For the past two months, I have been working on creating a Lego mini figure ("minifig") of myself for the purpose of... well... there really is no purpose. I wanted to. That's why I did it. I named him J. Fred MocLegoman. (MOC, in Lego fan lingo, stands for My Own Creation).
I started out by ordering a custom head and torso from www.minifigs.me. I designed the face by photoshopping two Lego heads that I found on the internet (one with glasses that looked like mine and one with a beard that closely resembled mine). I sent the photoshopped picture along with a picture of my plaid shirt to minifigs.me and, a few weeks later, received this:
Besides the fedoras, I also bought a cab driver's cap (I don't know the technical name for this style of hat, but I think you know what I mean).
I did a lot of research on how to paint toys and discovered that there's a lot of conflicting information out there. For example:"Always use acrylic paints." "Never use acrylic paints." "Sealer is basically primer, so put it on first." "Sealer goes on last."
I ran some sand paper over the hats to "rough up" the surface to help the paint adhere better. Then, I primed each of the hats using acrylic sealer. After that, I painted them with acrylic paints.
Painting was a whole lot of trial and error. The grays were initially too dark and I had a lot of trouble getting the color of the cab driver's hat just right.
First, it was too green. Then, it was too yellow.
I ended up buying a khaki color, because my attempts at getting the right color by mixing were pretty bad.
But, I was determined to get it right because I wanted it to match my hat perfectly.
And I think I succeeded.
I finished up the hats with a few coats of matte varnish.
The dark tan fedora became my favorite, even though, I don't own a dark tan fedora. Perhaps, I shall -- one day -- own one.
I still have some work to do on the cab driver's cap. The one I wear is old and torn up in a couple places. I'm going to try and replicate that on the Lego version. I also have to make some modifications on the way it sits on the minifig's head to better match the way I wear mine.
J. Fred MocLegoman has been posting some pictures on instagram. He (and I) went to Daytona Beach for a week and had a relaxing time on the beach and by the pool. I took some great pictures and will be blogging about the whole trip sometime soon.