VST / Daiya / SH – Cragstan Astronaut Green Variation Astronaut Head ( Number 3 of 4 ).
This custom made astronaut comes with a story that I will explain here below. This is the third Green Astronaut I build up and this time it comes with a astronaut head and an original box. About a year ago i could lay my hands on parts of SH Changeman. When going through the original drawings of this robot I discovered that changeman and Daiya`s Cragstan Astronaut share the same body stamping. Of course the robots differ on many ways, the litho, mechanism and many other things but still…. they share the same body that came from the same molds.
Marumiya made many creations for Daiya and Horikawa et voila, the link was there and i started to think about crazy plan… what if I could make a GREEN daiya / cragstan astronaut to complete the red and blue one…..
I decided to start looking for some spare parts and bought some red and blue astronauts that… yes… had to be taken apart to provide the parts for a GREEN astronaut. I needed the feet, head, dome, gun assembly and of course the mechanism to create a green astronaut.
I found some robots that i could use and this time I found a complete one with original gun assembly. The arms only needed green paint where it was blue and I could leave the rest original. Good thing about these parts was that also the gun tip would light up this time 🙂
When I finally received the parts I could really start to see if I was able to make a green daiya astronaut. I had several serious problems to solve.. first I had to make the mechanism fit to the body. The tabs at the back part of the body had to been made to fit the on/off switch and the battery pack. I manually stamped new tabs into the back part of the body to make these fit.
Than i had to think about the arms and that took not that long on this third version. The arms were perfect, original and complete with the gun and working light. I only had to hand paint the blue parts green.
The head which is always blue for the astronaut versions was also airbrushed in the correct green color. The mounting of the head is different than the regular blue and red astronauts and i had to think about mounting the head on the square neck plate of the changeman neckplate. I decided to brush it Yellow to make it fit to the body.
The arms had to be adjusted again with the gun and I needed some thinking time again how to mount it all back because the changeman body has chrome 2 rings instead of small holes like the red and blue astronauts. The rings needs some minor adjustment from the inside and after that the arms fit perfectly.
Also the legs came from changeman, the feet were original blue and I airbrushed only the blue parts green.The painting took quite some time and drying is the hardest part. being patient for it to dry is hard because i wanted to finish the robot… I finally had all the parts finished and figured out. only thing i needed to do is to put the robot back together. The mechanism was modified to fit perfectly to the legs and the motor was taken apart to make it run perfectly again.It took me again another day to build up the robot but all went perfectly now…..everything fitted as i had planned and when i put the first arm to the body I knew this would look awesome… Well… the result is, my opinion, stunning…. a PERECT addition to the red and blue Cragstan astronaut but this time in GREEN with a astronaut’s head… The third green daiya astronaut.
This Green Astronaut version differs in litho on the arms and feet from the boys head version I made. Also, this example is accompanied by an ORIGINAL box !… Just looks like it came straight out of the Factory 🙂 Even the box has an original bottom insert that makes sure the gun assembly fits perfectly when the robot is inside its box.
The robot is made out of original parts, in excellent condition and perfectly working with walking action and raising gun action with lighted gun tip. It works fine and strong.The astronaut raises his arms with loud ratatata sound, just like its blue and red brothers.. I will make 1 more. Not more because I dont have the green body parts anymore available than… so it’s an unique robot in many many ways…. If you are interested in a green Daiya Astronaut you can contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
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