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Maglor
11-20-2012, 06:42 PM
The DX12 Batman figure is excellent right out of the box, however (perhaps more than most figures) he is greatly improved by modification/customization.

I thought we could use a thread dedicated to the subject in the DC Customs Forum. To start things off, I'll share a series of videos I threw together on the subject. Followed by some picture tutorials. I will set aside a few more posts for other mods as they come to light so we can keep the main stuff on the first page. Everyone please feel free to contribute any mods you have done or ask any questions you might have about any mods that are mentioned. :duff



Part 1 covers modifications/suggestions for:


Cowl and faceplates
Neck
Custom cape
Shoulder pads



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qF2dPsq0i4






Part 2 covers modifications/suggestions for:


Gauntlets
Belt installation on DX02
Glove mod (with live demonstration)
Ab straps
Belt positioning



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJG11RpIjco




Part 3 covers modifications/suggestions for:


Ankles/Boots (with live demonstration)
Fitting the DX12 Bruce Wayne head to the DX02 body.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNFpvVpHZ0o




One last video ('cos I forgot a couple things...) covers


More about the gloves
How to futz the ab armor
Fitting the DX02 backpack to the DX12


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htGTv_cA4HE



[Oops... 4 and a half minutes, not 2 and a half...]

Maglor
11-20-2012, 06:43 PM
Neck Shortening Mod:





A quick breakdown of the neck mod for anyone curious:

http://img831.imageshack.us/img831/196/photonov0785238am.jpg

1. Carefully split the post in two at the seams.

2. Remove the bottom rubber grommet, don't be too rough, as it is glued in place.

3. Snap the neck post back together. There are four posts that snap together, so you don't even need to glue it.

The difference is subtle, and you may not even think its necessary, but I personally think it makes a difference, and fixes the only issue I had with this guy.



Alternate Neck Mod:

Mod link: http://www.sideshowcollectors.com/forums/showthread.php?p=5129583#post5129583

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a339/maglorsregret/09-1.jpg



Neck Widening Mod:


Mod link: http://www.sideshowcollectors.com/forums/showthread.php?p=5135579#post5135579

http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z288/imnewhere303/Hot%20Toys%20DX12%20Batman%20with%20mods/IMG_6636s_zps672c3066.png



Glove mod:


http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a339/maglorsregret/IMG_4161.jpg






Elbow pad mod (cut version):


http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a339/maglorsregret/IMG_4162.jpg




If you wanna put the BW sculpt on the DX02

Link to mod: http://www.sideshowcollectors.com/forums/showthread.php?p=5179669#post5179669


http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a339/maglorsregret/IMG_4256.jpg


Custom capes.


Here he is with the long rayon.

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a339/maglorsregret/IMG_4264.jpg



Short rayon:

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a339/maglorsregret/Show%20Your%20Shelves/IMG_4427.jpg



Velvet cape (not sure which length, but I think it's the "hero template"):



Just got mine today...not perfect, but very happy with it! If you futz with the pers you can make them look pretty good imo

http://i1182.photobucket.com/albums/x456/dsokyra/IMAG0086.jpg

Maglor
11-20-2012, 06:44 PM
PERS plate removal:




Edit: Got it out (the PERS plate), not for the faint hearted.. nearly lost a finger..
http://i286.photobucket.com/albums/ll97/rorywan/photo-66.jpg
http://i286.photobucket.com/albums/ll97/rorywan/photo-65.jpg




Squint mod:




http://i286.photobucket.com/albums/ll97/rorywan/1-75.jpg



Well guys, I can guarantee you when you see it in its actual scale it does not look 'sleepy' (thanks mags). Sometimes it's easy to forget that these things are minute in hand, not bown up in macro. But anyway thanks for all the positive responses (except mags).

You may ask, why not try to do it from outside? You could do something from the outside but it won't look smooth and perfect, the detail is so fine any roughness looks really bad.

So anyway, to try and answer some of your questions. To get at the PERS plate. I spent weeks thinking about this, tried twice and gave up, but decided to go for broke today, I have two cowls so I thought I would take the gamble. I took some pics as I went so I will post in future. There are several obstacles to get through..

1: there are two circular metal plates around the inside of the head.
These are to stick to the magnet neck. Wedge them off, but keep them. You will need them again.

2: under the magnets is a very strong black plastic semi circle. This is a bastard to get out. It's the type of plastic that shatters rather than bends and it's in there tight. Once you get it out you can see the PERS control and back of faceplate.

3: the face plate (as shown in previous pic, is a rectangle of flesh coloured plastic, this is soft, to hold the eyeballs. I had to cut this away from the inside of the mask, one slip and you will ruin the eye hole of the cowl or puncture your finger..ahem.

4: Once you get it out, sand down the areas that are messy. Personally I think it's a really bad idea to get rid of the bottom eyelid, as it's painted very well and gives the eye structure. Also it is almost flat so depending on the shape of the top lid can give you different expressions. I wanted tiny eyes, hidden in black, because I love that look.

5: you need to use an epoxy putty, one that air dries very hard. I used black. Now if you haven't done anything at his scale before I recommend you try this before you open the head, it's a very precise job for someone without sculpting experience. Even a finger print ruins the illusion at this scale, it has to be completely smooth, once dry, use a very fine paper, wet as you go. Then paint, i also added gloss varnish to the wet areas of the eye socket, it doesnt show up on thise pics but looks great in hand. Then pop the PERS eyeballs back in and reassemble, this is quite easy. The biggest challenge with this project is to not damage the outside of the cowl, tricky when you are wedging and breaking inside the head.

No more derpy derp.





http://i286.photobucket.com/albums/ll97/rorywan/ScreenShot2012-11-13at122024.pnghttp://i286.photobucket.com/albums/ll97/rorywan/1-78.jpg




I used Milliput 2part epoxy putty Standard yellow-grey mix. hardens overnight and is rock solid. you can sand it afterwards if you need to smooth things out. really good for sculpting onto something that you don't want to potentially ruin by baking
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31I20E4TFPL._SL500_AA300_.jpg
And to answer your second question, no I didn't take out the PERS system. didn't want to risk damaging anything





Squint mod with Medicom mouth:




http://i1030.photobucket.com/albums/y366/gipetto0812/DX02%20Batman/photo_5-1_zps660d090a-1_zpse4cab98f.jpg




Eyelids painted without squint (Use a flat black acrylic):




http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc252/cr0w1980/dxnewhead.jpg

http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn265/r5150s/IMG_4881.jpg


DX02 face plate mod:




Change I made on the mouth of the DX02 to make it compatible with the head to DX12.

http://nsa32.casimages.com/img/2012/11/15/121115112304381070.jpg



In the above pic, skyler appears to have simply cut off the peg and part of the chin. I used an emery board and sanded the chin, upper lip and back.

Maglor
11-20-2012, 06:44 PM
Face-Plate Swaps



DX02 neutral mouth:


http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a339/maglorsregret/IMG_4366.jpg



DX02 open mouth:




http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a339/maglorsregret/IMG_4333.jpg



DX02 angry mouth:



https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/175896_442533435807257_748916835_o.jpg



Smirk mouth to Open mouth mod:

Mod link: http://www.sideshowcollectors.com/forums/showthread.php?p=5099354#post5099354




http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww37/phobophile_2009/DSC02160.jpg




Essentially, I sliced apart the lips of the "smirk" faceplate with an Exacto knife, cut out some of the inside material and forced the lips open with tweezers and the end of a small paintbrush. It seems simple in theory but it was actually very time consuming and delicate. I even had to touch up the paint on the lips afterward because some rubbed off in the process. The head itself is actually an extra I purchased strictly for mods. Not sure if I would risk it if I only had one set of face plates to tinker with. I actually don't even have the figure yet - that head is sitting atop a Medi body for now. Hopefully BBTS ships my whole figure soon!

I will do another update with my "teeth" mouth plate mod later this evening.


With Modified Medicom Head:


Here's a medicom head I modded and repainted for shortround.

I think the size is just right and thi is the first time it looks good on a pics.

Pics courtesy of shortround.

http://i954.photobucket.com/albums/ae26/Farmboy1138/IMG_0431.jpg





DX12 neutral mouth with the back sanded (also, squint mod):


Here, I've sculpted new eyelids for the squint and sanded down the back of the mouth pieces so they fit deeper into the mouth. felt they stuck too far out before...

http://i1030.photobucket.com/albums/y366/gipetto0812/DX02%20Batman/SAM_3130_zps39dbd562-1_zps0e87ad5a.jpg




Robbiethepainter custom face plate:


...custom faceplate from Robbie

http://i1182.photobucket.com/albums/x456/dsokyra/IMAG0165.jpg

Maglor
11-20-2012, 06:45 PM
Ab strap mod:



http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a339/maglorsregret/IMG_4381a.jpg


They should be a deep black, and they are pretty subtle. However, on the DX12, they are a grey - lighter than the abs themselves, which makes them pop - plus they are shinny. They draw your eye, and I had to do something about it. This comparison is crap, because I didn't think to take a flash "before" pic. Anyway...



Before:



http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a339/maglorsregret/IMG_4375.jpg






After:



http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a339/maglorsregret/IMG_4379.jpg


All I did was paint the straps with a flat black acrylic. They are darker and reflect less light, meaning they are more subtle, which makes me happy. I know it's not a major change (and I suspect most can't even see what I did), but I like it. As you can see, I fixed that white spot on his lower right ab as well. :)





Here's a flash "after" pic:



http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a339/maglorsregret/IMG_4381.jpg


I know that this is hard to see, but looking at the last flash picture you can see the color the ab straps used to be if you look at the bicep straps/bands. The ab straps are noticeably darker now.


Also, I need to do a second coat, as after it fully dried some of the grey started showing through on a few of the straps...




Gauntlet "cuff" mod:




...Dipped them in near boiling water and reshaped the openings by the hands. Trimmed the hands down. Now there is an overlap where the gauntlet sits over the glove.

Iphone pics only at the moment, but hopefully you get the idea...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v665/RollingJ/6EFD76EC-A2A6-400B-A70F-8F5E8FBFA1D4-487-000000CE4772428D.jpg








Ankle widening mod:

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a339/maglorsregret/IMG_4455.jpg



See video #3 in 1st post for how-to.



Boot swap mod:



http://i1100.photobucket.com/albums/g402/Remy869/Hawt%20Toys/bat_12-26---3A.jpg



Combo Boot Mod:



These are DX12 Boots modded with DX02 rubber tops...

http://i286.photobucket.com/albums/ll97/rorywan/photo-60.jpg




Sleeve fix.


http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a339/maglorsregret/IMG_4583.jpg



Click link if your sleeve looks pulled up under the gauntlet: http://www.sideshowcollectors.com/forums/showthread.php?p=5095917#post5095917

Maglor
11-20-2012, 06:45 PM
Chest Kevlar Straightening Mod:

Link to full mod: http://www.sideshowcollectors.com/forums/showthread.php?p=5095693#post5095693



http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a339/maglorsregret/Nocrookedlines.jpg



Credit to LipSmack for being the first to do this mod/fix.




Shoulder-Plate Separation Mod:

Mod Link: http://www.sideshowcollectors.com/forums/showthread.php?p=5139045#post5139045


http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z288/imnewhere303/Hot%20Toys%20DX12%20Batman%20with%20mods/doubleshoulderplates_zps910b8294.png




I took Plasmid's shoulder mod and made a little improvement. I had a pair of DX02 shoulder pads laying around. So I cut them up, sanded them and glued the bottom piece to add that plate underneath the shoulder armor. Came out great I think. Now I just need to figure out a way to do the same mod for my second one. :)

http://i954.photobucket.com/albums/ae26/Farmboy1138/IMG_0763_zpsfd091eab.jpg


Alternate Shoulder-Plate Separation Mod:

Mod Link: http://www.sideshowcollectors.com/forums/showthread.php?p=5154320#post5154320


just for fun, wanted to do this custom shoulder pad since DX02 came out, now we got the DX12, going all out on both :yess:

*Note, I test this custom on the DX02 first, since our DX02 has the sleeves mod way before HT releases theirs..... then will do the same on the DX12 after.



