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    Max Factory 1/20(!) VF-1S/A Hikaru

    I'm kinda stuck with the feet. I want to achieve a wide-legged stance like this: ...but I'll probably have to make all-new scratch built feet to do it, and I don't know how I could mount them securely... Thanks, guys. That's good advice.
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    Hi-Metal R

    That just means Amazon.jp has sold out of their pre-order stock. Amazon affiliates will still be using the site, but they're unlikely to sell outside of Japan... and don't offer Amazon's pre-order price guarantee, either. I'm surprised Amazon.jp's own stock lasted this long, actually. I've seen DX Chogokins sell out in under an hour.
  3. Welome to MacrossWorld! I think you'll find most of us here hail from your generation, and many of us were dedicated Robotech fans growing up. However, if you wish to engender serious discussion, the members most likely to contribute -- the most intelligent and articulate users here -- also tend to be vehemently anti-Robotech nowadays, so I'd advise you to restrict your observations to the characters and events of Macross. While there are a great deal of Mospeada fans here as well, we are generally dismissive of Southern Cross, and highly critical of any attempt to link these series together... ...and if you wish to be taken seriously, you should probably never mention T.R. Edwards again.
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    Max Factory 1/20(!) VF-1S/A Hikaru

    Look Ma, no stand! It'll look a lot better with scratch-built feet for a bolder Gerwalk stance, but at least I've proved it can stand using the existing parts... after significant modification, of course. I came up with a pretty simple solution for articulating the intake joint. After cutting a piece of styrene to fill the gap in the thigh, I drilled a hole in the center, and a matching hole centered behind the intake: I then threaded a nut through the holes and bolted them together, leaving just enough tension to be able to rotate the parts. Now the legs can be also be repositioned for a dramatic flight pose, as Max Factory intended. Thanks for your attention! Modeling can be a lonely hobby (as we all know), and getting feedback at each stage of the process helps motivate me to continue onto the next stage. I appreciate all your comments, guys. It reminds me I'm not just working in a vacuum. Glad to see the rest of you are finally starting to receive your kits as well, so I'm not the only one posting pics here.
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    Max Factory 1/20(!) VF-1S/A Hikaru

    So, to modify the legs so the gerwalk can stand, these pieces will have to be cut apart to reposition the joints: On the left you see the unmodified leg. The position of the feet are the biggest problem... On the right, the leg I've modified. Cutting off the intake segment is necessary to straighten out the legs, so they aren't canted at such a dramatic angle. I'm not sure how I'll go about articulating that joint, or even just reattaching it in the required position... Thanks! It's nice to see additional model sheets, even if they contradict each other... or screw up the proportions, like the above illustration. That backpack is MASSIVE! And for some reason, the pilot is sitting above the cockpit, rather than in it... An additional $170?
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    Gundam Show Thread - MSG thru Build Divers

    Flashback to the start of the One-Year War? Familiar-looking UC Mobile Suit designs? Incomprehensible continuity porn so graphic it would make a Doctor Who fan blush? This is my kind of Gundam.
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    Max Factory 1/20(!) VF-1S/A Hikaru

    I'm keeping the option open... which is why these panels are removable: I don't think magnets will be strong enough to secure the boosters. I'm relying on the existing mounting bracket, simply modifying it so that it can be taken in and out. It should be recessed, I know, but it would seriously compromise the integrity of the booster mounts... at least, as Max Factory designed 'em. Maybe I can come up with a secure method that doesn't require linking the boosters together... Technically, no. As depicted in the line art and the animation, nothing should actually be visible there. Even the extreme close-up in DYRL is stubbornly featureless: When it comes to official products and packaging, however, there is no consistency whatsoever! The more research I do, the more confusing it becomes.
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    Max Factory 1/20(!) VF-1S/A Hikaru

    I make it 38mm in diameter, 382mm in length. I doubt that. The backpack pieces (including the folded wing flaps) are on a single sprue, and the panel that stick out the back would prevent it from fitting into fighter mode. The shape is accurate, and I think it's a good model to emulate. The detailing is all wrong, though. A great deal, yes. What came as two separate pieces I cut into ten, and selectively removed edges (mostly cutting along sculpted panel lines) to create a smaller, more trapezoidal shape once the surfaces were glued back together. I also made a thinner, more detailed antenna than my earlier attempt, built a special mounting plate to support the thrusters, and added those ubiquitous triangular shapes on either side (the most consistently seen panel detail on any drawing, toy or model, and the one Max Factory neglected to put there). The folded wingtips and trapezoidal panel above them were both removed and turned upside-down, so the sculpted detail on the panel lines would be visible. Now I can move onto the next challenge -- getting the legs and feet into a position that supports the model without requiring the stand...
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    Your most recent Macross or toy purchase! General thread.

