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  1. As the saying goes, if it looks too good to be true.... This hanken forgery is a good reminder to always cross-check against source materials.
  2. Yup missing a bit on the edges and bottom. Ok scratch my earlier comment jvmacross, I didn't recheck the full sized image you posted. I am pretty sure it is a fake now. The acetate size is completely wrong! Also, notice there are areas where the creases do not cast shadows? Then there's the missing reflection from Max's glasses, plus his missing cuffs, and of course Millia's right and left arms! Looks like we have another forgery group becoming active on YJP.
  3. Usually there are not different versions for hanken monos, but it is entirely possibly multiples were made for the Millia and Max wedding hanken. The artwork used for Animage May 1983 cover already had some traceline fading which is unusual. Worst case, the one listed in auction is an exceptionally well-made fan cel.
  4. Indeed! Love the old school Masami artwork. Looking forward to your collection posts. Sounds cool and delicious! Btw, belated congrats on the Misa TV acquisition.
  5. Interesting theory! The veil actually does look like real fabric/material was used. This hanken mono was used for the magazine cover of the Animage December 1984 issue. Since it was used for advertising specifically and not in animation production, the pearls would not be animated to move. It is just my educated guess based on other hankens I've owned and researched, but I think the pearl necklace was probably airbrushed. In such cases the pearls typically are not secondary layers, meaning the layer would be the same as the primary face and body. Alas, we may never know, so Mikimoto-sensei might be the only person who can solve this mystery for us.
  6. Looks fake. It is in well preserved condition with solid lines and vibrant colors, but it is also missing a lot of the original hanken image especially Millia's arms and Max's arm etc. If it was reasonably priced jvmacross, this fancel would make a nice pairing with your Misa and Hikaru wedding hanken. Speaking of which, did you ever determine why Misa's pearls and veil were missing?
  7. Yup that hanken has been circling for a couple weeks now.
  8. @baronv Good to see you around! There aren't many cel dealers left carrying anime cels circa 70-80s, but, you are right what is offered tends to be American 80s animation. High end cels and artwork are still rare, but, some collectors do release their Macross cels, albeit infrequently. Still glad to see your collection is being shared on RS.
  9. @tepidarium Make time to scan your cels and artwork and display them in your RS gallery. This is a great way to view them more frequently without increasing the likelihood of damaging the artwork. I only take my cels out to conduct the inspections previously mentioned. Good luck!
  10. Let us know what you decide tepidarium. Good luck.
  11. Mylars can help and they are often more durable too. I've tried the misting and freezer methods both with success. Yes freezing can crack the paint, but that is why it is essential to not overdo it. You need to proactively watch it. Test the technique on a low end cel or throw away if you can first before attempting on your DYRL cel. The key thing to remember is whether or not you want to preserve the douga. Deciding what is an acceptable loss is helpful. Vinegar syndrome can spread that is why quarantining your affected douga is important. Since no one knows the storage conditions of the cel and douga prior to your purchase from YJP, it is safe to assume it may have been in contact with other cels that were also impacted with vinegar syndrome. Personally, I'd scan the cel and douga if possible and view it digitally instead of in-person which will only accelerate the vinegar process compounded with traceline fading and oxidation. Good luck.
  12. In that case, you may wish to consider quarantining the artwork from the rest. In my research and discussions with other collectors and dealers, some recommend completely isolating the artwork suffering from vinegar syndrome from other collections. Have you tested using microchamber paper and mylars to see if the affected artwork improves? In an absolute worst case you might want to sell it to avoid infecting as it were the rest of your collection. And just in case, I recommend researching more about the freezer method for separating douga/genga from cels. Good luck and let us know how things develop.
  13. The faint smell typically caused by vinegar syndrome should not be taken lightly or ignored. We've discussed cel and artwork preservation techniques in the past. In my experience, I've employ a variety of cel preservation techniques with considerable success. I hope sharing our collective cel preservation and storage strategies can help other cel collectors too. Your mileage may vary. Share your own tips! * Inspection (3 months) - Visually inspect every three months the bags for warping and, smell the folders for possible odors (paint fumes), both indicate vinegar syndrome. * Bagging (6 months) - Replace cel bags semi-annually and cut the corners, so fumes do not get trapped. Do not seal or tape bag shut. Every six months remove cels from the bags and allow to breathe overnight. Only do in a cool, dark room with no ambient lighting. * Acid - Test using acid free backing card boards with archival quality MicroChamber paper. Experiment purchasing MicroChamber paper for more valuable cels and artwork. * Separate - All dougas, gengas, settei, and backgrounds into individual bags and store in another Itoya folder. * Storage (6 months) - Avoid stacking cel books to reduce paint cracking caused by pressure. Try hanging folders in a storage container by using file hanging folders. Avoid storing folders in fully enclosed containers unless routinely inspected; minimum is semi-annually. Or store in a cool closet using sturdy wooden hangers placed into the center and have a support shelf underneath. * Moisture (annually) - Reduce moisture with silica packets and place in-between folders and in various corners of the storage unit. Make small packets using kitty litter or baking soda. Lastly, all of these cel preservation strategies help, but in my experience none are full proof. Intangibles that affect the speed of deterioration include, how the cel was stored prior to purchase, the type of cel (TV vs OVA vs movie vs hanken mono), and the age. Eventually the vast majority of production cels and even hanken monos will deteriorate. I feel we are merely temporary curators for these memorable creative works. It makes sense to scan them carefully (view online not the originals), and preserve the artwork well initially, to help reduce deterioration. Good luck!
  14. Thanks Legioss for sharing! Some nice cel additions.
  15. Love these books. Need to complete the set!