Once satisfy with the shape, spray painted with matt black color
http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x92/DandyMeis/DSC09423_zps7004a047.jpg

Now we add our custom cape onto the suit, the fabric on the cape surround the edge of the shoulder pad real well.
http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x92/DandyMeis/DSC09426_zpsea03f331.jpg




Neck Sleeve mod:


Custom neck mod, we made a new neck sleeve to go over the original neck piece on both our DX02 and DX12. Now it has the real mesh in it :) Will be thicken it a bit more, these are still prototype...

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x92/DandyMeis/DKRNeck1220124_zps95ff0067.jpg

Maglor
11-20-2012, 06:46 PM
Shoulder pad shrink mod:


Mod links here: http://www.sideshowcollectors.com/forums/showthread.php?p=5096008#post5096008

http://www.sideshowcollectors.com/forums/showthread.php?p=5141738#post5141738



http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a339/maglorsregret/IMG_4655b.jpg




Shoulders, kevlar connector, and collar replacement mod.


Link: http://www.sideshowcollectors.com/forums/showthread.php?p=5092629#post5092629


I also replaced the uppder parts from the dx02 armor.
So I replaced the shoulders, kevlar connector and collar.

Basically I highlighted in red the parts form the DX02.
I think the shoulder pads looks more in scale and the kevlar connector ar emore accurate.

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/elvis1976/new3/album%20new/P1050775-01.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/elvis1976/new3/album%20new/P1050778-01.jpg



Kevlar Connector Correction Mod:

Mod link: http://www.sideshowcollectors.com/forums/showthread.php?p=5157451#post5157451



Finished mod...:
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z288/imnewhere303/IMG_6974edit_zps491e8649.png.



Custom Bruce Wayne "non-PERS plate":

Mod link: http://www.sideshowcollectors.com/forums/showthread.php?p=5172117#post5172117


New non-pers eyes for Batman, taken from the Bruce sculpt. I carved into one and painted it. Also displayed here with Robbie's custom face plate...
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z288/imnewhere303/IMG_7058s_zpsed79d325.png




Cape Collar Adjustment:

Mod Link: http://www.sideshowcollectors.com/forums/showthread.php?p=5206462#post5206462


I Modded the shoulders to allow the cape to sit closer to the collar and neck, like on the real suit. I did this by cutting a section of the armor out right below where the cape holes are set. The cape now sits lower on the body. Doing so creates a nice slope effect for the shoulders as well.

http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z288/imnewhere303/IMG_7166_zps90d9536a.png




Inner suit removal (gets rid of thunder-thighs and increases articulation):

Link: http://www.sideshowcollectors.com/forums/showthread.php?p=5208343#post5208343





What I didn't like was the lack of lower body and hip articulation. So I decided to cut apart the batsuit to see why, only to find a foam padded undersuit. The undersuit is held in place with lycra shoulder straps, and glued to slots in the inner thighs of the True Type body. Also the shoulder and bicep areas are adhered to the suit with a sticky adhesive.

This deliberate destruction of such an expensive item isn't for the faint of heart, but if you are careful, the outer suit will come off with care and no permenant damage.

As seen in the picture, I cut an inch down the front and back of the black suit, and slipped the body out. When it was reassembled, the cut ends were reinforced with fabric glue to prevent fraying, and a strip of elastic lycra was glued under the cut ends to rejoin it. Glue for me as I cant sew.

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee245/MINIATURE-ART/DX12BATMAN03_zps9a02c5af.jpg

CTO15
11-20-2012, 07:17 PM
Well done sir. Nice to have everything in 1 area so stuff can be references quickly.

Subscribed!

lambo944
11-20-2012, 07:19 PM
Thanks for creating this thread. Gonna do most of these mods.

highlander1
11-20-2012, 07:31 PM
nice quick mod tutorial Maglor your video's went super fast and very cool last pic, thank's for posting them...

krec9
11-20-2012, 07:32 PM
awesome Maglor iíll probably do every mod you listed.

Kicker773
11-20-2012, 07:44 PM
Thanks so much Mags... freaking awesome. This needs to be pineed! Once I receive my dx12s I'm going to attempt some of these!!!

Johnny U
11-20-2012, 08:14 PM
Thanks Maglor! Great stuff!

intothevoid
11-20-2012, 08:20 PM
Mags your a legend

karamazov80
11-20-2012, 08:22 PM
Cripes. Does all this need to be done to make this a truly decent figure?? He's in my "Pile" at BBTS, but this is making me wonder if I should even bother. I'm not into spending all this time customizing my figures to get them where they need to be.

Cool of you to put all this together though, Mags.

intothevoid
11-20-2012, 09:00 PM
Well it depends on how particular you are about the accuracy of your figures

At the very least the cape and cowl mods should be done IMO

Maglor
11-20-2012, 09:58 PM
Just to make the case for at least painting the eyelids black:


http://i.imgur.com/Biogl.jpg



The pink around the eyes on the DX12 is way too prominent.

desisandy
11-20-2012, 11:05 PM
good job. very nice helpful tuition for all the mods in one page . :hi5:

cofphoto
11-20-2012, 11:53 PM
My DX12 will be here tomorrow and seeing as I'm new at this, I'm not sure that I'll be doing any mods to a brand new $260 figure....but I did want to say THANK YOU for putting it all in one place. I had read about some of this here and there on the DX12 thread but sifting through hundreds of posts is just impossible.

So thanks for taking the time to do all of this.

LipSmack
11-21-2012, 12:04 AM
Wow awesome work man, probably won't do many of these but I can appreciate people wanting to,thanks for compiling it all

ZaCHw117
11-21-2012, 01:07 AM
240p mags? I are dissapoint.

leafster
11-21-2012, 05:04 AM
Great stuff Maglor! Thanks for the video tutorial.

Pennyworth
11-21-2012, 06:22 AM
Thanks for following through with this man! :hi5::clap

nickshaw2814
11-21-2012, 07:17 AM
What paint is best used for the eyelids? Testors black?

Maglor
11-21-2012, 08:00 AM
Glad to help, everybody! :duff


If I've missed anything, please feel free to post it, and I'll throw it on the first page.



240p mags? I are dissapoint.

:rotfl

I was running low on memory card space. :slap




What paint is best used for the eyelids? Testors black?

Testors is enamel right? I would use a flat black acrylic.

r5150s
11-21-2012, 08:02 AM
nice compilation of mods...going to do most of them so thanks ! easier now to figure what I need to do with mine :)..painted the eyelids on mine and it looks so much better..was going to do the squint mod but wanted to try painting it first cause it seems like on the real pics, his eye surrounds are totally blacked out..even a little glossy...not too keen on the gauntlet mod so I just heated the elbow pads and bend it a bit so now it doesn't stick out as much as it used to..

Rob

Maglor
11-21-2012, 08:30 AM
^^^ Do you have pics of your gauntlet mod?



Also, did you remove your eyes before painting the eyelids or is it easy to do without removing them?

WurstCollector
11-21-2012, 08:44 AM
This thread is awesome, and I may consider really doing the darkening around the eyes. But even then I feel that's to risky for my taste, I get nervous when I see all of you taking apart figures and modding them. It takes guts and talent; and I applaud all those who take on the modding on various collectibles on this board. I'm already a fairly clumsy guy, so I wouldn't be surprised if my figure spontaneously exploded while removing the PERS. So I will be following closely on this thread, and maybe I will get the nerve to actually customize a figure. Great work guys on the modding and organization of this thread!

r5150s
11-21-2012, 08:44 AM
^^^ Do you have pics of your gauntlet mod?



Also, did you remove your eyes before painting the eyelids or is it easy to do without removing them?

I'll take pics later on..

I did not have to remove the eyes..just use a small tip brush and a steady hand and you're good to go...did it in like two minutes..


Rob

WurstCollector
11-21-2012, 08:46 AM
I'll take pics later on..

I did not have to remove the eyes..just use a small tip brush and a steady hand and you're good to go...did it in like two minutes..


Rob

Really? No PERS removal :yess:. I may just darken around the eyes after all!!

CTO15
11-21-2012, 08:49 AM
yeah after reading the tutorial on removing the PERs system, I might just do the painting around the eyes. Way to risky for me.

WurstCollector
11-21-2012, 08:50 AM
yeah after reading the tutorial on removing the PERs system, I might just do the painting around the eyes. Way to risky for me.

:exactly: I would break them in a second.

cofphoto
11-21-2012, 08:54 AM
I'd have a hard time explaining a broken head to my Wife after she spent $260 on him.....I do however have a very small tipped brush and plenty of black paint. ;)

Batman1939
11-21-2012, 10:19 AM
Hi

I haven't received mine yet, but are any neck mods needed to get the DX12 Bruce Wayne head on a standard TrueType? I see that one is needed for the DX02 but just for length vs the neck piece

Batman1939
11-21-2012, 10:32 AM
The neck sleeve I mean

Pennyworth
11-21-2012, 10:32 AM
Hi

I haven't received mine yet, but are any neck mods needed to get the DX12 Bruce Wayne head on a standard TrueType? I see that one is needed for the DX02 but just for length vs the neck piece

Just size down the top of a normal neck adapter and insert into the DX12 Bruce sculpt. The neck adapter that comes with the DX12 won't fit a standard TT.

Mag's pictures explain it pretty well.

r5150s
11-21-2012, 10:32 AM
Maglor...i saw on one of your videos that you took out the pers system and just posing the eyes individually...this morning when i was moving the pers system on mine..one of the studs is missing so I took mine out too but the other stud that was left was being a pain..I did manage to take it of and then one of the eyeballs popped off..so i took out both eyeballs and did a do over on the painted eyelids..looks pretty good and just pop the eyeballs back in there...if I want to do the squint mod later on..should be easier now..


Rob

Batman1939
11-21-2012, 11:13 AM
Just size down the top of a normal neck adapter and insert into the DX12 Bruce sculpt. The neck adapter that comes with the DX12 won't fit a standard TT.

Mag's pictures explain it pretty well.


Ok. Thanks. I got that the Bruce Wayne head wouldn't fit on the top of a standard neck adapter and that the DX12 neck adapter looked shorter. To my eyes in the photos, though, the bottom that snaps onto the ball on the TT looked about the same width. That's where my question came in if this mod was necessary for any kitbash with this head or just a DX02.

I had trouble sanding down one of the adapters for an old custom Alfred heads I got of this site and ended up warping the neck a bit after heating it and getting it on. Just replaced that with the "Old Man" sculpt, which looks great in person.

I already prepped and have the extra cowl neck that I did the neck mod on for when my figure shows up Monday. ordered extra hands to do the glove mod and will do the face place mod most likely. I have a few Lforigno capes, but don't know if I'll use the rayon one on this. The stock, from the review looks nice and I like that it clips in. I'm not keen on shoving a screwdriver down a $250 figure to get the rayon one in.Off the figure, I actually don't like it as much as his previous velvet ones that I use on my Begins/OC suit figures. It looks nice in Maglor's videos though.

Anyhow, thanks for the great tutorials. I'll take another shot with the dremel and the neck adapter. I'm swapping out the Toy Fair Wayne head with this one on a TT with a mix of the Hot Toys Tony Stark suit (unofficial one from years back) and shirt and tie from the Asmus Wayne suit.

Maglor: Are you up to any commissions for any of these mods? I don't trust myself.

ZaCHw117
11-21-2012, 11:54 AM
Mags, can you explain a bit more about bending the elbow pads into place? Not too sure what you meant exactly.

Maglor
11-21-2012, 01:33 PM
Maglor...i saw on one of your videos that you took out the pers system and just posing the eyes individually...this morning when i was moving the pers system on mine..one of the studs is missing so I took mine out too but the other stud that was left was being a pain..I did manage to take it of and then one of the eyeballs popped off..so i took out both eyeballs and did a do over on the painted eyelids..looks pretty good and just pop the eyeballs back in there...if I want to do the squint mod later on..should be easier now..


