So, I'm considering rounding out my TFA collection by trying my hand at some customs for the missing characters, and I was hoping to run some ideas behind the fine crew of customizers around here and see how viable they are. AUTOTROOPER: Obviously, this would be based on the Cybertron Ratchet/Ironhide mold, but what would be a good base for the head? Should I modify another bot's existing head, or would scratch-build be more viable? (I am completely new to scratch-building, so I would probably have to commission the head.) FLAREUP: My initial thought was to utilize Arcee, but since Flareup is obviously based on the original Flareup, her motorcycle kibble makes that very difficult. Part of me wants to say that it can be done with a combination of Arcee and Prowl parts, but I'm hesitant. OIL SLICK: I love the figure, but I love his in-show paint job more. I'm willing to marry the two, since making the toy resemble his Cybertronian mode would be more work than my amateur skills can manage, but how can I get in and paint his head without destroying the bubble? CYCLONUS: Seen a few done based on Starscream, figured it couldn't hurt to give it a shot. Just looking for suggestions on how to rearrange the parts. STARSCREAM CLONES (Ramjet, Slipstream, Dirge, Thrust): All would be straight repaints of the Starscream mold, except Slipstream who would require a slight chin reduction and some other mods to the head. My question here is, which versions to use? I talked to someone who used Sunstorm to make Ramjet, due to the matching canopy color, but mentioned that repainting the creamcicle-orange to white was excruciating and still showed through in a few spots. Would it be wisest to mask off the canopy and just spray whichever one(s) with a white primer? Also, suggestions for the conehead helmets (and possibly Sunstorm's G1 Seeker helmet) are greatly appreciated. ELITA ONE: Another Arcee repaint idea, since Elita supposedly turned into a Cybertronian coupe. I know that she didn't have the over-the-shoulder kibble that Arcee has, but with the spider-claws on Blackarachnia, I figure there's some wiggle room. Like Autotrooper, my main concern is the head - can I modify it from Arcee or Blackarachnia, someone else, or would a scratch-built be the best option? S4 IRONHIDE: Yes, based off the unused Earth-mode concept art from the Allspark Almanac 2. What I'm wondering here, is could I get away with a more-or-less straight repaint of Sentinel Prime with an Ironhide head-swap? Or is the head too big for transformation to still be an option? Also, suggestions for his cannons would be good, too. Lastly, would Jazz work as a straight repaint into TFA versions of Ricochet and/or Jackpot? Thoughts? Thanks for your time!