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Customs / 50th Anniversary updates by Nighthawk
« on: November 06, 2014, 03:51:11 PM »
I really like the new Lady Jaye but I wish they gave her a holster and no hat.  I also took the idea from the G.I.Joe Battleground card art for Lady Jaye and modified her javelin thrower so that it had removable javelins.

For Flint, I painted his leg straps, gave him the wrist mounted shotgun shells, switched his head and modified his webgear and a 25th Recondo backpack so that it would fit on him.




Lady Jaye






Throwing her javelin:





Her javelin thrower:


Flint:




One of my easiest ones.  When I got the DATD set, I knew I didn't need 2 Flints and since the SDCC one was my default Flint, then this one was extra.  I put a Sgt. Stone head on and the vest and just like that, I have an updated Sgt. Stone.





Beachhead.  Here's a list of everything I did:

1. Cut backpack peg shorter by a little so that the backpack peg doesn't bottom out when putting it in his back.  Now the backpack is a lot more secure.  Used the rubber bands to hold it more securely to backpack

2. Gave him the ROC Target Rescue pack Snake Eyes' belt

3. Gave him a magazine for his pouch and gave him his vintage style rifle (I know, it looks dated, but wanted to be as close to the vintage one as I could)

4. Gave him Cobra Trooper's black kneepads

5. Gave him extra pistol and silencer from Cobra Trooper












One of the things I loved about the vintage Heat Viper was how all the parts connected to him.  I decided that I liked that feature enough that I was gonna mod my 50th one.  Found a peg, drilled a hole and put it in his head.  Now his bazooka hose plugs into the side of his head.  I didn't bother painting the peg cause I will be posing him with the hose on his head anyways.

Also added a black hose that goes from bazooka to backpack.  Didn't bother to modify his webgear cause it wouldn't make sense for the hose to go there I think.










As mentioned, I didn't bother painting the peg as I will not display him with the hose unattached.  If I painted it, the paint would just rub off anyways.



I know we're sick of Blowtorch's.  He's one of my favourite Joes but I just hate how the modern one can't hold his weapon.  I did it once with the POC one but from that knowledge, I figured out the proper places to cut his arm so that it can bend more where it is needed without ruining the look too much.

Again, modified the stock so it can retract to help him hold the flamethrower.  Because of where I cut the arm, I was able to use his actual hands without switching to Snow Job hands, which is what I did on a previous one. 

He's a figure I thought was totally unneccesary but I do like his darker red better on this one so he's now my default one. 








Stock retracted:


Stock extended:


Shows how he looks after I cut the material away on his upper arms.


Just minor changes, but I really like this Blowtorch now.  I don't know why, but I really liked the 50th star logo too.

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Customs / Retalliation Slaughter
« on: June 03, 2013, 12:16:09 PM »
Here's my updated Slaughter.  He's my Retalliation Slaughter.  I messed up the tattoo removal from the Roadblock arm so I just used the Benchpress ones.  They needed some modding but I like how nicely the skin tone matches the head.  I tried using Roadblock's ball jointed hands, but they didn't look right so I left it as is.  The only thing I still might do is remove the white on the vest, but for now, I'll leave it as is.  What do you think?










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Customs / POC HISS Scout upgrade
« on: March 27, 2013, 12:28:45 PM »
So, I actually really like the HISS Scout.  The only thing I didn't like was that it looked incomplete.  Originally, I just threw an ASP canopy on it to make it look more complete, but it was not connected.  Saw the Batpod for $6 the other day so I picked it up thinking I can do something with the cover to mount it onto the HISS Scout.  Ended up only using the metal bar on the hinge.  Basically drilled a hole in the side beside the headrest and shoved the rod through and drilled holes in the ASP canopy hinge part and put it over the rod.

The other thing I didn't like about the HISS Scout is there is a gunner's platform but no handles on the gun.  Using parts from the spring loaded weapon from ROC Eel, I made a handle for the gunner to hold the gun.

