>paint face masks with different slits cut in to them for spraying different parts at different time,in production
Yup. You can tell 'cos if you look at the hair you'll often see a fade effect, where the mask was a little off the head when spraying.
>I really want to make some custom AJs
Funny you mention that; since I've been trying to finish a set of semi-custom figures. I sewed a better jumpsuit form an original, and placed 'em on T2 bodies. (And if you've got extra heads to spare I need the black guy and the white guys without beard....)
As for new AJs.... is there a female member of the team? I always kinda figured Dinah was. (They share the same taste in jumpsuits anyhoo....)
I'd like to keep AJ as true to the original concept as possible but fix the flaws on the T1 bodies (legs spreading out, can't sit down, etc.)
I was thinking about doing some custom work like this:
1. Use the original shrimpy T1 chest on a T2 body with a custom AJ head. (In my opinion, AJ was meant to be a little guy so I'm keeping the chest. The T-2 should fix everything else)
2. Make some better than original jumpsuits and hair colors like the ones on the boxes. I was thinking about getting some 1/6 figure clothes and just tailoring them....in an effort to cut costs like Mego!!!
Ya know, AJ needs a brown jumpsuit, and a green one! Hey! It's on his box!
I'm really excited about making a repro AJ head...sounds fun!
DO AND DARE! HE'S EVERYWHERE!
On the Type 1 glued pelvis (not the early Type 0 which was made of the same plastic as the rest of the body) you can restring them and loop the elastic up over the pin in the pelvis before connecting between the legs and that helps a bit with the leg splay.
You can't mix Type 1 & Type 2 pelvis and torso as they don't fit together. The "round" part is molded on the torso on T2 and molded on the pelvis on T1's. You can probably mix T2 arms & legs on a T1 torso/pelvis combo, though.
I do agree with you on the chest (torso) problem on some T2 figures, though. I always felt they should've made a leaner torso for figures like Happy Days, Waltons, Trek.
I've considered swapping bodies on some of those just to see what they'd look like "correctly done".
>Use the original shrimpy T1 chest on a T2 body with a custom AJ head.
That's an idea.... I just slapped mine on regualr old T2 bods.
>Make some better than original jumpsuits
Oh yeah! I had an original nylon one that would come apart just looking at it. I dethreaded it and used it as a pattern for better ones.
As far as I know, kids painted them...small hands. Almost made me quit collecting when I heard that.
Eventually, I'll get some bodies and see what I can mix and match or flat-out custom make. Since I'm not contemplating a mass-production, I might make a modified T-0 chest mold with an added rounded part (or whatever's required for a fit) and cast some custom body part that'll work with an upgraded body...
The finished products should look similar to this imposter:
Just kidding...he was cool, too...
Last edited by AJ-Paratrooper; Dec 9, '09 at 10:19 AM. Reason: My Thoughts are Scattered
DO AND DARE! HE'S EVERYWHERE!