On the heels of my almost-completed MP Ironhide is my MP Ratchet. Since a lot of his anatomy is copied from Ironhide's, his assembly is going a lot faster. The second time around I'm also fixing a lot of the little glitches that creeped into IH. This is by design. I knew the second one I made would be a lot cleaner, and that better suits Ratchet than Ironhide. They've both seen plenty of action, but I see IH as being more reckless and less fussy about his repairs. Ratchet will also have a lot of unique features. The most noticeable will be a big roof extension that will make him look like a real ambulance and not just a white van. I made a mold of Ironhide's head and face to speed the process along. I've resculpted both to give them their own looks and feel. To get the right shape on his forehead crest, I cut two pieces of styrene into the shape I needed and laid them over a glob of quick-setting epoxy putty (Mighty Putty). This way I didn't need to worry about keeping the surface flat as I worked, and I could focus on the overall shape. When they were in the right place I went back in with Quikwood putty to smooth it out, because it's easier to carve and sand than the harder Mighty Putty. I also rounded out Ratchet's mohawk crest to give him a different feel from IH. In the face I made the eyes bigger and gave him a look the was less aggressive and more tired and worried. I'm keeping my options open in regards to paint scheme. I'll probably keep it close to the cartoon look, but touches of the modern comics might creep in too. By the way, is anyone else noticing that Mighty Putty is getting harder to find? I think American might have figured out that the stuff is actually a really horrible way to fix a pipe or hang a shelf, and it's moment might be over.