Howdy, y'all. I just recently scored about 6 or 7 Decepticon Plane body shells (and various small main body parts) for cheap in an eBay auction, and it's finally arrived. In addition to supplying some needed parts to Starscream, Thundercracker, Dirge, and Skywarp, (not to mention having one of 4 Type 1 yellow cockpits to offer my existing Starscream), I've also decided to work on a custom I've wanted since Generation 2. I originally conceived 2 customs based on the Generation 2 planes (using existing parts with little to no painting) and have the surplus junk needed to partially created one of them. Custom 1 is a (female) all-black version of Ramjet. The primary fuselage color, feet, exhaust, shin jets, arm interior, and chest should all be black (which seemed easy, when all but the 2 Starscreams can contribute something). The one remaining problem (I solved the exhaust cap problem) is the one I'm writing about. Custom 2 is a recolor of Dirge, based on the G2 Ramjet body. All (easy to yellow) sky blue parts would be swapped with black parts (again, easy -- just find a spare G1 Ramjet, Thrust, or Dirge). Arm him with either G1 Ramjet, Thrust, Dirge's or Classic/Henkei weapons or let him keep the G2 launchers. The one snafu is (other than not having a G2 Ramjet to cannibalize) I'd want to have Dirge wings molded to match the G2 Ramjet body. What I'm asking for is this: How do you safely remove the rod holding the cockpit/fuselage to the die-cast chest/intake in such a way that it can be re-installed? I want a black Skywarp fuselage connected to a black Dirge/Ramjet chest. -- Cybertronian. P.S.: To remove the exhaust caps, hold them between 2 fingers and attempt to shake or rotate them (which will loosen them up). Then take a flathead screwdriver blade (mine was about 1/8") and gently pry at any space large enough for the tip of the blade to penetrate, then pry again at one of the sides (in front of where the leg clip holes are). At this point, the cap should come off with a minimal effort. The caps will slide back on with minimal force. P.P.S.: Follow-up Question: I've seen a few auctions with Ramjet wings seperated from their engines. How do you remove the engines from Ramjet wings in such a way that they can be re-attached (or glued)? This process will give me the all-black wings I desire.