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Everything posted by kajnrig

  1. Is that an 0 Gundam on the lower shelf? I didn't know there were any big-scale figures of it.
  2. Bandai DX VF-31

    Well yes, of course, international shipping usually requires an air flight of some sort, but even still, I can't help but feel like you paid a hefty premium there. What are they bundling with it, a free wife or something?
  3. Pacific Rim Uprising

    First(?) review up. https://io9.gizmodo.com/somehow-pacific-rim-uprising-is-more-and-less-epic-tha-1823834809
  4. Pacific Rim Uprising

    My thoughts on it to come. EDIT: A minute in: It's kind of dumb. Not Pacific Rim dumb. Bad dumb. EDIT 2: Yeah, a bit of a waste of time. I'm always down for a good essay, especially about giant monsters and giant robots, but this isn't very well-written.
  5. Macross figures

    Thanks for the link. I'm probably gonna skip this figure altogether for now; too many purchases recently and upcoming. Gonna bookmark it for safekeeping, though. Hopefully it'll still be available in a few months' time or so. Managed to snag the silver one for ~1000 JPY (plus ~1000 in domestic shipping, proxy fee, etc.) from YJA. I didn't particularly want it, but I figure at that price you may as well. That sure is a sizeable figure. 1/60 Valks are already more than big enough for me, and she dwarfs that 1/48. Granted, the VF-1 is smaller than the rest, but still. You're building up my hype now.
  6. Macross figures

    I am definitely on the lookout for that one especially. There are two other Klan figures (both prize figures) I'm keen on, one in macro and one in micro form. The macro is her in her pilot uniform (there's a silver recolor as well), and the micro is her in her black and purple... jumpsuit?... thing. There's also one more (aside from various small-scale figures), but it's of her micro form... in a swimsuit... and yeah, that doesn't really speak to me. That most certainly does help. Thanks very much, I didn't know MFC allowed sorting by character.
  7. Macross figures

    I've been looking around for some Klan Klang figures, and came across again the "Ichiban Kuji" prize figures. Some questions: - Is there like a database of all the different varieties? I'm noticing that a bunch of them are just recolors of each other. - What does "ichiban kuji" translate to? Is it a brand/line name? a descriptor? - A Plamoya-specific question: Do they refund you excess shipping cost if the actual is less than what's calculated? Do they charge you more if the opposite is true? I see some of these items having $20-40 shipping costs. Thanks much, all. Fortunately for me, Klan doesn't have as many figures as Ranka and Sheryl... though seems to have a whole lot of "cosplay" figures with characters from other shows donning her micronized outfit.
  8. Gundam Figure Thread - Newtype GN-002

    Is that just a whole bunch of shields slapped onto it?
  9. WIP: Alternate Weapons Pods for VF-31

    Updated my previous post with some pictures. Nothing major, but hopefully the visuals help. Yeah, working with it some more today, I found it good at shaving very thin ribbons of plastic material. But when doing more than fine cleanup, it tends to chip the plastic rather than slice through it. So one should just be careful using it, as they should all their tools. I tend to use a knife extensively to remove sprue material from styrene kits. If I can avoid sanding, I do so. But with this stuff, sanding is definitely mandatory, and in some cases the safer option. Easiest way I've found to get the drill bit I need is to search by drill bit number. In the US at least there are standardized drill bit sizes ranging from #80 (0.34 mm) to #1 (5.8 mm) then A (5.9 mm) to Z (10.5 mm) ...plus a whole slew of sizes beyond that, but for most model kit work I've never stray far from the 80-30 range. The hole isn't a major concern, but thanks nonetheless. As for the wing mount, is the point to replace the arm guns with the gunpod, or just to mount the gunpod onto wing hardpoints? (Seems the latter. The former would be really cool, though, even if it means re-shaping the gunpod itself.) For my part, I think having as little separation between the VF body and the gun would look best from a front-on view, but top-down it would probably look better to have the gunpod protruding as far forward as possible. Have fun deciding. Ah, no worries, elbow grease comes with the territory. I've never met a model kit I didn't want to alter drastically (or rather time-consumingly) in one way or another. I agree, FUD would most definitely be best suited to fixed pose. For a model kit, that's fine, but I definitely see why you went with WSF to fit the DX toys. Drilling holes into FUD would have to be a painstakingly slow endeavor, and even then the chances of breaking/cracking/etc. is high.
  10. For the Faerie, go with HLJ instead for 13.860 JPY plus 1386 store credit. https://hlj.com/product/EVT57214 (Silvie also on sale, but for 15k, no credit, no super parts.)
  11. New Macross TV Series in 2018

    Huh. I would've never noticed that if you hadn't pointed it out.
  12. New Macross TV Series in 2018

    This statement continues to throw me for a loop. I've never understood them to be anything other than really good friends. Then again I never paid much attention to Nanase as a character; she filled a needed role in the story and that seems to be about it.
  13. http://hlj.com/product/KZC10002 http://www.collectiondx.com/news_item/81016/kitz_concept_super_deformed_robotech_vf1s_roy_fokker Saw the HLJ link on my Facebook page, and brief researching turned up the CollectionDX link. It's branded as a Robotech toy, but all the same. I dunno if it already has a dedicated topic, but in case it doesn't, I figured I'd share for those who are interested. MSRP of 8800 JPY.
  14. Where Can I Get Decals Made?

