Custom Digivice – Season 1

It’s Odaiba Day! As well as the 17th anniversary of Digimon Adventure, so I thought it was about time I posted about my season 1 digivice makeover. I FINALLY got it finished after a lot of frustration but I am so happy with the results. Let’s get to it.

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So, here is my original season 1 Taichi digivice, a lovely orange color, but I wanted to make it look like it does normally when one of the digimon isn’t evolving, just because.

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I mentioned in my last digivice post how difficult it is to get these things apart, but this time the digivice won. I was able to get the back off and the “antenna” out, but no matter what I did or how many internet hacks I used, there was ONE little screw holding the electronics in place that would not budge. I had to put it back together and use some rather elaborate masking to protect the buttons and holes during painting.

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This is when the REAL headaches started. I spray painted the back of the main body and the clip no problem. It came out smooth and beautiful. When I started to paint the front, however, I got this awful crackling reaction in the paint.

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I went back to the internet for answers and decided that the surface had been too hot from sitting in the sun when I started painting. So I sanded away the wrinkles, let the paint that was already on there cure for 24 hours and tried a second time. It happened again! ARGH. I could not figure out what was happening.

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The internet seemed to think that I hadn’t let the first layer of paint cure long enough before painting again, even though on the back of the can it says you can paint again within 4 hours or after 24. So I let it sit for a full TWO WEEKS before I even looked at it again.

While I waited, I finished up painting the belt clip and in the process figured out that I apparently wasn’t shaking the paint can well/long enough before doing my second coat. This is why you follow directions, kids. If you use Krylon Maxx Ultimate Coverage spray paint, shake it longer than the recommended 2 minutes on the back of the can to save yourself the grief. Once I figured that out everything was fine. lol

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I really love the way it looks! I spent 20 minutes in the paint aisle picking out the perfect color (I used Peekaboo Blue), and while I wish it was just slightly more grey, all in all I think its dang near perfect.

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Custom Digivice

Hello hello!

I am a huge, HUGE Digimon fan. Yes, you read that right. It was on television when I was but a wee lass and it holds a very special place in my heart along side Pokemon and Sailor Moon. 2014 was the 15th Anniversary of the first season, Digimon Adventure. There have been a lot of things happening in celebration, one of which was the announcement of a BRAND NEW series based on the high school days of the original characters, Digimon Adventure Tri.

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My nine year old self is screaming! SCREAMING!

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With all the renewed hype about Digimon I dug out all my old Digivices for nostalgia’s sake. Most of them still work too! Kari/Hikari has always been my favorite character, probably because of her digimon Gatomon/Tailmon (she’s a cat), and I always wanted her digivice when I was a kid. I searched high and low for a pink digivice and my mother even joined the hunt but to no avail. I’m not even sure that a Kari digivice existed then, or even now. When I was nine it never occurred to me to take apart the one I already owned and paint it myself (I probably would have ruined it anyway) so now that I’m grown I decided to just do it!

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The one I have was purple, which if I remember wasn’t even a color in the show, so I didn’t feel bad about painting over it. It’s from the second season Digimon Adventure 02.

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Getting this thing apart was no easy task. It really fought me! I stripped two screws and accidentally disconnected the sound wires in the process (oops), but eventually got it to a place where it could be spray painted.

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I used Rustoleum Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover 2x spray paint in Candy Pink and Gloss Black. It worked pretty well, though I didn’t let it cure long enough the first time around and had to do a touch up coat on the back piece after letting it sit on a table for a few hours. I tend to get over excited when things are going well and proceed too quickly haha. You can’t see it very well in this picture but the two buttons that I painted black are on either side of the antenna. They are stuck to piece of masking tape so they wouldn’t blow away while I was painting them.

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There were a few scratches on the screen that I tried to buff out some with a little toothpaste (thanks internet.) It didn’t get rid of them completely but it definitely helped. You can really only see the scratches if you angle it in the light in a certain way and I was afraid to use anything more abrasive and make it worse, so I took what I could get with the toothpaste. I figure Kari’s digivice would be a little beat up after adventuring all over the Digital World anyway.

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I let all the pieces cure for about 5 days (lesson learned!) before I reassembled the entire thing.

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Overall I’m one very pleased digidestined! And I didn’t ruin it! It still works! My nine year old dreams have come true at last! I’ll have to get back in there someday and fix the sound wires but at the moment I don’t own a soldering iron or conductive glue. I used some electrical tape to protect the wires for now.

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I’m also painting my season 1 digivice but it is giving me A LOT more trouble than this one did so its taking a bit more time. Stay tuned for a post about that one too!

Digimon belongs to Akiyoshi Hongo and Toei Animation