Folks: This is a bit decompressed, so bear with me. Over on the funnies forum, I've got a comic starring my take on ROTF Sideswipe, and at one point I needed a photo of his old flame Stellite, before she met her untimely demise in an air raid. Now, Stellite is a fancharacter, and no figure existed. Bit of a tall order for a photocomic! So I photoshopped one from truck parts and an image of an Kouryuu figure (from Gao Gai Gar Final): Worked well enough for the purpose...until the time came when the late Stellite had to come into the story. What to do? What I did was combine 2d artwork and toy-photos, taken on my usual sets: I photographed the scenes with a Microman figure standing in for Stellite. Then I printed these out in pale blue: I then drew Stellite on the blue-line image, scanned it, and removed the blue: Then I added the line-art to the original images, and did whatever photo-editing was needed: This helped the interactions look convincing, and as a nice side effect, Stellite casts shadows. You can go here and see more examples: B.R.T. Chapter 8, Number 5, and following eps So that's how the art happened. For plot reasons, I tried to follow the photoshopped design relatively closely. Engineering was secondary, but I do have a general idea how her transformation works. Now for a few words on Stellite the character. Stellite was a civilian archaeologist, affiliated with neither Autobots nor Decepticons, working in a university in the Stanix region. She was highly intelligent, with a cheerfully sarcastic manner, with a great respect for knowledge, and none at all for the-morons-in-charge. Note the left-hand salute. She transforms into a 1-ton truck with dual rear wheels and the biggest engine available...a pink 1-ton truck, plastered with bumper stickers that say things like "THINK" and "STOP INDIANA JONES". The name comes from automotive engineering. It's a hard-wearing alloy. Sounds all sparkly, cuts through anything. She's also dead. War is hell, eh? Edit: Corrected name of figure used in original photo-edit. Thanks, Blitz!