Well, here's my newly customized HFTD Sideswipe. He is the American release, so he did have the flames. All parts were taken apart... to the best of my ability, sprayed with Testors Diamond Dust Lacquer, dry brushed on the legs, arms and guns, enamel Gold on the springs and wiring, enamel Silver on the rims, enamel black on half the emblem and grill, enamel Red on the tail lights and the other half of the emblem, and ALL that sprayed with Testors Dull Cote. Now to the fun part... the blades! After seeing someone post the artwork on this site, I knew I had to do this. Afterall, this, IMHO, is the best version of Sideswipe, and he just didn't look the same without the blades. So, I made 'em. To start off with, here's how I did it. I work as a Graphic Designer and Accounts Specialist at a sign shop here in Joplin, MO. I have at my disposal a ton of different materials and when it mentioned styrene in the post... well, that's a product easy for me to get. So I went to the back found a small piece, re-drew the artwork in Illustrator and submitted to the Laser Engraver I have here. Then I used the laser to cut out the shapes, glued them together and viola blades! The only issue I had was what to do for the peg. I didn't want to drill into the hands, personal preference, so I went searching for something that would work. I ended up getting into my wife's hair ties and she had these really small, black rubber bands, so I snagged 2 and glued them on, and they worked perfectly. So there you have it on that. Now to Sideswipe himself. He is completely transformable, but I ran out of battery power for my camera, so I only got 'bot mode. Here's the kicker though... I have 2 of these, so this one will never transform. Reason is, as most of you know, the cavity for his head causes some wear on his forehead when transforming... I don't want that to happen, plus with 2 I'm working on a really neat display for him. Let me know what you think!