Autobot Tracks

Read the comic featuring Tracks: "Transformers 2 Auditions"

Anyone remember the blue Corvette with the flaming Autobot faction symbol on his hood from Generation 1 Transformers? His name is Tracks and I'll never forget when I got him back when I was a kid. I played that guy to death, his doors came off and he lost an arm and wing. And it's not that I mistreated him either, I tried to take care of him, but he saw a lot of action.

Anyways, he was one of the first that came to mind when I considered what Gen 1 'bots to do in the movie style. I opted to kitbash a Concept Camaro Bumblebee with about 3 different Gundam kits and came out with my version of movie Tracks. His gun is made from scratch and features removable fire molding. He is still fully transformable and posable. His wings and shoulder missiles are removable for car mode. His base is made to look like a stretch of road with a textured surface. But the most proud feature I made for him is probably the custom created decal of his flame emblem using the movie style Autobot faction symbol.

I took him with me to Megacon in March of 2008 to enter him into the model / custom figure contest. Proudly, he won 2nd place in the Mecha category, earning me a sweet new Gundam kit for my next figure. And he wasn't even 100% complete as I hadn't had time to create his hood decal at that point. When I got him home I finished him off with the decal and some new detailing.

Next, he was seen on display on our first table at the Superman Celebration in Metropolis, IL in June of 2008. He got more attention than my custom Venom, Hulk, and Nerf guns.

And finally he was on display at the Tampa Bay Ghostbuster table at Tampa Comic Con in August 2008, drawing the attention of nearly everyone who passed by.

I hate to sound like I'm boasting, but I am extremely proud of this custom. By far my favorite so far. If nothing else he has inspired me to create more kitbashed Gen 1 characters in the movie style. But until then, Tracks is in a class by himself.

Paints used:
- Testors Model Master Acryl Flat Black
- Testors Model Master Acryl White
- Gamesworkshop Citadel Enchanted Blue
- Gamesworkshop Citadel Mithril Silver
- DecoColor Paint Pen Silver
- DecoColor Paint Pen Copper

First a basecoat of Black to his robot parts while his car parts got a treatment of beautiful Enchanted Blue. His wings, missiles, head, feet, and paneling were all painted White. The Silver and Copper paint pens were used for detailing. I opted not to do any real weathering this time, going for that "clean" look. As mentioned, a custom decal was created for his hood, as well as a license plate decal for the rear of the car. The entire assembly was airbrushed several layers of Future Floor Polish as a sealer, giving him not quite a gloss look but more satin than anything. Finally, his base was created by spraying down Plasti-Kote Stone Touch, covering it with Black, then some drybrushing of Gray for detail with White striping. Whew.

A scan of the award he won at Megacon in March 2008

Tracks on display at Megacon March 2008

Me, crusader_x, accepting my award with my patented smirk of confidence
Why am I wearing Decepticon while holding an Autobot? Don't ask...

Reference pictures (not mine, found online):
Original character box art

Original Gen 1 toy

Original Gen 1 car mode