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Ive always been dissatisfied with my predator scar figure, the hair was one of the main things that bothered me, the lil bit oversized head and the ski color looked ridiculous along with the uncomfortable looking bodyarmor.

I havent been into the 1.6 community for about 1 year but ecently purchased the prdator 2 elder which i am 110% satisfied, this prompted me to fuxup the scar predator that had been sitting in my cabitet untouched and unlooked at for so long.

I started with removing the metal wiring in each hair strand. i twisted the hair and slipped each wire through a set of holes along each dreadlock. i previously attempted to open the head up t see if there was another way and slipping the wire through the holes ended up being the best way.

Now removing the wire alone is not enough to help the hair stay in a natural gratational way, it will still look like a freakshow. So in order have the hair flow downward, I then cut a triangle chunk out of each dreadlock. then i was able to bend the hair without any excess buldge of the rubber locks and glue them down with a tab of crazyglue. i did each dread lock individully and angled each chunk i cut accordingly to the way i wanted the hair to flow.

There are minor blemishes of the cut away rubber locks but it looks way better to me then the way the crazy hair did. and i think this alone added a much more likeable factor to my own predator.

I also ended up painting the whole body as i hated these yellow patches on black skin of the original predator body. I also did different washes and tints of darker and lighter shades on the whole entire armor of the figure. as it looked to dark or boring to me. I repainted the helmet silver with darker tints around the eyebrows of the helmet. repainted the bone necklace more white and added a longer brown color skirt for the front of his crotch.

the armor on the shoulders i pulled off and reglued. gluing the shoulder plate just below the body armor. then the tricep or mid armor i glued it alot lower to cover more of the arms like in the movie. this helped a great deal in making the predator look better.

here are the photos.

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I'd like to pull the wires out of my figure's dreads too, so let me get this straight, all I'd need to do is twist the dreads around until the wire makes a small hole and pull the wires out? And how hard was it to pull each wires out, were they glued into the head itself?
 

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Like it!

The structure of the head looks a lot like an Argonaut one I have, it's possible that you could put this head onto the HT body. There are recasts of the whole kit available but I can't vouch for the quality.

BTW how did you put that Dutch together? He looks brilliant.

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Nice work. Did you repaint his face as well? One of the things I do'nt like about all the Predator figures is the way they hooked the belt together. I trimed off those pegs and added velcro to mine. I also got rid of that "grass shirt" lookin piece and I'm adding a loin cloth piece. Just waiting on a chance toget on the embroidery machine so I can add some border art to mine. Only other thing I've had a chance to do is add some magnets to hold some of his weapons.
Thanks for the tip on the dreadlocks. I have three of the Predators now so I'll have to give that a try.
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Very nice work, a huge improvement on the stock look. The dreads really seem to be hanging more naturaly now. Love the amro repaint too, looks alot more authentic and worn. Great work.

Oh, love the custom Dutch too. I'm certain we will see a P1 Predator from Hot Toys before long . . .I cant wait.
 

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Siccx said:
I'd like to pull the wires out of my figure's dreads too, so let me get this straight, all I'd need to do is twist the dreads around until the wire makes a small hole and pull the wires out? And how hard was it to pull each wires out, were they glued into the head itself?
nope, all u need to do is bend ur dreads, under the hair there are 2 holes every cm, where u feel the wire closest to, jus bend it so the wire can slip out of the hole, then take pliers and pull out the wire while securing the rubber dread with ur hand. be careful not to tear or rip off the rubber, when u lok at ur predators locks more carefully u will see what i mean by the 2 holes.
the wires are not hard to pull out at all, i pulled a few out with my fingers and teeth but then was like wtf, and i got my pliers out.

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rogerbee said:
Like it!

The structure of the head looks a lot like an Argonaut one I have, it's possible that you could put this head onto the HT body. There are recasts of the whole kit available but I can't vouch for the quality.

BTW how did you put that Dutch together? He looks brilliant.

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Dutch is a green beret muscle body, and the head is a ignite viking i got loose a very long time ago, it is repainted to match skin tones and then the neck post cut off under the chin and to the back of the hairline then it was smoothed out to look presentable and then i rubbeed oil and vaseline on the ht body n neck post balljoint, used crazy glue filled it into the head while compressing the head so it did not expand and loog fat. then after a lil bit of cooling i stuck it on and it cured nicely in some cold water while still compressing the head, and then it was done, the head can move quite nicely.

the gear and everything else is all ht stuff, bdu, altima boots etc.
 

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Warlordskeep said:
Nice work. Did you repaint his face as well? One of the things I do'nt like about all the Predator figures is the way they hooked the belt together. I trimed off those pegs and added velcro to mine. I also got rid of that "grass shirt" lookin piece and I'm adding a loin cloth piece. Just waiting on a chance toget on the embroidery machine so I can add some border art to mine. Only other thing I've had a chance to do is add some magnets to hold some of his weapons.
Thanks for the tip on the dreadlocks. I have three of the Predators now so I'll have to give that a try.
Paul
yes i did some minor washes on him and then a lil red or pinkish color to the face but didnt care much as his face would be covered vs my elder predator,

ya im sure after u redo ur preds u will be much more satisfied with them, the first paint job i did i actually did light highlights of a silver cream color, it looked awesome, but i then got excited did some blue highlights everywhere n wrecked it, so i redid it jus flat silver and dark n lighter highlights.
 

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Melvin said:
That Dutch is great! Does he come from Predator1?
the predator is inspired mainly from predator 1 which is by far superior then anyone since arnold is in it and its jus so classic. but i initially had a camo faced arnold which didnt look that kewl and i also tried to replicate a brown vest like in the movie but it didnt look good sleevless on the muscle body and the color jus didnt do it justice, so i ended up setting him up with this outfit, and for me ide rather soemthign look good and impressive instead of accurate and ugly

heres another photo of arnold

 

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Sixth Scale said:
Your Pred looks really, really good! One question, I've not opened mine yet, what does removing the wire from the dreadlocks do?

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i initially removed the wire bc i thought this would fix the freak look but it still did not hang naturally but i had also planned to slice out the hair nd reangle them as i did and so after the wire was removed and it looked still bad i started cutting the chuinks out and then after this was done gluing it down so it would be rooted downward
 

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I think the dreadlocks look much better indeed, though I wish HT had only put them in at an angle to begin with. It would've looked much more natural just with that switch, and we could still have the wires - I like em cause it gives more variety for action poses.

The armor looks great, but the skintone is too plain for my taste. I prefer the over-ripe banana coloring (which is actually screen-accurate to the original Pred). I would dull or mute the contrast of the two colors a bit, but I'd still try and keep them as they are.

Don't get me wrong, these are just my humble opinions; you still did a Van Damme-tastic job on it!
 
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