So, apparently Vangelus mentioned on WTF@TFW, the idea of using PRID Ratchet as a basis for some Autorooper soldiers... and then someone mentioned this idea to me... the result? The Ratchetrooper head mod!
This is a replacement face/head piece for Prime Ratchet. To install, you'll need a small screwdriver to remove the existing screw in the back of Ratchet's head. The two pieces that form the majority of his head will then easily come away from the transparent blue section that forms his neck and light-piping. Slot this on in their place and you're done! It doesn't screw on, but hopefully will be tight enough to stay on by friction alone. If not, you'll need a drop of glue =)
Yes, to get this head looking straight ahead, you need to angle the neck part forward quite a bit. This was necessary because of the length of the piece that forms the eyes on the original figure, I had to angle it down so that it didn't result in thin walls. There's also no light-piping on this figure, due to Ratchet having tiny eyes and the 'rooper having a rather large visor! =P
It was previously not possible to fully retract the head for vehicle mode, although it was close enough. However, this latest version features some minor adjustments that make a LOT of difference. If you trim about 2mm or so off the end of the original figure's eye section (basically the actual eyes themselves), this piece will slide on far enough to allow the head to fully retract when transformed, and also pop back up when returning to 'bot mode =D
Happy army building folks!
And coming soon... alternate 'deployed' hand weapons... and hand-held weapons too...