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Collections / Mr. Black's Man Cave: makeover 2014
« on: July 22, 2014, 04:55 PM »
Back in 2008 I had this idea to seriously take on reorganizing my 'man cave'. It's my own little room, where I have my collection on display and where I practice the fine art of customizing. It's a small room of 2m. x 3m. (6ft. x 9ft.), but it's mine. Mine!

Fast forward six years and I've finally started the makeover! Here's a series of photos showing the progress.

These two 32" Billy cabinets feature part of my collection and some random stuff as well. It all looks a bit sloppy. I was never happy with the way the cabinets met in the corner, but due to the size restrictions of the room, there wasn't another way of placing them.

Panning to the left you can see my customzing space:

And here I've disassembled one of the grey Billy cabinets and assembled the first two of four 16" Billy cabinets:

Another Billy and a Benno CD case waiting to be assembled:

This shelf above my workbench has to go, otherwise I can't fit all the Billy cabinets:

I don't have a big collection, but man, even a small collection consists of a lot of stuff. I'm just glad all of my action figures are packed away in bins in the attic:

This is a quick setup of the first three Billys, enabling me to maximize the use of the corner. Of course, there's quite a bit of empty space behind the middle cabinet, but that can be used perfectly for hiding the wiring of the lighting inside the cabinets:

Here's a test fitting of the LED strips:

 I'm not sure what looks best: one on top and one on the bottom shelf, or two on top and two on the bottom. If only one, should I place it in the back, middle or front?

My girlfriend mentioned finding a mural or wallpaper of a starfield and applying that to the back and/or inner sides of the cabinets.

Thoughts on which direction I should go from here?

Modern Classifieds / WTB: various TLC/TVC, etc.
« on: March 22, 2014, 06:18 PM »
I'm looking to complete my "Kenner vs. Modern" figure collection. I have nearly every basic Kenner figure in C8-C9 condition and over time have acquired quite a few of the 'best' modern counterpart. Scott from set up this awesome feature Collect All 92, but unfortunately he hasn't been able to update it for quite some time now.

Nevertheless, it's some sort of a guide for me. I am therefore looking to purchase the following figures, loose but complete and in mint condition, of course:

C-3PO: Saga Endor C-3PO
Rebel Commando: VC26 Rebel Commando
Death Squad Commander: TVC Imperial Navy Commander
Lando Calrissian (Skiff Guard Disguise): TVC Deleted Scene Sandstorm Lando
TIE FIghter Pilot: VC65 TIE Fighter Pilot

Luke Skywalker (Stormtrooper Disguise): TLC Luke in ST Disguise
Princess Leia Organa (Bespin Gown): TVC Bespin Leia
AT-ST Driver: Endor AT-ST Crew Member
Barada: VC56 Kithaba pending
Nikto: VC99 Nikto pending

Luke Skywalker (Hoth Battle Gear): TVC Luke in Hoth Outfit
Hoth Rebel Soldier: VC68 Hoth Rebel Soldier
8D8: POTF2 8D8
EV-9D9: POTF2 EV-9D9
Lando Calrissian: VOTC Lando Calrissian

Warok: TLC Endor Battle Pack Warok
Imperial Commander: TLC Endor Battle Pack Col. Dyer
Luke Skywalker (Battle Poncho): TLC Endor Battle Pack Luke

In fact, I'd take the entire battlepack, should you have it :D

Lando Calrissian (General Outfit): VC47 General Lando
Squid Head: POTJ Tessek
2-1B: POTF2 2-1B
Han Solo (Carbonite): Saga '06 Han in Carbonite => possible Black Series release?
Luke Skywalker: Resurgence of the Jedi Luke

Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight): TVC Luke Skywalker (lightsaber construction)
Bespin Security Guard (caucasian): ??
Klaatu (Skiff Guard Outfit): ?? (POTF2 is the only 'modern' one, right?)
R2-D2 (with pop-up lightsaber): ??
C-3PO (with removable limbs): ??

