The Alternate Modes Identification Reference Thread

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  1. Star Cracker

    Star Cracker Well-Known Member

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    Since I don't know if we ever had one (in which I'm sure we did, but God knows what happened to it), I've taken the liberty to start a new Alternate modes ID thread.

    The idea is to provide as much accurate information on each character's alt. mode as possible, specifying the year, manufacturer, and model whenever possible.

    I'll get the ball rolling:

    Generation One:
    Optimus Prime - White-Freightliner COE, circa 1980
    Jazz - 1976 Le Mans Martini Racer #4 Porsche 935 Turbo
    Bumblebee - 1970s Classic Volkswagen Beetle
    Windcharger - 1970s-1980s Pontiac Trans Am
    Ironhide - 1983 Nissan Onebox Vanette
    Ratchet - 1983 Nissan Onebox Vanette (Ambulance Variant)
    Warpath - Sheridan Tank
    Powerglide - A-10 Thunderbolt or "Warthog"
    Tracks - 1983 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
    Sideswipe - 1977 Lamborghini Countach LP500s
    Sunstreaker - 1977 Lamborghini Countach LP500s (Customized tuning)
    Cliffjumper - 1983 Porsche 924 Turbo
    Huffer - 1980s Cabover (GMC, Isuzu, Ford?)
    Gears -
    Brawn - Land Rover Defender
    Hound - Jeep M59
    Bluestreak - 1983 Datsun 280z
    Prowl - 1983 Datsun 280z (police variant)
    Smokescreen - Datsun ZX280 Turbo
    Wheeljack - Lancia Stratos Turbo
    Trailbreaker - Toyota 4WD Hilux
    Mirage - Citanes #26 JS 11 Ford F1 race car

    Megatron - Walther P-38 with U.N.C.L.E. accessories
    Starscream - F-15A Eagle
    Skywarp - F-15A Eagle
    Thundercracker - F-15A Eagle
    Blitzwing - MiG 25 Foxbat / T-72 Main Battle Tank
    Dirge - Experimental F-15 design
    Ramjet - Experimental F-15 design
    Thrust - Experimental F-15 design
    Soundwave - 1960s/1970s Micro-cassette Recorder (manufacturer possibly
    either Nippon or Aiwa, though may have been slightly redesigned to
    better accomodate the robot mode similar to how Warpath is slightly
    redesigned so the hatch that forms his head is centered as opposed to
    left-aligned as a true Sheridan Tank).


    If there are any discrepancies please feel free to offer corrections.

    Also, does anyone have a preference as to the cabover Huffer transforms into? I've googled, yahooed, etc, and cannot find an exact model of truck his alt. mode is based on. The door signifies either a GMC or Isuzu design, but I have not seen anything with huge smokestacks on the side (or smokestacks in general).

    One last thing. As this is a reference thread, I believe it should be stickied, just so there are no multiple threads on this. Thanks.
     
  2. mblase

    mblase Well-Known Member

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    Ever visit TFarchive?

    There was once a GeoCities page that hosted photos of the actual racecars that Mirage, Wheeljack, Smokescreen and others were modeled on, but I can't find it now.
     
  3. Razorclaw

    Razorclaw Are ya gonna draw pistols

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    Sheridan is an IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle), not a tank, as far as I know.
     
  4. destrongerlupus

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    I hope Hasbro reads this thread and REMEMBERS that Cliffjumper is a PORSCHE and not a red-version of whatever Bumblebee is at the moment...

    If he can't get his own mold, I'd really prefer he be a Jazz-of-the-month repaint rather than a BB repaint.

    OK, pet-peeve catharsis over.

    Nice to know Blitzy was a Foxbat, makes sense, I always just assumed he was a really awkward F15.

    D/L
     
  5. Star Cracker

    Star Cracker Well-Known Member

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    A better question is why the hell would Blitzwing reformat himself to be Soviet military vehicles when the Decepticons are based off the American West Coast? Especially during the 1980s?

    "heh heh, they won't fire at me because they won't know I'm a Decepticon". But they WILL fire at you if they assume you to be military hardware from a traditionally rogue state, you dumbass.

    No, I did not realize TFArchive had an alt modes list. Though seriously, what they have down for Huffer and Gears is pretty vague as it fails to mention vehicle mode manufacturer.
     
  6. D. Gydeon

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  7. weeklyhero

    weeklyhero Prototytan

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    I always though Cliffjumper was a Fiero...
     
  8. ckhtiger

    ckhtiger old skool fool

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    wait, whatever happened to nevermore's thread with pics of the original tfs and the cars they were modeled after in the same colors/viewing angles?
     
  9. Greyryder

    Greyryder Kitbashed

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    Depends on who you talk to. The Marines classify it as a light tank, but the Army doesn't. It carries the same gunlauncher as the M60A2 medium battle tank. (The M60 being a main battle tank, in its day.)

    I'd like to point out that Wheeljack is not a regular Lancia Stratos. He's a Lancia Stratos Turbo, which was the dedicated road racing version. I only point it out, because the two versions of the car look pretty different, and people calling Wheeljack a rally car (which the regular Stratos was) is a pet peeve of mine.
     
  10. Grimlocka go-go

    Grimlocka go-go Back from the Dead TFW2005 Supporter

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    nope but punch-counterpunch was.
     
  11. Maximo Prime

    Maximo Prime Bassist of Ill Repute

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    no, but Punch/Counterpunch pretty much was :) 
     

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