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  1. Bumping for an update! I moved and this project got buried beneath a pile of boxes. I opened it up and realized I had stopped on cleaning up the weathering- good thing its waterbased, as all it took was a damp q-tip to do some clean up. I still need to paint a couple things but I'm nearing the finish line... only took a few years I'm going to try to transform it 10-ish more times to see if any problem areas pop up. I'm seriously losing steam though... thinking about just selling this thing to let someone else finish it. I bought this HMR specifically so I could learn how to paint/decal/weather before attempting my Arcadia/Bandai valks, but I kinda wish I'd just started with 1/60.
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    Bandai DX VF-31

    The armor looks pretty ridiculous in battroid mode, but that fighter mode looks awesome! I think I know what mode I'm displaying in (whenever it is I get to opening...) . Does the dual beam turret lock in any way? And can it fire forward in fighter mode?
  3. Oh man, that looks FINE to borrow some of my 90's lingo. Given that these guys are about the same price on the aftermarket, it looks mighty tempting... but yeah, I don't know if this is worth 2 DX chogokins...
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    Bandai DX VF-31

    Dat fighter mode... does it lock up solid? I ordered from NY, can't wait to put it on my -31S (haven't even opened that valk... waiting for the armor )
  5. Mind sharing some details on your technique? Are gundam markers alcohol based?
  6. Just thought I'd chime in with some things I've learned from painting valks... -If you want the paint to stay on parts that rub, you pretty much HAVE to use some kind of epoxy resin paint. The valk in my profile pic is an HMR VF-1S I used to practice with: I used Duracoat firearm paint as the base coat and then used acrylics that were similar to finish (only because acrylics are easier to work with and duracoat takes 3 weeks to fully cure!). Which reminds me, I should really photograph my completed, decalled HMR VF-1S . The duracoat has been strong enough to stay on my Glock 19 slide coming into and out of my kydex holster under (simulated) stress so I don't think its coming off from a valk transformation any time soon! -I'm experimenting with using dispersion dye to change valk colors. This has worked great for me on my Acid Rain figures and transforming toys which I handle a lot- the dye gets IN to the plastic and has survived a whole lot (50+?) transformations on my '88 team Speeder mkII. The downside? It's really hard to mask, it's really hard to figure out what the final color tone will be and its a function of time and temperature. Also, at least for bandai valks, they like to use multiple types of plastic that dye at different rates (or some not at all without heat...). You also can only go darker, since it's a dye- (can't dye "up" to a lighter color!) -BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL WITH THINNER! I was told mr. thinner was plastic safe, but I didn't realize it was actually causing embrittlement to the point where I started getting some cracks from just leaving my VF-0A in gerwalk. People who build static models don't really think about durability! Use isopropyl alchohol instead when you can, or Testor's Easy Lift Off, both of which I can confirm are genuinely valk safe.
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    Bandai DX VF-31

    One can only hope that they'd do something incredible like make it alpha-02 or alpha-01 to boot. Collectors aren't mad since their exclusive is still exclusive, new people get a chance to own one of the greatest valks ever, and people that play with their toys (i.e. like me) can dual wield swoosh!
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    Bandai DX VF-31

    I think this should be designated the VF-31FU. For giving cap ships the FU! Now I need to find another set of reaction missiles to do this with mine
  9. Pardon me for my ignorance of all things gundam, but does that gunbarrel striker go on all the metal builds, or just the aile strike? I'm thinking about buying several of the gunstriker barrel mecha to use as drones... anyone who has it mind taking a picture of it next to a 1/60 valk?
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    Whats next for Arcadia?

    I've only really played with one of them extensively (one I got super cheap since it had no box). It had neither scraping nor paint issues, but I couldn't resist and started repainting it myself into US Navy Low-Viz scheme. Speaking of which, I should really finish that... The other two are sitting pretty on their landing gear- I have 5 pairs of the shapeways hips standing by if something goes wrong!
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    Whats next for Arcadia?

    Wow, I'm mighty tempted by that restock- the 0A is my favorite bird by far, but I already have 3 of them .
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    Vallejo Mecha Color

    Duracoat is is then... oh well. At least once it goes on, it's there forever short of sand blasting.
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    Bandai DX VF-31

    Looks like we can only display the armor in its intended environment: zero-g That is also a pretty unflattering pose they have it in: I'm sure it could look a lot better with just some arm repositioning
  14. Hi there, just wondering if anyone has tried using Vallejo's mecha color line and if it actually does yield more durable paint jobs (or even, paint jobs that survive transformation!). So far, the only paint I've used that has survived multiple transformations is Duracoat (which is generally used on firearms...) but its really annoying to work with since you have to mix in hardener, use really toxic solvents, wait for 1 week to cure, pay $30 a bottle, etc.
  15. With the scalptastic price the hip-dislocatey-0D goes for right now, the sub 40k yen price looks downright reasonable.
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