This is my finished entry for the custom contest. As you can see, he's made from a Movie Swindle with a head from G1 Quickmix (to make up for this blatant theft, I've got something cool planned for him later). I decided to do a Movie repaint because I noticed that those and Alternators were Vector's favourites, judging from his output here. When deciding on a paintjob, I came up with three options. One was to make another repaint like Cybertron Smokescreen etc, trying to fit the original Datsun deco on a completely different car. Well, I didn't want that. Been there done that. The other was to make him into the racing deco of the Chevrolet Cobalt the toy transforms into, but that deco turned out to be just all red and that was boring. Finally, I decided to turn him into a Citroën Xsara '04 Rally Edition. The car looks somewhat similar and has a very Smokescreen-like deco. For painting, I tried a brand new approach. I masked off and spray painted the entire car mode and did all the detailing in this mode. I then took a couple of pictures of this (luckily) before I changed him to robot mode and disassembled him. I then painted most of the interior by hand with glossy acrylic paint. The blue parts were spray painted to match the body color. For the first time I tried washing with black and silver in some areas to improve detailing. Well, then I was going to fit the head back on. It wouldn't fit just right so I put some super glue on the ball joint. Unfortunately this ran into the crack between his chest pieces and got into the spring that activates his automorph. Now the center piece won't turn and he pretty much can't transform anymore. Bummer. I hope he still qualifies for the contest. If not, at least I've learned something.