Jumbo Machinder Daltanious Restoration

on Tuesday, February 22, 2011.

Future Robo Daltanious (未来ロボ ダルタニアス) aired for 47 episodes beginning March 21, 1979 and ending March 5, 1980.

The following is a great Jumbo Machinder restoration and documentary from Mike Deco:


 I saw one on auctions that was missing his lion head on the chest, some stickers were missing also. It sounded like a good challenge for me to try to make him look proud again. How to replicate the head when you don't have access to a real one?

Well you do it in 3D and then you print it in stereolythography. A good friend and fellow collector send me some pictures from his lion head and also some measure and I was able to do something quite close to the real one.

Here's the first images of the 3D model

LionHead01 LionHead04

Now some Color

LionHead02 LionHead03 


So, after a little rush on the MB cars, I was able to finalize my work on the Daltanious head. The paint turned out to be a real nightmare. Even if it look nice on the picts, I can describe the painting as : wrong choices all the time....


I don't have an airbrush so I generally use spray paint and a specific brand. I've decide to go for a cheaper one and this was the first wrong choice, this paint was really heavy and I've lost a lot of details, so lots of sanding between all layers of paint to be sure to keep as much details as possible. Then I've decide to try something to mask all the different parts. Instead of using masking tape, I wanted to test plastiline thinking that using a soft material like that can be easy.

Well the plastiline was pretty soft and it was really hard to get it properly everywhere. After the full painting and removing the plastiline I had to do a lot of little touch up. Hopefully the varnish has soften all the little imperfections and the global look is quite nice.

Because of the whole process used, I don't have a paint like the original, It doesn't look too much hand painted like the original one and the brown is a little less red than on the original. In a certain way it's cool as it's not a full replica but my own revised version. In conclusion: next time I'll buy an airbrush and do it like it should be done and not with those paint spray :))

Here's a few pictures of this big guy back to life. First a bit of darkness


Now the completed work!

Final02 Final03 Final04


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