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Bandai 1:72 VF-1S (completed + review) by Vifam7

bandaiVF-111_zpsa510aad3This kit has been controversial from the beginning and now that I’ve finished this kit, I figured I’d give my own viewpoint.  I’ll try to be fair and balanced.

 

I built this kit without painting much.  The parts I painted were -

- the tailfins

- the foot thrusters

- the gunpod

- some minor details here and there

- the black stripes on the arms, legs, and wings

 

I had to paint the black stripes because the Bandai decals were terrible and generally a pain to work with.  Those areas are also heavily touched during construction.  Decals can be easily scratched even with a clear coat on top. Paint is a bit tougher (esp the lacquer & enamels I use). Painting them was also much easier. Continue reading

  
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Up to the Minute Macross World

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NicoNico Special for Macross⊿ Auditionees

さんかくだとNiconico will broadcast a special 2-hour programme, Wednesday December 17, 21:00~23:00 (JST) to offer advice to those thinking of auditioning for the upcoming Macross⊿ tv series, give some hints and tips, and explain how the audition process works.

The special will be hosted by Takeshi Wakazaki.
Special guests will include:

Megumi Nakajima (Ranka Lee, Macross Frontier)
Haruka Chisuga (Mina Forte, Macross 30)
Shiro Sasaki (Music Producer)

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http://live.nicovideo.jp/watch/lv203014420

  
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New Fire Bomber Fashion Goods

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To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Macross 7, Premium Bandai’s Bandai Fashion Net will be releasing a series of Fire Bomber-themed fashion goods.

Preorders open on Friday, December 5, so don’t miss this chance to stylishly rock your Fire Bomber fandom in public.

Leather Jacket: 56,000 yen

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Leather Bracelet: 5000 yen

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Leather Long Wallet: 23,000 yen

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Wallet Chain: 7000 yen

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Nel2012′s Macross Tribute Art

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About 2 years ago, Nel2012 AKA neldorwen (on deviant art) started a thread in our fan art section that featured a lot of her past works. I’ve seen a lot of these pieces myself when perusing the web for Macross art and it was a pleasure to see the artist finally showcase her work on our forum. She stated on that thread that she is planning a huge anniversary piece that featured major characters from all the Macross shows. This instantly piqued my interest. Her art is very detailed and exquisitely colored, so I was wondering how far off she was from finishing this tribute to our favorite show. I couldn’t wait to see the final piece. But the fact that she announced her plans in April and didn’t post the first sketched until September had me worried. Will this be another big project that becomes vaporware on Macross World? We’ve all seen people start threads with ambitious goals and then just die out. The great thing about Nel’s project was that she was posting individual pieces that by themselves were finished works. Seeing these illustrations get posted month after month assured me that she was determined to get it done.

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Macross⊿ Auditions Start Today

Auditions for idols for the latest Macross tv series commence today. Submissions will be accepted until January 30 (JST) and can be made either online or via Joysound karaoke booths across Japan.

To commemorate the auditions, Macross Card Fighter will be holding a special campaign where users input a new keyword each day in order to get a new Minmei card illustrated by Risa Ebata

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(Many thanks to FalconKPD for the tip!)

  
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Macross Superdimensional Chogokin Exhibit

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As part of the birthday celebrations for Sheryl Nome this weekend, a ‘Macross x Tamashii Nations Superdimensional Chogokin Exhibit’ was held on the 10th floor of the new Radio Kaikan in Akihabara from Saturday November 22 to Sunday November 23.

This was only one of several birthday events for Sheryl that occurred over the weekend, which I will be posting pics from later. In the meantime though, the following are some pics of the items, classic and new, and cool cool plastic that was on display at the exhibit, courtesy of forum regular and SpeakerPODcast co-host SAVE.

  
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Miyazawa Mokkei Autumn Showcase 2014

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The bi-annual Miyazawa Mokkei hobby showcase was held yesterday (Nov. 18) and included a variety of new and upcoming Macross products.
Arcadia brought their A-game with a more complete looking prototype of the VF-OD. (An uncoloured prototype was previously displayed at the Spring Showcase) , while Banpresto turned up with some prototypes for the next batch of Ichiban Kuji figures.

Fortunately. SpeakerPODcast co-host and forum regular Save was on the scene to scoopda some amazing pics.

He also managed to get some clarification on the most important thing of all – the colouring of the VF-0D is still being tweaked. The final version will be shown at the next Wonder Festival in February 2015.

  
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SpeakerPODcast Ep.18 – Macross World Chaos 2014

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Did I say chaos? I meant MACROSS WORLD CON 2014 of course!

The SpeakerPODcast Crew are reunited and have a room full of Macross fans with an open bar. What can possibly go wrong?!?

Being recorded literally in the middle of the MWC2014 afterparty, this episode is a little noisier than most but bear with us as you never know WHO will turn up next!

Featuring the vocal talents of: Jet Spectacular, Tim, Kyle, Leo, Chris, Sirian, Tom, JasonC, Hisame, Hidetaka Tenjin, and the SpeakerPODcast Crew.

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Third Party Super Deformed SDF-1 “Makuros” by Master Made, First Impressions

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About halfway thru September in the midst of preparing for Macross World Convention 2014, I received a package sent by the folks from lunartoystore.com. This package was actually mistakenly sent to me by a previous reviewer and it was suppose to go to someone else. But I contacted lunartoystore and they said to go ahead and hold on to it until MWCon, which I was happy to. Because inside wasn’t just another toy to be curious about. It’s the first at an attempt for someone to make a “third party” figure based on the series that this site is dedicated to. Now third party is in quotation because, this isn’t exactly the first time a third party made a Macross toy, but what it insinuates. A “Third Party” product is what a unlicensed toy has been dubbed in the Transformers collector’s world. I’m not sure if it’s been adopted by other toy collectors but to me, it’s most prevalent in that line. I’d love to skip that explanation but if I do, then all the emails and comments will be based on that misnomer and not on the toy itself.

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