What do you think?









Closeup of the hinge mod






Closeup of the gun mod



More random shots.





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For Sale or Trade / Nighthawk's B/S/T
« on: October 24, 2012, 04:08:11 PM »
Have RENEGADES Storm Shadow on card.
I want to trade it for some of the following:
The new TRU exclusive Speeder Bike with Scout Trooper
Oh, would also trade for a club Quarrel, but not sure if anyone would take me up on that...haha
Here's some pics of the Storm Shadow and showing close up of the blemishes on the card





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Wanted:
DTC RHINO machine gun (bottom one shown here):
2011 Convention set from someone getting a 2nd set as I don't need box. I only need Python Tele Viper, Sparta, and the Cobra De Aco.
Also need the Relampago and Gathilo (the Python 2 pack) and the TeleViper Officer or just his backpack
2012 Convention set from someone getting a 2nd set as I don't need box or the IG. I'm just looking for the Oktober Guard figures and Voltar, so if there's any army builders there that are willing to help out a poor chap here, please let me know.
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Here are my FS/FT items:

Non Joe:
Avatar mech - the first version one with the gun

SDCC:
2008 Cobra Commander with podium (black version) MOSC

ROC:
Various ROC figure parts and gear, just message me what you want.

POC:
Black Dragon VTOL - no figure

25th:
various 25 anniversary body parts and gear, just message me what you want.
first 5 pack Storm Shadow - no gear

Comic and multipack pack items:
CP Wild Bill - no hands and holsters

3rd Cobra 5 pack:
Cobra Commander

Here is a picture of my parts. Not everything is for sale or trade though as some of it is for my complete figures that I just have in there.
Here is my latest pictures of just my body parts fodder:
Only the Snake Eyes is for trade

Roadblock, ROC Flash, Copperhead, White Out and Hard Master bodies are gone.









These pics are older and some of the stuff is traded. No pilot helmets are available for trade.










Also have these Star Wars for trade:
Star Wars:

VC85 Quinlan Vos:

the orange astromech dome:

ROTS #59 Commander Gree, missing antenna:


30th #08-04 Kashyyyk Trooper (have multiples, but only one has BAD part)

VC Revenge card Boba Fett



Here's my wants:

Spy Troops/VvV/DTC items:
NF Crosshair - YOJOE.COM | Cross Hair - I only need his hat, webgear, belt and rifle
Guillotine - head and accessories YOJOE.COM | Guillotine
2003 Switch Gears - just need his head - YOJOE.COM | Switch Gears
Salvo - head YOJOE.COM | Salvo

ROC and POC:
Aero Viper
Star Viper
Storm Rider
Sgt Stone - head (red beret version)
Resolute Destro - don't need his gear, just the figure with his pistols
Nitro Viper - visor

Dollar General:
Cobra Commander
Cobra Officer

25th anniversary items:
Python Crimson Guard - head, backpack and rifle
Blue HISS Driver lower legs or someone with silver lower legs
Iron Grenadier - bandolier

vintage Toolbooth hammer
Vintage Budo - helmet and sai and Funskool sword
Vintage Zandar - gun and backpack
Vintage Zarana - backpack

Convention items:
Blades
2011 Convention items:
Sparta
Cobra De Aco
Leatherneck
Relampago and Gathilo 2 pack
Python TeleViper Officer
2012 Convention Items:
Oktober Guard figures
Voltar
Darklon

SDCC:
2009 business suit Destro
2012 Destro complete figure but don't need suitcase, money, or Soundwave and his tapes



I'm looking for help to get the following GIJCC FSS figures:
Quarrel
Cover Girl
Topside
Big Boa
Dice
Grunt
TNT
13th figure

Star Wars:
Governor Tarkin's head and hands Rebelscum.com: Tarkin
Commander Vill from Order 66 sets

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Reviews Section / Retalliation Ninja Speed Cycle
« on: August 22, 2012, 03:19:38 PM »
Well, I don't expect anyone to be too interested but here's my review on just the bike.