Rob

Yeah, once the joystick is off the eyes do pop out pretty easy (no need to remove the PERS plate), one of mine popped out on accident when removing a pin. Was a bit of a trick getting it back in, but not bad.

If my PERS was still functioning I think I'd try to paint with the eyes in place, but maybe I'll pop 'em out and paint up the eyelids tonight. I'm just stunned at what a difference it makes. I have a feeling that I wil loose the desire to have them squinting...





Maglor: Are you up to any commissions for any of these mods? I don't trust myself.

Sorry, I'd much rather ruin my figure than someone else's. :peace



Mags, can you explain a bit more about bending the elbow pads into place? Not too sure what you meant exactly.

You mean the shoulder armor?

Batman1939
11-21-2012, 02:09 PM
Sorry, I'd much rather ruin my figure than someone else's. :peace


I got an extra head and gloves and was more wondering if you'd be up to just sanding the neck post, painting the lids, and fixing the hands. But that's cool if you don't do that. Thanks for all of the tips!

ZaCHw117
11-21-2012, 02:12 PM
You mean the shoulder armor?

During the bit where you were explaining how you cut the elbow pads off, you mentioned some people just bent them into place.

Maglor
11-21-2012, 03:12 PM
See below...



nice compilation of mods...going to do most of them so thanks ! easier now to figure what I need to do with mine :)..painted the eyelids on mine and it looks so much better..was going to do the squint mod but wanted to try painting it first cause it seems like on the real pics, his eye surrounds are totally blacked out..even a little glossy...not too keen on the gauntlet mod so I just heated the elbow pads and bend it a bit so now it doesn't stick out as much as it used to..

Rob


^^^ Do you have pics of your gauntlet mod?




I'll take pics later on..

The Rogster
11-21-2012, 03:30 PM
Well this thread sure is helpful! Thanks Maglor, I know im gonna try some of these when I get my Bats.

Batman1939
11-21-2012, 04:22 PM
What type of paint and brush would you do the eyelid paint mod with?

Maglor
11-21-2012, 05:26 PM
A really tiny one.

plasmid303
11-21-2012, 05:40 PM
FANTASTIC thread. I will use it as reference when I get mine.

BigHung-Endo
11-22-2012, 01:13 AM
Sorry, I'd much rather ruin my figure than someone else's. :peace


I got an extra head and gloves and was more wondering if you'd be up to just sanding the neck post, painting the lids, and fixing the hands. But that's cool if you don't do that. Thanks for all of the tips!

I don't trust myself either...but if your ever down to do the mod to other people's please let me know.

SixthScaleEdward
11-22-2012, 04:43 AM
Thanks Maglor! :duff
I'm gonna have something to do this Christmas.

Maglor
11-22-2012, 11:05 AM
Painted the eyelids.




http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a339/maglorsregret/Show%20Your%20Shelves/IMG_4458.jpg




http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a339/maglorsregret/Show%20Your%20Shelves/IMG_4477-1.jpg




http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a339/maglorsregret/Show%20Your%20Shelves/IMG_4479.jpg




http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a339/maglorsregret/IMG_4477crop.jpg

cr0w
11-22-2012, 11:16 AM
Looks just about perfect.

Maglor
11-22-2012, 11:44 AM
I suppose nothing's ever truly "perfect", eh?

r5150s
11-22-2012, 12:26 PM
looks pretty !..did u end up pulling the eyeballs ? i still need to sand my mouth pieces..


Rob

Rambler
11-22-2012, 12:27 PM
thanks for the tips on what needs to be done to get the BW head on the DX02.

That's what I plan on doing and would have been a little confused if I hadn't seen this first.

Maglor
11-22-2012, 12:37 PM
looks pretty !..did u end up pulling the eyeballs ?

Yeah, I did. If I ever remove them again in the future I/m gonna try and find a way to push them in from the front.

Batman1939
11-22-2012, 01:11 PM
The painted eyes look great. If I try it, I'll leave the eyes in as I don't think I could get them out and try to get my wife or customized to try. My hands aren't steady enough.

Maglor
11-22-2012, 01:13 PM
A steady hand is much more necessary if you don't take the eyes out...

intothevoid
11-22-2012, 02:33 PM
Eyelid paint looks great.

Too bad the back of the head can't be fixed

Maglor
11-22-2012, 02:46 PM
Like I said, that's my only real problem with the cowl. But I've even gotten used to that. :)

Gipetto0812
11-22-2012, 02:54 PM
http://i1030.photobucket.com/albums/y366/gipetto0812/DX02%20Batman/SAM_3099.jpg

RollingJ
11-22-2012, 03:36 PM
Just posted in DX12 thread but might as well go here too!

Pretty disappointed when I first got this guy out of the box, but got to futzing and modding straight away! The gauntlets are very pliable when heated, so I'm going to widen the opening by the wrist and mod some gauntlets to fit in there. The elbows bent in look much better too. I painted the eyelids etc. but couldn't get over how pin-headed he looked, so eventually removed the magnets and put them into the medicom head and attached that instead.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v665/RollingJ/1b2e5543b6166c1c66fd0d8042c8cf0e.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v665/RollingJ/4d4bec0ee8056a16ac869db0c30b90fb.jpg

(No natural light right now so sorry for slightly pixelated photos)

intothevoid
11-22-2012, 04:02 PM
Yeah you can mod the daylights out of the DX12 head but short of a resculpt it's never going to match up to a modded medi

Looks superb!!

TheFiend
11-22-2012, 05:04 PM
Awesome thread Mags. Ill be hitting this up when /if I pick this guy up.

Sent from my LG-E739 using Tapatalk 2

chubbyman
11-22-2012, 06:02 PM
Mags deserves an award for starting this thread! I really ought to grow a pair and mod it...I really don't like cutting up a 300 dollar toy :(

cr0w
11-22-2012, 07:26 PM
I suppose nothing's ever truly "perfect", eh?

There's always going to be one microscopic flaw that drives us crazy and causes us to spend 4 hours trying to fix it. Then when we do, we'll notice another one.

intothevoid
11-22-2012, 07:48 PM
There's always going to be one microscopic flaw that drives us crazy and causes us to spend 4 hours trying to fix it. Then when we do, we'll notice another one.

:rotfl:rotfl:rotfl

Truer words may have never been spoken :lecture

cr0w
11-22-2012, 08:56 PM
It's funny how much modding/customizing is simply flying by the seat of your pants and just trying things out and praying they work. I made my favorite 1/6 GI Joe after getting sick of SS' Snake Eyes and ripping apart 3 figures over the course of a week, and it was completely unplanned. Turned out awesome.

Maglor
11-22-2012, 09:51 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v665/RollingJ/1b2e5543b6166c1c66fd0d8042c8cf0e.jpg


I'm wondering if maybe the widening mod could be taken back a notch. It still looks too big to me...




There's always going to be one microscopic flaw that drives us crazy and causes us to spend 4 hours trying to fix it. Then when we do, we'll notice another one.

:lol Indeed.




It's funny how much modding/customizing is simply flying by the seat of your pants and just trying things out and praying they work. I made my favorite 1/6 GI Joe after getting sick of SS' Snake Eyes and ripping apart 3 figures over the course of a week, and it was completely unplanned. Turned out awesome.


Yep. But that's part of the fun. :)

The Batman Professor
11-22-2012, 10:43 PM
Maglor, that looks stellar.

RollingJ
11-22-2012, 11:36 PM
I'm wondering if maybe the widening mod could be taken back a notch. It still looks too big

The head is leaning in. Looks perfect in person. Put it next to 89 Bats and they both look like a person wearing a cowl. Put the Dx Bat head next to other hot toys, or even next to the DX Wayne head, and it looks pin headed to me. But I appreciate that not everybody has access to a medi head, and you've improved the DX head tenfold with the mods you've done.

And I agree that, much as I am pissed off that HT still couldn't get this guy right buy the third attempt, I am enjoying having another good modding project. Crazy that we pay so much for unfinished work though!

RollingJ
11-22-2012, 11:39 PM
There's always going to be one microscopic flaw that drives us crazy and causes us to spend 4 hours trying to fix it. Then when we do, we'll notice another one.

Yup :gah:

The shape and size of the shoulder pads is bugging me now. Not the easiest thing to mod...

batrodimus1985
11-23-2012, 07:11 AM
So I did the ankle mod and it looks so much much better than originally did. I did the glove mod, and I love how they stay on better but they don't really do anything for me in terms of being better. I will be doing the mouth plates later because I do think that does look much better than what we got. Did the shoulders and they look better but I am not sure I've found the happy medium for them.

joebizz34
11-23-2012, 10:09 AM
Ok I posted this in the other normal TDKR thread but I will ask here too since modding is more relevant here.

Quick question for all the ones who modded the eyes and stuff. I will pay more attention the next time I watch the film, but is his eyes really painted completely black like that? I would think seeing some pink especially closer to his inner eye lids would be more realistic no? I mean would he really paint everything black even right up to his eyeball in real life? Wouldn't that give him an eye infection? :lol


Now I will add to this post....would it make more sense to cover up some of the pink but leave a little closest to the eye?

RollingJ
11-23-2012, 10:35 AM
Ok I posted this in the other normal TDKR thread but I will ask here too since modding is more relevant here.

Quick question for all the ones who modded the eyes and stuff. I will pay more attention the next time I watch the film, but is his eyes really painted completely black like that? I would think seeing some pink especially closer to his inner eye lids would be more realistic no? I mean would he really paint everything black even right up to his eyeball in real life? Wouldn't that give him an eye infection? :lol


Now I will add to this post....would it make more sense to cover up some of the pink but leave a little closest to the eye?

Well if you can hardly see the pink bits in 1:1 they need to be pretty damn small in 1:6. Prehaps so small as to be invisible to the naked eye.

intothevoid
11-23-2012, 10:53 AM
Pretty much what rollingJ said

joebizz34
11-23-2012, 11:10 AM
Well if you can hardly see the pink bits in 1:1 they need to be pretty damn small in 1:6. Prehaps so small as to be invisible to the naked eye.


Well sure but I was thinking more in lines of photograhy and picking up on those details when close up. However besides that, I get what you mean.

RollingJ
11-23-2012, 12:38 PM
Modded the gauntlets. Dipped them in near boiling water and reshaped the openings by the hands. Trimmed the hands down. Now there is an overlap where the gauntlet sits over the glove.

Iphone pics only at the moment, but hopefully you get the idea...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v665/RollingJ/6EFD76EC-A2A6-400B-A70F-8F5E8FBFA1D4-487-000000CE4772428D.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v665/RollingJ/479B9E52-F8CB-4B7B-80C0-59DA8DFA0A6F-487-000000CE4DF83D9F.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v665/RollingJ/371717E5-FCBA-4912-99CA-6F6BB4733C97-487-000000CCB519DC8B.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v665/RollingJ/29C1E297-2720-4593-B2CE-7B880FC9A9CE-487-000000CCAD74C901.jpg

Maglor
11-23-2012, 01:07 PM
Maglor, that looks stellar.

Thanks man. Good to see you here. :duff





And I agree that, much as I am pissed off that HT still couldn't get this guy right buy the third attempt, I am enjoying having another good modding project. Crazy that we pay so much for unfinished work though!

:D :exactly: In an odd way it's making me enjoy this figure more.





The shape and size of the shoulder pads is bugging me now. Not the easiest thing to mod...

Just heat them with a hairdryer. They reshape very easily. That said, I would want the shoulder pads to look as big as possible with the Medi head.

On the other hand, making them fit closer to the arms helps make the DX12 head look less undersized.



Ok I posted this in the other normal TDKR thread but I will ask here too since modding is more relevant here.

Quick question for all the ones who modded the eyes and stuff. I will pay more attention the next time I watch the film, but is his eyes really painted completely black like that? I would think seeing some pink especially closer to his inner eye lids would be more realistic no? I mean would he really paint everything black even right up to his eyeball in real life? Wouldn't that give him an eye infection? :lol


Now I will add to this post....would it make more sense to cover up some of the pink but leave a little closest to the eye?


