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30 minutes ago, Paco Grande said:

Are you sure you didn’t make the same mistake I did? You don’t need the middle piece for the 30 degree angle. The middle piece is only for the shallow angle. 

Yeah, honestly, I didn't figure that out at first thinking, "Who tf designed this stupid thing?  You can't even mount it flat?  And there's 3 notches in the bracket, but you can't use them with this silly adapter? Oh... :crazy: yeah."  Anyway, that led me to this idea and now I have 2 extra positions that you can't get without this mod.

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I think the shallower angle is more for the super parts when they come, I tried putting the super parts with the 30 deg bank on my 1J and it will tip over easily without adding counter weights to the base

That said, I notice the skull on the heat shield of Roy’s 1S seems off center, are all copies llike that, as I don’t seem to have that issue with my Hikkie 1S

Also, do you think its possible to 3D print the extra adaptor piece to get the 15 deg bank angles, as I did not get a Roy, since I could not get it at MSRP, and most likely will never. but still would like the shallower bank angle, will a 3DP piece be able to work?

Thank you

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1 hour ago, Guyffon said:

That said, I notice the skull on the heat shield of Roy’s 1S seems off center, are all copies llike that, as I don’t seem to have that issue with my Hikkie 1S

In case you missed the discussion from Page 651, I'm quoting everything here.

On 12/9/2020 at 12:02 AM, Actar said:

Does anyone feel like the Skull Squadron emblem on the heatshield is slightly off center? Is it supposed to be like this?

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On 12/9/2020 at 12:27 AM, Chronocidal said:

So, something to keep in mind about that skull, it's not symmetrical, and the skull isn't actually centered in the design.  

What I suspect has been happening for a long time is that the logo is being centered by its longest and widest dimensions, which are not actually centered, or level.

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The bottom edge of the logo is not level at all, and trying to level it based on that will give you the infamous tilted skull we've had for years.  The bones are also not centered on the skull, so printing the logo based on centering it from the widest point will give you just about the same amount of off-centered-ness you see on your Roy.

On 12/9/2020 at 12:36 AM, jenius said:

That said, you want the eyes to be level with each other and in the middle of the chest with the crossbones being off to the side a bit. Not the X being centered with the skull being off a bit.

On 12/9/2020 at 12:42 AM, Chronocidal said:

You want that, yes, but if someone who doesn't care enough to look at it is punching "CENTER" into the computer, that's not going to put the skull where it needs to be.  We can fix it ourselves, but I don't really expect Bandai to manually center it where it should be.

On 12/9/2020 at 4:56 AM, Anasazi37 said:

The skull is definitely asymmetrical in its design. Not by a lot, but by enough to cause alignment problems if you're not careful, as others have said. I ran into this when I re-drafted the skull for my DX decal sheet (will hopefully have time this afternoon to reply to all of the PMs I've received about it).

Something you can't "unsee" on the Roy DX, once you know it's there, is the brighter yellow vertical stripe just behind the air brake flap on the chestplate. At first I thought it was a small defect with my Roy, but I checked my Hikaru 1S and the exact stripe is on it, too, but it's more subtle. I'm betting it's on my Hayao as well, but haven't checked it yet. My best guess is that it's an artifact of how Bandai paints the stripes. Something about the yellow paint, or the color yellow in general, might make it more noticeable on Roy than on the other ones. Click on the picture below to embiggen it and reveal the stripe in all its yellow glory.

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On 12/9/2020 at 5:41 PM, Lolicon said:

If you don't want to see how off center it is, I suggest not looking at it from this angle. :unknw:

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okini land just invoiced me for surface shipping payment for two roys and a gundam strike sword 

2266yen just for the 2x roys, it was 5000yen alltogether (i paid 2000yen for shipping for the sword in the past already)
 

i'll see my 2x roys in 3 months.

 i got 2x roys already and the 4x tv's supers ordered don't come in till mid January so it's good timing to go boat.    

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4 hours ago, sh9000 said:

On to the next pose with the VF-1S Roy.

 

3 hours ago, sqidd said:

You forgot the pic.:p

 

1 hour ago, sh9000 said:

No I didn’t.

