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    Bandai DX VF-31

    From the photos, it doesn't look like the window frosting is any different: was that already improved for the first 31F release? (Is only the 31J the only one that needs to run the defroster?) I was trying to avoid this valk since I prefer the 31A... gettin' thirsty though...
  2. Amazing display! Thanks for the tips on the 1/60 things! Out of curiosity, do diaclone pilots fit in the cockpit of any VF's ? PS Thanks for the tip on the Tomcat- going to buy it and "fix" it (repaint, re-decal. Hopefully with some scaled up markings).
  3. Forgive me if my search-fu is off, but I thought an updated thread would be beneficial anyways. For those of you who like your valks interacting with other things, what else is in 1/60 scale? I've bought myself a masterpiece starscream just to use as an F-15 for my macross zero era toys to blow up (just wish there was also an f-14...). I was even thinking about getting some 1/60 gundams to fight, but I can't really locate anything else in this odd scale.
  4. I couldn't stand not knowing what would happen so I went ahead and transformed to gerwalk and back 2 or 3 times. It seems to be holding up (though I developed another crack right next to the leg-to-fuselage connector on the back of the leg). I have nearly FILLED the intake pieces with CA (going around the gerwalk joint of course)- I think that might be why it's ok right now as it's like a brick with a candy shell instead of a hollow part. Thanks for the replies: I guess I'm thankful that I got lucky this time! I also tried the hip extension gimmick and it still works (I know that's kind of a taunt with a VF-0A, but count me lucky).
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    Bandai DX VF-31

    Next step: design and 3D print a perfect transformation adapter for the drakens!
  6. Well, crap. I guess I've got nothing to lose by trying to anneal the plastic in the oven then! If it goes really south, I'll leave it as a static fighter mode model- I guess that's why I got three of these things anyways
  7. dur

    Low visibility Hi-metal R VF-1S

    I've actually got the super parts painted already in dark ghost gray (to compliment the light ghost gray fighter), I just didn't try mounting them yet. After I clean up the paint fading (hopefully some time this week?) I'll do a quick photo shoot- got to transform it too to make sure the paint and decals survive! And yes, I'm definitely going to tint the nose cone lighter to represent a fighter that's been using its radar in combat (or at least on CAP) . I suppose it's not too late to change the super part booms/strike cannon, but I'm kind of losing steam on this build and will probably leave them dark ghost. So other than tweaking the "fade" and doing a final sanding of all surfaces in 1000 grit (just to give it that uniform surface look), and maybe a teeny tiny bit of lining/weathering, I'm going to call this one done. I've got a VF-25A and VF-0A on the workbench that need some love! All that being said, once I finish it, I am probably going to sell it: this is my last hi-metal R that I didn't want to sell incomplete, and I want to stick to 1/60.
  8. dur

    Low visibility Hi-metal R VF-1S

    Can't believe I started this over 2 years ago- life gets in the way! I'm nearing the final stages now. In hindsight, the duracoat is great for the joint areas, but painting with acrylic is just so much easier (I picked a similar shade so that if it scratches, the duracoat underneath is a very similar color). I'm touching up the fast packs and a few funny paint areas: almost done. You can see that my fading is uneven on some of the decals: that's WIP (I dilute my base color with clear coat so I can spray it translucent- going for a very faded look on everything). You can also see that I messed up the modex number slant since I worked on it at 3 am: going to replace those.
  9. Well, as I said, I sanded and repainted the component, so it looks like a painted brick... I could take pictures if something explodes again, and if it doesn't, I guess I don't have to worry about it. It looked like mp03 starscream after trying to transform it, if that helps... (cracked abs plastic around a hinge)
  10. Sooooo I was stripping down one of my Arcadia VF-0A's for repainting using mr. thinner instead of my usual rubbing alcohol (since it works so much faster... sigh...) when I noticed that the gerwalk joint spontaneously started exploding. Turns out you're not supposed to use that on straight plastic and this is a well documented effect for modelers. So I stopped, I repaired and sanded the fissures I saw with CA, and now I'm wondering if this toy is now compromised. Is there anyway to "undo" the embrittlement? Should I just glue this together in fighter mode? The rest of the fig seems fine.
  11. Just wondering: has anyone tried using dispersion dye on Bandai and/or Arcadia's plastic? Looking to get some more beautifully drab gray valks and I don't want to deal with paint rub, but I'm a bit nervous about dumping the thing wings and everything in 90C water.
  12. dur

    BANDAI DX YF-19!!

    Just reporting mine from Ami-Ami was packed with a ring of paper on top, antenna is fine.
  13. dur

    Bandai DX VF-31

    Just another note of help to those waiting: I was always cordial in my communication with NY and did not let them know about order numbers before me, etc. Also, it was quite random: I got my shipment notice today although my last communication with them was 3 weeks ago. It really seems that they're drawing numbers out of a hat or something!
  14. dur

    Bandai DX VF-31

    My VF-31A shipped through NY today! (Ordered 10/7 3am) And to think, I had just logged on today to request store credit I'd be even more excited if I hadn't already bought a pair at the scalper's markup since I was impatient. But another in the family never hurts.
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    Bandai DX VF-31

    I'm still waiting for my order, after numerous pesterings. I ordered 10/7 03:05:09 #488952 and have sent multiple bugging tickets: still no movement. I'm also in the boat of "never using NY again" despite their low prices.