Well if you can hardly see the pink bits in 1:1 they need to be pretty damn small in 1:6. Prehaps so small as to be invisible to the naked eye.


Pretty much what rollingJ said

Pretty much what they said... see below:




Just to make the case for at least painting the eyelids black:


http://i.imgur.com/Biogl.jpg



The pink around the eyes on the DX12 is way too prominent.


:lecture

Maglor
11-23-2012, 01:11 PM
Modded the gauntlets. Dipped them in near boiling water and reshaped the openings by the hands...

Nice work. I pinned that to the first page. :duff

Rambler
11-23-2012, 01:52 PM
What type of paint should be used for eye mod?

RollingJ
11-23-2012, 03:18 PM
Nice work. I pinned that to the first page. :duff

Cool. Great idea for a thread. This is the kind of thing I love about this forum :hi5:

intothevoid
11-23-2012, 04:00 PM
Awesome gauntlet mod :yess:

I foresee spending many days modding this thing :lol

Maglor
11-23-2012, 04:13 PM
^^^ Can't wait to see how far the accuracy police take this thing. :exactly: :lol

Maglor
11-23-2012, 04:14 PM
What type of paint should be used for eye mod?

Flat black acrylic.

LipSmack
11-23-2012, 04:34 PM
Hey guys I have a mod for aligning the chest pex lines with the bat wings, but I'm retarded and can't figure out how to post pics, could I email someone who could post the pics? Let me know thanks

intothevoid
11-23-2012, 05:00 PM
Hey guys I have a mod for aligning the chest pex lines with the bat wings, but I'm retarded and can't figure out how to post pics, could I email someone who could post the pics? Let me know thanks

Must see this

Somebody help this man! My phones dying :lol

r5150s
11-23-2012, 05:05 PM
Hey guys I have a mod for aligning the chest pex lines with the bat wings, but I'm retarded and can't figure out how to post pics, could I email someone who could post the pics? Let me know thanks

pm'ing you !

LipSmack
11-23-2012, 08:09 PM
K sent the pics to r5150s, hope they turn out as they're iphone pics lol, I take no responsibility for anyone's in experience I do a ton of customizing and am really comfortable with my skills, thisbis a minor problem best left alone if you think you might mess up

LipSmack
11-23-2012, 08:23 PM
K let see if this works, the fist pic is before the mod
Before
http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn265/r5150s/1image.jpeg
http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn265/r5150s/2photo.jpg
http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn265/r5150s/2image.jpeg
http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn265/r5150s/3image.jpeg
http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn265/r5150s/photo.jpg
After
http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn265/r5150s/image.jpeg

Thank you so much to r5150s!!

Maglor
11-23-2012, 08:25 PM
Pics worked! :hi5:



But I have no idea what you did to fix the chest. :dunno

LipSmack
11-23-2012, 08:29 PM
Pics worked! :hi5:



But I have no idea what you did to fix the chest. :dunno

Theres3 more pics and then ill add what I did, be patient :rotfl

intothevoid
11-23-2012, 08:30 PM
Yupp that mod is a must.

Now for the part about how it's done :lol

Did you take the right peck piece off and re-position it?

LipSmack
11-23-2012, 08:36 PM
So basically what i did was remove the chest plate, then I removed the pex areas and fitted them for re alignment, I glued the upper parts back in first to make sure they were lined up right, then I repositioned and lined up the under " bra" area, glued it back into place, the put the chest back on to the figure. Hope this helps

Please do not do this if you feel uncomfortable, it will ruin your figure if you screw up

intothevoid
11-23-2012, 08:38 PM
Well you seem to have done a remarkably clean job of it.

It must be done.

LipSmack
11-23-2012, 08:51 PM
Keep added more pics let me know if it helps

Maglor
11-23-2012, 08:54 PM
http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn265/r5150s/2photo.jpg
http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn265/r5150s/2image.jpeg
http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn265/r5150s/3image.jpeg
http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn265/r5150s/photo.jpg


Now explain what I'm looking at here. You removed the lower chest part and put it back in I can see, but why was it no longer crooked when you put it back in???

intothevoid
11-23-2012, 08:55 PM
Because he re-positioned it to line it up. Seems pretty clear to me :dunno

LipSmack
11-23-2012, 08:58 PM
Yeah it was basically a dry fit, I typed up a brief summary above
Basically separate the 2x carbon Fibre pex area and the "bra " area. Then position the pex pieces so that line up and then fit the "bra" back into place and line it all up the right miss aligned piece was just moved over a smidgen, poor positioning on the factory workers part I guess

Maglor
11-23-2012, 09:11 PM
Because he re-positioned it to line it up. Seems pretty clear to me :dunno

It just sounds too simple. It's a solid piece of plastic. A fixed shape. I can only comprehend "repositioning" some kind of a decal that is on the chest plate, not the chest plate itself...





Yeah it was basically a dry fit, I typed up a brief summary above
Basically separate the 2x carbon Fibre pex area and the "bra " area. Then position the pex pieces so that line up and then fit the "bra" back into place and line it all up the right miss aligned piece was just moved over a smidgen, poor positioning on the factory workers part I guess

But it's perfectly consistent in every picture of the figure including the prototype.



To be clear, I'm not at all calling you a liar, I just really don't understand. :dunno

LipSmack
11-23-2012, 09:16 PM
It just sounds too simple. It's a solid piece of plastic. A fixed shape. I can only comprehend "repositioning" the some kind of a decal that is on the chest plate, not the chest plate itself...




But it's perfectly consistent in every picture of the figure including the prototype.



To be clear, I'm not at all calling you a liar, I just really don't understand. :dunno

No its a soft plastic, a separate piece of software plastic the pics show the piece removed. And I know you aren't calling me a liar I just suck at describing these things, I usually just do them and keep it to myself
I just know when I got in there it looked like it wasn't glued properly, the first chest piece pic shows the backside you can see its off

Maglor
11-23-2012, 09:23 PM
Well, I/we really appreciate you speaking up! :hi5: I think I'm starting to understand.

Now the main question is, how do you remove the chest armor? Pretty sure I wanna do the mod.

LipSmack
11-23-2012, 09:26 PM
Well, I/we really appreciate you speaking up! :hi5: I think I'm starting to understand.

Now the main question is, how do you remove the chest armor? Pretty sure I wanna do the mod.

Two straps under the arms connect under there shoulder blade armor, just break that connection and lift it off. And if you do it please don't mess it up lol I would feel terrible

Maglor
11-23-2012, 09:36 PM
Break???!!! :panic: :lol

RollingJ
11-24-2012, 10:08 AM
Awesome gauntlet mod :yess:

I foresee spending many days modding this thing :lol

Thanks. It is very, very easily done and definitely worth it for the TDKR look. The elbow pad also automatically bends upward with the gauntlet in hot water. Dip it back into cool water to set and when its back on the elbow pad will press against the elbow, looking much better.

okieh 2
11-24-2012, 03:25 PM
Thanks so much - these videos are fanatastic !!

TheViper81
11-24-2012, 09:49 PM
Yo Mags. Where can I find a standard TT neck peg for Bruce Wayne so it can fit onto the DX02???????:dunno

LipSmack
11-24-2012, 10:50 PM
Ebay... Or the fs section

Ninjaknight
11-25-2012, 07:11 AM
Thanks. It is very, very easily done and definitely worth it for the TDKR look. The elbow pad also automatically bends upward with the gauntlet in hot water. Dip it back into cool water to set and when its back on the elbow pad will press against the elbow, looking much better.

So do you just dip both ends in or the whole gauntlet?

RollingJ
11-25-2012, 07:32 AM
So do you just dip both ends in or the whole gauntlet?

Either way really. I reshaped the gauntlet end separately by holding it in the water then using a lemon reamer to widen the opening, then dipped it in ice cold water.

The elbow pad will naturally curl around when dipped in hot water.

A real practical benefit to widening the opening and trimming the gloves is that they don't pop off easily now and there is even some articulation in the wrist.

lambo944
11-25-2012, 08:58 AM
Mag how did you paint the eye lids? I'm thinking of doing it.

elvis1976
11-25-2012, 01:09 PM
Mag how did you paint the eye lids? I'm thinking of doing it.

With a brush and black paint i guess :lol:wave

lambo944
11-25-2012, 01:13 PM
With a brush and black paint i guess :lol:wave

:nana: :lol I was wondering whether he removed the pers system and paint them then put it back or?...

elvis1976
11-25-2012, 01:49 PM
:nana: :lol I was wondering whether he removed the pers system and paint them then put it back or?...

I'm pretty sure I read that he removed the eyes.

You could do it without but you will need a steady hand.

Preshea
11-25-2012, 02:36 PM
Well, I/we really appreciate you speaking up! :hi5: I think I'm starting to understand.

Now the main question is, how do you remove the chest armor? Pretty sure I wanna do the mod.

Mag, 1st of thanks for making the thread and the videos and to everyone for all the ideas in this thread.

2nd if u do this mod on the chest plates can u try to do a step by step video if possible. That would be great as THIS misalignment is what bugs me most about this fig.

Gipetto0812
11-25-2012, 04:24 PM
Modded the gauntlets. Dipped them in near boiling water and reshaped the openings by the hands. Trimmed the hands down. Now there is an overlap where the gauntlet sits over the glove.

Iphone pics only at the moment, but hopefully you get the idea...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v665/RollingJ/6EFD76EC-A2A6-400B-A70F-8F5E8FBFA1D4-487-000000CE4772428D.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v665/RollingJ/479B9E52-F8CB-4B7B-80C0-59DA8DFA0A6F-487-000000CE4DF83D9F.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v665/RollingJ/371717E5-FCBA-4912-99CA-6F6BB4733C97-487-000000CCB519DC8B.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v665/RollingJ/29C1E297-2720-4593-B2CE-7B880FC9A9CE-487-000000CCAD74C901.jpg

this is a great mod! will definitely have to do this!

RollingJ
11-25-2012, 04:27 PM
this is a great mod! will definitely have to do this!

Very easy to do, you get a bit of wrist articulation and the gloves don't fall off all the time! Easy win :)

Ninjaknight
11-25-2012, 07:13 PM
Either way really. I reshaped the gauntlet end separately by holding it in the water then using a lemon reamer to widen the opening, then dipped it in ice cold water.

The elbow pad will naturally curl around when dipped in hot water.

A real practical benefit to widening the opening and trimming the gloves is that they don't pop off easily now and there is even some articulation in the wrist.

I see, can I use the hand end itself to widen the area instead of a tool?

and do you still need to cut off the straps from the hands?

Maglor
11-25-2012, 07:57 PM
Yo Mags. Where can I find a standard TT neck peg for Bruce Wayne so it can fit onto the DX02???????:dunno


Ebay... Or the fs section

Yeah, what he said.

However, after buying enough TT's most guys will have one laying around somewhere.



Mag how did you paint the eye lids? I'm thinking of doing it.


With a brush and black paint i guess :lol:wave


:nana: :lol I was wondering whether he removed the pers system and paint them then put it back or?...


I'm pretty sure I read that he removed the eyes.

You could do it without but you will need a steady hand.

:lecture




Mag, 1st of thanks for making the thread and the videos and to everyone for all the ideas in this thread.

2nd if u do this mod on the chest plates can u try to do a step by step video if possible. That would be great as THIS misalignment is what bugs me most about this fig.

Yep. If and when I do that mod, I will clearly document it. :duff




Very easy to do, you get a bit of wrist articulation and the gloves don't fall off all the time! Easy win :)

The main reason I shy away is that in addition to the gloves never falling off, I get fantastic articulation with a simple buckle cut. Literally tucking the plastic gloves into the plastic gauntlets clearly hampers articulation.

