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So do these stickers(marking seals) stay on or not? The ultraman ones came with decals. Yamato ones came with nothing and the Star Wars ones will be stickers as well.

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Thanks for the video post!

1. Looks like the wings dont move -_- or anything else for that matter..

2. Panel line the wings, clean it nicely and then stick stickers over it :D

Tho its a nice cheap kit to practice painting on! ;)

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@ 0:08 on the A2 sprue which attaches at the valk bottom @1:53 ....does that look like a unremovable gunpod?

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There were early pics that showed the gunpod. The stand hooks into the gunpod and there's a removable filler piece to flush out the gunpod for those who won't be using the stand

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That's a nice, quick video that covers it all - cool! Thanks for posting! - MT

Edited by MechTech

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I like the fact that there's at least a lot of clear on those stickers. That should make it easier to cut them to proper shape, should I deign to go that route. Otherwise a very nice-looking kit. Looking forward to building it once it ships out with the rest of my Private Warehouse.

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Damn, can't find these anywhere in Hong Kong and the ones I ordered from HLJ seem to be lost in transit.

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Damn, can't find these anywhere in Hong Kong and the ones I ordered from HLJ seem to be lost in transit.

Are they like hot potatoes there? Sorry to hear abt the transit problem, but i trust cust service of HLJ should be able to ship sort it out for you..

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I'll just leave this here, Delta 05 build in English (with much wishing for decals rather than stickers)

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Ah, I had seen the unboxing video and all the not undeserved hate leveled by this gentleman. Still, it's a perfectly fine build video, though I prefer the Japanese ones without the emotionally-wrought commentary. :p

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Are they like hot potatoes there?

None of the 6 model and toy/hobby shops I visited even knew about them. As usual, gazillions of Gundam kits everywhere but almost no Macross.

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Interesting, the VF-171 is referred to as the Rim World Model.

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I'll put up a review on YouTube...I kinda dig em...for $4 ya can't go wrong.

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Here's some crappy phone camera pics of the VF-31J I put together last night.

The stickers are actually very adhesive and not the foil type.

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Nice build, but oy, those literally spotty stickers...

How... how does one theoretically go about turning a theoretical sticker sheet into a theoretical set of waterslide decals? For theory's sake, of course.

No, but seriously, I'm really wracking my brain wondering what strategy would give me the least headaches while minimizing sticker usage.

EDIT:

Are there no stickers for the insides of the tail fins? They should have the same blue pattern as the outside.

Edited by kajnrig

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Yeah, I'm wondering the same thing. I get it, they're super cheap and I'm OK with what you get for the money, but it certainly has me wondering what can be done to make them a bit better for a small investment.

I can answer the "turning stickers into decals" question for you - scan them and turn them into a vector drawing that can be printed on decal paper. But that will only work for the dark areas. If there are white markings and they go over dark plastic, it's not going to work. White decal paper might be an option but not if there are places you'd have to cut small areas from the paper - that'd just be too hard to pull off correctly.

As for the missing markings on the inside of the tails, I'm with ya there, too. I also notice there's absolutely nothing on the underside of the fighter. So a quick observation about what likely needs paint to really get a completed look:

  • Engine/feet
  • Intake covers
  • Sides of the legs (should be the same purple as the top of the fighter)

I have to stress again though, I like what you get for the money!

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Confirm there are no stickers for the inside of the tail fins and no stickers for the underside of the fighter.

My middle-age eyes had a bit of a problem lining up the panel lines on the stickers with the panel lines on the plane last night.........hahaha. I guess I should have waited until the weekend to build the kit in my sitting room in daylight conditions rather than building it at night in my bedroom.......LOL

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Vigorous nodding, to basically all of that (what mickyg said) up to and including the last bit.

Well, I've ordered 3 of the 171 and 2 of the 31. Three will go to the niece and nephews, and whatever's left over (hopefully one of each lol) I might try making decals for. I dunno. We'll see when they arrive.

Any good sources for clear and/or white decal paper? (Given the lack of white ink, what's the best alternative? I remember perusing some thread somewhere talking about that but I've since forgotten.)

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I finished my 171 earlier today, I tried to pait for the first time ever but just some of the details, here are some bad pictures taken with my phone.

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Hmmm... Looks painted, with just some of the smaller details in sticker form. That's a bit sneaky.

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Wow bunny eared lasers! The 1s looks like it has color on the bottom compared to completely white for the 31j?

Hmm yea looks painted after clicking on the link... like draken pic tho ..

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Definitely painted. It's most obvious... well, everywhere, but especially on the ankle cuffs, which are white all around where the stickers would only cover the sides of them, not the lips. Are the ears on the 31S supposed to be dual laser cannons a la VF-1S? Otherwise what's with the weird shape?

That SV-262 looks as good as always, even though I still can't tell how the transformation works. lol

Also, got impatient and had my set shipped out today. All this talking about them made the temptation too powerful. :p

Same question as before: Should I need white decals, anyone have advice on good sources for clear and/or white decal paper? Apparently there are now white decal papers that will dry white when you apply them?

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Screwed up the sticker sheet when building the VF-171 last night........urghhhh.

on the VF-31J a couple of days ago I used a pair of tweezers to remove the stickers from the sheet and they came of easily.

However, for the VF-171, I think the sticker sheet was not properly die-cut, as most of the stickers didn't want to come off and I tore and twisted some trying to remove them.

Luckily I was able to remove the VF-171's cockpit canopy sticker without problems, but all the others gave me grief.

So my VF-171 is mostly bare with just the panel lines done and only two stickers successfully applied (canopy) and the black V on the back-plate.

Oh well, still looks OK and these kits are only temporary cheap holdovers until the DX toys and TomyTecs come out, just so I have something hold in my hand to zoom around......hahaha

Graham

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I got one VF-31J at private warehouse, planning to punish myself to paint this but I am still thinking if I plan to add more grief by adding the 171 (which is easier to paint)

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They are nice enough kits for the price point, but I definitely won't be buying any more. I just got the VF-31J, because I wanted a physical representation of the VF-31 to zoom around until the DXs and TomyTecs are released.

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Saw these this afternoon at two different stores:

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Are those VF-1 variants in the first two pics?

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Are those VF-1 variants in the first two pics?

I think those are the 1/100 scale Wave kits.

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