems contained records of every lightsaber ever constructed.

Professor Huyang was an action figure that was at the very top of Dad's wishlist, but due to the difficulty involved in producing this character in plastic, Dad never really considered trying to make him. That was until he saw that a customizer named Isotelus offered a 3-D print file for Huyang that he designed and made available for free to the public.

Droids have a reputation for being extremely difficult to fabricate from scratch due to the need for precise symmetry. Dad said making a head or torso for Huyang would be an absolute nightmare. Therefore, the 3-D print file that Isotelus created was just the solution Dad was looking for.

Even with a solution, the project still was immensely challenging for a number of reasons. The trouble with the design for the Professor Huyang was the figure only articulated at the head, shoulders and waist. The rest of the figure was completely stagnant everywhere else. We wanted a super-articulated version of Huyang, and this figure had less than five points of articulation. That said, Dad felt confident all the parts he needed to pull off this project were present in the 3-D print file and he was absolutely right.

The first step in getting the project started was getting the file printed. Because we don't have a 3-D printer, we had to get the file printed by a third-party. Dad did some research and found ninjaprototype.com, a company online who was able to do an SLA print of the file that would severely reduce the lines that would occur if a plastic filament was utilized to produce the prototype. Huyang took a few weeks to come in the mail due to the Chinese holiday, but once he arrived, Dad got to work at cutting up the resin pieces to add in the articulation.

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Print from Isotelus' 3-D Design

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Adding articulation to the resin print.

To do so, Dad used the shoulder and elbow joints of two Clone Wars Battle Droids to add ball jointed shoulders and articulation to the knees and elbows. What Dad didn't anticipate was that the arms would be so thin that they could not be drilled to accept pegs at the elbows or wrists. To get around it, Dad used tiny magnets in the hands and wrist to make them swivel. This was the perfect solution for providing our Huyang with the two different sets of hands that were available. He used a Dremel to carve deep notches along the inside of the arms to accept the Battle Droid elbows. It worked aesthetically because it matched Huyang's design perfectly without compromising his appearance at all, Below the waist, Dad used the bottom half of a JN-66 Research Droid that he cut up and drilled to accept the hip joints from the Battle Droid to give Huyang ball-jointed hips. He attached the modified piece to the upper torso with powerful magnets,

Once completely assembled, Dad got to sculpting. He had to re-sculpt the torso above the waist to thin him out and below the waist to improve screen accuracy. He also had to completely re-sculpt the arms to add in the detail that was lost in the printing process. He also widened the headsculpt a bit and sculpted in details into the backpack that were absent. Once the body sculpt was completed, Dad added a real leather apron and belt to the figure and added on sculpted pouches and a Comm Link.

After that Dad made a plethora of accessories that didn't come with the original print. He added a battle damage feature by gluing wires to a spare set of shoulder ball joints that he could swap out for the arms. He drilled out the crystal chamber in Huyang's chest and added a removable one. I even got involved and made Huyang's torch that could be swapped out for the boxes on the forearms utilizing magnets there as well.

The goal was to have Huyang done in time for the recording of our show "Customizing The Clone Wars". Because of the impending deadline, Dad was not able to add a movable monocle like he had hoped. He is hoping to add it at a later date utilizing some more magnets.

Once the build was complete, Dad just needed to paint the figure and all of the extra arms that were available in the more complete file Isotelus included.

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The crystal chamber in Huyang's chest is removable.

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ISOTELUS' 3-D PRINT FILE

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Last edited by DarthDaddy on Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:03 am, edited 1 time in total.
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