DirEnGrey
11-25-2012, 08:28 PM
I remember reading somewhere that you mentioned mars black and ivory black. I went to Michaels today and was staring at them and honestly they look the same within the tube. Which would be better to paint the ab straps / eyes with?

Maglor
11-25-2012, 08:50 PM
The Ivory black is more grey. Mars black is like a jet black. I can see the difference in the tube with the brands I bought, but out of the tube, the difference is obvious.


IMO, ivory black is perfect for the straps (identical color to the abs themselves), and for the eyes I mixed the ivory and the mars. I did a first coat with the mars by itself and it looked a little off to me, but mixed looked good. Ivory would prolly look good for the eyes as well if you just wanted to buy one paint. :peace

Maglor
11-25-2012, 08:55 PM
Chest straightening mod added to first page. I will update it if I do the mod myself. :peace

DirEnGrey
11-25-2012, 09:10 PM
The Ivory black is more grey. Mars black is like a jet black. I can see the difference in the tube with the brands I bought, but out of the tube, the difference is obvious.


IMO, ivory black is perfect for the straps (identical color to the abs themselves), and for the eyes I mixed the ivory and the mars. I did a first coat with the mars by itself and it looked a little off to me, but mixed looked good. Ivory would prolly look good for the eyes as well if you just wanted to buy one paint. :peace

Thanks for clearing that up for me :D

RollingJ
11-25-2012, 11:30 PM
The main reason I shy away is that in addition to the gloves never falling off, I get fantastic articulation with a simple buckle cut. Literally tucking the plastic gloves into the plastic gauntlets clearly hampers articulation.

Not really. You are esentially widening the gauntlet. As it is not fixed to the arm, you can position the hand then move the gauntlet down to fit with the glove position. Anyway, articulation on this thing is not fantastic, so its a pretty minor difference.

skyler2702
11-26-2012, 06:08 AM
I show you the change of my forearm gauntlets, sorry I have not yet received my DX12 to show you on the true body.
Thanks for the idea RollingJ, it now has an official batman The Dark Knight Rises and not The Dark Knight

http://nsa31.casimages.com/img/2012/11/26/121126020800968427.jpg

lambo944
11-26-2012, 09:32 AM
Did the glove mod today, and I highly recommend everyone doing it.

Maglor
11-26-2012, 10:39 AM
Not really. You are esentially widening the gauntlet. As it is not fixed to the arm, you can position the hand then move the gauntlet down to fit with the glove position. Anyway, articulation on this thing is not fantastic, so its a pretty minor difference.

Still need more info before I do it...




I show you the change of my forearm gauntlets, sorry I have not yet received my DX12 to show you on the true body.
Thanks for the idea RollingJ, it now has an official batman The Dark Knight Rises and not The Dark Knight

http://nsa31.casimages.com/img/2012/11/26/121126020800968427.jpg

Looks excellent. Any chance you have pictures of what your gloves look like without the gauntlet in place? Did you simply cut off the buckle like I did?




Did the glove mod today, and I highly recommend everyone doing it.

Excellent. Which one did you do?

Maglor
11-26-2012, 10:45 AM
Gearing up for the chest mod fix...


Two straps under the arms connect under there shoulder blade armor, just break that connection and lift it off. And if you do it please don't mess it up lol I would feel terrible

Was looking carefully at the way the chest armor is installed. I see what you mean by "break". The armor is glued to itself around back under the shoulder blade armor.

Is there any other areas where you have to "break" a glued spot?

skyler2702
11-26-2012, 11:06 AM
Yes I have cut them as you did ;)

http://nsa32.casimages.com/img/2012/11/26/121126070448779017.jpg

Maglor
11-26-2012, 11:14 AM
Thanks! Good to know that I haven't already done something to them that will make the "cuff" mod not work! :hi5:



@RollingJ: Can you confirm that your gloves look the same as mine? :pray:

RollingJ
11-26-2012, 11:23 AM
Thanks! Good to know that I haven't already done something to them that will make the "cuff" mod not work! :hi5:



@RollingJ: Can you confirm that your gloves look the same as mine? :pray:

No, sorry. I cut mine at an angle so that there would be no gaps if I bent the wrist. Can put pics up later; just got in from a funeral so need a stiff drink first!

Bruce Wayne
11-26-2012, 12:16 PM
This is great Maglor! Thank you so much for sharing and putting this thread together.

I'm about ready to paint the eyelids on my DX12. I've got both the liquitex acrylic black in the tube ("basics" ver) and the liquitex acrylic black in the small jar. Which would you recommend working with? I noticed you used the "basics" for the ab straps. Did you use that for the eyelids as well? And if so, did you water down the paint? Also how many coats did you end up doing for the eyelids?

Thanks in advance!

lambo944
11-26-2012, 12:46 PM
Excellent. Which one did you do?

The one that you did in your video.

cr0w
11-26-2012, 07:22 PM
Did a glove mod today, just cut the buckles off an old MMS71's hands and stuck 'em on there. Didn't want to carve up my DX12 stuff. Looks quite a bit better, though I could probably stuff 'em up into the gauntlets a little more. Don't want to stretch them out, though. Couple of pics..one HDR, one natural.

http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc252/cr0w1980/IMG_20121126_201229_852.jpg
http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc252/cr0w1980/IMG_20121126_201353_060-1.jpg

intothevoid
11-26-2012, 07:38 PM
This is one of the best customizing threads ever :lecture

Maglor
11-26-2012, 08:20 PM
This is great Maglor! Thank you so much for sharing and putting this thread together.

I'm about ready to paint the eyelids on my DX12. I've got both the liquitex acrylic black in the tube ("basics" ver) and the liquitex acrylic black in the small jar. Which would you recommend working with? I noticed you used the "basics" for the ab straps. Did you use that for the eyelids as well? And if so, did you water down the paint? Also how many coats did you end up doing for the eyelids?

Thanks in advance!

Honestly, I'm not the best one to ask, as I haven't done that much painting. As long as you chose a flat black acrylic you'll be fine. I would say to go with whatever's cheaper?

For the eyes I mixed ivory black with mars black, but plain ivory black would probably be fine.

Yes, I watered the paint down for both the abs straps (don't forget to paint the strip that goes down the middle too) and the eyes. However I did a thick, non-watered down layer right along the edge to close the eyes slightly.

I did at least 4 coats over the course of the night, but one would cover fine if it's not too watered down. Just add a drop or two of water to a pea sized spot of paint. The reason I did so many coats is I was experimenting/correcting blemishes in my paint job/trying to make the eyes look a little more closed.




The one that you did in your video.

Cool. :)

cr0w
11-26-2012, 08:29 PM
You can literally use any matte acrylic black paint. There's almost no discernible difference. Martha Stewart has this "Satin" finish stuff they sell at Michael's that goes on just a wee bit smoother, but so long as you don't do something like get gloss or metallic, you won't notice any difference whatsoever. Trust me on this.

cr0w
11-26-2012, 08:54 PM
This is one of the best customizing threads ever :lecture

Yeah, it is. I like the spirit of collaboration here, instead of each person posting their own mods and no one going into detail as to what to do. Even self-admitting ****heads like me can be a part of it. :)

...maybe we should start one dedicated to the '89 Batman's cape.

LipSmack
11-26-2012, 09:12 PM
for any paint you should go to a gamesworkshop store and buy it there, The BEST stuff there is bar none

Maglor
11-26-2012, 10:00 PM
Hey LipSmack! :wave



Two straps under the arms connect under there shoulder blade armor, just break that connection and lift it off. And if you do it please don't mess it up lol I would feel terrible


Gearing up for the chest mod fix...



Was looking carefully at the way the chest armor is installed. I see what you mean by "break". The armor is glued to itself around back under the shoulder blade armor.

Is there any other areas where you have to "break" a glued spot?


Thoughts???

Bruce Wayne
11-26-2012, 10:03 PM
Perfect! Thanks for the tips guys. Will definitely do the glove mod. Still debating whether or not to do the elbow mod, but its definitely a nice touch.

Maglor
11-26-2012, 10:06 PM
Did a glove mod today, just cut the buckles off an old MMS71's hands and stuck 'em on there. Didn't want to carve up my DX12 stuff. Looks quite a bit better, though I could probably stuff 'em up into the gauntlets a little more. Don't want to stretch them out, though. Couple of pics..one HDR, one natural.

http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc252/cr0w1980/IMG_20121126_201229_852.jpg
http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc252/cr0w1980/IMG_20121126_201353_060-1.jpg

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a339/maglorsregret/for%20fun/hawk.jpg

Preshea
11-27-2012, 07:38 AM
Hey LipSmack! :wave







Thoughts???

Mag I may be able to give u some help on this. I don't have the Dx12 yet but I took the chest armor off my mms71 a while back.

What I did on that one was I took the head and neck off the body. I only broke the strap under the shoulder blade on one side, unhooked it from that arm. Then slid the armor down the other arm away from the body. If the DX12 is the same that should work just fine.

From there I think Lipsmack is gonna have shed some light on dismantling glued sections of the actual pecks if u can't see what needs to be done from there..

LipSmack
11-27-2012, 07:52 AM
Hey LipSmack! :wave







Thoughts???

Nope just the two spots under the shoulder blades, and yes as mentioned right above you can get away with just breaking one. As for the pecs area just pull firmly, the pieces separated fairly easily, heat wouldn't hurt though

Maglor
11-27-2012, 07:56 AM
Thanks!

Any advice on how to break the one spot under the shoulder blade?

Preshea
11-27-2012, 08:06 AM
I just went in with a small flat head gently shimmied back n forth in the length of seam held that against the body and slowing pulled the shoulder blade away from that section.

LipSmack
11-27-2012, 08:19 AM
I just used my finger strength, hold the strap with one thumb to the body, and the pull up on the shoulder piece

Maglor
11-27-2012, 08:41 AM
Thanks guys. K, BRB.

Maglor
11-27-2012, 11:11 AM
Just finished... :thud:

intothevoid
11-27-2012, 11:27 AM
Took you nearly 3 hours?

plasmid303
11-27-2012, 11:38 AM
So the shoulder pads can be easily re-glued onto the straps?

Maglor
11-27-2012, 11:38 AM
Took you nearly 3 hours?


Well, there was a fair amount of dilly dallying in there. :lol


Anyway, here's a quick pic. Not exactly "finished product", but you get the idea:



http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a339/maglorsregret/IMG_4614.jpg



In addition to straightening the chest, I did some tweaking to the shoulders and gauntlets.



Will try to post better pics after work.

intothevoid
11-27-2012, 11:42 AM
What did you do to shoulders and gauntlets? Looks like the Kevlar connector armour has been tinkered with on the left side

Chest looks great

Maglor
11-27-2012, 11:44 AM
Kevlar connector armor? Left side?


...

plasmid303
11-27-2012, 12:04 PM
Realigned chest armor looks good. :clap

On a scale of 1-10, how difficult would you say this mod was?

yongkykun
11-27-2012, 12:05 PM
Well, there was a fair amount of dilly dallying in there. :lol


Anyway, here's a quick pic. Not exactly "finished product", but you get the idea:



http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a339/maglorsregret/IMG_4614.jpg



In addition to straightening the chest, I did some tweaking to the shoulders and gauntlets.



Will try to post better pics after work.

Some before and after pics would be greatly appreciated. Pic looks brilliant already IMO. Also, the straps running from his chest right down to his abdomen seems to 'bleeding' out to right above his cod piece, is that normal or is it a part of your mod? If so, are you going to trim them? EDIT: Those straps seem to be there from the beginning (just seen the first post). A bit unsightly though...

Maglor
11-27-2012, 12:11 PM
Realigned chest armor looks good. :clap

On a scale of 1-10, how difficult would you say this mod was?

8? The hardest one so far.



Some before and after pics would be greatly appreciated. Pic looks brilliant already IMO. Also, the straps running from his chest right down to his abdomen seems to 'bleeding' out to right above his cod piece, is that normal or is it a part of your mod? If so, are you going to trim them? EDIT: Those straps seem to be there from the beginning (just seen the first post). A bit unsightly though...

