Can I tell you how much of a bugger it is trying to find a small plastic jeep?|
I searched all over the New York area for a plastic jeep that I could convert into Hound's chest. How hard could it be? I mean, toy cars are all over the place, right? Plus, you can walk into practically any store and find cheap bags of plastic army men with accessories.
What I found was that all the Matchbox-sized jeeps (perfect for Action Master work) had die-cast bodies. Can't exactly cut them with an Exacto-knife. I also discovered that those multitudes of army men included everything under the sun — planes, tanks, landing craft, flags, hills, etc. — but no jeeps! Doesn't the military use jeeps anymore?
Then I remembered that no, they probably use Hummers now.
Discouraged but not defeated, I started to hit model shops thinking that I find something usable there. I settled on a 1/72-scale jeep, not perfect by any stretch as you can see. I grafted the front hood onto Kick-Off's chest and used Rollout's arms. The head was a pretty exciting find, though. It's Starscream's noggin with the side panels filled in.
I'll be keeping an eye out for any plastic jeeps that might better suit Hound's chest and if I find one, I'll update his mold. For now, check out which colors I used on Hound:
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