JCA Best Cobra Custom 2008

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Over the years, the JoeCustoms Awards (JCA) have been a place to see some of the best of the best in world of customizing.

In 2008, the award for best Cobra custom went to iwbeta for his Raptor custom.

Here is what iwbeta had to say about this award-winning custom.


Tell us about why you made this figure…what was your motivation?

The motivation was that I like to make figures that haven't been customized yet. So characters everyone takes a shot at, but I like to pick out a character that got overlooked and see what I can do with them. Also, Raptor is a tax accountant in a birdsuit. He sells himself.

How did you make this figure?

Most of the details were hand sculpted using Green Stuff. It took me a few months to settle on parts, then about a week to sculpt on the feathers.

How did you feel when you learned that you had won the JoeCustoms Award for this figure?

I actually didn't know until I read your e-mail, I hadn't had a chance to look at the JCA winners list yet. I was surprised, there were some really nice Cobra made this year by other customizers on the site.

What would you would do differently, if anything, if you did this custom today

I would use the ROC Arctic Storm Shadow as a base, the details on the torso are far superior to the Gung Ho I used. I've also stopped using Green Stuff, I now use Apoxie, I find it works better for fine details and cures stronger.

Tell us a little bit about the types of customs, if any, that you are working on these days. Are you still active in customizing Joes? Moved on?

I have a few projects I'm working on. I am almost finished my set of the second Oktober Guard unit, I just have to finish Daina. I'm also nearly finished my version of the Foxhound Unit from Metal Gear Solid.

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