Ok, so you want your G1 Ratchet/Ironhide toys to not suck. This is how you fix that (as seen here: http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/radicons-customs/271444-g1-ironhide-fixes-wip.html). Note: These are the Encore versions that I'm modding. It should all work fine on an original too, but I don't know that for sure. I'm going to do this in parts as I go along, doing each fix as a chapter. Some of the tools you will need: I also used sanding implements, a dremel (optional, but HIGHLY recommended), a wire cutter for the styrene, and some chrome foil. The styrene pictured is recommended, as it is the perfect width and thickness for nearly all of the project. Also, you'll need the add-on heads kit. Chapter 1: The waist piece This is fairly straightforward, we're building a removable piece that fills in that nasty hole in his crotch. The one I made here is slightly different than Ironhide's, but this one is more simple, sturdier and better IMO. First off, cut a piece of the styrene like this. Make sure it fits snugly all the way down to the chrome part and is flush with the red plastic sidebars. Now glue a strip of the same length across that one, and extend the grooves you cut into the first one part way down into it using your knife. You want this to still fit snugly and flush like the first piece did. Once you get the fit right, cut and glue a strip on top of it like so. It will be a tight fit (which is good), but you may have to carve slight notches so it fits into the chrome ring. Now it gets tricky - you want to create a circle of styrene that fits into the hole. Glue two strips together on their sides and cut them into a circle. This is where a dremel starts coming in very handy. Go slow and test fit as you go! Glue it all together. This is the completed piece, with one more extra strip added on top for looks. And the final shot. I chromed the last bit I added using some sticky chrome foil. It should fit tightly and not fall off, but still be removable. Feel free to add more parts and make it more complex if you like. Get creative! If you can handle making this, the rest will be easy. Next chapter, the shoulder mod.