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Transformers DMK-02 Bumblebee Kit painted up

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  • Member since
    January 2020
Transformers DMK-02 Bumblebee Kit painted up
Posted by JLKahn on Monday, September 19, 2022 9:51 AM

Here are some shots of my DMK-02 Bumblebee. This kit was kind of a pain because it had preassembled and prepainted parts. They gave no decals, sticker or water slide to help replace any of the markings if one chooses to fully paint the kit. Super Angry

Originally I did manage to save the license plate detail by simply masking over it, but I was doing some touchups later on, forgot the detail was there and painted over it. Whoooooops!

First up. No armor, not painted.

No armor, but painted. I painted the endoframe with Alclad 2, dark aluminum, then did a dark black wash to pull out the detail.

Unpainted endo with unpainted armor.

Fully painted endo with armor on top. Confession time. The yellow armor is not fully painted. Because I didn't want to ruin the prepainted black striping, so I clear coated it with alclad 2 matte finish. Then added a black wash to each armor part and let it dry. After letting it dry I wiped off the excess and that's how I got that dingy look to the armor. After that I added some silver highlights to the edges with a Tamaya weathering kit to simulate edge wear. 

  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Monday, September 19, 2022 1:07 PM

That turned out great!  YesYes Your solution for the yellow areas worked out really well.

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Monday, September 19, 2022 1:10 PM

That looks awesome.  Big difference after you 'treatments'.  So much less toy-like.  Well done.



  • Member since
    July 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Monday, September 19, 2022 2:25 PM

Very nicely done! Yes

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, September 19, 2022 7:47 PM

Yeah wow, your improvements make a big difference! Good show!!! 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen


  • Member since
    October 2021
Posted by PhoenixG on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 11:06 PM

Great creative solution to removing the plastic look of the armor without losing the original detailing.

The look of the completed figure is works really well.  Pretty much how you'd expect Bumblee to look after a dust up with the Decepticons.  :)

On the Bench:

Bandai Starblazers 2202 Garmillas Zoellugut

  • Member since
    February 2021
Posted by JimC2020 on Monday, January 9, 2023 2:05 PM

Very cool! Love the before and after shots!


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