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Has the separate canopy frame ever been done on model aircraft before (at least in this small a scale)? I’m a little concerned that unless it’s done perfectly with the toughest possible tolerances, you’re going to see gaps between the frame and “glass” that will make it look like a snap-together kit.

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3 hours ago, VF-1A Grunt said:

Has the separate canopy frame ever been done on model aircraft before (at least in this small a scale)? I’m a little concerned that unless it’s done perfectly with the toughest possible tolerances, you’re going to see gaps between the frame and “glass” that will make it look like a snap-together kit.

This is going to be entirely up to the quality of Wave's molds.  I've seen it done with Bandai's Star Wars kits in 1/72 (specifically the A-Wing.. though whether that counts as 1/72 is another story), but that's Bandai for you.  This kit looks like it will need to be of similar quality molding to pull off that sort of assembly.

Edited by Chronocidal

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I  was sitting here staring at my Bandai A-Wing thinking that exact same thing! 

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IIRC, Bandai's Star Wars kits have a choice between a clear canopy or just the frame without any windows, which is significantly different from what this Wave kit does, ie separate frame and window parts.

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Bandai's VF-1 kit has the lower part of the frame (the canopy rails) separate from the canopy. It worked fine.

Edited by Vifam7

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1 hour ago, Vifam7 said:

Bandai's VF-1 kit has the lower part of the frame (the canopy rails) separate from the canopy. It worked fine.

But that was Bandai. Wave's engineering is a little less... good.

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On ‎2‎/‎24‎/‎2018 at 4:22 PM, kajnrig said:

IIRC, Bandai's Star Wars kits have a choice between a clear canopy or just the frame without any windows, which is significantly different from what this Wave kit does, ie separate frame and window parts.

The A-Wing is actually the oddball of the Bandai bunch, since that was one of the few studio models that actually had a transparent canopy, instead of windowless frames.  There's no glass-less option for that one.

I'd forgotten about the Bandai VF-1 kit though (possibly on purpose :p), but yeah, again, it'll come down to how accurate Wave can make the molds.  Transparent plastic usually just winds up brittle and hard to work with.

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That's what I get for Caving and picking up a DX VF-31C last week... ah well

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7 hours ago, seti88 said:

 

Nice boxart.  :good:

 

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At first I thought this was a promo for a Hase VF-4 and I was like HNNNNNNNGGGGGHHH TAKE ALL MY MONEY

but this is nice too

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3 hours ago, no3Ljm said:

Nice boxart.  :good:

 

My question is.....does the kit actually look that sleek??? From what I remember of the prototype pics it didn't look as good as that box art does..

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Will found when it arrives. Jut been notified by HLJ that they have taken possession of their money and my VF4 is on the wing!

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Posted (edited)

Same, straight into PW.

EDIT:

By the by, it was Order Stop leading up to release date, but HLJ shows it has plenty in stock, so if you're still looking to get one, now's your chance.

Edited by kajnrig

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Oho, I expected it to be more than that, but HLJ's price sold me for a pair.  Hopefully the kit sticks around for a long while, because I can see myself making a whole series of these in assorted F-14 squadron markings. :D 

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Completely forgot about this and then I saw it was paid for at HLJ. It’s safely waiting in my PW.

Chris

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The high-ish price was perplexing for the longest time, but knowing that it's snap-fit now, that cost ties neatly into all the extra plastic needed.

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5 hours ago, kajnrig said:

Same, straight into PW.

EDIT:

By the by, it was Order Stop leading up to release date, but HLJ shows it has plenty in stock, so if you're still looking to get one, now's your chance.

Sunuva... I just shipped my PW today...

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Post some picture guys of the parts. I'm slowly getting back into 1/72 kits. I might get one. I love my old resign kit back in the 80's... - MT

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19 hours ago, Kelsain said:

Sunuva... I just shipped my PW today...

Same here. Literally the day before. Now I have to wait 60 days to see my kit.

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3 hours ago, MechTech said:

Post some picture guys of the parts. I'm slowly getting back into 1/72 kits. I might get one. I love my old resign kit back in the 80's... - MT

Pics of a completed model and sprues, care of Hobby Search.

http://www.1999.co.jp/image/10486903/10/1

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1 hour ago, Thom said:

Pics of a completed model and sprues, care of Hobby Search.

http://www.1999.co.jp/image/10486903/10/1

 

Absolutely gorgeous. I don't think my build will even come close. Nevertheless, looking forward to working on it... just as soon as I finish some other kits...

My order with HLJ shipped today!

 

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Look carefully at the box art (which is amazing by the way) the flight helmet is from Flashback 2012 while the actual pilot is from VFX. 

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It looks nice.  Anyone else seeing those panel lines as a bit thick, though?

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On 3/27/2018 at 9:22 PM, 505thAirborne said:

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Look carefully at the box art (which is amazing by the way) the flight helmet is from Flashback 2012 while the actual pilot is from VFX. 

NO one has one yet? 

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35 minutes ago, joscasle said:

NO one has one yet? 

Mine's waiting at HLJ for other items to join it. So I "have" it, but won't have it for another month or two.

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Just now, joscasle said:

NO one has one yet? 

My 4 are en-route from HLJ.

 

There are reviews on the youtubes of the kit out-of-the-box:

 

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11 hours ago, joscasle said:

NO one has one yet? 

Mine came in on Wednesday, and then right to the bottom of the pile of other projects.  Just as advertised I think, don't know how I feel about it being a snap-fit model but I guess it shouldn't matter, I'm gonna glue anyway.

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10 minutes ago, vincemoto7 said:

Mine came in on Wednesday, and then right to the bottom of the pile of other projects.  Just as advertised I think, don't know how I feel about it being a snap-fit model but I guess it shouldn't matter, I'm gonna glue anyway.

Snap-fit kits are always such a pain when you want to build them "traditionally." All the solid connections actually make for way more work, at least for me. I have to cut down all the pegs and holes so that they're little more than guide rails and the actual holding together comes from the glue/cement.

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Waves destroids were amazingly well designed so this one should be easy

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Posted (edited)

bring on the customs!

 

Edited by seti88

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Expect a black lions one in a weeks time team

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On ‎4‎/‎10‎/‎2018 at 5:02 AM, seti88 said:

bring on the customs!

 

 

Oooh I wish that Jolly Rogers scheme was the default OOB scheme...

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