Liger Zero with Panzer Unit.
I have not done an in depth review for awhile, so I thought I would do one on the CP 21 or Panzer Unit. The Panzer unit is on of Liger Zero's three forms. As the name suggests this is a heavy weaponry conversion. When in Panzer mode the Liger Zero literally turns into a tank on legs. Also in this write up I wanted to cover some of the tools and techniques I use for trimming stickers. I have gotten several emails asking how I do it, and thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share with everyone reading. So let's begin out look at Liger Zero Panzer.
Complete Build Review Below:
First and foremost get a hold of a regular Liger Zero to use as the base for the Panzer. You can use a Liger Zero X, but for my collection I like to make everything as accurate as possible. So yes, this does mean buying a couple extra Liger Zero's to display the CPs on.
Lets take a look at what's inside the boxes.
Begin by building your Liger Zero up to skeleton mode. I prefer to only build it up to this point in order to keep the extra parts still attached to the sprues. This way I do not have to search for a specific part when I am starting a custom.
After building up your Liger Zero skeleton, it's time to take a closer look at the Panzer CP.
Consisting of 7 sprues the Panzer Unit is a meaty CP. We begin the construction by starting with the head pieces.
The head is just the start of the wide array of cannons that you will assemble on the Panzer.
Next construction begins on the "Saddle Bags" which are really more like Wicked Missile Pods.
With the pods complete it's time to mount them onto the unit.
The awesome thing about the pods is that each one has the ability to open up and display the missile batteries.
Below is the center pod in the open position.
Next it's time to bring out the big guns. The two large cannons are awesome and oddly come with two faux caps to make the look more complete and give the illusion of normal caps. These were an awesome idea.
It's then time to mount the guns and get ready for stickering the unit.
Now it's time to break out the tools. I want to take this opportunity to inform the reader a little bit about the tools I use when applying stickers. As stated I get several emails asking about what type of scissors I use, technique, ect. The scissors I use are medical grade, and have a slight angle.
To give you a better idea of the angle of the curve see below. The first two pairs have a slight curve while the third and forth pairs are straight.
I plan on trying to make some sets of these scissors available at toysyouwishyoukept.com.
Next I would like to talk a little about technique. I think the most important thing to remember is to: "Let the Tool do the Work". By this I mean that the tool should do all the cutting and your job is to simply rotate the sticker. Too many people focus on the cutting aspect when in reality this just takes away from the focus on perfect trimming. With the scissors I use it is totally possible to execute a perfect circle very quickly (with a little practice). The Panzer Unit is a great example of proper trimming. For instance, the unit comes with a pair of large "T" shaped stickers that are meant to be placed on each of the large cannons. The problem with this is that the sticker is way too large and if applied without any alterations you end up with a giant sticker that distorts the color of the cannon. It also look like just that (a large sticker) instead of a decal that flows with the design of the cannons. Below is an example of the sticker with one edge trimmed and the other edge left "factory":
After the stickers is properly trimmed it is then placed on the Cannon. Take a look below and you can tell the difference as opposed to just applying the sticker directly from the sheet.
When trimming stickers that are circular the technique that I use is to rotate the tweezers into the blade of the scissors. If you have a good pair of scissors it will take light (if any) pressure on the scissors to make the cut. Below are a couple of examples of trimming circular stickers.
Below my Wife's Jack Russel Terrier supervises the sticker trimming process:
Below a completely trimmed sticker:
I like to leave a very thin edge of plastic on each sticker, this allows a little room for error if the sticker should need to be removed and repositioned. I hope this gives you a better understanding of how I trim stickers. After trimming and placing the stickers the Liger Zero Panzer is complete.
The Panzer is both an interesting and unique addition to your collection. It's a must for any Liger fan. Beyond just being so damn cool, it is a CP with a large amount of function and this gives the unit some big points for being displayable in various poses. As of this writing the Panzer unit is becoming almost extinct like it's brother the Jager, the price fluctuates and I would suggest picking one up if you get the chance. You won't regret it later.
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