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Customs / Re: Nighthawk's modern updates on vintage Joe ARAH figures
« on: March 23, 2017, 12:57:50 PM »
Just finished up with Iceberg.

I managed to get some parts to update my Iceberg.  I gave him War Machine's head cause the skin tone is not as dark as the Star Wars head I previously used.  Now I can get rid of the neck scarf to cover the skin tone mismatch.  You can still see a slight mismatch if the flash is used, but in natural light, it's not really noticeable.  I wanted to use other legs, but don't have any to use, so I just changed his feet out with Frostbite's feet so they aren't so flat and skinny.

I really wanted to use this skirt piece as it flows perfectly with his jacket.  I used his vintage rifle in some pics and the wrapped one that came with the club one.  I like the vintage rifle, but it's kinda long, but just wanted to show him with it.

Without flash

Customs / Re: Nighthawk's modern updates on vintage Joe ARAH figures
« on: March 10, 2017, 01:32:36 PM »
I've had this Slipstream for a while and after seeing so many nice Slipstream customs that incorporate the hose attachments that the vintage one had, I decided to update mine.  Unfortunately, I couldn't add the holster to mine or else he wouldn't fit in the Conquest as I had modified it and gave it interior details.  To date, this Conquest is probably my favourite vehicle interior update.

I know the vintage one had the hose on his crotch area come from the left side, but since there was a pouch on the right side, I decided to make the hose come out of there instead.

Goggles are removable so I can have them up or down.

In the Conquest

Couple of interior shots

Customs / Re: Nighthawk's modern updates on vintage Joe ARAH figures
« on: March 10, 2017, 01:23:54 PM »
Rock Viper




Customs / Re: Nighthawk's modern updates on vintage Joe ARAH figures
« on: March 10, 2017, 01:20:35 PM »
Wow!  Haven't updated this in a while. 

Here's my Grid Iron I just finished. I used the 50th Duke as a base and basically added vintage stuff to it and some holsters for holding the pistol and football grenades.

The hardest part was finding a decently priced vintage Grid Iron.

Throwing the football grenade

Helmet off

Customs / Re: Project Flagg by Crimson Canuck
« on: March 10, 2017, 01:19:18 PM »
Wow!  I wish I had the time, skill and place to do something like this!

Customs / Re: Nighthawk's modern updates on vintage Joe ARAH figures
« on: October 27, 2015, 01:43:28 PM »
The Ninja Force SS was my all time favorite SS in terms of the look.  I just hated the spring loaded gimmick.  Even when I had it as a kid, I cut off the tabs and drilled a hole in his back so he can put on the vintage Storm Shadow backpack.

When Hasbro released the DG one, I was so happy in that it was a perfect base for the Ninja Force one.  I just wish they added some stuff to give him some gold paint apps and stuff.

I had originally worked on this but everything was just taped on.  Last night, I pulled him out to take some parts off for my 50th Storm Shadow mods and decided to actually complete this one.

Added some extra white paint spots
Glued on pad for him to put his ninja stars (which are removable)
Glued on grenade
Gave him backpack from the Retaliation 3 pack version

I wish I was able to give him the shoulder pad look, but this I think is a nice compromise.  I just wanted to get some gold in there.  Originally, I just used the black 25th Storm Shadow backpack cause it had a gold belt, but he just couldn't hold those swords.  Hope you like it.

So, before the Ninja Force Storm Shadow came out, this was my favorite version.  Namely because I couldn't get the 1984 one and I actually liked him as a Joe.

The only issues I had with him was that I never liked his red backpack and sword.  When I was able to, I put the 1984 backpack on my 1988 Storm Shadow.

This minor tweak is basically just that.  The waist belt was from AVACSlab.  The rope was from the 25th version of this Storm Shadow.  I also lowered his head a little.

Customs / Re: Crimson Canuck Customs
« on: September 30, 2015, 04:06:57 PM »
NF Sneak Peek

That's a killer NF Sneak Peek custom.


Blowtorch is my favorite Joe of all time.  No idea why, just really loved him as a kid.  However, the new Hasbro ones have their little shortcomings unfortunately.  I've finally finished everything I wanted to do with my Blowtorch now.  I used a 50th Blowtorch for this and I am considering whether I will give the upcoming green Blowtorch the same treatment.
Here's the list of mods:
Flamethrower stock is extendable/collapsible
Modified neck so he can look straight ahead
Swapped his lower legs so that his legs are the same length
Added holster to right thigh
Modified elbow area on both arms to enable two handed poses of holding his flamethrower and pistol.

Unfortunately, his helmet and gas mask connection point is still really hard to get to line up 100% but it's only really noticeable in pictures though.

Here's the pics:

Stock extended:

Stock retracted:

Unhelmeted shots:

Drawing pistol:

Customs / Re: Nighthawk's modern updates on vintage Joe ARAH figures
« on: March 31, 2015, 12:47:41 PM »
Lately, I've been really into making non-functional holsters functional.  Here's my next one: Recondo.

I also wanted him to have short sleeves like the vintage but didn't have good bare hands so I went with the gloves.

These pictures were right after I finished the custom and didn't realize how far to the side the holster was but here they are anyways.  This was why I had to retake some pictures (the ones above) after adjusting the holster position.

The only other thing I didn't like about Recondo was that he had no machete but since the vintage one didn't have it either, I didn't want to really add anything, but I may change my mind later and find a way to attach a machete sheath on him. For now, the solution is to pair him up with Pathfinder for all his missions. :)

Customs / Re: Nighthawk's modern updates on Spy Troops/VvV/DTC figures
« on: March 27, 2015, 12:38:33 PM »
I got this figure off another member on Hisstank a long time ago before I started painting.  Can't remember who the member was.  However, when I got the figure he broke apart.  I never really found the right glue to fix it until today when I found out we have this crazy strong glue at work.  Anyways, I think I will start doing more customs where I have to crack a torso. 

Anyways, with Cannonball, like I said, I got it off another forum member.  Originally, I didn't like how the head sat so I modified the head a bit more to get it to sit the way I like it.  If you remember trading this to me, add to this thread so you can get the credit due for this awesome custom.

Customs / Re: Nighthawk's modern updates on Spy Troops/VvV/DTC figures
« on: March 12, 2015, 12:37:03 PM »
When I got this figure, the one thing I hated was the Hawk holster.  First off, it's pointless trying to conceal a holster if the strap goes across his chest.  Second, it was not functional.  Originally, I just gave him ROC Hawk's shoulder holster so it's hidden.  I finally decided to take the plunge and modify the holster so it's functional.

Some action shots:

Reaching for his Glock

Ready for action:

The pistol is not totally hidden, but you can imagine it could be in real life.

Now he can use his shotgun and still have his Glock on him.

Without his jacket:

He can fit his revolver in this holster as well:

Customs / Re: Nighthawk's modern updates on vintage Joe ARAH figures
« on: January 26, 2015, 02:14:48 PM »
Here's my latest.  I managed to get the vintage TF Skystriker helmet and updated him.  What do you think?

In the Tiger Rat cockpit:

This is what I wish Hasbro had released when they released the 25th Anniversary Tiger Rat:

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