Okay, confirming: OPEN Category, and I have dibs on the GM Cannon II which I just bought today.
It's unopened and I'm not openign him until the 1 Nov start date.
As to HOW I'm modifying this into an Ace/Character custom, it's not exactly an 'Ace' or 'Squad Leader' I'm thinking up but more a character and MS for a specifica position:
In modern military parlance, to take point, walk point, be on point, or be a point man means to assume the first and most exposed position in a combat military formation, that is, the lead soldier/unit advancing through hostile or unsecured territory. The term can be applied to infantry or mechanized columns. The soldier, vehicle, or unit on point is frequently the first to take hostile fire. The inherent risks of taking point create a need for constant and extreme operational alertness.
Essentially I'm turing the Mid-range fire support GM Cannon into a front-up Point Man/Assault Breacher type of unit.