View Full Version : JEDIpartner's "Vintage to Modern" modifications

10-01-2005, 12:03 PM
As I was going though some of my boxes, I decided to pull out the old Dagobah playset and give it a good once over. Of course, the swamp piece had disintegrated so that needed to be replaced right away. I decided against using a similar foam and went with a thick piece of scrapbooking foam in a nice, matching tan colour. I really didn't see any need to "sink" something in the swamp so I just basically filled in the hole.

The big and fun part of the project was to add a nice paint wash to the base. I used a flat olive green and a flat brown. I then used a different flat brown for the tree roots. I used a flat grey on the rocks and also coloured them with the olive to give it a more mossy and textured look. I painted Yoda's hut with the grey, dry-brushed it is a flat tan and the olive. I put a bright flat yellow in the "window".

The floor of the hut was dry-brushed with the grey and the "stump" table inside was painted with the flat brown on the outside and did a "wash" with the flat tan for the exposed wood rings, avoiding the spoon and the bowl.

I added some olive, flat green, tan and grey to the tree portion.

My next project is going to be the Ewok village once that arrives from my eBay seller. :thumbsup:

Interior (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v695/JEDIpartner/Star%20Wars%20Toys/Interior.jpg)

Top View (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v695/JEDIpartner/Star%20Wars%20Toys/TopView.jpg)

Tree cave and camp (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v695/JEDIpartner/Star%20Wars%20Toys/Swamp.jpg)

10-01-2005, 01:30 PM
That looks great! I did the same thing to a Dagaobah for my son. Except, I also painted the snakes orange and the lizards green. I also painted the vines, gave the whole thing a wash in thinned out black, and then a final coat of testors dull coat to knock out any gloss sheen. I made the mistake of using a blue sponge to fill in the bog. It looked good for a day or two then it dried out. I'll use your idea of scrapbooking foam.

I've also done the same to the ewok village, check it out at my website.


10-01-2005, 02:22 PM
Thanks much! What sort of paint are you using for the base washes? Due to the type of plastic involved, I've had luck with the flat model paints. Would love to hear your input on the matter. I'm looking for something durable that won't chip or flake. Thanks!!!

10-01-2005, 10:38 PM
Very nice touches JP. I like it alot.

I have an Ewok village I am planning on displying, look foward to seeing your touch ups for some ideas.

10-01-2005, 11:31 PM
I use "Apple Barrel" acrylic water based paints. The work well on action figures also. Then I always top it off with a coat of Testor's dull coat.

10-01-2005, 11:53 PM
Wow JP, that is incredible. Good job ! :) I wish I had your talents.

10-02-2005, 12:05 AM
Good work there JP! :thumbsup:

10-02-2005, 10:19 AM
Very nice touches JP. I like it alot.

I have an Ewok village I am planning on displying, look foward to seeing your touch ups for some ideas.

You should see the ones JLW did!!! Fantastic!

Thanks for the advice, JLW. I'll look into it. Thanks!!!

10-02-2005, 06:41 PM
JWL's dagobah link wont come up on his site.

I did check the Ewok Village and really nice work. I have never tried to repiant it, but I will soon and hope it comes out looking 1/2 as good as JWL's.

10-03-2005, 08:12 AM
The Dagobah link isn't active yet, apparently. I was referring to the Ewok Village. ;)

10-12-2005, 12:09 PM
I received my Ewok Village in the mail yesterday. I've already started it. It's really cool how JLW and I are doing similar things but we both have different takes on the projects and how things should look. :)


I'll post the pictures when I'm done.

Oh! I spent over an hour painting all the ropes on the railings, elevator and everything else that is "tethered" on the set. I had to stop because I had to get to my gig last night. Meh.

10-12-2005, 09:44 PM
Hey the Dagobah link is working now. I didn't have any pictures of it scanned into my computer when I created the site. Should have better pictures posted some time this weekend.

10-13-2005, 08:09 AM
It looks really good. I took a look at it yesterday! You went with darker colours where I went with more subtle colouring. I thought that was pretty cool the way we approached the same project in two different ways. :)

I am going to cut the "ropes" off of the elevator and the boulder so I can replace them with more "appropriate" looking string.

10-13-2005, 07:24 PM
Well... I finished it up this evening. Here you guys go... Thanks for the tips, JLW!!

Elevator view (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v695/JEDIpartner/Star%20Wars%20Toys/DSCF0446.jpg)

Top view (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v695/JEDIpartner/Star%20Wars%20Toys/DSCF0445.jpg)

Close up of middle (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v695/JEDIpartner/Star%20Wars%20Toys/DSCF0444.jpg)

Elevator view 2 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v695/JEDIpartner/Star%20Wars%20Toys/DSCF0443.jpg)

Say "Yub Nub!!" (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v695/JEDIpartner/Star%20Wars%20Toys/DSCF0442.jpg)

Top view 2 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v695/JEDIpartner/Star%20Wars%20Toys/DSCF0441.jpg)

10-13-2005, 08:07 PM
That's awesome JP! Where do you find so much time to do things like this? I work the normal 40 hours a week and still can't find time to do little things like vacuum the damn carpet.

10-13-2005, 08:46 PM
Thanks, man! It honestly only took me about 2 hours of time to do the whole project.

The foliage at the top of the trees are those hideous rings you put around candles for centerpieces. I got those at a craft store for $1.99 each.

10-14-2005, 09:00 AM
The "before" pics (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v695/JEDIpartner/Star%20Wars%20Toys/Ewokbefore.jpg)

10-14-2005, 05:06 PM
Wow that looks great!! I love the details to the railing, the floor supports, and the chair/throne. It really looks great.

I will have to hand it to Kenner, their playsets had some pretty detailed stuff in the sculpts of them.... Ahh the "good ole days"

Hasbro wouldn't know a good playset if it hit them between the eyes.

10-17-2005, 07:41 AM
I agree. There was a lot of care involved with these old sets. It was hard trying to get the fur "door" on the one hut and the fur pad on the throne to look like fur. I ended up layering several different coats of paint on them to get a nice, detailed finish on them.

I did some repainting of the Mustafar set and that looks pretty sweet now. I put some yellow into the lava and threw a little grey on the scree around the ledges. It looks pretty good now.