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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-04-2019, 10:34 AM - Thread Starter
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Alita: Battle Angle - Laptop Mod - Zapan Edition

And up we go for yet another worklog. Yes, I know, there are still two unfinished ones...
But, I got this project with a very tide deadline, so I will just squeeze it in between the WOPR and X-Wing.

Lately, I watched the movie Alita: Battle Angel. I just thought the design of the character Zapan is really
stylistic and unique. So why not taking it and transforming it into a laptop mod.



So the style of the laptop should be some what futuristic, technical/mechanical.

Acer/Predator not only provided me with a Helios 500, but I also got the 3D files of that laptop.
This is very handy, cause I can now model around the original shape and everything will stay in proportinos.

So at first, I took the basic shell and removed all unnecessary parts.







Then I blocked in the design with very primitive geomatric shapes, just to find my design.



Couple hours later, the basic design was done. Only some smaller details and the bottom half are missing.
But you already can see where it goes.





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Get a look on the original manga.

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Last week, I finished the work on the 3D model.









Always interresting to see the difference between the finished model and the first sketch.



Then the printing started.



I put the first parts into place, to see it they will fit.



While the remaining parts are printing, I started to sand down the printed ones
and prepare them for painting.

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Now almost all parts are printed.



Also made some tests to see if everything still fits together.



After all parts were wet sanded, I applied couple layers of spray filler.





After the filler, all spots that needed some more attention got visible and
were filled with some spot putty.



Then everything was was wet sanded again.

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This looks awesome!
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didn't zapan have something like the aztec calendar on his back? found an image here:

https://megalopolis.toys/products/al...-november-2018

btw, great movie.
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Yes he has, but I am going for the chest part to give the notebook a nice new design and structure.
It also has some aztec/polynesian symbols on it, which I will add.
For the back, there is just not much source material out there at the moment except the toy figure.
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Next, I worked on some small detail.
Therefore, I used a material called metal foam.



It was cut to size, to make it fit in the left halft of the case.







Perfect.



Then all parts were primed.





I ended up with applying another, darker grey tone, to give the following metalic color, a better
contrast.



Finished everything up with a layer of glossy clear coat.
But after the weathering it will dulled down again.

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Next, I dismantled the entire notebook.



To create a better bond for the new color, I sanded the surface of the entire outer shell.



Then all parts were primed and also colored in silver.





Zapan has some mexican/inka/polynesian art on his body. I tried to replicate this
style. All was cut in vinyl and then dabbed on with a brush.







After the paint job was done, I reassembled the shell. The keyboard was not screwed, but glued with
plastic tips. I melted them back together with a soldering iron.

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