They are covered by the belt.

intothevoid
11-27-2012, 12:13 PM
Kevlar connector armor? Left side?


...

You forced my hand

http://www2.picturepush.com/photo/a/11503755/1024/Figures/Untitled.png

yongkykun
11-27-2012, 12:27 PM
Incidentally, is that the original DX12 head with modded eyes or Medicom's?

Preshea
11-27-2012, 12:27 PM
Well, there was a fair amount of dilly dallying in there. :lol


Anyway, here's a quick pic. Not exactly "finished product", but you get the idea:



http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a339/maglorsregret/IMG_4614.jpg


In addition to straightening the chest, I did some tweaking to the shoulders and gauntlets.



Will try to post better pics after work.

:clap:clap Such a huge improvement. Those lines needed that!! Bravo for getting that accomplished.

What do u have to finish up with this? Looks great!

In that pic, the shoulder pads look good but still.. too big.

I wonder if we could get new sets 3dprinted by somebody on the board??
Make them accurate shape and size, curvature, and preferably in 2 pieces just like the 1:1... Any takers on that potential project?

intothevoid
11-27-2012, 12:29 PM
Incidentally, is that the original DX12 head with modded eyes or Medicom's?

DX12 head, with DX02 face, and modded eyes



I wonder if we could get new sets 3dprinted by somebody on the board??
Make them accurate shape and size, curvature, and preferably in 2 pieces just like the 1:1... Any takers on that potential project?

This really needs to be done.

r5150s
11-27-2012, 12:33 PM
http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a339/maglorsregret/IMG_4614.jpg

what happened to the right arm ? looks longer than the left..

Preshea
11-27-2012, 12:43 PM
what happened to the right arm ? looks longer than the left..

I would say that looks like its from the suit material tucked under the armpit on one side and not the other. I wanted to suggest tighting the material so it hugs the arms better but i also think unless u do a whole new under suit in a 4 way stretch fabric I think u would lose articulation. Ethier that or 1 shoulder joint is setting higher than the other

LipSmack
11-27-2012, 01:06 PM
Awesome maglor!! Did you video it? Do you finally see what I was trying to describe? Lol great job man

Maglor
11-27-2012, 01:55 PM
You forced my hand

http://www2.picturepush.com/photo/a/11503755/1024/Figures/Untitled.png

:lol :yess: gotta love arrows!

No, that's as accidental byproduct of the mod. I'll fix it when I get home.



:clap:clap Such a huge improvement. Those lines needed that!! Bravo for getting that accomplished.

What do u have to finish up with this? Looks great!

In that pic, the shoulder pads look good but still.. too big.

I wonder if we could get new sets 3dprinted by somebody on the board??
Make them accurate shape and size, curvature, and preferably in 2 pieces just like the 1:1... Any takers on that potential project?

My goal is for this figure to always be the DX12. Just the DX12 being the best it can be. So I won't be doing any custom parts, just modding the hell out of it. :lol

Right now the only part not DX12 is the face plate, and I hope to replace that with the DX12 BW mouth eventually.



http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a339/maglorsregret/IMG_4614.jpg

what happened to the right arm ? looks longer than the left..


I would say that looks like its from the suit material tucked under the armpit on one side and not the other. I wanted to suggest tighting the material so it hugs the arms better but i also think unless u do a whole new under suit in a 4 way stretch fabric I think u would lose articulation. Ethier that or 1 shoulder joint is setting higher than the other

This is why I said, 'not exactly a finished product'. He wasn't really futzed for that pic. The arms are the same length, trust me.



Awesome maglor!! Did you video it? Do you finally see what I was trying to describe? Lol great job man

No video, but plenty of pics. :)

Preshea
11-27-2012, 02:34 PM
My goal is for this figure to always be the DX12. Just the DX12 being the best it can be. So I won't be doing any custom parts, just modding the hell out of it. :lol

Ok, but when Void n I find somebody to do them and u see how awsome it is.. Ur gonna want some! :rotfl:rotfl

Just kidding, but really urs does look great and I definately respect where ur coming from.

intothevoid
11-27-2012, 02:37 PM
Ok, but when Void n I find somebody to do them and u see how awsome it is.. Ur gonna want some! :rotfl:rotfl

Just kidding, but really urs does look great and I definately respect where ur coming from.

:rotfl:rotfl:rotfl

Gipetto0812
11-27-2012, 06:17 PM
I'm still confused on what's being done with the chest? Is it the lines that everyone was complaining about in the DX12 that weren't symmetrical?





In that pic, the shoulder pads look good but still.. too big

I wonder if we could get new sets 3dprinted by somebody on the board??
Make them accurate shape and size, curvature, and preferably in 2 pieces just like the 1:1... Any takers on that potential project?
I'm trying to think of a way to sculpt them properly and have them in 2 pieces, but just like the eyes, I'm afriad at the moment :lol

intothevoid
11-27-2012, 07:13 PM
Yeah it's the lines that should line up with the scallop of the bat symbol but on the stock version the right side doesn't

plasmid303
11-28-2012, 02:34 AM
I'm gonna tear this thing apart when it arrives!

Funny that I'm more excited by the prospect of modding the thing than actually the thing itself.

Maglor
11-28-2012, 12:03 PM
Fixed the crooked chest plate and made the shoulders and gauntlets appear smaller.





http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a339/maglorsregret/Show%20Your%20Shelves/IMG_4639.jpg

r5150s
11-28-2012, 12:12 PM
looking good ! ^^^^

irok84
11-28-2012, 03:10 PM
I want to paint my DX eye lids but they aren't as prominent as some others I've seen. Plus I don't have a steady hand. If only I had the cojones to open up the PERS.

Kicker773
11-28-2012, 03:28 PM
Come on mag when are you going to start taking on commissions.

irok84
11-28-2012, 04:27 PM
^^RIGHT?!^^

joebizz34
11-28-2012, 08:16 PM
I've tried out several mods and I will post pics once I get the custom cape. I did mean it when I said I liked him as is but after seeing all these ideas to improve him, I decided to give them a try for fun since at heart I am a customizer as well. :)

Here is a list of the mods I did....

1. DX02 neutral face on the DX12
2. Glove mod
3. Gauntlet mod to fit over the gloves
4. Elbow pad mod (I went with Maglor's method with seperating the elbow pads and glued them on to the body suit.)
5. Repositioning the ab armor
6. Boots mod
7. Custom cape which is on the way.
8. Shoulder pad mod to appear less bulky
9. Eye lids mod (I did not sculpt anything. I just painted them.) I do not know if this is a QC issue across the board because mine didn't appear to be as pink or fleshy looking as others I have seen pics here. So I didn't go over board. I suttly painted them to be more of a solid black.

The only mods I didn't do is the chest plate mod which I agree is not worth it in my eyes. It doesn't look crooked to me or if it is, I cannot tell and it doesn't bother me. I just don't see the need for that one. I also did not do the neck mod. I agree with Maglor that with the custom cape it looks fine as is. However I will know better once I have my cape and put it on him. I wanted to get other people's opinions on this one. Do most people feel the neck looks better shortened? This is another mod that I don't see the need for but I am curious what others think.

Maglor
11-29-2012, 08:20 AM
Sounds like yours is nearly identical to mine. :)

I still do go back and forth about the neck a bit. It depends on how I futz the cape. If I pile it up on his shoulders the stock neck looks fine, but if I flatten it out on the shoulders the neck looks too long. For me, it's a matter of deciding what kind of shoulder shape I want...

Maglor
11-29-2012, 08:21 AM
Come on mag when are you going to start taking on commissions.

Sorry guys, this isn't going to happen. :peace

joebizz34
11-29-2012, 09:49 AM
Sounds like yours is nearly identical to mine. :)

I still do go back and forth about the neck a bit. It depends on how I futz the cape. If I pile it up on his shoulders the stock neck looks fine, but if I flatten it out on the shoulders the neck looks too long. For me, it's a matter of deciding what kind of shoulder shape I want...

OK thanks for the feedback. I will wait and see how he looks once I get the cape. I do tend to like the cape flatten down so maybe the neck mod will happen.

I will post pics once done.

Maglor
11-29-2012, 10:56 AM
Out of curiosity, how (and why) did you reposition the ab armor?

batfan08
11-29-2012, 12:41 PM
This thread is awesome, and I think that, once I get the figure, I'm going to follow through with a lot of these mods. At this point, these things are so mass produced that I don't have to worry about messing up the value, and I now buy them with the sole intention of having them in my collection. Therefore, if it's going to be in my collection, it's going to look as good as I can get it.

joebizz34
11-29-2012, 01:28 PM
Out of curiosity, how (and why) did you reposition the ab armor?

I did it the way you demonstrated in the video. Bending him into the crunch position and then straightening him while holding the armor in place. Maybe I said it wrong. He didn't have crooked ab armor. Its pushing it up to be closer to the chest armor.

Maglor
11-29-2012, 01:45 PM
Ah, that's just basic futzing. :wink1:

batfan08
11-29-2012, 01:56 PM
Do you guys know of anyone (or would you?) who would do the PERS squint mod for a commission? I'm not sure I'm experienced enough for the bigger stuff like that.

Maglor
11-29-2012, 02:18 PM
That's why I just painted mine.

phobicsquirrel
11-29-2012, 02:40 PM
Great thread, it's nice having it all in once place. Terrific job on the videos too.

RollingJ
11-29-2012, 02:58 PM
Never thought I'd be reusing the medicom cape, but it's actually pretty cool, despite not being particularly screen accurate. Might have to use it if I ever put him on the Batpod.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v665/RollingJ/f65d5c95ebeca96913078f5e89e4e456.jpg

Maglor
11-29-2012, 03:47 PM
Badass. I love wired capes.

Gipetto0812
11-29-2012, 03:55 PM
Do you guys know of anyone (or would you?) who would do the PERS squint mod for a commission? I'm not sure I'm experienced enough for the bigger stuff like that.

I'm down to do it but I'm holding out all my commission work until after I graduate (3 weeks :panic:)

Rambler
11-29-2012, 04:02 PM
Do I need to mod a old neck adapter to put the BW head on the DX02 or can I just buy a second DX12 adapter?

Maglor
11-29-2012, 04:17 PM
Gotta mod an old one. The ball-joint hole on the DX12 neck adapter is tiny. Wont fit.

Maglor
11-29-2012, 04:19 PM
Here's another angle to show the fixed chest plate and smaller shoulder pads.



http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a339/maglorsregret/Show%20Your%20Shelves/IMG_4637.jpg




This also happens to be the least faltering angle for this head-sculpt. From the extreme side it's fine, but from this exact angle the back of his head looks really flat. :(

intothevoid
11-29-2012, 04:22 PM
I think it looks worse 100% side on

batfan08
11-29-2012, 08:22 PM
I'm down to do it but I'm holding out all my commission work until after I graduate (3 weeks :panic:)

Awesome, man! I'll send you a PM, and I probably won't have him for at least another week, anyway.

BrooklynWolf X
11-29-2012, 09:08 PM
Hey mag, how did you make the shoulder pieces look smaller?

I can't view YT vids from china.

Rambler
11-29-2012, 09:25 PM
Gotta mod an old one. The ball-joint hole on the DX12 neck adapter is tiny. Wont fit.

Thanks. :hi5:

Maglor
11-30-2012, 11:05 AM
Hey mag, how did you make the shoulder pieces look smaller?

I can't view YT vids from china.

Heat 'em.

Squeeze 'em.

Freeze 'em.

:D




Also, I shortened the elastic under the chest armor.

I'll try and post pics of all my recent stuff soon...

elvis1976
11-30-2012, 11:30 AM
Apart from the usual mod

Dx02 faceplate
Painted the eye lids black
Gauntlets opening mod
Gloves mods


I also replaced the uppder parts from the dx02 armor.
So I replaced the shoulders, kevlar connector and collar.

Basically I highlighted in red the parts form the DX02.
I think the shoulder pads looks more in scale and the kevlar connector ar emore accurate.

