Thursday, August 23, 2012

Powerglide A-10 Custom Joe-scale Alt-Mode

After the SDCC Starscream "Joe-former" release I knew that I'd have to start making some similar vehicles to explore that niche-itch. Here is my take on the Powerglide A-10 as a GI Joe sized vehicle. I forgot to take a before picture so here's someone else's picture of the same base vehicle. It was a BBI Combat something or other that I picked up on clearance at Target sometime in 2005 or 2006.
Here he is taken a part and washed (he got dusty after all those years).
I hadn't done a vehicle custom in quite some time so I wanted to try my hand at brush-painting this guy rather than spray paint. This was ultimately a mistake, but a mistake I feel like I need to experience on my own. Here he is primed with a gray paint.
I actually liked the color this came out, but the texture was off and it was very flat. This is a mock-up after the first coat of paint just to see how I was coming along.
Here is assembled after his second coat of paint and with a 25th Anniversary Wild Weasel for scale.
I fairly quickly realized that I would need to spray paint this bad boy as the brush job just didn't cut it. I taped off the gray parts.
After the first coat or so (you can see Skywarp and Thundercracker in the back there).
Here he is all assembled and ready for the final touches.
Another shot.
This is after I applied the Autobot sigils and stood the pilot custom - Buster Witwicky next to Powerglide.
Finally here several completed shots after Sgt Humpty lent his abilities to apply the remaining stickers. I used a combination of ME Skystriker stickers, a sheet from a Power Team Elite F-18, and Autobot symbols from That is the Transformers Generations Wal-Mart G1 color variant Powerglide Transformer shown with my custom.