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Push up on the two double-hinges from below, near to the front.

The ones shown in this image:

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Looks like the fuselage is removable.  Not all releases came this way out of the package but I have several VF-1s that also have a removable fuselage.

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Tried pushing on the hinges but it’s not moving, unless I’m pushing on the wrong thing 

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There's a second double hinge above the ones that are immediately visible, check that those aren't misaligned?

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Try pushing in the fuselage until there is no gap right here.

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That’s what I thought to, cause there’s a gap there but it won’t budge when I push on it

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1 hour ago, Bing0 said:

That’s what I thought to, cause there’s a gap there but it won’t budge when I push on it

I had the same issue with my VE-1.

I don't recommend pushing too hard on the fuselage because the piece of plastic that attaches it to the body is actually incredibly thin.

I decided to remove the fuselage, however it was a frustrating and nerve wracking task.

I recall using an x-acto knife to slice through as much of the adhesive attaching the fuselage to the body, however due to the tight fit I couldn't separate the pieces entirely.

So, I ended up removing the nose cone and splitting the fuselage down the middle in order to loosen the remaining adhesive. Splitting the fuselage will most likely break the few pegs that actually hold it together (as more adhesive was used on those).

Once I was able to remove the fuselage, I trimmed the plastic spurs that ultimately led to that annoying gap.

As difficult as it was dismantling, putting the fuselage back together proved even more problematic due to the section between the nose cone and the cockpit. That is actually two separate pieces with a closed hook inside that is used to attach it to the cockpit section. If/when you separate the fuselage, that loop/hook inside is going to be broken. Hooking that back on to the fuselage took the most effort due to the small space inside. I could have just glued it back on, but on the off chance that I ever decided to dismantle it again I decided  to avoid using adhesive there.

I'm glad I was able to remove my gap, but in retrospect I probably should have just learned to live with it...because there were a few places where dismantling it could have resulted in a complete loss.

Happy to provide any additional information to help.

*You can see my original post with gap pictures from May 13, 2019 in my history.

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Thanks for all the help and info everyone! I’m new at this hobby and don’t want to break anything trying to fix the gap so I’m just going to have to live with it. 
 

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4 minutes ago, Bing0 said:

Thanks for all the help and info everyone! I’m a new at this hobby and don’t want to break anything trying to fix the gap so I’m just going to have to live with it. 

Yeah, I think that's the best option.

For what it's worth, I think the VE-1 is the only release that I've personally had an issue with.

I know there have been other issues with folks getting two right or left leg armors, some grumbling about matching orange paint/plastic (including from me), but for the most part I think the HMR line has been fairly solid in terms of quality control.

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Wish the gap wasn’t there but still a great looking toy. I’ll still be buying more, hopefully no more defective ones though 

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Massage the valk...:p

Hope the gap can be reduced somehow...

sorry i dont know how to describe steps to close the gap other than perhaps suggesting transforming it back and forth a few times...

...mine still closes the gap ok...

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On 1/18/2020 at 11:03 AM, sh9000 said:

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Nice view.

DUUDE, SWEEET!

I can call this the "All Macross" display.

> Armored configuration 

> Clean configuration

> Monster & squad. 

You sir have a beautifully displayed, and vastly varied collection!

Not to take away from all the other members, and their collections, but i am loving this.

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1 hour ago, seti88 said:

Massage the valk...:p

Works like a charm. If you know what I mean. :rolleyes:

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9 hours ago, Bing0 said:

That’s what I thought to, cause there’s a gap there but it won’t budge when I push on it

If you’re still interested in trying and if the fuselage is removable, then this method might work.  To check if it is, remove the head, fold up the neck connector, and slide the fuselage out.

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Shave off any excess glue in the slit and on the tab.  After this the fuselage should slide completely back in and lined up.

If the fuselage is glued in place to the tab incorrectly and creates the gap, then the fuselage is not removable to begin with.  The way to make it removable is to remove the chest piece, stick a knife in the slit parallel with the tab (be careful not to injure your fingers or damage the plastic), and shave off the glue holding the fuselage and tab together.  Then do the other steps mentioned.  I made the fuselage on one of my VF-1Ds removable when it didn’t come that way from the factory.

