This is my first custom vehicle of any signifcance.
I started with an Iron Man Firestrike Assault Jet from Avengers
The first step is pretty basic: Just paint the wings, most of these come unattached. The rear and forward airfoil can be removed pretty easily by using a small phillips screwdriver to separate the top and bottom of the toy's chassis.
In order to pay better homage to the skyhawk I needed helicopter skies. The cheapest I could get was a set from an original Cobra Fang helicopter.
The rear stabilizing wings also serve as landing gear. With the skids this becomes unnecessary so I flipped them, painted some additional detail, and used a dremel and exacto knife to cut out the area between the spring-looking things and what used to be landing skids.
I took 2 .30 cal machine guns (that usually come with Roadblock). I cut off the handle on the back and using a 1/16" dremel attachment I cut 2 small holes in the bottom of the craft under the pilot's feet. I used the pegs already on the guns so they still swivle and can be removed if necessary.
The landing skids are currently only super glued on there. I was thinking of securing them better with green stuff or something.
The other option I was thinking was removing the sculpted wheel on the retrctable landing gear and using that as a bomb bay and putting a small bomb in there.
So here are some photos for your enjoyment!