Here's my first attempt at customizing. I saw how lots of people turned Skids into Ironhide, but it never sat well with me for Ironhide being a minivan. It just wasn't "tough" enough. But I picked up a Skids along the way and just held onto him. I found a knockoff white Hound on eBay and thought he'd make an awesome Ratchet - until I got him and upon the first transformation the legs $%^&*ing snapped off. Unfixable, I tossed the body but kept the head. Then Alt Optimus came out and there was a tough looking alt form. So I picked up 2 of them and held onto them until I had enough knowledge about painting and customizing (and enough free-time to attempt it) to do them right. I used Skids head for Ironhide and the white Hound head for Ratchet. Ironhide was easy. The gold trim down the side and on the hood was pin-striping I picked up at a local model shop. Not a whole lot of paint work, but it was my first attempt and got me familiar with all the pieces and how they fit together - excellent knowledge for when I started Ratchet. Ratchet was a pain as I tried to paint him in the winter and had to wait for warm enough days to do it - not an easy task in Cleveland, Ohio. At one point, Ratchet was 100% disassembled in labeled zip-lock bags, as I painted each limb one at a time. I used Krylon Fusion paint for most of Ratchet, and the smaller pieces just some white, red, and black model paint. Red stripe down the side was just like the gold for Ironhide. The grey piece on his forehead is actually part of an expired credit card that I painted. Works pretty well, I think. The lights/sired was from a 1/25 scale EMS model van. And of course, Repro-labels for the autobot symbols and stickers. I'd love to transform them and show you how they look, but I'm terrified the paint would chip or something else would happen to make them f.u.b.a.r. so for now, they remain in robot mode.