@sqidd I think that’s his passive aggressive way of saying, “I don’t care about all of your shipping notices 2 weeks later. Let’s move on...” 

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Very well...back to speculation about what's next then?  

The release pattern so far has been:

  • 2 TV VF-1s and an accessory (missiles); DEC 2018 - SEP 2019
  • 2 movie VF-1s and and an accessory (SSPs); DEC 2019 - AUG 2020
  • 2 TV VF-1s and an accessory (TV super parts); NOV 2020 - SUMMER 2021

Hikaru has featured in every wave.  With all of that in mind, plus some teaser images we've likely all seen by now (and assuming the line continues as it has gone for the past couple of years), I'm thinking for Wave 4 (late 2021 - 2022) we'll see:

  • DYRL 1A Hikaru
  • GBP-1S armor (whether or not it features with a 1J re-release is a wildcard)
  • DYRL Max 1A or possibly a 1S for variety's sake

That's my perfectly rational, not-fan-boy-spazzing-out prediction.  Place your bets!

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22 minutes ago, Draykov said:

Very well...back to speculation about what's next then?  

The release pattern so far has been:

  • 2 TV VF-1s and an accessory (missiles); DEC 2018 - SEP 2019
  • 2 movie VF-1s and and an accessory (SSPs); DEC 2019 - AUG 2020
  • 2 TV VF-1s and an accessory (TV super parts); NOV 2020 - SUMMER 2021

Hikaru has featured in every wave.  With all of that in mind, plus some teaser images we've likely all seen by now (and assuming the line continues as it has gone for the past couple of years), I'm thinking for Wave 4 (late 2021 - 2022) we'll see:

  • DYRL 1A Hikaru
  • GBP-1S armor (whether or not it features with a 1J re-release is a wildcard)
  • DYRL Max 1A or possibly a 1S for variety's sake

That's my perfectly rational, not-fan-boy-spazzing-out prediction.  Place your bets!

That's a very interesting pattern. If it holds, I'm betting on DYRL Max 1A and Hikaru 1A plus another reissue of the SSP and maybe the Missile Set. The showcasing of not one, but three GBP variants at the latest Tamashii Nations event does give me pause, though. Maybe it will go Max 1A, GBP (with 1J, please!), Hikaru 1A with SSP and Missile Set reissues interspersed.

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28 minutes ago, Anasazi37 said:

That's a very interesting pattern. If it holds, I'm betting on DYRL Max 1A and Hikaru 1A plus another reissue of the SSP and maybe the Missile Set. The showcasing of not one, but three GBP variants at the latest Tamashii Nations event does give me pause, though. Maybe it will go Max 1A, GBP (with 1J, please!), Hikaru 1A with SSP and Missile Set reissues interspersed.

Also highly plausible.  Personally, I would welcome a third SSP release...on its own or packaged with a DYRL VF-1.  The only copy I've been able to score was via a certain seller who shall not be named, and that has yet to ship.    You know...they gave us a blue 013 skull in the first set.  I wonder if the red 011 would be included in a bundle with Hikaru's 1A and SSP or a subsequent, slightly revised SSP stand-alone release.  We may still need a blue 001 for Max's 1S (though the 1A seems much more likely in the next wave).  

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Yeah, I think Hikaru 1A is imminent with a TWE Max 1S... Two 1As in a row is too boring and a Focker DYRL would be to soon after his TV release. Hikaru might be a full set pack... That would explain the lack of a circle for him with the SSP... but it seems more likely they'll just throw his circles in with the instruction booklet.

Next TV round will be Hikaru 1J reissue, TWE Kakizaki, and GBP.

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2 hours ago, Draykov said:

Very well...back to speculation about what's next then?  

The release pattern so far has been:

  • 2 TV VF-1s and an accessory (missiles); DEC 2018 - SEP 2019
  • 2 movie VF-1s and and an accessory (SSPs); DEC 2019 - AUG 2020
  • 2 TV VF-1s and an accessory (TV super parts); NOV 2020 - SUMMER 2021

Hikaru has featured in every wave.  With all of that in mind, plus some teaser images we've likely all seen by now (and assuming the line continues as it has gone for the past couple of years), I'm thinking for Wave 4 (late 2021 - 2022) we'll see:

  • DYRL 1A Hikaru
  • GBP-1S armor (whether or not it features with a 1J re-release is a wildcard)
  • DYRL Max 1A or possibly a 1S for variety's sake

That's my perfectly rational, not-fan-boy-spazzing-out prediction.  Place your bets!

