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  1. MechTech, awesome work! I was going to argue with you about the turret and tell you it'd look fine. That was before I saw your picture of the design in the real world! If it's based on the real thing, well, end of story!
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    Bandai DX VF-31

    Besides... It's not like the rest of the armor matches anything at all. What's a bit of teal and red gonna hurt?
  3. Just in time for the second movie, right? Maybe we'll get some oddball add-ons like what happened with the Tornado parts for the movie version of Frontier. I'm still keeping my fingers crossed for a VF-171 though. It's never been touched by any model kits (well other than garage type kits).
  4. I'm guessing he means a replacement for the Arcadia one. It looks...blocky?
  5. Looks like the panel lines are much more "in-scale" with the toy. That's easily the most noticeable difference between this and the original Yamato version. It looks great! Can't wait to hear more about what others think of it. I'm gonna have to sit this one out and live vicariously through other people.
  6. I was just going to post that same story!
  7. I think he's referring to the ability of a file to expire or be "use once only". Not actual file complexity. I love metal printers!
  8. What a great little kit! I had no idea it even existed, to be honest.
  9. Wow, that works out to only $615 Aussie dollars. I've never seen the AUD so weak against the JPY. Unbelievable....
  10. Airshow photography is easily one of the most difficult forms of photography out there. In fact, it really needs its own thread, more than likely. But my 2 cents since this thread deals with aircraft and pictures are great and you're more likely to snap them at an airshow... DSLR is where it's at. Both for the reasons David has mentioned above (battery life, sensor size, zoomability) and some other ones he's not mentioned. I only shoot the moving stuff with my DSLR so these are all based on personal experience. I'm also not a pro and probably wouldn't even consider myself an ametuer these days. I am an active member of a photography club though and find it's hugely helpful. In any case, today's DSLRs are plentiful, even the entry level "cheapies" are easy to find. They still aren't nearly as cheap as the bridge or superzooms already discussed but they're also not far off and may be more affordable if quality if you factor in the cost of getting good shots and having battery life. Still, there's no doubt you'll pay for it. Pros: bigger sensor (usually) huge choice of interchangeable lenses Less lens distortion unless you're getting a 30-300mm or something huge Way better battery life due to the lack of powered zooms and the need for an always on screen. This varies though and the small "consumer" versions always seem to have smaller batteries and worse shots per charge than their bigger "prosumer" brethren. Much more accurate focus systems (usually). The gap is likely closing here. Higher frame per second shooting in "burst mode" unless you grab a camera with this specific feature as a core design. I'm sure they're out there. More comfortable to hold. This is a personal preference of course but they tend to fit the hand better and are easier to use all day for something like an air show. I'm sure there are others I'm leaving out but these are the ones that spring to mind Cons: high up-front cost they take up a lot more space tend to be heavier they can take you on a journey of discovery and learning that might take over your every spare moment! David, if you want to move this to a new thread, feel free. I'm passionate about photography and airshow is easily top of the list for me. I'd love to have a dedicated thread for it, if that's something people would benefit from. Furthermore, I'm sure there's some amazing stuff in the smaller cameras that I'm completely ignorant of. A thread might open that up a bit to others who are less likely to lug around a DSLR.
  11. You'd think that, but in my case 15 years ago, it totally did. "Oh, this is from a totally different series and isn't a natural progression of the original VF-1? Meh..." I think the fact that none of the toys could look like the artwork or anime just sealed it. But I'm older and less critical now and this thing looks pretty amazing. So there you go.
  12. I'm in the same boat. I know it's gonna sting though. The Legioss was always my favourite mecha when I was a kid. It wasn't till I was in my early 30's that I discovered most of the toys were terrible and stopped really paying attention to it. Well that and realising the cartoons I'd watched were a patchwork of unrelated sources... Seeing Captain America's resin, big build all those years ago was actually what brought me to this site. His rendition was what I thought it should look like in toy form, but nobody ever seemed to get it right. Until now...
  13. Even with a markdown, this one's gonna be a hard pass. The Aussie dollar is so bad right now that the JPY price at retail is over $500 in Aussie dollars. Just can't do it. I think I've been spoiled by good exchange rates in the past, when high priced items were being introduced. I'm recalling the VF-4 being closer to $300 when I bought the Arcadia release.
  14. Great shots of ongoing projects, everyone. My own progress has been very slow. Managed to get an hour or so in on the DC missile project last night. For anyone who hasn't seen previous posts, I'm using the Hasegawa VF-1 Weapons set in 1:48 scale to fit to the Bandai DX VF-1 toy. I've decided the magnet mounts for the missiles was a fun little mini project but it's just a bit too tedious to continue on the other three pylons. It's also very tricky to get the alignment just right and in the end, I figure it'll be easier to just glue the silly things in place and call it a day. Next step is to putty over the 3d printed adapters. The gorilla glue on the first test worked but it's a bit softer than I'd like. I think I'll use miliput on the rest of these and if possible, do some very light panel lines or something.
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