Project Koopa Troopa


#1

Hello, again. It’s been a week or two since I last made a thread on how I was schemin on a gopher turtle shell in the yard and since then, I’ve redone it. Quiche had a gripe last time I put the other turtle shell together that it should’ve been green, so I decided I’d give his way a try. Take a look.

First, soaked it in some hot water and scrubbed it with a tooth brush to remove dirt and other debris. Yes, I do have kittahs.

A big chunk fell off in the cleaning process, which goes back on with a good quality adhesive.

All cleaned up:

Dried and then sprayed with primer

I decided to go green for this shell

After the green dries I flip it over and do the underside yellow like the Koopa Troopa theme. Most turtles/tortoises have a pale yellow underside anyway.

And lastly, what Koopa Troopa shell is complete without it’s trademark shell pattern?

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Came out pretty good, I’d say! The gopher turtle’s shell where the plates all meet already had the koopa troopa pattern, all I did once it was painted was take a black sharpie marker and trace the creases in the shell. I’m convinced Miyamoto and design crew used the gopher turtle shell for the koopa troopas now.

The paint I used was from the auto parts store, cost about $5.50 a can but was worth it for the high gloss look you get. It’s also rated at 500 degrees! Take that added plus however you will.


#2

Great work :tup:

Didn’t you make a blue one a little while ago?


#3

LoL. Looks pretty coo’.

Refurbishin’ turtle shells. :cool:


#4

Yeah, it didn’t come out so great due to lack of remaining shell and an odd pattern that box turtles have on their shells. I ended up using clay baked in a kiln for 30% of the shell to fill in the missing pieces. Overall, I like this one better. Plus, it’s bigger by quite a bit.


#5

Do you have a convertible? Time to go street racing and toss them at other drivers.


#6

I’ve got a Corvette with a removable roof, it just doesn’t run. :smile: I might stick to turtle shell restoration, it’s cheaper, easier and takes a day instead of years.


#7

That is the most epic way to recycle the remains of a shell-bound reptile corpse.

How will you ever find the spikes to make it a blue shell? …Or wings for that matter?!