The downside to this is that he has no electronics in him, whatsoever. His eyes don't light up and he doesn't speak.
If you're wondering why he has a red arm, check out the digital version of his comic, which takes place between Episodes VI and VII. Hint, C-3PO doesn't talk about how he came to have the red arm in Episode VII, if you haven't seen it yet. As you can see from the pictures below, C-3PO was actually a cheap mustard-y kind of yellow to start.
|The joints on his arm were solid.|
|I drilled a couple holes in each joint area and then Dremelled the plastic out. When I was done, I used a file to clean up the rest of his elbow.|
I covered his midsection with painter's tape, and used all Rustoleum spray paints on him. I used those Dremelled out elbows to hang him in our garage for painting, since it was too cold outside to paint out there. There were a few times when he was hanging up all awkward, where I could hear him saying, "Oh dear, Sir Luke!" First I put a couple coats of primer on him. There were a few places that I went back over and hand sanded in between coats.
Then I covered him almost entirely with plastic and painted his right calf silver. After that dried, I reversed the coverage and sprayed his left arm red, recovered him one more time and sprayed the rest of him gold. I purposely didn't weather 3PO for this project, because I preferred him shiny and polished in the movies.
I did find out that metallic gold spray paint is not very forgiving. There are a few drip marks on him, and I couldn't really buff those out.
I did the smallest amount of detail work on his eyes and mouth, with some black craft paint, just to highlight them. I also repainted the wires on his midsection, because they were pretty sloppy looking. I also painted both of his palms black, and I plan on getting some small disks in red and gold for each palm. I guess in the movies, those colored sections of his palms are supposed to be some kind of sensors.
I also gave him about three coats of clear spray paint.
|Dremelled out elbow joint|
|And yes, I know C-3PO's leg wasn't silver in "The Force Awakens." Both of his legs were actually gold. I did this on purpose because I liked the randomness of the silver leg, because all the other protocol droids we saw were just one colored.|
I think he'll make a fine addition to my table when I'm representing the Rebel Legion.