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  1. Chronocidal

    BANDAI DX YF-19!!

    I remember at least one or two head lasers on the Advance being broken, but it's frankly a very easy fix, and people forgot about it quickly. The packaging has been entirely redesigned, and while the Advance had a plastic shield over the rear half, the forward half of the fuselage was held down by a Styrofoam bar, and taped shut under a sheet of cardboard. What's actually really odd that I noticed recently.. the Advance's head laser does not lay as flat as the YF-19's. Maybe it's my particular copy, but something about the way the laser fits in the slot in the shield is different, and the laser lays farther back than on my Advance model.
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    Bandai DX VF-31

    If you're worried about getting the actual Messer with the adapters, that's one thing, but I'm absolutely certain someone here can make adapters to mount the drones like that.
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    Wave 1/72 VF-4 lightning

    I'm assuming they'll be molded in color then? Yeah, pass. Ugly schemes, and if I was going to go to the trouble of making them not ugly, I'd just paint up a pair of the first issue kits in the better schemes shown in the Master File.
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    BANDAI DX YF-19!!

    You can also mitigate the risks by supporting the structure properly when moving it. Don't just yank the leg around by whatever you happen to grab onto, but grip it by the hip region, and support the material around the joint so you aren't applying force to just the half that we've seen break.
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    Robotech by Titan Comics

    As bad as everything is visually for the overwhelming majority, I can't deny I'm curious what sort of shenanigans they're pulling with the storyline, and where they plan to go with it.
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    BANDAI DX YF-19!!

    Fortunately, tampo can be removed. I'm planning on some rather extensive modifications to at least one of my YF-19s, including the wings, tails, ventral fins, neck, and thinning the black patch on the spine so it's not so huge.
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    Bandai DX VF-31

    They might not benefit from the inflated prices, but they absolutely screw with supply to keep demand high, and ensure their runs sell out.
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    Star Citizen

    Yeah, the CIG/Crytek mess sounded like a 30 technicality pileup. From what I understand, Crytek wasn't holding up their end of the deal by doing the work to move the engine to a 64-bit architecture. Anyhow, yeah, those videos are an amazing example of how versatile the engine they're making is, and why it's taking so long. It's got all the functionality of something like the battlefield games, letting you move vehicles and things around at will, but at the fidelity of something approaching a flight or vehicle simulator. There's just so much capability being baked into it. From what I recall, it might even be entirely possible to simulate the physical properties of mechs, and while I never expect the atmospheric mechanics to reach DCS World levels, they are separate from spaceflight. If we get enough people pouring effort into this, I don't see any reason why we shouldn't be able to have a full SDF-1 simulation built in this engine.
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    Arcadia 1/60 SV-51 Ivanov

    I guess I never had mine displayed long enough. I did a lot of work tightening them up, but they've always been pretty floppy.
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    Star Citizen

    I'm no legal expert, but the entire thing sounded like Crytek throwing a hissy fit over Star Citizen deciding not to use Cryengine. It partly revolved around wording in the contract that granted SC "exclusive" rights to use Cryengine. Where it goes off the rails is that Crytek seems to have thought "exclusive" means "you must use Cryengine for SC." Any normal person would have interpreted that as Crytek only giving SC rights to use the engine, but there was no binding contract that SC had to run on it. When Crytek stopped actively supporting development of the engine, SC moved on to Amazon Lumberyard. There were other bits in there about how SC was turning into two separate games, due to Squadron 42 being released separately, but this was called out in the original contract, and Crytek knew about it. Anyhow. As far as seeing Wing Commander 1 and 2 built in this engine? The main reason I'm driven to SC in the first place is because Chris Roberts has remained dedicated to the idea that SC will be run more like the games of days gone by. Yes, there will be "official" servers for the game, but they've advertised it from the start as allowing private servers for people to develop their own content. There are so many styles of play available in the game, it's almost inevitable that people will want customized sets of rules for specialized play. Frankly speaking, the universe and mechanics are already nearly identical to classic WC. It's part of why I enjoy the game so much already, even in its unfinished state. Once the full game is released, and we start seeing SDKs become available? I'm fully expecting to see conversion mods for every science fiction universe under the sun. If we don't see a fully adapted Wing Commander universe mod in the next few years, I'll eat my hard drive.
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    Arcadia 1/60 SV-51 Ivanov

    I'm so torn on this, because, like the VF-0, it's not something that's changing visually in a significant manner. It's not like going between the VF-1 version 1 and 2, where you can easily identify the benefits of the new one. The joints might be better, and the transformation might work more smoothly, but those are of little benefit to a model that stays on display 90% of the time. I dunno. If they make a new paint scheme (splinter? pretty please?) I'll probably pick it up, but otherwise I'll probably just grab one. I know I'm never getting them at the prices I got the originals, either.
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    BANDAI DX YF-19!!

    If the item isn't damaged, you may want to just offer to resell it on the forums here. There were a few people who missed out and might be happy to pick one up, and it will probably save you money on shipping.
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    Star Citizen

    As someone who's basically bought a game license and a single ship I liked (the Gladius, most WC-ish ship in the game I think), I'd say I've gotten my money's worth out of it. While the game proper isn't ready for prime time, I actually really enjoy the testing phase, and messing around with people in multiplayer to try things. Some of the most fun I've had was running a private PVP match, and loading up one of the preview builds of the giant Reclaimer salvage ship... then proceeding to play bumper cars with it. Goofiness aside though, I feel like it's been worth it just for the hours I've spent playing the pirate gauntlet arena missions. The spaceflight mechanics and physics in the game are some of the best I've seen in a very long time, and the combat is really enjoyable. Even just the fact that I can take off from a space station, fly out to a moon, land at a botanical research station, and wander around the surface in one seamless experience is probably the most impressive thing for me. It's something I've wanted to be able to do in every space game for literally decades.
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    Bandai DX VF-31

    Yeah, if you don't mind waiting over 6 months to get only half of your original order. I picked a lousy freaking time to finally cave and request the reduction. They made the shipping label just in time for the package to be stuck in limbo while they deal with all the delays imposed by that typhoon.
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    Hi-Metal R

    "I love you, You love me, Let's ride in my Valkyrie.. With a fifty round burst, And an RMS or two, Won't you say 'aishiteru?'"