I like the idea of the translucent concept. It's funny, but even though I can fully see windowless, armored cockpits in Zoids, I still have a place in my heart for the "clear glass" that shows the pilot. ^_^
I've been working on something that I'm finally willing to share - not the Guy-Ricky, but a completely scratch-built small-bird-type Zoid! The Bird is the word! I want to paint it this weekend. I used the chest, inner foot frame and inner arm frame, plus the hip guns of a RG Freedom GUNDAM, a Nightwise (face, wings, and chest armor), a Frame Arms Hresvelgar (body, arms and torso), a decent number of MSG Joint sets, a Cannon Spider's leg armor, an Epyon action figure's heat lance shield, multiple sets of detail-up parts from Anubis and Apex/USAGS, and some good old scratch-build stuff.
I've still got to figure out the cockpit - I have a clear piece that I'm shaping to fit in that gap in the forehead, and a scratch-built cockpit chair for the pilot. I'll put the orange Nightwise eyes in there once I've painted him. I also have plans to make the cockpit retractable, like a fighter jet, but the first attempt I made kind of failed and I'm stumped on how to do it. I may just use some sticky stuff to stick it on there .
For weapons, we've got the small machine gun up-front, under the chin - the gun can move up and down, side to side, and covers about 130 degrees right to left. Out back, we have two beam lances that double as thrusters and air brakes, but can point forward and shoot sustained (with high recharge time) beams of heat that can disable incoming missiles and other aerial zoids. I imagine this bird being the workhorse of a minor kingdom's airforce; small and portable, easy to store, easy to refuel, easy to repair, not super fast but fairly agile.
The colors I picked up for it will make it look more like a bird of paradise or a tropic hummingbird, but I figured that's why it's just a generic small bird type! It can fit any niche.
Using acrylics for the first time on this one with very little time to get into the shop, there is a much longer spray to cure delay. That, and I built myself into a corner, so it isn't exactly a normal painting experience from that aspect either. I'll get there, though!
I have made some decent progress on the swallow-tail backpack piece.
Here, you can see the joints I added to make the swallow tail pieces swivel. I went in with putty and smoothed over the surface of these after these pictures were taken.
Inside the tail, I'll add big, honking thrusters. This piece will serve as two of the 8 big thrusters pointed backwards on the body of my Gairyuki.
Here, the tails are flared outwards. they can rotate, point straight up or straight out, and serve as both expanding thruster bells, or as huge air brakes should the Gairyuki need to come to a quick stop.
The latest picture I've taken of the Gairyuki. I've also been working on chopping the BFury thruster casings, to turn into something that will hold a few tanks and flexible arm pieces. I did some work on the front vest armor as well, mostly just adding asymmetrical detailing. You'll also notice that I added the horns that are normally placed at the top of the Gairyuki's head crown. They can be removed, and click into place on the head crown shield thing that the Fury normally has.