X-Brawn (Wildride)

Transformers Robots in Disguise X-Brawn
Transformers 2000 Wild Ride rear

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After years of Transformers turning into various critters, Hasbro/Takara finally went back to the old school of cars that turn into robots. It's not that I dislike Beast Wars/Beast Machines, but I've always preferred the car/robot theme. X-Brawn is the first model from Robots in Disguise that I completed.

Starting with Maisto's ML320, I disassembled the SUV, removed the Mercedes-Benz logo from the rear doors, and cut off the trailer hitch. The model was already painted silver, so I created the silver/teal fade by simply spraying CheZoom Teal from almost directly behind the car without using a mask. I also used CheZoom Teal to paint the rocker panels, bumpers, and scratchbuilt spare tire cover. In addition to the spare tire cover, the front grill guard, side rails, and tire carrier were all scratchbuilt from sheet styrene and parts-bin plastic pieces. I downplayed the off-road accessories on this model and made it look a little more street-friendly intentionally, because I wanted to have it look different from the "power-up" version of X-Brawn.


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