call me a nitpicker but that isn`t a vanette
This is a prototype. I used a more common VW van kit because I have only found one Vanette 1/24 scale kit and it cost me BOOKOO DINERO. So rather than screw it up figuring out how to make this TF the best it can be, I just decided to do multiple versions that may not be as G1 accurate until I got the desired effect.
It's also interesting to note that the vanette kit is considerable smaller than the VW van. So I think the Skids arms will look more proportioned on that. Even so I'm thinking about ways to bulk them up without affecting their articulation/transformability
I probably would have attached the arms to the front doors and created a hinge mechanism from there. (If that were even possible--you may have discovered there was no chance of stability doing it that way)
I'm working on another way to move the arms forward (been trying to make a stable mechanism that for some time). It's just a matter of crafting the right type of swiveling hinge that maintains a tight enough joint to stay in place. None of these van kits have opening front doors. I actually think it makes them more G1 accurate so the hinges I use will have to rest over the existing front doors and still be stable. We'll see...
As for the MP status...didn't have G-1 Ironhide have a yellow stripe on his side?
Yes he did, it was actually GOLD on the real vanette. I used waterslide decals so the color got lost since my printer doesnt do metallic colors. I could have made a yellow stripe over the decal but didn't think it made a huge difference at this point. There actually is a yellowish color on the stripe but it's hardly visible due to the transparent decal film
Anyway, thanks for the great comments and feedback everyone. I'll post pics of some of the other protos I made using Gundam parts soon.