This custom is a commission piece from a very great client of mine. The request was to make a “Nemesis” version of Sideswipe to match my commissioner’s Nemesis Prime (MP-10B). So level of detailing was kept somewhat low to maintain the factory paint scheme.
Sideswipe’s base is actually the Knock Off (KO) version of the MP-12. A lot of people say the KO versions are not that bad. Well… from this experience, the KO version’s paint easily chips, as in it can be scratched off with a fingernail. So I wouldn’t recommend getting one unless you plan to repaint the figure.
Having the original KO paint job chip did make it a lot easier to strip the paint.