Anakin Skywalker (Sebastian Shaw): ??
Yoda: ??
Ree Yees: future Black Series release?

Let me know if you can help me out. I live in the Netherlands, prefer 1st Class International Airmail and can pay through Paypal.


Star Wars Dioramas and Displays / Wookiee vs. Trandoshan diorama :p
« on: January 19, 2012, 02:27 PM »
I've had this idea of a Wookiee mangling a Trandoshan and recently got around to making this little dio. Hope you guys like it, I had a great time creating these two :cool:

The Wookiee:

Made from a ROTS Wookiee Warrior with quite a bit of Fixit sculpt and custom made melee weapon

The hapless Trandoshan:

Made from a VOTC Bossk and 25th. Ann. Wraith parts.

The mini dio:

Let me know what you guys think ;)

I didn't plan to start these before December, but since I had a batch of Fixit mixed, I thought what the heck and took a Ki-Adi Mundi head, sanded the sides and rear smooth and voila! Early WIP shots of the head sculpt for the Brothers, featured in the ultra cool video game Afro Samurai.

For reference, I turned to the wonderful galleries of

Modern Classifieds / WTB: TVC /TLC, horses...
« on: August 8, 2008, 10:06 AM »
Following the awesome "Collect all 92" feature and it's time for me to update my vintage Kenner collection with their modern counterparts. WTB the following in loose, complete, mint condition:

TVC - Gamorrean Guard
TVC - Echo Base Trooper
TVC - Darth Sidious (multiples)
TVC - Weequay Skiff Master
TVC - Ponda Baba

TLC - Ten Numb or Nien Nunb (B-Wing Pilot)
TLC - Leektar (will buy multiples)
TLC - Resurgence o/t Jedi Luke Skywalker

POTJ - Tessek

Any 3 3/4" scale action figure horses, like from the Indiana Jones and Prince of Persia lines.

Additional info: residing in the Netherlands, prefer 1st Class Int'l Airmail, payment through Paypal ('gift' is not a problem).


Customizing Tips and Tricks / Photography: self made lightbox
« on: July 18, 2008, 05:26 PM »
I just made this handy lightbox. Thought I'd share and maybe it's something to add to the tutorials?

It can be folded up neatly like this:

And here's a shot of Ordo-in-a-box:

Here's what I needed to make this:

Ikea Dröna storage box (about $6);
A white blouse that needs to be replaced anyway or any other piece of thin white (cotton) fabric;
Double sided tape (the stuff you use to tape carpets and such on the ground);
Three desktop lights. I used two (from left and from above), because I don't have a third yet, but as you can see that too gives a nice effect.

Before taking this shot of Ordo, I manually set the white balance on my camera (the 2nd from the top in this pic by pointing the camera at a sheet of white paper in the box. This way the camera know what is white under these particular lighting circumstances.


Modern Classifieds / WTB: TIE Fighter w/large panels
« on: April 9, 2008, 03:59 PM »
OK, I just received a POTF2 (or Saga or whatever) TIE Fighter and I knew the panels were undersized, but now that I have it for real, I must say, those things are really way too small.  :P

Anyway, I'd like to have a TIE Fighter with large panels. I know it was a Target/TRU Exclusive, and it's not that abundant on eBay, so I hope someone on the boards has one he/she wants to part with.  :)  Shipping (to the Netherlands) will most likely be pretty steep, but I can live with that.

Let me know, ok?


- Incom

Feedback / Outrider's feedback
« on: September 27, 2006, 12:28 AM »
Outrider delivered some excellent self made kamas! And fast too! Add 1 for him, please!

Here's how to make a D-ring for your figure's lightsaber hilt. Initially from FFURG, but instead of superglueing the D-ring on the hilt, I prefer making one through the hilt. This allows for free movement of the D-ring, which makes it easier to let the saber hang more naturally of your figure's belt.

