Thursday, 1 March 2018

Project No Joe Day 11: Bronze Bombers

''Fearlessly, the mighty U.S. 369th Infantry led the nation's greatest Black Army into battle. They fought in WWI and WWII and they never lost. There have been no warriors their equal until today! Today, we have the Bronze Bombers™! Today they defend the country against P.S.B. enemy squad. These highly skilled combatants stand for justice and they never lose!" – From 1988 card back

The Bronze Bombers was a short-lived toy line produced by Olmec. Two "waves" were produced. The first one, released in 1988, consisted of a dozen different figures and 2 small vehicles. The figures had similar molds to Galoob's A-Team figures from the early '80s and were of lesser quality. In 1997, Olmec acquired several GI Joe molds from Hasbro and produced a 12 figure boxset consisting of recolored vehicle drivers like Motor-Viper, Skidmark, Darklon and Strato-Viper. A year later, Olmec filled for bankrupcy and Bronze Bombers line disappeared.

Bronze Bombers Backdraft by DanoftheDead

A pretty simple custom, I went with a sprayed red base coat but got my brands mixed up and the base coat was thicker and tackier than what I usually use. Tried to cover it up with some Krylon, which mostly worked, but would have been happier if I just did it right the first time. Did some minor adjustments to the placement of his colors but managed to convince myself to stick with the original Christmas color scheme, though I was tempted to leave off that bright green.

Air-Viper v5 - Figure
Star Wars: The Force Awakens FlameTrooper - Backpack and Flamethrower

Bronze Bombers Krunch by Oreobuilder

Krunch was one of the Bronze Bombers that I looked at making for PHX Customs’ Retro Toy Chest in 2017. I settled on different figures for the project, but kept all the other Bronze Bombers in mind for future customs. Since I had all the parts I needed in my fodder bins, I assembled him anyway and put him aside until I had some spare time to get him painted.

Head: Star Wars
Torso, arms: 30th Stalker
Vest: RoC Pit Commando
Legs: RoC Snake Eyes

Bronze Bombers Suppressor X by Oreobuilder

Suppressor X was a one-day custom. I tried to build him with only black parts so I only had the tan details and the bronze highlights (that are a common feature on all my Bronze Bombers) left to do.

Head: Marauder MTF
Torso, upper arms, lower legs: RoC Neo Viper
Lower arms: RoC Snake Eyes
Upper legs: RoC Ripcord

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