Tim 121RVC Customizer
The Featured Customizer for July 2013 is a o-ring customizing master. He is able to bring new life and detail to those old molds. He has a great eye for parts and better than production painting skills. But don't just take our word for it. Go see for yourself with his customs in the Gallery Archive and his work in the Critiques section of the forum.
What do you enjoy customizing the most?
In general, the fact that you can make just about everything you've always wanted to see in a toyline, but never got. Limits? Hardly any. Figures from other toylines, comics, and movies that you've wished to see in Joe-scale, it's possible to incorporate them into your Joe-verse now.
What I enjoy the most specific, that would be the parts search for new customs and the assembly when everything is sealed and finished. The parts search is like playing with Lego: going through your bin for that one specific part. Finding all the perfect parts usually make an already nice looking WIP, if you can look past the non-matching colours. I felt that very strongly with Scout Leader Outback. But the search for matching parts is why I like LBC-ing so much too. Bengal Viper, Super Trooper, Iron Blaze and Urban Crimson Guard are my personal favorites.
Assembling all the painted parts is a great moment in customizing. It's the award for a long process of dedicated work. Seeing it all come together in your own unique toy, wonderfull.
What brand of paint do you prefer?
I use a car primer for priming, Games Workshop paints for painting and Testor's Dullcoat for the finish. I haven't really tried other brands of paint, because I'm satisfied with the results I get right now.
Where do you find inspiration for your customs?
Where do I not? Seriously, inspiration comes from all kinds of places at many different moments. At work, in the car, while working out, reading books, comics, newspapers, watching tv, gardening, playing videogames. I think I automatically "scan" things for usability in ARAH format. That one cool bad guy from the movie would make an excellent Dreadnok, a lesser known comic book hero could fit right in, a bug with a nice camo scheme, a video game ninja, a futuristic weapon on tv etc. Sometimes I can't even sleep at night, because I'm making up new concepts for future customs! Customs that are obviously inspired by the named themes are for example Mecha-Hitler (Wolfenstein 3D), Rudarius (Gladiator) and Il Nero (Leon). Also, the NJC's push me to research certain themes which resulted in Shaka Zulu, Driller, Soundwave and Dr. McNinja. Characters that I didn't know much about at first.
What do you consider to be your best tools of the trade?
Greenstuff gets a lot of use, as well as my dremel. Sandpaper sounds obvious too, but where would we be without it?
What is your strongest area when it comes to customizing?
That would be my imagination. I almost always see possibilities in many different kind of parts, fodder or household items. My wife thinks it's a curse though, because I hardly throw away/sell any ARAH (compatible) stuff. My fodder collection is huge and its storage is getting pretty crowded. But I've organized it pretty well, so searching for certain parts doesn't take hours.