These are the main supplies for making a D-ring: a lightsaber hilt, a push pin, the paper clip from making the removable blade and a tie strip (the ones for tying up plastic garbage bags, sandwich bags, etc.):

Push the push pin firmly in the saber hilt. Not all the way through, just enough that it stays in:

Remove the pin and heat up the paperclip over a flame. Let it become quite hot. Better hold the paperclip with plyers. Push the hot paperclip firmly in and through the hilt at the spot where you pushed the pin in. Then remove the paperclip:

Strip the tie strip of it's plastic and loop the metal thread twice through the hole in the hilt:

Place a round object (like this pick, a toothpick, the blade of the lightsaber, depends on how small/large you want the D-ring to be), in the D-ring and pull both 'loose' ends tightly:

Using a wire cutter, cut off the loose ends as close to the hilt as possible. What I did was tightening the D-ring a bit more, cut off the ends and remodel the D-ring with the pick:

Push a pin in your figure's belt and superglue another piece of paperclip in that hole. After the glue has dried thoroughly, bend the paperclip in a 90+ degree angle and cut it off to the right size. You might want to make the point less sharp:

There you have it. This is quite easy to do, but it adds much to your custom.

- Incom

FFURG has a text-only tutorial on how to make 'fixed-blade' sabers into sabers with removable blade. I pretty much followed the entire procedure, but took some pictures to make things clearer. Here goes...

Take your 'fixed-blade' of choice:

Cut the blade off precisely at the emitter. Using a pick or a push pin, make holes in the blade and the hilt, in a manner that the holes are at the same position on both parts. Do this very carefully, by gently but firmly twisting the pick/pin in the parts. Only has to be 3 or 4 mm.:

Take a paperclip and superglue one end in the blade:

Cut off the paperclip so that the 'peg' in the blade is too long. Place the blade in the hole in the hilt and mark where the peg enters the hilt. This way you know how deep the hole in the hilt is and how long the peg has to be. I just held my thumbnail on the spot and eyeballed the length:

Place the blade in the hilt and check if it doesn't fall out easily. If so, drop a little superglue on the peg, put it in the hilt and very slowly turn the blade until the glue starts to settle. Familiar to tightening joints, not unknown to you, I'm sure:

That's all there is to it  :)


Well, I joined recently, might as well showcase my second Galactic Marine, which I finished last night.

Personally, I think I could've gotten around the pauldron a bit tidier. I'm exceptionally pleased with adding the head and with the kama on this one. I named this one 'Scar', because of the little slip of the exacto knife on his helmet, while removing the Snowtrooper's rim. And yes, a customizer was hurt in that process  ;). I also made a scar on the clone's face, above his left eye.

Let me know what you like and/or dislike? I'm planning on making more of these, and I believe each should be an improvement over the other  :)

Newbies / Newbie from the Netherlands
« on: June 15, 2006, 03:29 PM »
Hi everybody!

Just registered here at JD after having read a lot of topics for the last couple of weeks, mostly in the customs area.

I'm a 32 y/o Dutch SW fanatic and have been since oh...... long before some of you were born (since late '83, actually  :)). I have a loving g/f and a beautiful 10 month old little girl. I work at an accountancy firm, play guitar, collect SW items like figures, GG statues/maquettes, da movies/cartoons, tpbs, novels, etc. My main goal is to complete the vintage line of figures (loose) in good/vg condition. A mini-focus is collecting vintage Snowtroopers and Royal Guards.

I also like to watch F-1 races, movies, listening to music (preferrably with guitars), attending concerts/festivals, hanging out with my friends.

I have been a long time member at the TF.N forums and joined when I decided to make a custom figure. And now I'm hooked on that. I'm boiling and popping heads and arms and buying every colour of GW Citadel's line  ;D I'm also a (new) member at FFURG, Wampa's Cave and Galacticarchives, all because of the customizing scene.

I'm positive I'll have a great time here and will get things organized, so I can show my customs in a decent way!

- IncomT65

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