Found Red Alert and Thunderwing at a local Meijer about to be ousted to make way for the newest wave of bayformers, when it struck me... I've my other projects are on hold waiting for stuff to arrive in the mail, so I started on this guy since all I need is the paints and the figures. The original Black Shadow was retooled from Thunderwing to look less fleshy and more like a traditional bot. I'm trying to do the same thing here without impairing the toy's functionality. My first mod was to replace the hands and shoulders and switch about the upper arm to replace their curves with a more angular form. The pegs for Red Alert's hands were a glitch to file down, as Thunderwing's wrists are rather small. I'm also planning to use the two red and grey components, originally Red Alert's thighs, to cover the design of Thunderwing's chestplate since they do a fair job of imitating Black Shadow's own chestplate. More cutting and filing... yay... I just hope I don't slag it up. As far as painting him, I plan on sticking to flat paints and I'm going to attempt to keep anything visible in vehicle mode as unshiny as possible. I figure it to be that Black Shadow has a stealth thing going on and I'd like to reflect that by avoiding shiny chromey colors.