 

2 hours ago, Anasazi37 said:

That's a very interesting pattern. If it holds, I'm betting on DYRL Max 1A and Hikaru 1A plus another reissue of the SSP and maybe the Missile Set. The showcasing of not one, but three GBP variants at the latest Tamashii Nations event does give me pause, though. Maybe it will go Max 1A, GBP (with 1J, please!), Hikaru 1A with SSP and Missile Set reissues interspersed.

 

1 hour ago, Draykov said:

Also highly plausible.  Personally, I would welcome a third SSP release...on its own or packaged with a DYRL VF-1.  The only copy I've been able to score was via a certain seller who shall not be named, and that has yet to ship.    You know...they gave us a blue 013 skull in the first set.  I wonder if the red 011 would be included in a bundle with Hikaru's 1A and SSP or a subsequent, slightly revised SSP stand-alone release.  We may still need a blue 001 for Max's 1S (though the 1A seems much more likely in the next wave).  

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1 hour ago, jenius said:

Yeah, I think Hikaru 1A is imminent with a TWE Max 1S... Two 1As in a row is too boring and a Focker DYRL would be to soon after his TV release. Hikaru might be a full set pack... That would explain the lack of a circle for him with the SSP... but it seems more likely they'll just throw his circles in with the instruction booklet.

Next TV round will be Hikaru 1J reissue, TWE Kakizaki, and GBP.

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Just bring on the VF-1D PO!

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4 hours ago, DYRL VF-1S said:

 

 

@sqidd I think that’s his passive aggressive way of saying, “I don’t care about all of your shipping notices 2 weeks later. Let’s move on...” 

Facepalm.  I literally mean I’m going to make another pose of the VF-1S Roy and post the pic in the DX VF-1 thread.  I type that all the time:

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1 hour ago, jenius said:

Yeah, I think Hikaru 1A is imminent with a TWE Max 1S... Two 1As in a row is too boring and a Focker DYRL would be to soon after his TV release. Hikaru might be a full set pack... That would explain the lack of a circle for him with the SSP... but it seems more likely they'll just throw his circles in with the instruction booklet.

Next TV round will be Hikaru 1J reissue, TWE Kakizaki, and GBP.

I would love there to be a Max 1S but is there any history of Bandai releasing that even in an HMR, etc.? Also with the Supers and a history of bundling those with Hikaru would we see a TWE TV 1S release under him?

 

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Just now, sh9000 said:

Facepalm.  I literally mean I’m going to make another pose of the VF-1S Roy and post the pic in the DX VF-1 thread.  I type that all the time:

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Yeah but it was waaay more fun to post what I did instead. (Though I am looking forward to another pose and hey, now we’re having fun speculating on release order because of it!)

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15 minutes ago, DYRL VF-1S said:

I would love there to be a Max 1S but is there any history of Bandai releasing that even in an HMR, etc.? Also with the Supers and a history of bundling those with Hikaru would we see a TWE TV 1S release under him?

 

Not that I'm aware of.  But it seems like free money (for Bandai) to me given the existence of the Hikaru 1S.    

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Is the head on the DX removable? If so, has anyone posted a 'custom' Hikaru VF-1A using Kaki's head unit equipped with Super Pack? Just curious. Thanks!

 

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8 hours ago, jenius said:

Yeah, I think Hikaru 1A is imminent with a TWE Max 1S... Two 1As in a row is too boring and a Focker DYRL would be to soon after his TV release. Hikaru might be a full set pack... That would explain the lack of a circle for him with the SSP... but it seems more likely they'll just throw his circles in with the instruction booklet.

Next TV round will be Hikaru 1J reissue, TWE Kakizaki, and GBP.

I agree with the Hikaru 1A release being imminent.  I’m of the opinion that Bandai did not plan it that way, not saying you do think it was planned.

They made a straight forward mistake on the red circle numbers in the strike packs.  They  just...overlooked it.  Occam’s Razor.
 

