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Alt Soundwave and Laserbeak by Clay

Soundwave was my first successful custom. At the time, I knew not of airbrushes or Dremels, so I can really consider him the product of blood/sweat/tears.

It came about after I had bought a Binaltech Grimlock and was subsequently left with a superfluous Alternator. I had seen a few pictures of toys that people had repainted themselves, and thought I'd give it one more try. The first thing I did was to find another character that Grimlock's head could substitute for, and then worked from there. Once I had settled on Soundwave, I looked at Grimlock in much the same way as the chap from "Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind" looked at mashed potatoes. Finally, I bought some paint and set to it.

I made Laserbeak almost a year later, after I had acquired a Dremel and some practice. He's made from the engine block and some black electrical tape. I cheated to attach him - I put a glob of sticky tack on the underside so he can sit on the mirrors.

Soundwave was my first custom, and is completely hand-painted. I did say blood, sweat, and tears! Over the course of a week, it took about 12 hours of painting with a tiny brush next while sitting next to a hot lamp to get the coating nice and thick. Since he's my first custom, he's also the oldest, and plenty of scratches and brush strokes can be seen in his finish. I think the flaws add to him though. They're a physical record of just how much effort I had to put into my first kitbash to make it a success. It's gotten much easier with practice, though!

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More by Clay: Alternator Predacons, Alt Bombshell, Alt Elita 1, Alt Frenzy, Alt Hoist, Alt Ironhide and Ratchet, Alt Kickback, Alt Magnus, Alt Megatron, Alt Optimus Primal, Alt Shockwave Police Type, Alt Shrapnel, Alt Springer, Alt Thundercracker, Alt Tigatron, Binaltech Sixshot, Binaltech Windcharger, Classics Thundercracker, Terrorcon Blot, Terrorcon Cutthroat, Terrorcon Hungrr, Terrorcon Rippersnapper, Terrorcon Sinnertwin. Or go back to kitbashes.

 
 
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