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  1. mickyg

    BANDAI DX YF-19!!

    CDJ shows shipping in progress but no charge on my CC yet. Guess that's promising?
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    BANDAI DX YF-19!!

    Anyone get any request for payment from CD Japan? And is it just me, or did that pictorial on the new bird, show a revised elbow joint? I could swear it looks like the range of motion is better than on the Advance.
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    BANDAI DX YF-19!!

    It also looks like the gun fits into the arm cannon itself and doesn't rely on the mounting point of the arm at all. Would that mean it sits a bit lower too though? Not sure how that'd work given how it already sits so low on the VF-19 Advance that it has to do that bendy thing to fit/aim correctly.
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    DX Chogokin VF-1J

    Agree completely! I used to love detailing up the toys I had, but that was because I had only a handful. These days, with the growing collection, even just looking at all the work involved to "do it right" by my standards (translation: spend way too much time on stuff that nobody but me will ever see) makes me think of being really, really old... That said, the white valks can look fantastic if you work with a very light gray as the panel line wash. I did this with the Yamato VF-1J v2 I have and it's not half bad. Just have to go really easy on it.
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    I have loved the Legioss since the 80's when it was an 'Alpha' and this version hits me where I liked it most - Fighter mode. I have never liked the compromise that the toys had to make with the massive foot/toe jutting out the back of the plane. Always wondered why it was so exaggerated in every toy rendition. This version makes it look like it was always possible and causes me to wonder why it's taken so long to get it to look this 'right' in fighter mode. Of course the realist in me knows that this version has had to make a lot of changes in order for this to happen, and like the Captain mentioned above, the most obvious is the way legs have to squish down and crowd the wings. It's a concession I don't mind though. I wish I had pictures of the one I built out of Lego in the early '90s. I know I had to make a lot of design choices that weren't all good. Still, it was without doubt the most fun thing I ever built from Lego and really made me appreciate how much thought (and anime magic) went into the Legioss design overall. This looks like it'll be the first toy from Mospeada I've ever seriously considered purchasing.
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    DX Chogokin VF-1J

    For me too. I snagged one. I was sad when I didn't get it back when it was first released. Despite the size, it looks really good and it's such an iconic nostalgia piece, it's very hard to pass up. EDIT: Guess it was up until I ordered one! Sorry to anyone I bumped off the want list. If it's any consolation, looks like there may still be hope if you check back every few minutes.
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    Aircraft Super Thread Mk.VII

    Yeah, the metallic sheen on the stealth planes is bizarre, to say the least. I had the rare chance to see both the '35 and '22 up close at an airshow 2 years ago and they're definitely not the same coating. But in both cases, I think you can achieve something convincing with a scale model by mixing metallic paint with grey tones. In fact, I've been told the paint guide on the Hasegawa Raptor kit is darn close. It recommends Gunze 'Super Metallic' (I hope I have that name right) mixed with various FS greys to get it close. From there you can buff some panels to make it convincing. I like the idea of graphite polished into a grey paint job though. That has real merit!
  8. It's a fascinating bit of tech, that's for sure. They're calling in the "Thermal Protection System" or TPS (Queue "Office Space" clip...). Basically it's this: from this source.
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    DX Chogokin VF-1J

    Thanks man! Unfortunately, I was away from the 'net just long enough to completely miss the listing.
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    DX Chogokin VF-1J

    Yeah, I missed it too. I don't want another scale to add to the collection but this one looks really good and I'd have found a way to make it work if I'd been able to jump online during the pre-order. Oh well, I'm in for the second release PO window, provided there is one. And if not, the inevitable mark-up when they are released to the world.
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    Arcadia 1/60 SV-51 Ivanov

    ...and those trench-like panel lines.
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    DX Chogokin VF-1J

    I think we need to see what panel 4 shows. There's something going on there that looks...different.
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    Arcadia 1/60 VF-0S Premium Finish

    Very, very nice Lolicon! You do some fine work on your toys. I just discovered a little gotcha on my VF-0S toy that I don't know if I've seen posted before. Firstly, the head will sit nicely nestled under the fuselage if the neck piece is rotated the correct way. If it's backwards, you get green goggles staring out. Get it right and it sits in with only the black part of the "hat" sitting out. Secondly, don't try to close the landing gear on the legs with the feet extended - there seems to be something in the mechanism that fouls on the strut part of the gear and it'll bend. it's the only plastic part of the gear leg so it should bend back but be careful.
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    RTKF 1/72 "Legult" Build Ups

    Love the stop sign! So, do the scout parts fit into the regular grunt pod or is the pod part a significant change? Wondering if there's a "Scout upgrade" set available for the base Regult.
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    Whats Lying on your Workbench MK IV

    Nice work! I've got one of these in the stash that I'm hoping to build soon. The darker tones are challenging to make look "real" but that's what I'm going to go for. Can't wait to see how you get on.