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#1 VF5SS

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Posted 04 February 2012 - 10:26 AM




I wish to help all of us.

Details should be finalized within a week or two.

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Posted 04 February 2012 - 11:04 AM

Awesome. I was actually working on the same thing but it's great that someone got it out.

Polyamide or what Shapeways call White Strong and Felxible (WSF) is paintable. Here's a link to where someone panted my Thundercats sword replacement. http://www.thunderca...42/2/#post20583

But I think the preferred way to color it is to dye it.

Shapeways has a page on it http://www.shapeways...ials/dyeing_sls

But this guy has a better tutorial http://home.comcast....uzzlePieces.pdf

Dyeing would of course guard from scratches.

Great work!

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Posted 04 February 2012 - 11:06 AM

Just wanted to say good job on this. I think I'm one of the first few people to see this video. Been lurking these boards for years (even prior to joining). Uhhh...I guess this makes it my first post :)

They don't make the plastic in a dark grey do they?

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Posted 04 February 2012 - 11:11 AM

Let me know if you guys are happy with what you see with the prototype. Everything from the existing toy is used with the new hinge so you need nothing else.

Since the prototype works so well when used in conjunction with the default part I could make it available as soon as possible.

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Posted 04 February 2012 - 11:14 AM

Looks great. I'm fine with white since I only have white VF-1s.

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Posted 04 February 2012 - 11:18 AM

I honestly have zero problems with all of my Yamatos (most being the re-releases after the hinge problem was discovered) so far but I'd be interested in getting some of these just in case. I think if you could dye the plastic to match closer to the off white they use in in the DYRL scheme valks, you'll be golden. Now if you can do this in the dark grey of the Focker VF-1S Low Vis or the Elint...

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Posted 04 February 2012 - 11:31 AM

Looks great so far. If you can improve the strength of the part when in battroid, that's even better. I have all the necessary replacement parts, but it's nice to know they're available, just hope for a very decent price.

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Posted 04 February 2012 - 11:42 AM

Let me know if you guys are happy with what you see with the prototype. Everything from the existing toy is used with the new hinge so you need nothing else.

Since the prototype works so well when used in conjunction with the default part I could make it available as soon as possible.


I'm very happy with what I see, the fact that is looks and acts stronger than the original part is really cool. Maybe down the road you & your partners can design top notch VF-0 parts!

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Posted 04 February 2012 - 11:49 AM

I'm very happy with what I see, the fact that is looks and acts stronger than the original part is really cool. Maybe down the road you & your partners can design top notch VF-0 parts!


I wish to help all Valkyries.

As I said in the video, resident CAD monkey Sanjeev helped me out here. He's making his own robot toys as well. Please give him some love.

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Posted 04 February 2012 - 11:49 AM

I honestly have zero problems with all of my Yamatos (most being the re-releases after the hinge problem was discovered) so far but I'd be interested in getting some of these just in case. I think if you could dye the plastic to match closer to the off white they use in in the DYRL scheme valks, you'll be golden. Now if you can do this in the dark grey of the Focker VF-1S Low Vis or the Elint...


The designers can't dye it for you because the pieces come direct from Shapeways to you, unless they do a bulk order and dye everything at once. But then that would raise the price because of the double shipping. Shapeways does provide 4 pre-dyed colors for you for a bit extra. Dark gray, Indigo, Red and Black.

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Posted 04 February 2012 - 12:27 PM

Here's some development pics.

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Posted 04 February 2012 - 01:24 PM

Thank you!! :) looking forward to updates.

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Posted 04 February 2012 - 01:42 PM

I would be very interested in picking up a pair of these for my dyrl Focker. Will the smooth metal pins be included or will I have to track some down myself? Kudos to the gentlemen behind this valkyrie saving project.

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Posted 04 February 2012 - 01:48 PM

Looks really good. All my VF-1s are reissues, but depending on the price, I might be interested in picking up a replacement set just in case.

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Posted 04 February 2012 - 02:08 PM

Ok based on the response in this thread, I am going to offer the first hinge for sale.

http://www.shapeways.../shops/veefshop

It is $5.96 plus shipping. Sadly I can't control the shipping rates as these are sent straight from Shapeways to you.

Please note this was only tested with one new hinge and one old. Fitting two new ones in fighter mode may be tight.

If you are satisfied with the demonstration as shown in the video then by all means try it out.

Everything you need is taken straight from the stock toy. I will post instructions on how to replace the hinge within the next few days.

You can either use the stock shoulder pin or replace it with another steel pin that is 1.5mm in diameter.

When using a knurled pin, you can simply remove the knurled end using a wire cutter and this will not affect its use inside the hinge.

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Posted 04 February 2012 - 02:34 PM

Could you please try it with two new hinges?

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Posted 04 February 2012 - 02:38 PM

That's very cool, VF5SS! Thank you very much for your time and efforts!

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Posted 04 February 2012 - 02:39 PM

Could you please try it with two new hinges?


but i only gots one so far

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Posted 04 February 2012 - 02:44 PM

Could you please try it with two new hinges?


Why? What do you want to see?

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Posted 04 February 2012 - 02:47 PM

To be honest guys, the next revision (which is a two set) has only about a millimeter difference. So even if you bought two of the first type, you could probably sand them down just a tad or widen the pivot hole slightly.

It's all good.

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Posted 04 February 2012 - 02:47 PM

Why? What do you want to see?


If they fit together in fighter mode

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Posted 04 February 2012 - 02:50 PM

Feel free to wait until I get the revision in. I just put these up for those who need one for now.

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Posted 04 February 2012 - 03:07 PM

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This is the fit with one old and one new.

We're just being cautious with the first revision. Honestly I think there's enough wiggle room.

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Posted 04 February 2012 - 03:36 PM

If they fit together in fighter mode


Yep, I see now what you meant. Actually, it was a good question ^_^

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Posted 04 February 2012 - 06:11 PM

This is the fit with one old and one new.

We're just being cautious with the first revision. Honestly I think there's enough wiggle room.


Yeah...that's pretty tight for a second one. I'll pick up the revision for sure. I want to get them in pairs anyway. If I'm gonna need to replace one, I'm replacing them both at the same time. I like symmetry :) Good stuff though

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Posted 04 February 2012 - 07:16 PM

One of my friends bought the new hinge. I'll see what he says and take it down until I can confirm that the revision set works.

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Posted 04 February 2012 - 07:21 PM

Once you've got this perfected for two shoulders, I'm in. I've got a 1J that's currently sporting beige 1D shoulders!

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Posted 04 February 2012 - 07:51 PM

These are looking really good. I'll be down for a few sets once everything has been squared away.

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Posted 04 February 2012 - 08:35 PM

Look good and useful, thanks sharing!

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Posted 04 February 2012 - 10:44 PM

Get your dyes ready, guys.

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Posted 04 February 2012 - 11:45 PM

FINALLY! I'm gonna need 6 sets and then I can actually touch my VF-1's again. :) And I pray with 505thAirborne that we'll see parts for VF-0 in the future too.

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 12:29 AM

Looks great. I'm fine with white since I only have white VF-1s.


Many "white" valks are not. If you have a DYRL valk, it's probably the infamous "very light grey/off-white" color. Hikaru's TV VF-1J is among the few "pure" white valks.

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 01:37 AM

I'm in for a few sets of the revisions when they drop... thanks for all your efforts.

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 10:36 AM

I ordered the first revised hinges and they should be shipped to me next week. I'll let you guys know the results as soon as possible.

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 12:29 PM

Looking forward to it!




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