Honestly, I think it's a nice bike cause I like bikes.  What kills it though is the figure and price point.  I can't review the Snake Eyes cause I traded it away.  The only reason I have this was thanks to the generosity of SnowSerpent11 who basically gave this to me for free.

I wish it wasn't emblazoned with the Arashikage logos but for a display piece on my desk at work, I think it's quite decent.  However, I removed the swords and unfortunately don't have a picture of them.  However, the part that holds the swords works nicely as hand guards which is why I left them on.

The other negative I can say is the size.  I think it's a little oversized and most normal Joe figures won't really fit on this bike.  As you can see in the pictures below, the Scout Trooper barely just fits.  Someone like Roadblock might fit cause he's bigger.

Cycle stands on it's own very well as the rear tire is really wide.  This is for the pull back action feature, which is well hidden and works quite nicely.

The missile launcher button is quite nicely hidden as well as it's the black button behind the seat.

Here's some pics.  I think the color scheme is perfect for the Scout Trooper I used on it though.















Without the rider:




Close up of how the leg can fit:


Here's Jango Fett standing beside the bike so you can see how the size is compared to a figure standing beside it:

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Customs / Updated Conquest X-30
« on: July 31, 2012, 12:23:09 PM »
One of my favorite planes as a kid since I never had the Skystriker.  I liked the size of this a lot better.  There were only two things I didn't like about it, the yellow engines and missiles and the cockpit.  When I saw the 30th Skystriker, I immediately knew I wanted a second cockpit for the Conquest.

Well, I didn't switch out the yellow cause it's hard getting a hold of the 1998 Conquest parts.  However, thanks to Target's $10 Skystriker blowout, I was able to get a second Skystriker for the sole purpose of using the cockpit.

I used the front portion of the cockpit and the control sticks to dress up my Conquest interior.  The leg area is tight so someone like the 30th Ace will not fit cause of his ankle holster.  All the cuts are hidden so it looks like something from the factory and based on how I did it, it is something that would have been very easy for Hasbro to do, if they had made the Skystriker before the Conquest I guess.




















With the 2-seater Skystriker in the background:



Getting ready for takeoff:



Cool thing is I can do inverted flight and he'll stay in place:

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Customs / HISS Scout update and Desert Rockslide sticker update
« on: July 23, 2012, 01:56:17 PM »
I really like this little vehicle.  However, I just found it to look incomplete.  I finally finished this custom that I started over a year ago when these first showed up in Canada.  I'm really happy with it as I felt it was missing a canopy.  I got this idea after seeing the Retalliation repaint of this.














This isn't really a custom, but I had to take it apart to do this so it's not as simple as sticking stickers I guess...haha. 

What I didn't like about this vehicle was how the teeth stickers were meant to be put on behind the guns.

I took it apart and put it right with the guns just like in the box art.  Those guns were a pain to remove though.

What do you think of this sticker placement for the teeth?  The driver is my custom Felino (TF Dusty but in his desert gear)







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For Sale or Trade / Nighthawk's B/S/T
« on: July 06, 2012, 08:03:18 PM »
Wanted:

DTC RHINO machine gun (bottom one shown here):

2011 Convention set from someone getting a 2nd set as I don't need box.  I only need Python Tele Viper, Sparta, and the Cobra De Aco.

Also need the Relampago and Gathilo (the Python 2 pack) and the TeleViper Officer or just his backpack

2012 Convention set from someone getting a 2nd set as I don't need box or the IG.  I'm just looking for the Oktober Guard figures and Voltar, so if there's any army builders there that are willing to help out a poor chap here, please let me know.


Here are my FS/FT items:

Non Joe:
Avatar mech - the first version one with the gun

ROC:
Various ROC figure parts and gear, just message me what you want.