4 hours ago, vlenhoff said:

DUUDE, SWEEET!

I can call this the "All Macross" display.

> Armored configuration 

> Clean configuration

> Monster & squad. 

You sir have a beautifully displayed, and vastly varied collection!

Not to take away from all the other members, and their collections, but i am loving this.

Thanks @vlenhoff.  I had a lot of fun putting it together.  The detolf is in my hallway so I love looking at it everyday.

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9000, thanks for the help! But the fuselage is stuck to the tabs like a rock, knowing my luck if I slit a knife in the tabs they will break lol but I’ll definitely give that method a try when I acquire more valks, don’t want to break it since I only have 2 valks as of now :(

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9 hours ago, Bing0 said:

9000, thanks for the help! But the fuselage is stuck to the tabs like a rock, knowing my luck if I slit a knife in the tabs they will break lol but I’ll definitely give that method a try when I acquire more valks, don’t want to break it since I only have 2 valks as of now :(

No problem.  I think I’ll make the fuselage removable on my spare VE-1.

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This a great opportunity for anyone who can create a 3D printed adapter that can connect the fuselage to the arm, ala the anime and lineart.

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Here are all of the fuselages that I’ve been able to remove so far.  With careful consideration I don’t recommend this to anyone for fear of breaking the toy.

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Oh man is this figure sliiiiiiiiiiick! I just got it from Mandrake this weekend and I think it is my most favorite VF after the YF-29 Durandal and VF-25 Messiah! I am so excited for the Fokker colors in March!

 

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Really wish they would actually attempt to droop the wings.. it's honestly an extremely easy mod, all they have to do is enlarge the wing tabs on the engines so it sits lower.. there's a fair bit of tolerance in the mold to let them drop.

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On 1/24/2020 at 12:06 AM, Bing0 said:

Thanks for all the help and info everyone! I’m new at this hobby and don’t want to break anything trying to fix the gap so I’m just going to have to live with it. 
 

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Funny, I have never noticed this gap in any of my HMR 1422357071_browniefleet.thumb.jpg.009a6ae6b33158d7ef5385aef5201c74.jpg

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Man, I really hope that the Max-color VF-4 is still on the way...

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12 hours ago, sh9000 said:

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February 15.

Looks awesome!

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My 2 VF-4Gs are coming from NY through registered ferry but 2 months is nothing.  I’ll be happy to have them when they come in.

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12 hours ago, sh9000 said:

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February 15.

So excited! I mocked up a Hikaru red scheme and now am considering getting some custom repaint work done. What do you all think?

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I'm going to be kitbashing this version with the FB2012 one for the wing stripes, head, and possibly other parts and give Hikaru an upgrade, I think. :) 

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2 minutes ago, Chronocidal said:

I'm going to be kitbashing this version with the FB2012 one for the wing stripes, head, and possibly other parts and give Hikaru an upgrade, I think. :) 

That's a great idea. I understand having FB2012 anime accuracy, but wing stripes definitely should have been there in the original design along with the vent stripes.

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6 hours ago, Bolt said:

Looks awesome!

It is very nice.

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6 hours ago, Aaadriiann said:

So excited! I mocked up a Hikaru red scheme and now am considering getting some custom repaint work done. What do you all think?

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Very cool.

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2 hours ago, Chronocidal said:

I'm going to be kitbashing this version with the FB2012 one for the wing stripes, head, and possibly other parts and give Hikaru an upgrade, I think. :) 

Will you be painting the wings and head if they release the VF-4G in grey?

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Probably not going to that effort, I thought it was in the same white as the FB2012 one based on the promo photos.  All I'm really interested in is color swapping for variety without having to paint anything myself. 

If it is gray, I'll probably do a reverse swap, and put the tan nosecone and different fins/tails from the 2012 one on this one, then strip off the giant honking blocks of black on the inner wings.

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