TR101AL Featured Customizer

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TR101AL is one of those customizers who improves with each and every custom he makes. Take a look at his customs in the Gallery and you will quickly see what the rest of us already know, he keeps stepping up his game all the while taking chances. That is why he has been chosen as November's Featured Customizer.


Which style of figures do you enjoy customizing the most?

First of all, thanks for the opportunity to be the Customizer of the month. As for what format do I enjoy most, that’s a tough one. For the past couple of years I’ve mostly worked with the 25th format for Joes and Joe-type characters. Yet, I enjoy dabbling with Build N Brawl figures for my superhero and MOTU customs. I still work with RAH, New-sculpt, Micro-man, Marvel SHS and Star Wars depending upon the project at hand.

What brand of paint do you prefer?

I mainly use watered-down Apple Barrel and Folk Art due to customizing on a tight budget. It’s kind of strange how long those paints last. I have a bottle of Gun-Metal Gray I’ve been using for over ten years. Still, I have picked up a few Model Master Acrylics when I needed a specific color.

Where do you find inspiration for your customs?

That’s the fun part. I’m inspired by a variety of things. I find inspiration in t.v.shows, movies, comics, literary works, and video games to name a few. Most of all I get inspired by the other customizers on this site. I gain ideas and motivation from the creativity and innovation of the members of this community. I’m like a sponge. I take in as much information as possible and use what works for me.

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

My Dremel is my favorite though closely followed by my Wagner heat-gun. Though much of the pre-work couldn’t be accomplished without my trusty Exact-o knife. My parents bought me a magnifying desk lamp for Christmas last year, and it’s well worth its weight in gold.

What is your strongest area when it comes to customizing?

To be entirely honest, I don’t know that I have one, hence my title “Mr. Middle-of-the-Road.” My painting has gotten a bit better over time. My hand is still too shaky to effectively sculpt in any precise detail.

I guess if I had to pick something where I was strongest it would have to be trying out strange ideas just to see if they work. A few examples; using a used dryer sheet for Spider-Woman’s web-wings, using the textured part of an Exact-o knife for making plated armor out of Sculpey, and last but not least the torso-swap technique I used on my RE4 Leon custom. I try crazy things out just to see how the end results will be. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t. I guess not trying at all is worse than a bad outcome from a crazy idea.

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