25th:
Cobra Trooper - MOC (1 is black mask red sigil)
Snake Eyes V34 - MOC http://www.yojoe.com/action/08/snakeeyes34.shtml
various 25 anniversary body parts and gear, just message me what you want.
first 5 pack Storm Shadow -  no gear

Comic and multipack pack items:
CP Wild Bill - no hands and holsters

3rd Cobra 5 pack:
Cobra Commander

Star Wars:
Vwing pilot - the black EpIII pilot that came with the Evolutions set

Here is a picture of my parts.  Not everything is for sale or trade though as some of it is for my complete figures that I just have in there.

Here is my latest pictures of just my body parts fodder:
Only the Snake Eyes and Grand Slam are for trade


Roadblock, ROC Flash, Copperhead, White Out and Hard Master bodies are gone.











These pics are older and some of the stuff is traded. No pilot helmets are available for trade.











Also have these Star Wars for trade:

Star Wars:
Vwing pilot - the black EpIII pilot that came with the Evolutions set
mini Y-Wing




Legacy Collection Speeder Bike from the TRU exclusive set
The Clone Commanders (green, yellow, and red) are available as well


The two figures shown below:


The following are loose:
ROTS #41 Clone Trooper (Super Articulated)
http://www.rebelscum.com/ROTS0541clone.asp
ROTS #59 Commander Gree
http://www.rebelscum.com/ROTS0559gree.asp
Saga #64 Commander Appo
http://www.rebelscum.com/TSC064appo.asp
30th #08-04 Kashyyyk Trooper
http://www.rebelscum.com/TAC0804kashyyyk.asp

Here's my wants:
Spy Troops/VvV/DTC items:
NF Crosshair - YOJOE.COM | Cross Hair - I only need his hat, webgear, belt and rifle
Guillotine - head and accessories YOJOE.COM | Guillotine
2003 Switch Gears - just need his head - YOJOE.COM | Switch Gears
Salvo - head YOJOE.COM | Salvo

ROC and POC:
Aero Viper
Star Viper
Storm Rider
Renegades Storm Shadow backpack, swords and black belt
Sgt Stone - head (red beret version)
Resolute Destro - don't need his gear, just the figure with his pistols

Dollar General:
Cobra Commander
Cobra Officer

Marauders:
Lowlight - don't need head or accessories.  Vest would be nice
Mercer - legs

25th anniversary items:
Arctic Snake Eyes - brown gloved hands (or White Out's hands)
Python Crimson Guard - head, backpack and rifle
Blue HISS Driver lower legs or someone with silver lower legs
Iron Grenadier - bandolier

vintage ASP Canopy/cage *priority*
vintage Toolbooth hammer
Vintage Budo - helmet and all his swords
Vintage Zandar - gun and backpack
Vintage Zarana - backpack
vintage Fast Draw - backpack, rockets, handles
Vintage Recoil - backpack and case
Vintage Pathfinder V2 - his accessories (the one that came with the Vamp)

Convention items:
Blades
2011 Convention items:
Sparta
Cobra De Aco
Relampago and Gathilo 2 pack
Python TeleViper Officer

2012 Convention Items:
Oktober Guard figures
Voltar
Darklon


I'm looking for help to get the following GIJCC FSS figures:
Quarrel
Cover Girl
Jinx (or SDCC red Jinx)
Topside
Grunt
Big Boa
Dice
TNT
13th figure


Star Wars:
Governor Tarkin's head and hands Rebelscum.com: Tarkin

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Customs / Retalliation HISS Upgrade
« on: July 03, 2012, 12:05:47 PM »
I managed to pick up an extra HISS V at Tuesday Mornings for cheap and with some other parts, I updated my Retalliation HISS.

Sorry about the crappy pictures as I don't have my good camera today.  I'll reshoot and post more pics later when I have that camera including a side by side with my black HISS V.

I added the red HISS V tracks to the brown V5 lower half and modded the upper half to fit.
Additionally, I added the chin gun from a red HISS V to the rear so it has some rear protection/firepower and I added the rear cage onto the Retalliation one as well.
Lastly, I modded a V5 interior into the Retalliation one. Hope you guys like it.

