The light blue metallic paint I found at AutoZone worked a treat, for some it may be a little to blue but personally I LOVE it. Like most of my builds I'm not building a replica I'm building my self a K-9, making it mine. And just like my TARDIS I wanted it weathered, beaten up, rusty and with more character.
So here's the newest set of photos:
Both the head and body now coated in the 'light blue metallic'
Using sandpaper I roughed up the edges giving it a more beaten up, used look.
With a selection of browns and copper paint I set to work adding rust.
The collar is the material my wife found at Joanne's, I simply sewed it and then added some Velcro to hold it closed.
Still need to order the buttons for the control panel, and I also need the sucker for the visor, a dog tag, put together LEDs for the eyes and I have to look into making the whole thing remote control but all in all as it stands right now I'm so very very pleased with how he looks.
I actually found the handles at Home Depot, each cost about $4 and are pretty close to the original look. The original handles actually went out of production years ago.
I read on a forum how some people have placed those digital photo frames inside the body as the view screen. What I didn't know is they can also play video so I may just have to look into getting myself one.
With the help of the guys and girls of http://whoprops.proboards.com/ I was able to find a US based company that stocks the colour lenses for the control panel, they also stock the buttons/switches BUT they run at about $12 a piece still, so Ive ordered the lenses roughly $2 each and they should be here in the next few days. Ill probably just put together a simple LED circuit to illuminate the lenses.
Pity the buttons are so expensive as I would have liked for them to have operated some of the functions.
The website is: http://www.newark.com/ and the part numbers are:
3 x 66F9713 - Red
3 x 66F9715 - Green
3 x 66F9716 - Blue
3 x 66F9714 - Amber/Yellow