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/elvis1976/new3/album%20new/P1050775-01.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/elvis1976/new3/album%20new/P1050778-01.jpg


http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/elvis1976/new3/album%20new/P1050775.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/elvis1976/new3/album%20new/P1050774.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/elvis1976/new3/album%20new/P1050776.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/elvis1976/new3/album%20new/P1050778.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/elvis1976/new3/album%20new/P1050782.jpg

Maglor
11-30-2012, 11:35 AM
Void is gonna love that.

The collar bones look great.

elvis1976
11-30-2012, 11:38 AM
Void is gonna love that.

The collar bones look great.

I showed him already and he indeed loved it :lol

I still need to re-align the carbon filter.
ATM It's already unglued and i'm positonning them now.

I want to pad the arms a little bit, i opened the suit form the back and it seems possible.

intothevoid
11-30-2012, 12:41 PM
Void is gonna love that.

The collar bones look great.

Damn straight :lol


I showed him already and he indeed loved it :lol


:clap

batfan08
11-30-2012, 01:33 PM
I love the mods. I wonder if anyone might have a damaged/leaking DX 02 suit that they'd sell on the cheap?

Gipetto0812
11-30-2012, 03:29 PM
Just did the gauntlet widening mod, looks better indeed. Still iffy on the chest mod. I want to, but I r scared :lol

Maglor
11-30-2012, 04:38 PM
You should be. -_-

LipSmack
11-30-2012, 05:12 PM
Chest mod is the only one I've done so far, I have a couple lforigno capes coming soon hopefully, personally I'm really happy with the way the figure came, for the price though I see why people were peeved

batfan08
11-30-2012, 05:23 PM
Was it difficult, LipSmack? I'd love if someone posted a video tutorial for it.

krec9
11-30-2012, 05:39 PM
Was it difficult, LipSmack? I'd love if someone posted a video tutorial for it.

I second this i would be scared to break something .

rory
11-30-2012, 06:13 PM
Finally got around to the eyelid painting mod. I didn't trust my unsteady hands to paint that close to the eyeball, so I removed the pers.

First I took out the aluminum ring inside the head. Then I used a small (eyeglass) flat head to work around the edge between the cowl and the plastic ring, gently separating the glue from the plastic. I wouldn't recommend using an exacto for this, as tempted as one may be, because you gotta put some force into it, and it'd be too easy for that exacto to cut/gouge some delicate part of the cowl...or hand.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-o6feaKITXa0/ULlWmNeRRqI/AAAAAAAAAa4/EI1cEhln-bs/s400/photo%2520odjf.JPG

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-NPCK2VPvAig/ULlWmE5UbzI/AAAAAAAAAa8/bxvEAXAP42I/s400/photo.JPG

Here's the head, minus the plastic ring, with the pers made reachable.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-vi4SU5ZH3Y4/ULlWmGb95SI/AAAAAAAAAbA/DqGGY5-cHMk/s400/photoscc.JPG

Next I just popped the pers eyes out using a tweezers (the eyes sit in a soft plastic socket, similar to peg/socket wrists. But you'll want to be careful tugging around the pers hinges). I left the lid/plate untouched since it was only the eyes I worried about. It does make a difference to paint them. I ended up following a fellow member's advice to add a gloss to the edges of the lid, and corners of the eyes, in hand it adds a bit of natural catch-light to the lids. I used a mix of mars/ivory black acrylic, working in thin water diluted layers for a smooth finish. Nice thing is that the plastic and aluminum ring sit in there snug afterwards. No need to glue. So I can get in and out real easy again if I need too.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-Fh7LH9-CHLg/ULlRCQcVG8I/AAAAAAAAAao/9Nxd_1da0YY/s500/photo.JPG

CTO15
11-30-2012, 07:00 PM
nicely done dude. The pics help alot explainingg removing the PERS housing.

BrooklynWolf X
11-30-2012, 07:14 PM
Heat 'em.

Squeeze 'em.

Freeze 'em.

:D




Also, I shortened the elastic under the chest armor.

I'll try and post pics of all my recent stuff soon...

Thanks bud.

Gipetto0812
11-30-2012, 08:23 PM
You should be. -_-

:lol

Well I did the chest mod. Took about an hour tops. Also for those NOT using a custom cape AND doing the chest mod, it's alot easier to put the cape clips in while you have the chest off and to get it to lay really flat, then put it back on the body.

Also, if you don't want to cut off the elbow parts that tend to stick out, trimming the gloves AND widening the gauntlets to cover the gloves, brings down the elbow piece to EB at its proper place jus about.

So so far the mods I've dont are:
-eyelid squint
-Medi mouthpiece
-glove trim
-gauntlet widening
-elbow "pad" bending
-chest realignment

I think I'm done now :lol

LipSmack
11-30-2012, 08:23 PM
Was it difficult, LipSmack? I'd love if someone posted a video tutorial for it.

No but I just started pulling and ripping to see what I could do, I should have done a video in hindsight but I wasn't thinking at the time

integralbirth
11-30-2012, 11:43 PM
Hey guys, I am pretty new to these boards (been lurking for a while) and I wanted to share a mod I did for the mouth plates on the DX12 head. I actually only have the head for now (a complete figure is on preorder with BBTS). I scored a cheap head on ebay just for mods (and, yes, I painted the eyelids - huge improvement). The head is currently sitting atop a Medicom TDK body. Apologies in advance for the low res pics.

First is the "smirk" mouth. I was able to separate the lips with an exacto knife and, using a pair of tweezers, get the mouth to have a slightly agape look:

http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww37/phobophile_2009/DSC02128.jpg

I think this achieves a pretty decent open mouth look but it still retains some of the smirk on either side of the mouth. I think the next pic captures the look rather well:
http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww37/phobophile_2009/DSC02160.jpg
I wasn't able to document the process as I did this mod on the fly but I basically sliced the lips apart with an exacto knife, forced them apart with tweezers, carved out some material with the knife, and inserted a flathead screwdriver followed by the end of a small paintbrush to retain the open shape. Doing this actually caused much of the lip paint to rub off so I had to repaint the lips in the end so they are a little rough. I also painted the inside of the mouth a dark red/brown to give it a more natural look.

Here is one of my favorite shots:
http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww37/phobophile_2009/DSC02170.jpg

I am pretty satisfied with this mod and it looks killer compared to the stock "smirk" but it wasn't exactly easy and I was only able to do it with confidence because I purchased an extra head. I definitely think the modded DX12 head is far superior to my Medicom head but that's just my opinion. I will add another post with my second open mouth mod here in a little bit. And forgive me if I am not posting this in an acceptable fashion - never posted before! Let me know what you guys think.

desisandy
12-01-2012, 07:17 AM
Apart from the usual mod

Dx02 faceplate
Painted the eye lids black
Gauntlets opening mod
Gloves mods


I also replaced the uppder parts from the dx02 armor.
So I replaced the shoulders, kevlar connector and collar.

Basically I highlighted in red the parts form the DX02.
I think the shoulder pads looks more in scale and the kevlar connector ar emore accurate.


http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c304/elvis1976/new3/album%20new/P1050782.jpgwow this shoulder and chest alignment mod makes the DX12 look really good. well done Elvis and rest of the guys :clap

Maglor
12-01-2012, 11:21 AM
^^^ He didn't do the chest alignment mod.




:lol

Well I did the chest mod. Took about an hour tops. Also for those NOT using a custom cape AND doing the chest mod, it's alot easier to put the cape clips in while you have the chest off and to get it to lay really flat, then put it back on the body.

Also, if you don't want to cut off the elbow parts that tend to stick out, trimming the gloves AND widening the gauntlets to cover the gloves, brings down the elbow piece to EB at its proper place jus about.

So so far the mods I've dont are:
-eyelid squint
-Medi mouthpiece
-glove trim
-gauntlet widening
-elbow "pad" bending
-chest realignment

I think I'm done now :lol

Awesome.

I think the chest alignment mod was a bigger deal on mine because the the original glue job was really poor, and made re-gluing it a challenge... it's a long story, and too hard to explain.


What glue did you end up using to get the chest plate back in place? I tried 3 different glues. I really don't like using super glue because it makes things stiff, but for parts of it was forced to. After it dried, the chest came out misshapen because of the super glue. It took a lot of heating and reshaping to get it where it's supposed to be.

In the end, I'm glad I did the mod, but it really was a huge pain on my end.

Maglor
12-01-2012, 11:24 AM
Was it difficult, LipSmack? I'd love if someone posted a video tutorial for it.

I took lots of pictures along the way (which I will post soon), and plan to do another video updating everything that's been covered in this thread since my other videos (including the chest fix).

elvis1976
12-01-2012, 12:05 PM
^^^ He didn't do the chest alignment mod.





Awesome.

I think the chest alignment mod was a bigger deal on mine because the the original glue job was really poor, and made re-gluing it a challenge... it's a long story, and too hard to explain.


What glue did you end up using to get the chest plate back in place? I tried 3 different glues. I really don't like using super glue because it makes things stiff, but for parts of it was forced to. After it dried, the chest came out misshapen because of the super glue. It took a lot of heating and reshaping to get it where it's supposed to be.

In the end, I'm glad I did the mod, but it really was a huge pain on my end.

I just did the re-alignment mod.
It was easier than I thought tbh.
I will try to post pics soon.

For the glue I used loctite flex gel. It's really great cause it doens't stick in seconds, you still have some time to positionned it right.

Maglor
12-01-2012, 12:50 PM
Ankle mod.


See third video on page one for how to:


http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a339/maglorsregret/IMG_4455.jpg

Maglor
12-01-2012, 12:53 PM
I just did the re-alignment mod.
It was easier than I thought tbh.
I will try to post pics soon.

For the glue I used loctite flex gel. It's really great cause it doens't stick in seconds, you still have some time to positionned it right.

I'll race you...

Maglor
12-01-2012, 02:01 PM
Chest armor realignment mod:



http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a339/maglorsregret/01.jpg




http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a339/maglorsregret/02.jpg




http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a339/maglorsregret/03.jpg




http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a339/maglorsregret/04.jpg




http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a339/maglorsregret/05.jpg




http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a339/maglorsregret/06.jpg




http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a339/maglorsregret/07.jpg




http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a339/maglorsregret/08.jpg




http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a339/maglorsregret/09.jpg




http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a339/maglorsregret/Nocrookedlines.jpg

yongkykun
12-01-2012, 02:17 PM
Absolutely brilliant Maglor! Bit scary though since the chance of actually damaging the figure is pretty high with this particular mod.

Maglor
12-01-2012, 03:52 PM
Sleeve fix.



http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a339/maglorsregret/IMG_4583.jpg




http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a339/maglorsregret/IMG_4587.jpg




http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a339/maglorsregret/IMG_4584.jpg




http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a339/maglorsregret/IMG_4585.jpg




http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a339/maglorsregret/IMG_4589.jpg


I don't know if this is a wide-spread problem, but both of my sleeves needed this fix.


A side benefit of getting the sleeves pulled further down is that there is less fabric to bunch up on the arm.

Maglor
12-01-2012, 04:10 PM
http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a339/maglorsregret/IMG_4590anotated.jpg




http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a339/maglorsregret/IMG_4593.jpg

Maglor
12-01-2012, 04:20 PM
If you plan to realign the chest and want to also make the shoulder pads smaller, do this before you put him back together:




http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a339/maglorsregret/IMG_4581.jpg




http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a339/maglorsregret/IMG_shoulderglue.jpg




http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a339/maglorsregret/IMG_4655b.jpg

krec9
12-01-2012, 04:26 PM
Wow Maglor Great Cant Wait To do This Stuff To Mines .

intothevoid
12-01-2012, 05:06 PM
Superb tutorials man! :rock :rock :rock

Maglor
12-01-2012, 05:22 PM
Thanks. :)


Some of that may be a little obvious to some, but I figure it's better to have too much info than not enough.

DiFabio
12-01-2012, 05:35 PM
Damn, that's a **** ton of mods.