    I don't know if Samueldecal still offers to do custom decals, but you might be able to give him a message on Facebook. Other than that, I think the only other option is to do it yourself.
  15. WIP: Alternate Weapons Pods for VF-31

    Some more notes on working with these on 1/72 model kits and as a noob to Shapeways materials. Note I haven't yet sanded anything yet, which will definitely affect some of the notes. I'll try to update this post with pics tomorrow; for now my phone is about two percent from dying and it's late. :/ (EDIT: Added pics. Please forgive the shoddy nail coloring. The niece just loves her nail polish. ) Speaker pod: I'm 60% of the way to thinking that the shell would be best served being printed in FUD alongside the speakers. I'm not a big fan of the brittle plastic (and boy is it so, you weren't kidding Xigfrid), but I would imagine that the fitment "out of the box" would be much better than it currently is with WSF, especially between shell and speaker parts. Sanding the WSF shell to a smooth finish will alleviate some but not all fitment issues. (Sanding the two halves of the central shell might allow them to actually fit together). (EDIT: I dunno what a day did, but today the parts fit together much more smoothly than yesterday.) I would recommend that you get rid of the pegs that plug into the centers of the speakers and plug the matching holes (styrene rod will suffice). Sanding the pegs down to shape is possible, but seems like too much trouble. The two small triple-speaker pieces that slide onto either side of the main shell fit fine if snugly. Sanding the shell down here for an easier fit seems easy enough to do. (Or just glue the speakers on, that works too.) If you're crazy enough to attempt an articulated speaker pod, FUD shell is definitely a must. The drill indicators just aren't there with WSF, and the channels for rods to go into are too rough in WSF. Also, this goes without saying, but keep in mind that this is scaled down from a model designed for the 1/60 toy, so take your time and be careful. (EDIT: The hinges have a diameter of ~2mm, so size your bits and rods accordingly. You can probably get away with using plastic rods instead of metal, if those are easier to come by.) The speaker shell pieces all have tabs designed to help hold things together in closed form. If you're going to make the speaker pod static-pose, then snipping them off wouldn't be a bad idea. My speaker pod's hole to plug onto the Bandai 1/72 VF-31 is slightly too big (the hole is 3.4mm in diameter according to Xigfrid, as opposed to 3mm for the kit's peg), so I'll have to wrap the peg in some thin styrene or thin tape or something. He confirmed that he fixed the hole size on the 3D model now, though (many thanks!), so anyone who prints future speaker pods won't have to worry about this point. Missile pod: Being simpler, there's not as much to say about this. The same 3.4mm hole "issue" as above remains here, as this is also a simple scale-down from the 1/60 model designed for the DX toy. FUD plastic is very brittle, just need to reiterate that. I used my hobby nippers for some of this, and I found that if you apply pressure to the FUD extra slowly instead of quickly like you might for your typical model kit runners, you can get a nice clean cut. Think of it like cutting clear canopies off a runner, just with even more care. Articulated doors is... probably a no-go. It might be possible if you scratch-build your own doors, but if you're going with the ones in Sanity Is Optional's shop, you should just glue them open or closed. (EDIT: The missile pod fits snugly between the legs in fighter mode. If it doesn't appear to seat perfectly, that's because there's an additional peg on the fighter's underbelly that pegs into a hole on the stock charging pod. That will have to be snipped in order to get the missile/speaker pod to sit nicely between the legs. I have a feeling it provides support in other modes as well, though, so... I dunno. I'll get back to you on this.)
  16. Valkyrie Canopy Masks - 1/72 and 1/48 sets are ready!

    No no no no no, no sorry. I've had my own fair share of family in bad situations entirely of someone else's doing, so I'd have some choice words for the person who hit your daughter. I hope she's recovering well, and you're doing well too.
  17. Bandai DX VF-31

    Great to know, thanks.
  18. Bandai DX VF-31

    Just gonna bring this up again, it probably got lost in the page transition for most people.
  19. Robotech RPG Tactics Kickstarter

    I didn't want to start a whole new thread just for this. Anyway, more Google-recc'ed articles: Japanime announces three new Robotech board games worldwide http://www.dicetowernews.com/japanime-to-distribute-3-new-robotech-board-games-worldwide/50746
  20. Bandai DX VF-31

    An FYI as well to remind you that Xigfrid has the speaker pod up on Shapeways, and Sanity is Optional has the missile launcher pod there as well.
  21. Bandai DX VF-31

    Those who have preordered from MyKombini before, do they charge you the outstanding balance on the order when they receive the item in stock? Or do they expect you to proactively pay the remainder?
  22. So the Wikipedia article for the M+ soundtracks says that its main theme, "Voices," is based on Gabriel Faure's "Sicilienne," a classical music piece for cello and piano. Anyone know if the creators have talked about musical inspirations in the movie/OVA? Apparently the same piece has spawned other anime music as well, judging by the comments.
  23. Robotech by Titan Comics

    I actually don't think any of the art in this new run is bad at all, despite the ribbing I'll gladly give it. Above and beyond anything else, it carrying the Robotech name is reason enough to hate it, rather than any individual effort made in producing it.
  24. New Macross TV Series in 2018

    pfahahahaHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH If anything else about the characters were also similar, I'd say you're onto something there, but no one will remember Bogue ten years from now whereas Dilandau's "Moeru moeru!" is eternal. Also the music isn't as good.
  25. Macross Plus' "Voices" based on Faure?

    It's the being inspiration for apparently a bunch of other anime songs that really intrigues me. I wonder if that piece is taught a lot in Japanese orchestra classes or something.