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Mine came in today. Looks great. I've not yet attempted to transform the thing because this YF-30 (in addition to the VF-25F Renewal shipped with it) are my first two Bandai mecha from Frontier. I'll transform the VF-25 tonight and study the YF-30 Chronos before transforming it.

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FYI, I've noticed everybody is still transforming the YF-30 to Battroid wrong. The tail fins on the back are supposed to fold inward toward the Battroid, not away. That's how the original Lego transformation video Kawamori showed off did it, that's how it does it in the game and the lineart for the game. However, NONE of the Bandai production photos, or even the box cover, do it that way. I feel it looks better as it mimics the orientation of the folded over wing above it.

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Just transformed mine! Awesome piece! Just watch out with the contacts on the black paint ;) Looks good with the missiles and MDE missiles from the VF-171 EX CF.

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Just transformed mine! Awesome piece! Just watch out with the contacts on the black paint ;) Looks good with the missiles and MDE missiles from the VF-171 EX CF.

Your tail fins are backwards bro.

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i thought it's the same from the manual

You are correct, Bandai has got the orientation of the tail fins incorrect the entire time. Look at the game screens. The game is also consistent with the original transformation video Kawamori showed off with Legos. You don't have the wings folded over entirely because of the missiles on the hard points but if you did you'd notice the orientation of the folded wing and the tail fins would complement each other if the tail fin were turned inward instead of outward.

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Is it me or doesn't the tailfins go the other direction in batt mode? Either way I'm there!

FYI, I've noticed everybody is still transforming the YF-30 to Battroid wrong. The tail fins on the back are supposed to fold inward toward the Battroid, not away. That's how the original Lego transformation video Kawamori showed off did it, that's how it does it in the game and the lineart for the game. However, NONE of the Bandai production photos, or even the box cover, do it that way. I feel it looks better as it mimics the orientation of the folded over wing above it.

So can the tailfins fold the way in the game? Sorry to ask but I don't have one yet to verify.

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So can the tailfins fold the way in the game? Sorry to ask but I don't have one yet to verify.

I don't own the game but I posted a screen shot and the tail fins can turn inward on the toy. I feel like it looks better that way. Technically you can do it however you like but I feel the manual is wrong.

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Thanks for the info. Ever since the preview pics came out last year I thought maybe they changed their mind or something. Eh, whatever floats your boat I guess.

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Having it fold inwards makes it look consistent with how the the main wing is folded. But yeah wmkjr, whatever floats your boat!

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FYI, the YF-30 has one of the simplest, most straightforward transformations of any Valk yet.

Yeah kinda but I still reckon the v2 Yamato VF-1 gives it a good run for its money! I can switch it from fighter to battroid in about a minute whislt being careful doing so!

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Anyone else having trouble opening the two flaps for the front landing gear? I can't seem to get them to open whatsoever, and i'm afraid of putting too much stress on them if I brute force it. Do they pull out, then open, or just swing open from their original position?

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Anyone else having trouble opening the two flaps for the front landing gear? I can't seem to get them to open whatsoever, and i'm afraid of putting too much stress on them if I brute force it. Do they pull out, then open, or just swing open from their original position?

They swing out from two hinges, but needs a bit of force to get them open.

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The act of pushing them open also generally causes the sliding mechanism to extend. It did require a bit of force though.

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Congrats to all you happy Chronos owners. The user pics on this thread do the YF-30 more favours than the official pics. I have to say I was originally underwhelmed by the look of this Valk in fighter mode which is why I didn't preorder it. Gerwalk and Batdroid both look awesome though making me think...

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Just transformed mine! Awesome piece! Just watch out with the contacts on the black paint ;) Looks good with the missiles and MDE missiles from the VF-171 EX CF.

I taped as usual ^_^ The black paint the goes underneath the chest as well as underneath the arm for the missile rack behind the cockpit

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I taped as usual ^_^ The black paint the goes underneath the chest as well as underneath the arm for the missile rack behind the cockpit

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Which kind of tape is it? I there any risk of lifting up the paint if it stays with the tape too long?

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Well, any tape that's left on too long runs the risk of the adhesive staining the plastic.

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Which kind of tape is it? I there any risk of lifting up the paint if it stays with the tape too long?

not sure what that stuff is but I have used the 3M (green) Marine tape for the Frontier Valks I've switched to Battroid.. its great stuff! lasts ages and doesn't leave any sticky residue or do damage to surfaces.

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from the color and looks of the tape, it looks like a hobby grade masking tape (like tamiya). That one never leaves residue even when left alone and I think it is not that sticky so the risk of lifting the paint being gummy later is fairly low.

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Which kind of tape is it? I there any risk of lifting up the paint if it stays with the tape too long?

I use this one by Tamiya http://amzn.to/1urT4N1 so far it hasnt given me any problems and I tape all of my Bandai valks and the Arcadia YF-19. Also i have some taped to the cutting board that has been there for a while and it doesnt leave any residue.

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not sure what that stuff is but I have used the 3M (green) Marine tape for the Frontier Valks I've switched to Battroid.. its great stuff! lasts ages and doesn't leave any sticky residue or do damage to surfaces.

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Is it 3M Green Masking Tape #233?

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Battlroid brace isn't that bad...you can hardly see it. I did notice this one little swing joint at the under body when you got into gerwalk and you can swing that to the waist piece and hold it there on the edge and BAM! No floppy floppy.

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Battlroid brace isn't that bad...you can hardly see it. I did notice this one little swing joint at the under body when you got into gerwalk and you can swing that to the waist piece and hold it there on the edge and BAM! No floppy floppy.

pictures please, I'm not sure what you're talking about.

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I finally got my YF-30 yesterday, but didn't get a chance to open it till today because I wasn't feeling well yesterday and passed out.

I really like it and for some reason I was expecting it to be a bit larger that it is... All the joints are tight, it holds poses well and the braces are not always needed. Overall I am happy with it. :D

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So Just a warning to YF-30 owners, the Gunpod back attachment is a total pain to remove if you insert it fully into stock while the front barrels are extended.

Not only is it a very tight fit when inserted into the stock, There are no tabs or anything to take it back out.

In addition, if you put the back piece fully in, you cannot collapse your gunpod.

To remedy this, I cut off a piece of the back attachment at an angle as below.

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The back attachment still works in fighter mode for a secure fit.

When the gunpod is extended, you can fully insert the piece.

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With the angle cut, when you close the gunpod, the backpiece automatically is pushed out due to the angle, and you can pull it out with ease.

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I figure Bandai meant to make it like this, but somehow they..er.. flubbed it? lol

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I finally got my YF-30 yesterday, but didn't get a chance to open it till today because I wasn't feeling well yesterday and passed out.

I really like it and for some reason I was expecting it to be a bit larger that it is... All the joints are tight, it holds poses well and the braces are not always needed. Overall I am happy with it. :D

But we will not be happy till we see pictures. :lol:

I'm also looking forward to MacrossJunkie's weathered YF-30 photos.

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But we will not be happy till we see pictures. :lol:

I'm also looking forward to MacrossJunkie's weathered YF-30 photos.

Haha ok. :D I am working on processing the photos from the YF-30 shoot. ;)

MJ's weathered VF-30 is going to look amazing, can't wait to see that too. :D

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