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  1. TMBounty_Hunter

    Aoshima VFG

    Not since that announcement. I'm expecting the next news to be at Wonder Festival on Feb 10th.
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    What will Hasegawa do next?

    So Hasegawa can do a resin chinadress Minmay in 1/24 for 3,200 yen while throwing in a whole eggplane kit. Meanwhile, Max Factory's minimum factory 1/20 plastic chinadress minmay is 2,963 yen. I guess it's another great example of having well established in-house production lines keeping costs down while the new guy has to charge more to stay in the green. It keeps amazing me that the world keeps saying outsourcing will always be cheaper, yet when you look at model kit manufacturers like Kotobukiya, Max Factory and occasionally Wave who have to get their stuff made in China instead of in-house and their prices are waaay higher and development cycles much longer.
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    Max Factory 1/20(!) VF-1S/A Hikaru

    So while trying to figure out exactly how far I want to fiddle my own build I went back through the various development photos and found something interesting. All the way back for Wonder Festival 2017 Winter, almost two whole years ago Max Factory printed a giant banner for their booth showing the VF-1 parts layout. On the runner with the grey parts you can actually see two different plate for mounting the backpack thrusters, indicating intent for two different backpack thicknesses. On the same runner you can also see the gap-fillers for whenever the legs swing forward, but they're a bit shallower than the one's we got so far. I think it's safe to say that at least back in Feb 2017 there was already enough work done to do at least the plain VF-1 as well as the Super/Strike VF-1 in valk mode. That explains the shallower leg swing which is needed for super parts vs swung out farther for gerwalk. IMO the Super/Strike Valk is a done deal at this point, we just haven't seen the necessary new leg runner. I went a little overboard and made a table of future possibilities.
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    Max Factory 1/20(!) VF-1S/A Hikaru

    I feel like the skinny backpack is an artifact of the original Valk kit. While we know that on the Valk it'll be different parts on a different runner, we also know that Max Factory has committed to fudging the proportions between modes. They've given us two versions of the arm missile pods: one short and fat for the deployed arms on the Gerwalk, and one much skinnier and longer for the inevitable Super/Strike Valk. So I'm willing to bet they took the CAD model of the backpack that needed to be skinny to no interfere with the arms in Valk mode, but forgot to artistically adjust the proportions for the Gerwalk properly.
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    Cannon Fodder VF-1A (SDFM): colour advice

    "Old" is from the 1/72 Battroid kit (65710) "New" is from the 1/48 VF-1J/A (MC02) and 1/72 Gerwalk (65725)
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    Cannon Fodder VF-1A (SDFM): colour advice

    Are you looking for the best color straight out of the bottle? Or a mixture? Hasegawa and Wave both use Mr. Color for their color recommendations mixes Hasegawa old = 40% C43 Wood Brown + 60% C1 White Hasegawa new = 50% C43 Wood Brown +50% C51 Flesh Wave = 80% C39 Dark Yellow + 20% C22 Dark Earth As for the feet, Hasegawa always gives C28 Steel Wave gives 80% C22 Dark Earth + 20% C42 Mahogany
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    Max Factory 1/20(!) VF-1S/A Hikaru

    Oooooh, I love seeing CAD (Cardstock Assisted Design)
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    Max Factory 1/20(!) VF-1S/A Hikaru

    Oooooooooh, here's what we do. The base is big enough to fit an arduino, the pipe is nice and hollow for wires, so all nice for brainy wiring. Put super bright LEDs in the feet, but also put a light sensor in there. So if anyone at a show gets curious enough about the internals to take out there inspection flashlight and point it there, THE INNER LIGHT WILL SHINE BACK! :P
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    Max Factory 1/20(!) VF-1S/A Hikaru

    Full manual scans for those that like to build in their head instead of physically: https://imgur.com/a/VjcWEYc This thing is super fun. Opening the box and looking at all the huge part filled me with so much child-like glee that it fully shut up my adult thinking about how much this cost. Sure the detail is a lot softer than I would have liked, but this was never going to be on par with actual aircraft kits. For a giant cartoon robot kit this is more than fine. Definitely a fantastic accessory for the 1/20 scale pilot figure kit. Now to try and rebuild the cockpit for TV version......
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    Max Factory 1/20(!) VF-1S/A Hikaru

    Yeeeeeeeep. $592CAD turned into $652CAD ;_;
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    Max Factory 1/20(!) VF-1S/A Hikaru

    Hmm, that kinda makes me regret choosing EMS. I got horrendous fees from other carriers in the past due to their "convenience" fees at the border. What was the total wallet damage? For me it was $593CAD.
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    Max Factory 1/20(!) VF-1S/A Hikaru

    Did CBSA hit it?
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    Max Factory 1/20(!) VF-1S/A Hikaru

    Welp. amiami finally willing to ship mine. Subtotal: 32,980 JPY EMS Shipping: 15,600 JPY Grand total: 48,580 JPY Now let's see how long it takes to get through the Canada Post strike backlog....
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    Max Factory 1/20(!) VF-1S/A Hikaru

    For those that have theirs already, what's the outside diameter of the gunpod and roughly how long is it?
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    Max Factory 1/20(!) VF-1S/A Hikaru

    So what's everyone's plan for painting? Spraycans? Endless airbrushing? Mini sprayguns? HVLP guns?