    ANH Han Solo standing beside a First Order Stormtrooper, you mean? Or the fact that Lando Calrissian is literally in two places at once?
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    Max Factory 1/20(!) VF-1S/A Hikaru

    Sure, the gap's visible on both the display models... ...and so are the absurd thrusters bulging out of the backpack. Rattlecans for me.
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    Max Factory 1/20(!) VF-1S/A Hikaru

    It's absurd, yes. The mounting plate can only be mounted one way, and the thrusters end up sticking out like the boosters on the space shuttle. My solution required cutting the back half off each thruster, gluing them to each other, and ditching that ridiculous mounting plate altogether. I'll have to scratch-build some kind of nozzle assembly that looks like they're actually attached to something.
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    Max Factory 1/20(!) VF-1S/A Hikaru

    Well, it's still not ideal, but I think the backpack looks a damn sight better now... Absolutely. The arms, legs, wings and FAST packs can be securely attached (and reattached) without any glue required. The nosecone might need a little reinforcement, though, if you want it removable as well... but it could be done with only minimal effort.
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    DX Chogokin VF-1J

    Fascinating cultural differences! In North America, we traditionally give presents to others on Christmas. The presents are wrapped so that the contents are a surprise to the receiver. Didn't realize things were different in Hong Kong. There was a Macross TV movie?
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    Bandai Macross VF-1J Maximilian 3 mode model

    At least you can pose the battroid: Trying doing that with the vintage kit!
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    Max Factory 1/20(!) VF-1S/A Hikaru

    Well, screw it. This backpack is just all kinds of wrong. I'm just gonna scratchbuild a better one instead. If Max Factory ever gets around to doing a battroid kit, I sure hope they ditch that backpack and start over! "Build a block?"
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    Bandai Macross VF-1J Maximilian 3 mode model

    I've got a tip for you... Keep it in the box, man. Vintage kits just aren't worth the time and effort, when more accurate, modern versions are available. Hasegawa 1:72 kits are highly regarded for their accuracy and fine detail, and Bandai did an entirely new variable model kit of their own a few years back. I think you'd find them easier and more satisfying to build, and modern standards of articulation give you a great deal more display options as well.
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    Max Factory 1/20(!) VF-1S/A Hikaru

    Well, the hands, the pilot, and the cockpit details are all DYRL-specific, so you'd have to get pretty creative if you want a TV-accurate Hikaru VF-1J... There's not a lot of wasted space in the box to begin with, though... and unless you get the pieces removed from those massive sprues, they're not gonna fit into a smaller box anyway. No, just the "Gawalk."
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    Star Wars: Galaxy of Adventures (YT Series)

    Count me in. Thanks for the heads-up!
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    Max Factory 1/20(!) VF-1S/A Hikaru

    The bare Gerwalk assembled. All it needs is an antenna, and a strap for the gunpod. No trouble at all. Now, let's look at some niggling details that are bothering me: The trigger finger of the right hand has an inexplicable hole through it -- a very clean, perfectly centered hole -- and I can't possibly fathom what purpose it would serve. Having properly mounted the legs by sliding them into the locking mechanism underneath, I'm left with an unsightly gap that doesn't look right... The backpack mounting bracket leaves a strange-looking gap, too. This doesn't look like any Valkyrie toy or model I've seen before. The leg fins are lacking in any forward-facing detail, except for the ugly circles indicative of the injection-molding process... ...and yet, there's plenty of molded detail visible on the backside...! Both leg fins have the same anomaly, and -- since they're symmetrically reversed -- they only fit into the specific leg they're designed for. I think it's some kind of molding mistake. More ugly circles on the inside of the feet... and while I love seeing the engine behind the verniers like that, the interior of the leg is otherwise an eyesore. And finally, those boosters on the back are much too large, and they stick out way too far. They'll require some major modification, if they can be used at all...
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    The Transformers Thread (licensed) Next

    Yeah, best post your questions in the third-party thread instead.
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    Max Factory 1/20(!) VF-1S/A Hikaru

    It's getting bigger and more beautiful day by day. The stand is not only included, it's mandatory; the kit is not designed to support itself unassisted, based on the position of the legs. Of course, it's shouldn't be much trouble to modify the angle of the feet so that it can stand by itself -- something I fully intend to do -- but if you're building it stock, the stand is obligatory. Sprues A, B, Q and R would be required (which unfortunately includes the largest parts of the fuselage). ¥14800 plus shipping.
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    Neflix's live action Cowboy Bebop

    An American live-action Cowboy Bebop?
  23. LS-05 has arrived. Beefy and imposing, he is. Photographs well with MetaColle figures. I'm not too fond of the face, though... Is this what AOE Grimlock was supposed to look like? Congratulations, TJ! I never sell anything myself... which comes with regrets of its own.