Tankster Featured Customizer
Monsters, cyborgs, fantasy, super heroes, high tech soldiers, video game characters, galactic bounty hunters, and amazing dioramas and back drops; that would be a solid repertoire for any customizer. For a customizer like Tankster, however, that was from just last month. But, to be nominated by your peers as a Featured Customizer it has to be more than just quantity. There has to be quality. Well, Tankster's got that in spades. Super clean paint that is better than production, a fantastic eye for parts, seamless modifications and sculpting,and interesting character choices, the best of which come straight from his imagination. Take a look for yourself in his Critique threads on the forum.
What do you enjoy customizing the most?
Quiet time and just being creative, pushing the process to not only help me learn more but to help others who like being creative to improve themselves. I inspire my 3 children to be creative too when they see what I am doing and build with there Legos or draw art ect.
What brand of paint do you prefer?
Model Masters Testors Acrylics Apple Barrel/folk-art for dios and to make paint washes Vallejo paint which is like Game-workshop Game workshop's Walmart Cheap Spray Paint for Bigger Projects
Where do you find inspiration for your customs?
The Community and pop-culture, Movies, you guys here that push the process even further. I find that Customizing is just another art form whether it's accepted as that or not. All you guys that post here, your customs are an art form inspired by our childhood, Comics, Novels, Movies, Cartoons!!!!!
When I first Started customizing there were many guys that inspired me. I can't just say one. Many have helped me get to where I feel nothing can hold me back when I start a project.
What do you consider to be your best tools of the trade?
Paintbrush Paint Windex (I use it to thin paint and clean brushes. It also works well to remove Acrylic paint if you mess up, just soak it and then use a toothbrush to clean the paint off. I have done this on occasion.) Hot glue gun Hairdryer Xacto Blades Screwdrivers Cordless Drill with many different sizes of drill bits Dremel with any Available attachment Solder Gun Sculpting tools Aves Fixit Compound Flex-Rex Coffee Stirrers
I am sure there is more but as you see all these things get used, maybe not all on the same custom but at some point get pulled out to be used as a tool or materials.
What is your strongest area when it comes to customizing?
Bashing, finding things that fit together like building a huge puzzle only some pieces will fit together. Building the Bash too, constructing somethings needs a good eye, and imagination is very pivotal.
I begin thinking about the idea and construction way before I physically do it. Then I have a good jump off point to actually making the idea in physical form. I think as a Customizer or like any artist the idea has to simmer in your head but after that its just a matter of getting your hands dirty. There's the task of buying or trading for parts or making the smallest thing work when it had no other purpose up until that point when it just "Fits".