I forgot the side guns in the first few pics:
Raised:


Lowered:


With the side guns now:



Cage and gun added to rear:



Cockpit:

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Customs / Joe Desert squad
« on: March 06, 2012, 12:27:06 PM »
Here's my new desert squad.  They are going to be used for my AWE Striker diorama (the one that came with Night Fox).

AWE Striker driver - don't have a name for him and don't really care as he's just gonna sit in the AWE Striker.




Night Fox
Just put ROC Duke head on him.  Didn't like the masked head it originally came with.



Sandstorm
Using ROC Duke and POC Zartan




Felino
He's TF Dusty in South America but I liked him being a desert trooper to go with Dusty.  My only regret with this custom is that I traded away 25th Dusty's backpack last week and now I regret it as it would be good on this figure. :(






Group shot:

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For Sale or Trade / Nighthawk's wants and haves
« on: February 09, 2012, 06:22:21 PM »
Hi,

I have Renegades Law and Sci Fi.  Looking for Renegades Storm Shadow.

Also have the 25th single pack Cobra Trooper with red sigil and black mask MOC and Marauders Spirit, Lowlight, BBQ and Grand Slam (pictured below).

Also have these Star Wars for trade:
Scout vehicle


mini Y-Wing


Boba Fett - missing alternate head and flame attachment.


Additional wants:
vintage Stretcher's gear or even the Sgt Lifeline version of his gear. YOJOE.COM | Sgt. Lifeline or Sideswipe's gear YOJOE.COM | Sideswipe
Governor Tarkin's head and hands Rebelscum.com: Tarkin
SRO Destro (purple trim) YOJOE.COM | Destro
Cobra C.L.A.W.S. - just need his head YOJOE.COM | CLAWS  Any version is ok except for V3 and V6
Cannonball - head YOJOE.COM | Cannonball
Greatest Battles Duke - don't need head or accessories, although the vest would be nice YOJOE.COM | Duke

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Customs / Nighthawk's modern updates on vintage Joe ARAH figures
« on: January 17, 2012, 01:13:07 PM »
Here's my thread for my updates on vintage characters on the Joe side:

Sgt. Slaughter:


Rapid Fire:
When I hear Rapid Fire, first thing to come to mind is that green monstrosity that Hasbro gave us with the VHS tape.  Well, this one is actually based on the 12" version.  YOJOE.COM | Rapid-Fire 
The grey helmet that came with Rollbar went to Sneak Peek so I gave him a protec helmet.








Sneak Peek:







His tower can connect to his backpack







Blizzard:






Leatherneck:





Duke:
I never thought I'd ever do a Duke custom...other than this minor tweak to fix his arms:


However, he's kind of outdated when you compare him to the new POC stuff.  The new POC Hawk did not scream Hawk to me.  I decided to use that as a base to make a more battle ready Duke and the POC Duke head was such a nice sculpt, I felt I had to use it somewhere.  Unfortunately, the skin tone was off from the 25th one so I give you my new battlefield Duke:












Long Arm:








Too bad I don't have a bomb for him to look over, but at least this shows that he can be posed on his knees looking over a bomb.


Ripcord:





Freefall:







Charbroil:







Slipstream:





This picture is an old one just to show how he looks without his helmet.


Iceberg:








Frostbite:



Sub Zero:


Mainframe:





Some more detailed pictures showing the backpack/walkie talkie mod. 





Here's another picture of the backpack.  Not the best quality picture, but gives an idea of what was done.  I cut a groove in the back frame part around the peg so it fits the contours of his webgear.




BBQ:

I modified the left leg so he can holster his nozzle. 

Side view of BBQ:


Close up of the holster.  I cut a bit too much on the bottom and now you can see the stress marks :(


Helmetless view:






Ambush:







Salvo:






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