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  1. Bandai 1/72 Scale Transformable Macross Δ Kits

    Turned out pretty well I think! Yeah, they're just so huge, and have to go over so many complex curved surfaces, it's kind of a miracle to get them to lay down well.
  2. Arcadia 1/60 Super VF-1J Max & Millia Release

    The number of model-making tools and accessories you find in the beauty and makeup section of your local market is pretty surprising actually.
  3. The semi-amusing part of this entire debacle to me is that, as the whole lootbox scheme unravels, it's going to reveal just how ridiculously shallow the content in the game might actually be. If they're requiring months of playtime to unlock any new features, then the range of what players have access to for several months is going to be almost nil. Will the game even survive that lack of available content without people jump starting via microtransactions?
  4. Not to mention the holiday shopping season coming up... though often times, people use that as an excuse to splurge. I'm actually surprised the Arcadia could command such a high price in general, though are these just ebay listings that may not have sold anyway, or are they actual confirmed sales? Despite the funky wing mechanism, I have to wonder if the Arcadia is more popular because of all the extra weapons packed in that can be used on all the other Yamato/Arcadia valks.
  5. A bunch of friends of mine have been hooting and hollering about all the Battlefront hubbub all week, and it's making me smile how much traction the complaints are getting. The big thing is, EA is digging themselves deeper with every new update on the situation. One of their announcements changed the total number of achievement points to unlock the high end characters to about a quarter of what they used to be.... but hidden in the fine print was a notice that they similarly reduced the rewards, meaning nothing actually changed. Also, the entire game runs on a "You've been playing too much, so we're not giving you more loot until tomorrow" system. I don't know the specifics, but I've seen it mentioned that once you cap out for a day, it might be 14 hours until the game will let you do any more "work" toward unlocking things. It's really just exemplifying everything wrong with the game industry today, and I'm so happy to see EA taking it directly on the chin. Blizzard seems to be enjoying the opportunity to capitalize off of EA's stupidity though.
  6. Diecast Aircraft Collectors

    So yeah, having built the Monogram kit, the seams are a pain. There are ways to mitigate that, but what you really need to do is chop the kit up to allow the wing to be installed after the fuselage is completed, and either way, you're going to probably wind up sanding the entire thing smooth. Far as the 1/72 Hasegawa kit goes, I've got one of those too, and it's a beautiful little kit, but I don't think there's ever been a retool of that kit with engraved details either. The one I have is a 90s reboxing of a kit that my dad also built in the late 70s. The only one I know for sure of with engraving is the Trumpeter 1/48th. Getting more back on the actual topic, the seams are also what kind of deters me from the Hobby Master one. It also has some odd curves to the nose section that make me think it's based directly off of the Hasegawa kit. I just need to get a fancier 3D printer, and I can start printing out the version I built for Microsoft Flight Sim.
  7. Diecast Aircraft Collectors

    Yep, was just about to post the link there, was wondering which scale you plan to go for. Finding a 1/48th kit can be a little trickier, and the old Monogram mold can be a royal pain to finish due to the construction, but I think it's still preferred for accuracy over the Trumpeter release in some ways? Something about the landing gear, and certain cockpit details, I believe, and maybe the intake shape, but I'm not sure at the moment. I think a 1/72 kit would be a lot easier to complete anyway, and much easier to display, as the 106 is a pretty large plane. My dad grew up in Fresno watching the sixes come and go, so I grew up with his love for them ingrained in me, and I've built a couple myself, but the various kits all have their quirks.
  8. Diecast Aircraft Collectors

    Possibly, but I'm hoping to limit myself to just one company so all the parts match up. I'm thinking I'll just wind up with two or three F-14s though. Any more than that, I'll have to start selling off valks.
  9. Diecast Aircraft Collectors

    Ugh, I finally decided to splurge and pick up the Calibre Wings Wolfpack F-14.. and I worry I might be hooked on another collecting hobby. I do plan on getting the Ghostriders release in the next month or so as well, but now I'm considering grabbing one of the Robotech VF-1 versions too. Sadly, while the trays have room, they don't include all of the weapons options, and there's no release with white sparrow mounts for the wing gloves yet, it seems. I might have to wait for more late 70s schemes, and hope they put out a classic VF-84. Looking around at other brands, I almost want to pick up a Hobby Master CA ANG F-106, but the molding and seam lines on their design look pretty bad.
  10. Bandai DX VF-31

    The skull thing for me is purely 1980s F-14 nostalgia. It wasn't even just that squadron, since I grew up with literal VF-1 Wolfpack F-14 bedsheets, toys in old Sundowners markings, and a VF-84 Flying Fighters F-14 toy. What really cemented the VF-84 scheme in everyone's memory was probably The Final Countdown, but I have a major weakness for any of the old late 70s high-vis gray and white schemes. It's not even what I'd call my favorite scheme, it's probably just the most recognizable. Far as skulls go on their own though? I could mostly care less. If they aren't using the original skull design paired with black (and hopefully yellow), they just don't have that same impact. I was actually rather glad they gave the squadron a different name in Delta, and hope we get more varied group callsigns going forward.
  11. Bandai DX VF-31

    I honestly couldn't give two shakes about the paintscheme and logo, I think they should all go back to tail markings and be done with the spine-art. All I care about is Bandai FINALLY releasing something with some actual external ordinance that I could potentially mount on something, and they decided to lock it behind a freaking convention exclusive/lottery release.
  12. DX VF-171EX from Macross Frontier

    I believe a lot of those are supposed to be thruster exhaust ports, but it's difficult to say. Bandai hasn't been exactly consistent with marking those across their assorted releases, even outside of the 171s.
  13. The Third Party Transformers Thread

    You know what I could deal with for a better Silverbolt? Make him into a space shuttle. Big boxy construct that has plenty of room for everything. I'm also not attached to the characters origins though, so that's just me.
  14. Hi-Metal R

    I think the biggest issue with it may have actually been the color? It had some decent ideas, despite the heavy partsforming. Part of me actually prefers the proportions of the old Hi Metal Fire Valk over the Yamato design in fighter mode, just because the different angle of the wing leading edge made the nose look a bit longer. The Yamato design blows it out of the water entirely in every other way though.
  15. The Third Party Transformers Thread

    I seriously cannot imagine anyone succeeding at making Silverbolt anything other than a Concorde lugging a giant robot in box-form underneath. If someone ever proves me wrong, I'll be first on line to get one, but I'm not getting my hopes up.