Recently, renowned Captain Action fan, collector and customizer, Gary Stair (profiled HERE), sent in some new photos to The Joe Report revealing his latest exotic, 1:6 scale creation—a VTOL version of the Desimone repro Panther Jet. Once again, Stair has demonstrated an amazing flair for creating new vehicles and aircraft.
The Panther Jet has always been underscale for GIjOE, but its smaller size seems quite appropriate for Captain Action’s youthful sidekick, “Kid Action.” The addition of a VTOL system, ejector seat and canopy support are just a few of the creative improvements made to Desimone’s basic jet. Stair provided this additional intel on his latest creation…
“Since Captain Action had all the great outfits and now some cool custom vehicles (see March 8th entry), it was time to give Kid Action a few vehicles of his own.
I started with the Cotswold Panther Jet and gave it some special modifications: An extra coat of flat metallic black paint, extended the cockpit, added a couple gold-tipped laser sighting wing guns, cockpit access steps and extra cargo holds for supplies and rescue items. In addition, to help Kid Action land and take off in smaller, more densely populated remote spaces, I also added (VTOL) a vertical take-off and landing thrusters system.
But the customizing wasn’t complete without a F-22 Raptor cockpit conversion kit from Patches of Pride (found HERE). I was able to customize the interior with a high-G seat pad, high-visibility ejection seat straps, main instrument cluster, heads-up display and seat pad mounting straps!
However, for those short trips outside of the plane – Kid Action has a flying rover ejector seat to scout the local terrain. In case of an emergency evac – the rover seat also has a rescue parachute and various survival geared stored on-board.”
(Editor’s note: Superb work, Gary! You’ve definitely earned your (unofficial) “Captain Action Customizer’s Award” for this one. Please keep us updated on your future customizations. —Mark)