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2005-06: Holotech Red Horn

I did this one by using fabric dye. Mix a box of dye in a medium saucepan, bring to a simmer, throw the pieces in, and stir.

Note: If you have a gas range, I would avoid this technique like the plague. You can’t get an even and predictable heating area and run the risk of melting pieces beyond repair!

UPDATE FROM THE YEAR 2015: so this thing did NOT survive the ravages of time. I don’t know if it was the dyeing process, or the waves of entropy that emanate from me and destroy everything in my path, or what. I, um, took it to a farm. Yeah.

Status: Not sold, but gone nonetheless, 07/2014

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Last Modified: 2015-02-10

First Posted: 2008-06-06


  1. g0ggles said:

    Now that’s what I call a Holotech custom!

    What type of dyes did you use? Did you have different dyes for each colour or did you throw all the pieces into the same pot? And how long did you leave the pieces in the pot for before they got ‘holoteched’?

    Of course, if the procedure is more risky than it’s worth, I’ll stick to painting holotech zoids with clear paint like I did my Sabre Tiger, which is a pity, considering that I wouldn’t mind trying out this technique on an NJR König Wolf. :3

    May 15th, 2009 at 10:19 pm | #

  2. then RCM said:

    The dye was just RIT fabric dye—cheap and probably available at any grocery/drugstore. I had a pot of red, and a pot of black (to get different shades with the black dye, I just kept the weapon pieces in for a lot less time than the larger ones). For the eyes and gunner canopy I was just lazy and stole some parts from a normal Red Horn.

    I’m not sure how safe a procedure this is, because about a year after making this, I started to notice the color fading—the red’s almost orange now :( Clear paint’s probably the way to go.

    May 16th, 2009 at 12:10 am | #

  3. then FR77 said:

    i like it. but how could you do that to a clear zoid? aren’t they rare?

    February 28th, 2010 at 10:11 pm | #

  4. then RCM said:

    @FR77: If I had to do it over, I’d probably use clear paints. I did get a good deal on a spare one a couple years later, but I’m not going to touch that one!

    March 1st, 2010 at 5:10 pm | #

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