JoeCzar Featured Customizer

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Featured Customer (1 of 3) for October 2008

JoeCzar isn't just a great guy, he's a great customizer, and by "great" we mean placing in the 2007 JoeCon FrankenJoe constest and in the top three in the 2008 Hasbro 25th Anniversary Custom Contest. He's into all aspects of GI Joe whether 12 inch to ARAH to New Sculpt to 25th. If you've never checked out the man's work please take the time to do so now. And by "now" we mean after you read his responses below. You'll be glad you did. JoeCzar's gallery.


Which style of figures do you enjoy customizing the most?

I started out doing RAH style figures exclusively, but recently I’ve been doing more 25th Anniversary figures. I grew up with the RAH style, so they will always be my sentimental favorite.

What brand of paint do you prefer?

The two brands I use the most are Tamiya acrylics and Testors Model Master Acrylics. Both of them go on smooth and dry fast and come in a wide variety of colors. The Model Master Insignia Red is a very good shade of red, I use it for most of the Cobra figures I do.

Where do you find inspiration for your customs?

Most of the figures I do come from just having an idea and looking for the parts that fit what I’m thinking. I like to do figures and characters no one has seen before, such as the Strikeforce Viper squad, or figures from movies or TV that have never had figures made before in 3 ¾” scale, like Flash Gordon. A lot of the time an idea for a figure will literally just pop into my head, and I’ll act on it.

What do you consider to be your best tools of the trade?

My brushes, definitely. Having a variety of brushes for different jobs can really make a custom stand out. When I first got into customizing I would use the same brush for just about everything. But as I progressed I went for more specialized brushes, and it made customizing so much easier.

What is your strongest area when it comes to customizing?

I would have to say my detailing. I like to go as detailed as possible. If a figure has snaps on their ammo pouches, I like to paint them to make them look as realistic as possible. I also like to take the extra time to ensure the paint lines are as straight as possible. I will sometimes go over the same area several times just to make sure everything is as straight I can make it.

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