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  1. Sorry, but not sorry! : D But yeah, it's a great little addon to the collection. Now hunting for the ever elusive max...
  2. this little guy showed up today
  3. Arcadia 1/60 Super VF-1J Max & Millia Release

    Arcadia VF-1J Millia for $157.60 with Free shipping from AmiAmi after 20% coupon : PSPRING20 One-time use per ebay account, valid till 8PM Pacific time (or multiple times with guest checkout) https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F273101890781 + 2% ebay bucks makes this $155 nett. Go go go!
  4. Destroids

    Amazing...just amazing @Xigfrid keep up the good works!
  5. Macross maintenance.

    Just a quick submission from what I wrote in the other thread. Issue with locked shoulder cover on VF-1 v2 Yamato / Arcadia due to dried paint smudge on inner shoulder cover : Apart from the normal cracked hinges, one of the shoulder covers wouldn't move. Seems to be a rare case...anyone experienced this? Probably some residual glue seeped in somewhere & locked it in place. Going to patiently figure this out. EDITED : Pried the sides of the shoulder cover, heard faint crackling sound (i.e harden glue breaks) and now shoulder is free! Inspected the areas and saw dried smugdes of white paint on the biceps (Picture 2). Someone accidentally sprayed paint during assembly 10+ years ago and it dried, locking the shoulders to the biceps. Glad it was an easy fix. Also, the diameter of the shoulder pins feels a teeny-weeny bit large for the shoulder hinge holes, presumably for minimal interference fit. Should I find replacement pins that are slightly smaller or just grind the original pins? The pin ends are pretty clean (no burrs), which explains why the outer hinges are intact & only the inner hinges crack (Picture 3).
  6. Im sorry! I really am! But it was an emergency, and I had to make a run to the ER!! Child is safe now :-P By the way, apart from the normal cracked hinges, one of the shoulder covers wouldn't move. Seems to be a rare case...anyone experienced this? Probably some residual glue seeped in somewhere & locked it in place. Going to patiently figure this out. EDITED : Pried the sides of the shoulder cover, heard faint crackling sound (i.e harden glue breaks) and now shoulder is free! Inspected the areas and saw dried smugdes of white paint on the biceps (Picture 2). Someone accidentally sprayed paint during assembly 10+ years ago and it dried, locking the shoulders to the biceps. Glad it was an easy fix. Also, the diameter of the shoulder pins feels a teeny-weeny bit large for the shoulder hinge holes, presumbaly for minimal interference fit. Should I find replacement pins that are slightly smaller or just grind the original pins? The pin ends are pretty clean (no burrs), which explains why the outer hinges are intact & only the inner hinges crack (Picture 3).
  7. Picked up a 1/60 Roy locally. Great way to start the weekend
  8. Thanks for the reply. I ignored the box, cards, etc2 because of how beautiful the model was. My only gripe is the missiles pylons on either side of the fuselage, before the wings, were kinda hard to attach. The thickness of the paint reduces the size of the slots, making it hard for the pylons to go in (insert "thats what she says" joke :D). Anyways, issues are minor compared to the quality of the model. Tampo prints are spot-on and sharp. Great job on the F-14B! Oh, and it also comes with flexi-display stand!
  9. I see. That makes sense, thanks for the clarifications. Would've been cool if Calibre can produce extra armaments with hangar equipments / missiles carriers set.
  10. @Blackaces, I bought the F-14B jolly rogers but noticed the Phoenix missiles were not in the tray, nor are they in reviews from other sites. Are they not included in the earlier releases? I am asking because the plastic tray do have notches of what seems to be for phoenix missiles and other armaments, they are also listed as armaments on the inner flap, but the actual missiles are not there. Thanks. List of missiles can be seen here : http://www.diecastaircraftforum.com/military-model-aircraft/261154-calibre-wings-f-14b-tomcat-vf-103-jolly-rogers-ca721401.html
  11. Mine does come loose, but Im displaying it with the landing gears on. Maybe double sided tape, or a layer of elmer glue on the edges would do? I did use a layer of elmer's glue for some of the missles points that were loose. I just dab some on the attachment points & let them partially dry for 2-3 minutes before attaching.
  12. I felt the overall parts fitting could be improved. My front landing gear is extremely tight. I had to use brute force to push it in and heard a snap. Thing is, the gear struts are made of plastic. How in the hell am I supposed to take it off in the future? Others (missiles, rear landing gears, etc) fits pretty OK, though the paint thickness makes mounting the missiles pylon a little harder.
  13. As Im new too on these things, I may not be able to recommend stuff, but I did light readings before jumping into the Calibre bandwagon. There are a few quirks at the beginning of the release, mainly (1) jagged edges near the glove vanes and (2) incorrect gun blister panel, as stated here : http://modelhangar3.com/thread/2334?page=3 Calibre did ackowledge those issue and seems like theyve fixed them. On my copy, everything seems good at first glance, maybe I need to pay closer attention to the details this coming weekend & report back. Anyways, here are some other links with reviews that might help with your decision : Forces of Valor VS Century Wings F-14B : http://www.warbird-photos.com/gpxd/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=33902 Review of F-14B Calibre Wings : http://www.diecastaircraftforum.com/military-model-aircraft/261154-calibre-wings-f-14b-tomcat-vf-103-jolly-rogers-ca721401.html#/topics/261154?page=1 Overal I'm impressed with the model, but my opinion dont carry much weight given that I'm new on these & made my judgement based on online reviews.
  14. It seems like the details on diecast pre assembled jet fighter models are pretty standard across many companies. Wish Arcadia could afford the same amount of details, with panel lines & more tampo prints, as standard. Will do when I have time this weekend. EDIT: Pictures from online diecast aircraft forum : http://www.diecastaircraftforum.com/military-model-aircraft/261154-calibre-wings-f-14b-tomcat-vf-103-jolly-rogers-ca721401.html#/topics/261154?page=1 Notice in the thread people mentioned there were some glitches on the earlier releases (uneven edges near glove vanes & incorrect machine gun panel) which fortunately did not occur on mine. I read some reviews before jumping in when flyingmule had it on sale on top of another sale (they've "corrected" it to a single sale now, sadly). It's indeed a beautiful model. Interesting facts : BlackAces/Noel who's a prominent member on MW forum in the earlier days is part of the company (Calibre Wings). Theyve also acquired "Robo-you-know-what" license to produce VF-1 variants of the F-14's (Roy 1S & Hikaru 1J), which you can also search on MW forum.
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