So, I found this Barbie Grand hotel at a thrift store and I'm going to turn it into Eternos Palace. More pics to follow.
Last edited by Skystalker; September 5, 2014 at 01:14pm. Reason: Added Pictures
Top MOTUC wants: Sagitar, Great Black Wizard, Fang-or, Skeletor's Skeleton Warriors, Odiphus, Illumina w/Sleetah, Lady Slither, Tuvar & Baddrah 2-pack
Very nice. I've repurposed a few Barbie playsets for my figures - my Mermista has her own underwater splash zone waiting for her. Can't wait to see how your Eternos Palace turns out!
I took Barbie Mermaid Fantasy playset and the Barbie Fairytopia Mermaidia Playset apart and parked them next to Crystal Falls. It's gonna be all mermaids, all the time this winter!
Starting to take this beast apart, clean it, and remove stickers. Here are some parts from the inside, minus floors and outer walls.
There are some raised areas in the plastic in the shape of hair salon supplies and other such things that I'm going to have to sand down or try and build up with Apoxie sculpt to make them flat and smooth. I've never done that before, so here's hoping it works.
This will be a long project. I actually disassembled it about a week and a half ago and have only started working on the cleaning.
Boy, she'll really have questions if I ever try to do something for the Snake Mountain, Fright Zone, Crystal Castle, Starship Eternia, and other locations we'll probably never get in Classics.
"Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring."
Let me also know what you use to prime the castle with, since I'm guessing you're going to paint? I've been looking at that Krylon spray paint that's SUPPOSED to adhere to plastic, but I don't know. So far, I've just stuck to doing washes and dry brushing with a sealer - not changing the whole color. And I'm curious to know what works!
And a fan can never have too many castles. My husband has his Man Cave for his stuff, and whatever I put in my MOTU room stays in my MOTU room. I honestly don't think he'd notice another castle, but there's no way I can justify the cost of the Barbie ice castle. Hopefully, a beat-up one will turn up on eBay or something
flutterina, thanks for the info on lighter fluid. I am going to make a note of that...I think the last time I tried something like that, I used acetone, and it took FOREVER.
I am going to start making new dioramas for my figures, I want to make a tavern and a workshop for man at arms..
I hope to put up more pics in the next day or so, but the project continues apace.
On the body of the building, some of the sides are smooth, glossy plastic. I tried a Rustoleum plastic primer, but that is not working. However, the Krylon FUSION paint is adhering quite well. I'll keep you updated.
I hope the plastic primer works better on rougher, non-shiny plastic, as the paint I want to use on certain pieces of that nature requires a primer.
And Flutterina is right on the money with the lighter fluid. Piece of cake.
I continue to work on the project, but I had to slow down considerably. Looks like it's picking up again.
Just a quick picture of progress. This is the floor of the elevator that originally had a Barbie logo and some other areas that I filled in with apoxie sculpt and then sanded as smooth as I can. I've drawn lines on the floor that I will cut with my dremel to simulate wood planks. I'm trying to get a look similar to that of the Castle Grayskull wood floors.
nice to see you didn't give up.
looking forward to see more progresses.
Here's the elevator floor again after cutting and painting it to look like wood planks. Turned out good, I think.