06-09-08 UPDATE: I have finally shot/edited a proper gallery of my custom Alternators Wildrider! While this custom is nearly two years old (which is hard to believe!), I never shot/edited a proper gallery of him . . . until now! You'll find a link to the full gallery in this post. Also, quite a few people have asked me about the door mod on the Mustang in robot mode. I've included a detail photo of the modification. It's pretty easy, as all you have to do is make a small piece to raise the screw so the door attachment can raise up and rotate around. I use always use two (2) small washers to place under the screws, but I'd imagine there are other objects one can use. I hope you guys like him! I thought I'd give a little insight to my design process. Sometimes I get an idea of a character and go straight for it (my Soundblaster would be a pretty good example). This time the process was a bit different. Among other things I want to see (and I'll eventually make), I wanted a red Mustang. Variety is the spice of life too, and I thought I'd shake things up a bit. I set out designing a red Mustang, and this time, the bot mode/persona came later. I also love the Stunticons. As a kid, I'd say they were my favorite gestalt. My G1 Devestator broke as a kid (the connector on Hook mainly), so when the Stunticons came along, I was thrilled. Motormaster and Wildrider were my two favorites. Motormaster I think will come a bit later, but I've been deterimined to make a Wildrider. A few Radicons have asked me about Stunticons and my customs. I really got into Dead End as he is, and Decepticharge works well for a stand-in for Drag Strip. I used the Metals Transform white Viper for Breakdown, so this leaves Wildrider and Motormaster. I still want to make a Motormaster down the road (/bad pun), but for now I have other things on the table. When started thinking about my Mustang idea again, I got to thinking about the name "Wildrider" and a personality he would have (similar to the G1 toon and tech spec profile) and wondered if he'd fit a red Mustang. The idea finally started to grow on me and I found myself modding a head to fit the Mustang mold. I made Wildrider's head out of a Side Swipe with some mods. I finished the custom and didn't think he looked sinister enough. I was chatting with some of you guys here and through out the idea of black rims. Everyone gave me the thumbs up, and with the addition of the stripe details and the black/red rims, I was finally really pleased with him. I also liked the dramatic shift I had from making a custom that really adhered to the G1 color scheme (Soundblaster) to a custom that deviated from it quite a bit (really, I feel the colors are sort of just inverted). So, I present to you, Alternators Wildrider: alt mode: [ATT]8244[/ATT] [ATT]8245[/ATT] attack mode: [ATT]8246[/ATT] [ATT]8247[/ATT] bot mode: [ATT]8248[/ATT] [ATT]8254[/ATT] [ATT]8249[/ATT] [ATT]8250[/ATT] close-up of the head: [ATT]8251[/ATT] detail of the arm mod: [ATT]8253[/ATT] Gallery is here: http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y117/superquad7/Wildrider/ Enjoy!