So my red movie Ironhide project was a great success until i tried transforming him. Thanks to the lame-ness that is acrylic paint the whole project was ruined. Such a shame as well because the bot mode looked awesome... Oh well...it wasnt meant to be but i didnt want to just throw away the figure so i sand-blasted the red off. It left the plastic in a predictably rough condition but at least i could salvage it and give Ironhide back his black paint job. This is the result. As you can see the paint is a tad rough in spots but considering what i had to work with he came out alright. This is just to let you know what condition the figure was in after i sand-blasted the red paint off. From this: To this: "its an option" "you feeling lucky, punk?!" As you can see i went to town with the detailing, giving him an almost 100% accurate movie look. I reshaped his face to get rid of that ugly pig nose and make him look more appealing and more accurate to the hi-res cgi render. I also added longer smoke stacks, side steps and re-positioned the 4X4 logos on the rear fenders. On the factory toy these are in the wrong place so i fixed them. I also added a GMC badge to the rear tail gate. The front wind screen looks like it is cracked and this wasnt intentional. For some reason the lacquer made the matte black paint that i had put on the wind sheild crack and i couldnt be bothered to fix it. I left the bumpers matte black as they are this color on the actual GMC Topkick used in the movie. I wanted to add some detail to his cannons as well and get rid of the stupid missles the factory toy had. I whipped out my rotary tool and drilled out those suckas and filled in the holes and painted them. I added some bits of styrene and painted them black to try and make them look more accurate to the movie render, as well as add some copper piping for that extra bit of detail. All in all he could have come out better with a factory toy as a base but considering how rough and on the edge of being thrown away the figure was after the red acrylic disaster i think he came out great. Thanks for looking! Heres a little preview of my next repaint: (the lighting sucks but he is actually a movie-accurate matte silver with darker splotches on the wings.