The third grizzly fire support gear is built! I decided to upgrade the third grizzly from a standard crossbow variant to a thunder command gear as well. The change ruleswise just adds some comm boosts and a satellite uplink and must be used as the squad commander. Modelwise, I made a few more changes in line with the old RPG art.
The assault/destroyer grizzly (bazooka guy) was supposed to have a moderately upgraded comm signified by a single bunny ear on the head in the dog. In the current rules, the destroyer gets no such buff so I left the bunny ear off. The thunder variant though has a full set of ears which worked out well since I now had access to two bits. Additionally, I added a sat uplink cone to center of the backpack from my smaller scale blitz bits box. It's technically supposed to be off to one side but that wasn't a particularly sturdy conversion so I glued it centrally instead. Finally, the "pointy" arm looked a bit more commander-ish so I swapped it out from the Destroyer variant where I suppose it was supposed to be a sort of arm stretched out counter balance to swinging the bazooka around.
And by special request, here is a size comparison between similar Rafm and current metal Blitz scale models. From L to R: cheetah scout, jager/hunter trooper, jaguar elite, and grizzly fire support gears. I don't own any gearstriders though nor any normal striders unfortunately.
I haven't assembled my Kodiak yet but he is the next gear I tentatively had planned on building next. I dry fitted some pieces though and I was surprised to see that, while bulkier, he isn't much bigger than standard grizzlies unlike in blitz scale. I had been hoping to use him as the northern Scimitar gear strider (and the RAFM King Cobra similarly for the Drake) but there is a chance he might be too small! When I finish the Kodiak, I'll try and do another comparison.