Saturday, March 6, 2010

Pyro-Viper (Cobra Flamethrower Trooper)

This was essentially a project inspired by my desire to grow my Cobra ranks and use up surplus parts I had lying around. I'm not sure if Cobra ever had a flamethrower specialist before, but I figured since I had the Charbroil parts left over from my H.E.A.T. Viper figure, I might as well give them one!

Parts: Head (25th Anniversary Comic Pack Hawk), Helmet (RoC Pit Commando), Body (25th Anniversary Cobra Bazooka Trooper), Flamethrower, fuel tanks, torso armor and waist armor (RoC Charbroil).

Supplies: RIT fabric dye, paintbrushes, Testors paints, Testors Dull-Cote.

Reference: None.

I had a group of three Cobra Bazooka Troopers that I got in a trade, all of them without heads and webgear. So I decided to try dyeing them a darker blue to match the rest of the Cobra blueshirt forces. The torsos turned out really well, but the arms (being of softer, more absorbant plastic) turned very, very dark blue. So they sat for a while... until I decided to use them anyway and explain away the darker uniform sleeves as being some type of elite troopers. As I had stated earlier, I had all of the flamethrower equipment and the Pit Commando (Steel Brigade) helmet in my parts box, so I put them to good use. I went with a red and blue color scheme and then applied a light coating of Testors Dull-Cote to seal the paint.

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