So, this has been a project in the making since before the Fansproject armor came out. I saw someone here use a Myclone Magnus head and paint him up in U.Mags colors, and I decided to give it a go myself. Since the Myclone head couldn't really be painted with what I wanted to use, I made a cast of it and used that. Couldn't get the antennae to cast no matter what I did, so I made casts of a gun rifle's tip and made some new ones. I cut off the "neck" portion of the head the toy came with and attached it to the Myclone head cast, so it fits naturally in place. Some paint apps in areas of my choosing, a couple of mods, and done! (Some years later anyway ) So, here we go: I did everything I could to make sure I kept the truck mode in the original white/blue scheme, and to make sure it 'assembled' cleanly. The only thing I really couldn't help was the red trim you can see in the front, but it doesn't bother me much. The original scheme had the blue stripe on the sides and that was all. So I decided to wrap the blue around back. It was mostly for the sake of the arms in bot mode, but it helps make the blue feel completed and filled as a result. Since I wanted everything to match, I painted him in a different blue (the closest as well as most appealing shade to me that I could find). So the new and old blue schemes are the same. To make the blue trim at the front of the cab and around the windshield (painted to accent the robot mode more) feel more like it belonged there, I continued the trim onto the panel parts that fold up around his arms. Simple enough effect, but it all meshes together. The only problem with the head (really from the antenna) is that it causes the wind vein to stick up just a bit. I drilled out part of the plastic where his head sits to let it sit further in, but I could only get it down so far. It's not so bad, but doesn't look that way in the pictures. Now, on to the robot mode: Most of the paint scheme is a mix of G1 Ultra Magnus and what I decided was feasible in keeping odd color mixes out of the truck form (mostly the red, but also things like his shoulders being all blue and looking like a strange 'block' of blue on the sides of his alt mode). Here, you can see where the blue trim above the windshield is more effective. I think I did well enough blending everything together to make both forms work. More pics, with close ups: The head was a bit rough; a combination of the cast I made as well as the paint. Still looks nice enough. For the chest, I ground out the grill/abs because it was a bit too much of an Optimus Prime thing. I replaced it with a styrene square and a piece from some tree of Zoid parts that looked good as a bit of a centerpiece. It gives him his own look, I think. (I like how the blue wraps around his arms now from the original blue and silver side streaks from his truck mode) Back shot. There's a lot more white to this guy than your usual "Ultra Magnus." But as I said, it helps keep the alt mode genuine: And now for the twist: I had decided to do this Magnus before the armor even came out in pictures, as I said before. And I wasn't entirely sure I was going to pick it up until towards the end (and someone posted something where one of the groups was selling it just before release for $5 less? I can't remember how much, but I jumped...) But afterwards, I thought it was a pretty cool idea if Magnus still looked like "Magnus" even without his armor. I never liked the idea that he was a white Optimus Prime--it seriously takes away from Optimus in that way. But the armor idea was still pretty cool. So I figured, why not finish what I planned, and go this way with him. Yup, even with the new Myclone head, (and thankfully due to the carving out of some of the plastic frame where the Myclone head needed to fold into) the armor fits. If you look back, you'll see that the "white Prime" Magnus' front arms have white spots. Those are the parts the armor uses to hook in place, and it would wear the paint during trial suiting-ups. So I scraped the paint off and left them evenly white. The rest of the toy doesn't get scratched except for around the legs, but the paint seems to really hold on these parts. Not sure why, though it helps there's blue plastic underneath it all if it ever does scratch--even if it's a different shade. More back shots. The Cab-Magnus' red paint is a different shade than the brighter red of the armor, but I like how it fills in the character's color a little more. (technically, the cab-Magnus' BLUE is different too, so whatever ) I'm happy with how he turned out. Hope you guys like him too!