The Simpsons: Safety Salamander Homer
The Safety Salamander comes from the Simpsons episode "See Homer Run" that aired recently. In the past, I would've looked forward to buying an action figure of this character. But since Playmates discontinued their World of Springfield toy line, I guess it was up to me!
I started with a "Casual Homer" and added a piece of coat hanger wire to support the tail.
I added foil to flesh out the tail, covering it with Apoxie 2-part epoxy putty. I considered turning the tail down for stability but it just looked so much better up!
I used more epoxy putty to add details and flesh out the bulk of the suit. I was very careful to preserve the joints so the figure would remain posable.
The neck was sculpted to preserve the cowl lines and minimize the seam and the lips, eye sockets and finger webbing was added with Apoxie.
The finished sculpt coated with primer.
The belt was made from .03 styrene strips and the belt buckle and badge were carved from thicker styrene.
Stormtrooper Vinyl Model Kit by Screamin': Paint & Assembly
I airbrushed the entire kit with an acrylic primer and then a Tamiya Gloss white. I originally intended to top coat the armor with a gloss coat but the Tamiya was glossy enough. The black undersuit was hand painted with a black semi-gloss.
After the armor was painted I assembled all the pieces. I added the right knee plate (scratch built from styrene), the belt drop boxes (laminated .09 styrene attached with a piece of .03 styrene) and the blaster.
The thermal detonator (back of the belt) was scratch built from a 1/2" acrylic tube, heat formed .06 strene detail plate, heat formed styrene end caps and silver painted .04 styrene bands. Sorry, no pics on this build.
Here's the kit without the helmet (I hate to cover up all that work!)
The base is a block of shelving wood with a styrene box built over it. I scribed in some deck plating and painted it in a gloss grey. A screw was set through the bottom of the base into the right foot of the Trooper.