Gotta hand it to Maglor for going in depth with all this, that's some dedication. Great work.

Can't help but feel this figure, straight out of the box as a stock piece, is a disappointment though, through and through. I can't really look at it considering how much better it could have looked had Hot Toys worked on it a little longer, perhaps with the same "eye" that Maglor has. The fact that it's $250 burns quite a bit as well. The faceplates it comes with are mediocre, some are downright laughable. The cape isn't as good as it could or should be. It can't really sit on the pod to well either and the two are frigging companion pieces. An improved belt, body suit construction and gauntlets isn't enough in my opinion.

It's just ridiculous considering this is one of many TDK suited Batman figures. Seems like the only way to get an ideal version is to mod the hell out of all of them with some pretty heavy duty alterations/mods.

CTO15
12-01-2012, 05:49 PM
Mags, with that shoulder piece mod, how restrictive is it to the articulation in the arms. ie. how far can you raise the arms now?

Mike5401
12-01-2012, 06:20 PM
Chest armor realignment mod:



http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a339/maglorsregret/01.jpg


Maglor,

Quick question for you on this step, where you're sticking the flat head screw driver, is it going in between the back plastic and separating it from a strap or are you separating the plastic & strap away from the suit?

just want to be clear on this.

Also thanks a lot for doing this thread, very much appreciated! I had asked a few people how they did there mods when people first started doing them but no one wanted to answer, I guess they wanted to keep it secret or thought they were the ***** and are stuck up! :)

Thanks again dude!:clap

agonistes86
12-01-2012, 06:59 PM
http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a339/maglorsregret/06.jpg


Using a hairbrush to keep it in place is genius! :lol I always have problems when heating small stuff like that.

Maglor
12-01-2012, 08:05 PM
Damn, that's a **** ton of mods.

Gotta hand it to Maglor for going in depth with all this, that's some dedication. Great work.

Can't help but feel this figure, straight out of the box as a stock piece, is a disappointment though, through and through. I can't really look at it considering how much better it could have looked had Hot Toys worked on it a little longer, perhaps with the same "eye" that Maglor has. The fact that it's $250 burns quite a bit as well. The faceplates it comes with are mediocre, some are downright laughable. The cape isn't as good as it could or should be. It can't really sit on the pod to well either and the two are frigging companion pieces. An improved belt, body suit construction and gauntlets isn't enough in my opinion.

It's just ridiculous considering this is one of many TDK suited Batman figures. Seems like the only way to get an ideal version is to mod the hell out of all of them with some pretty heavy duty alterations/mods.

I kind of agree...

However, I still think it's worth buying even if you don't do any mods at all. I'm getting a second one and I plan to do a video celebrating the stock version.




Mags, with that shoulder piece mod, how restrictive is it to the articulation in the arms. ie. how far can you raise the arms now?

Thought I might get that question. :)

I've abducted the arms to 90 degrees both before and after the mod, so there is no discernible difference IMO.


http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~cline/exer/ShoulderAbduction.gif



Maglor,

Quick question for you on this step, where you're sticking the flat head screw driver, is it going in between the back plastic and separating it from a strap or are you separating the plastic & strap away from the suit?

just want to be clear on this.


To be honest, I don't fully understand the question... Do you have the figure? I would describe it this way: Stick the small flathead screwdriver in between the strap and shoulder-blades. Then twist the screwdriver a little. That should be enough for it to start coming apart. :peace






Also thanks a lot for doing this thread, very much appreciated! I had asked a few people how they did there mods when people first started doing them but no one wanted to answer, I guess they wanted to keep it secret or thought they were the ***** and are stuck up! :)

Thanks again dude!:clap

You're welcome. And I've always found that irritating as well. So many people become totally silent when they are asked questions about "improvements" to their figures. Maybe people are just really busy. :dunno




Using a hairbrush to keep it in place is genius! :lol I always have problems when heating small stuff like that.

:lol :hi5:


I can't count the times that I've struggled to hang on to something without burning my hand as I try to keep it from flying around. :lol

Mike5401
12-01-2012, 09:25 PM
To be honest, I don't fully understand the question... Do you have the figure? I would describe it this way: Stick the small flathead screwdriver in between the strap and shoulder-blades. Then twist the screwdriver a little. That should be enough for it to start coming apart. :peace



Yes I have the figure, just couldn't figure it out but you cleared it up for me!! Thanks:wave

Gipetto0812
12-01-2012, 10:17 PM
Awesome.

I think the chest alignment mod was a bigger deal on mine because the the original glue job was really poor, and made re-gluing it a challenge... it's a long story, and too hard to explain.


What glue did you end up using to get the chest plate back in place? I tried 3 different glues. I really don't like using super glue because it makes things stiff, but for parts of it was forced to. After it dried, the chest came out misshapen because of the super glue. It took a lot of heating and reshaping to get it where it's supposed to be.

In the end, I'm glad I did the mod, but it really was a huge pain on my end.

I used super glue. I didn't heat the piece to reshape it though. I was able to squeeze it all in there w/o doing so, but heating it would've probably made it a bit easier :lol

Also, about the sleeves, mine were like yours, glued too high, so I fixed them while working on the gauntlets. I wasn't going to worry about but with the gauntlet reaching lower now, I had to do it. Originally I thought I was the only one with screwed up sleeves :lol

Maglor
12-01-2012, 10:52 PM
Yes I have the figure, just couldn't figure it out but you cleared it up for me!! Thanks:wave

Cool. :duff




I used super glue. I didn't heat the piece to reshape it though. I was able to squeeze it all in there w/o doing so, but heating it would've probably made it a bit easier :lol

Also, about the sleeves, mine were like yours, glued too high, so I fixed them while working on the gauntlets. I wasn't going to worry about but with the gauntlet reaching lower now, I had to do it. Originally I thought I was the only one with screwed up sleeves :lol

Screwed up sleeve buddies! :hi5: :lol



I just don't like Super Glue on rubber. Rubber should be flexible and S. Glue dries stiff. After it dried, the left pectoral looked like a pancake, and it took several cycles (over a couple days) of heat-flex-freeze to get it to hold the shape I wanted. It was actually kind of scary for a little while...

BrooklynWolf X
12-01-2012, 11:03 PM
Maglor, you rock so hard dude. Thanks for the tutorials. When I find my balls, i will attempt the chest, shoulders and gauntlet mods. Even though I already have 2 dx12s....just doing such extensive surgery on a brand spanking new fig will take a toll on my heart. Especially when I'm not so good with modding to begin with.

Great stuff man.

spiderbo
12-02-2012, 03:23 AM
Maglor, you rock so hard dude. Thanks for the tutorials. When I find my balls, i will attempt the chest, shoulders and gauntlet mods. Even though I already have 2 dx12s....just doing such extensive surgery on a brand spanking new fig will take a toll on my heart. Especially when I'm not so good with modding to begin with.

Great stuff man.

Me and you both brother.

spiderbo
12-02-2012, 10:37 AM
Ok guys I'm not ashamed to admit that I have very little skill but even more so no time to do these mods. Who's up to do them for me?

LipSmack
12-02-2012, 03:22 PM
Ok guys I'm not ashamed to admit that I have very little skill but even more so no time to do these mods. Who's up to do them for me?

Where do you live? And what mods do you want done?

spiderbo
12-02-2012, 04:17 PM
Where do you live? And what mods do you want done?

Yes I live in the states. I'll PM you.

Sachiel
12-02-2012, 05:52 PM
Definitely gonna do the chest, shoulders, ankles, gauntlet and hand mods when I eventually get mine. CREG should take care of the head and neck.

http://i.imgur.com/3Jwuu.jpg

Vortex
12-02-2012, 08:51 PM
I don't think I am going to do any of these mods when i get the figure i'm just here to pay respect to the thread. Great work Maglor, you are second to none on this forum man. Cheers.:duff

integralbirth
12-02-2012, 09:41 PM
Hey guys, I am pretty new to the boards (been lurking for a little while) and I wanted to share some mouth plate mods I did on my DX12 Head (don't have the whole figure yet - bought a loose head on ebay strictly for mods). The DX12 head is currently sitting atop my Medicom TDK figure. Hopefully BBTS gets the DX12 in quick!

First mouth Mod: the "smirk" plate
http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww37/phobophile_2009/DSC02149.jpg
Simply put, I sliced apart the lips with an exacto knife, carved a bit of the material out, opened up the lips with tweezers and the end of a small paintbrush. In the end, a bit of the lip paint rubbed off so I had to do a touch-up paint job. Seems like a simple mod but it was actually quite difficult. Unfortunately, I did not document the process as I did this mod on the fly. But when I was finished, I was pretty pleased with the result:
http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww37/phobophile_2009/DSC02170.jpg
http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww37/phobophile_2009/DSC02160.jpg

Second mouth Mod: the "teeth" plate
http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww37/phobophile_2009/DSC02176.jpg
This mod was much more extensive. It basically involved completely removing the teeth form the mouth plate. This can be done because they are actually a separate piece glued into the face.

My basic steps for this process were 1) remove the teeth by cutting them out from the back of the plate and then pushing them out form the front, though the mouth 2) cut off both the bottom and top rows of teeth 3) paint the remaining "tongue" portion dark pink and 5) re-insert into the mouth portion of the plate. I then made certain I was happy with the mod and finally super glued the tongue into the plate permanently.
http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww37/phobophile_2009/DSC02190.jpg
http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww37/phobophile_2009/DSC02185.jpg
http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww37/phobophile_2009/DSC02187.jpg

And here he is, again, with the modded "teeth" mouth plate:
http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww37/phobophile_2009/476c4ed63cfc11e2b12d22000a9e295b_7.jpg

Here are two comparison shots between the plates, mimicking the "iPad/tablet" sceen from TDKR
Smirk:
http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww37/phobophile_2009/DSC02181.jpg
Teeth:
http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww37/phobophile_2009/DSC02182.jpg

I haven't decided which I like more but I do know that I like both much better than either of the stock face plates (though I do like the "angry" plate).

These mods are fairly ambitious and not for the faint of heart and I do not recommend them for anyone without an extra set of plates on hand. That being said, I think it was worth the time and effort to mod these and I cannot wait to place this head atop my DX12 when he! I apologize if this post is inordinately long (first post ever) but let me know what you guys think. Thanks!

batrodimus1985
12-03-2012, 11:11 AM
So I finished the eye paint mod and it looks a lot better. I'm still thinking about doing the gloves and gantlets mod. All the photos i see make it look just too good not to do.

Remy
12-03-2012, 06:16 PM
Excellent thread Mags.
You have the best dx12 here.
I was honestly "meh" when I first got my dx12 cause I was torn going the medix route with my dx02. But with all these mods, it at least now compares well with the medix and my dx02 is still intact to do the un-cowled Bruce Wayne version.

Maglor
12-03-2012, 07:24 PM
Thanks man.

I know you and I kind of preferred the torso on the DX02 from proto pics, but in-hand, I really love the whole ab section on this thing, especially with mods.

Ninjaknight
12-03-2012, 08:20 PM
Hi Mags,

Do you have the mod for the elbows without cutting them off?

Cheers!

LipSmack
12-03-2012, 08:23 PM
Hi Mags,

Do you have the mod for the elbows without cutting them off?

Cheers!

I think you just have to heat them up and bend them

integralbirth
12-03-2012, 08:45 PM
Hey guys, sorry if this isn't the right place to ask, (I'm am pretty new to these boards) but I have some DX12 mouth plate mods I wanted to share and I have tried twice to post pics/description and each time the posts never make it to the board. Any idea why my posts are failing?

Anyway, my mods involve creating an open mouth look from the stock "smirk" and "teeth" plates. Any interest in pics?

batrodimus1985
12-03-2012, 09:01 PM
I did the chest and shoulder mods and man it makes a huge difference! thanks for the great photos for instructions.

lambo944
12-03-2012, 09:19 PM
I'm going to make the shoulder and gauntlet mod tomorrow. Loving this thread :rock