It almost has to be a SSP bundle because it’s going to be impossible to source SSP’s each time they release a fighter of skull squadron in the future.  
 

But hey, we are all lucky that we have Nippon Yasan to count on.  We can always count on them....
 

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22 minutes ago, Ridden001 said:

But hey, we are all lucky that we have Nippon Yasan to count on.  We can always count on them....

Umm... Like small claims court and run away with your money plus leave you high and dry while their CEO is embezzling your cash to support his/her illegal crack and gambling habits?! :crazy:  

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2 hours ago, no3Ljm said:

Is the head on the DX removable? If so, has anyone posted a 'custom' Hikaru VF-1A using Kaki's head unit equipped with Super Pack? Just curious. Thanks!

@no3Ljm and anyone else: The DX noggin can be temoved with a pin remover punch and a small rubber mallet, however the pin in between the neck attachments points looks like to be ridged upwards at the top surface. 

So if anyone is willing to decapitate their DX VF-1 noggin and do the switch-a-roo, its your own call.

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So.... Got caught up with family stuff and wasn't able to post 

My VF-1S arrived from Mandarake last friday. Is perfect, sealed minty fresh as their listing said. Couldn't be happier. 

I know I shouldn't be posting about it here but I'll keep it short.

NY did respond to my email regarding cancellation and refund and said we should leave it in PayPal's hands so I assume they are not contesting my demands. 

The other interesting development is I can no longer access my NY account. I'd say I've been banned now. Oh well its all on them as far as I am concerned, they did the bridge burning..

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52 minutes ago, borgified said:

@no3Ljm and anyone else: The DX noggin can be temoved with a pin remover punch and a small rubber mallet, however the pin in between the neck attachments points looks like to be ridged upwards at the top surface. 

So if anyone is willing to decapitate their DX VF-1 noggin and do the switch-a-roo, its your own call.

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It is rather difficult to drive that spring pin out with a punch & hammer. Those suckers are in there tight. I actually tried but chickened out because I almost nicked the surrounding area hitting with a watchmaker’s mallet. The idea of custom DYRL Hikaru VF-1A is cool, I am surprised nobody has done it yet:rolleyes:

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2 hours ago, borgified said:

@no3Ljm and anyone else: The DX noggin can be temoved with a pin remover punch and a small rubber mallet, however the pin in between the neck attachments points looks like to be ridged upwards at the top surface. 

So if anyone is willing to decapitate their DX VF-1 noggin and do the switch-a-roo, its your own call.

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Thanks @borgified for inspecting. All the while I thought it was like YamArcadia's. Like you can pull the head anytime. Now it makes me wonder. I know that Bandai hasn't really release any 'official' info or update for this specific model. But if that's how they build the head/neck area, what are the chances that they will do differently on the VF-1D's?

 

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25 minutes ago, no3Ljm said:

Thanks @borgified for inspecting. All the while I thought it was like YamArcadia's. Like you can pull the head anytime. Now it makes me wonder. I know that Bandai hasn't really release any 'official' info or update for this specific model. But if that's how they build the head/neck area, what are the chances that they will do differently on the VF-1D's?

 

Probably going to be the same.

My Roy 1S also has a rickety head due to the ball joint piece not fitting securely inside the head. More shoddy parts fit from Bandai. 

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32 minutes ago, Lolicon said:

Probably going to be the same.

My Roy 1S also has a rickety head due to the ball joint piece not fitting securely inside the head. More shoddy parts fit from Bandai. 

So looks like there's no possibility of mounting the VF-1D's nosecone to Roy's 1S. :rolleyes:

 

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2 hours ago, Angesdad said:

It is rather difficult to drive that spring pin out with a punch & hammer. Those suckers are in there tight. I actually tried but chickened out because I almost nicked the surrounding area hitting with a watchmaker’s mallet. The idea of custom DYRL Hikaru VF-1A is cool, I am surprised nobody has done it yet:rolleyes:

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I read somewhere that the 1A and 1J heads were interchangeable.

But 1A/J are not onto the 1S neck, due to the different ball joint used in the 1S neck cavity.

Cant find the exact information/pictorial. Could be buried in the thread, but i dont think i read that here.

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