[Updated] From the Briny Deep....Classics Longtooth! Big Update! I'm going to leave the old pictures for posterity, even though they are bad and I should feel bad. Some customs seem like they'll be a lot of work, but go better than you ever expected. Other customs.....are more like trying to crap a pineapple. This was the second kind. I can't even remember how many times this guy got painted, stripped, and repainted. Thanks to Longtooth here I have a permanent phobia about painting anything yellow. Is there an acrylic yellow on the planet that provides decent coverage? I submit that there is not. Biggest lesson on this job was "don't settle because you want to be done." I tried to get lazy and call it good and ended up posting embarassingly bad pictures in Radicons. Not that it's perfect now, but I like it much, much better. The skull, the weapon, totally covering up the engraved autobot symbol, the not-horrible shade of yellow...I can actually be a little proud of one of my customs, for once. As always, any suggesting would be very welcome! Old stuff: I've been really digging the current trend of taking a G1 pretender and combining the outer shell (as the robot mode) with a suitable vehicle mode...Generations Skullgrin, ROTF Bludgeon, and even the upcoming Botcon Octopunch. Sadly, my favorite Pretender has been absent from the mix. Hopefully we'll get a real Hasbro version someday, but for now I'll settle for this modemade version: Yep, that's a Botcon Landshark. I'm hoping we can keep the "you ruined a Botcon figure?!?!" posts to a minimum. But honestly, I didn't do it lightly. I strongly feel this is the best mold choice for the character, and Longtooth's shell is largely the same pea green as landshart. The blue windshield was also most appropriate for the palette I had in mind. Anyway, moving on... I'm largely satisfied with how it turned out. I wish that I could've made it more like ROTF Bludgeon, i.e., blended the color scheme of the Pretender shell and inner bot a little better, but I couldn't think of a better way to do it than what I tried. My biggest issue is the yellow...ugh, this is my last time trying Tamiya paints-- poor coverage, and 15 coats to hide the primer. By the time I was able to make it sufficiently yellow, much of the detail was lost. Does anyone have any advice for chemically stipping off a zillion layers of acrylic pant? Well, as you can see, I need to do some cleanup work. I'm also going to make him a trident weapon from Terradive's weapon. But if any of you have other advice/comments/critiques, I am all ears!