Those are some pretty good refferences. Hope you can work out the problem.
Although I loath the redesign, the mechanics of these new transformers is very intriguing. One of the moderators over at CG talk almost closed the one of the transformer threads because of all the heated arguments and insults. Alot of people just cant appreciate the classic design anymore. I really think that Michael Bay could have made the classic characters look a little bit more like the cartoon versions instead of totally alienating them from their classic look. Optimus and Jazz are the only ones that look a little bit more like the cartoon incarnations than any of the other characters do. Check out this website to see some really cool classic TF models. Linkage
Keep up the great work and I will keep a close eye on your progress!