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  1. Yep - anything ABS will be a better stand-in for "toy plastic" than PVC. ABS seems to be notoriously difficult to get paint to stick to. If you can test it on ABS, there's a great chance it'll work as good or better on your Chunky.
  2. Oh, that sucks, man. I knew there would have been a reason to not include them when you had the 1D pictured. Yeah, that design is cool because it's compact but it means figuring out how to toughen up what's already a very fragile means of weathering. Lacquer based clearcoat on top, maybe?
  3. Bravo, sir. Bravo! Can I ask for one tweak to your VF-0S entry? Can you put the finished work up for reference? I know you've got them posted elsewhere but this will make this entry a nice, standalone piece for people to use, all in the one post. I've been meaning to do this to my VF-0S for a long while now. This is a great push to help me get my act together and at least make a start. I'm really good at starting...
  4. Wow @Lolicon! Amazing work! Had I not seen the custom pain mix for the RVF, I'd have had no idea that you were actually repainting these as well as just weathering. Very, very nice job.
  5. I'm still trying to figure out how Kylo even got to Exegol. I get that he'd been there before and all but isn't it impossibly difficult to get there without a wayfinder? Or did Rey send the navigation stuff she sent to the resistance fleet his way as well? I guess I could live with that answer, except that it's just totally absent from the movie. I didn't hate this movie, I'm just not sure I loved it, either. Easily the best of the three for me though.
  6. Been working my way through the Hasegawa SV-51y/a kit over the last few months. I don't get much time in the last few years to work on models so progress is snail-pace slow. Been enjoying getting back into it though. Here's a very low Q pic of latest progress: I struggled to find what Hasegawa calls "Aircraft Gray" in their callouts but ended up using some Gunze FS36321. It's a bit darker than the shade of gray the kit is molded in and looks nearly identical here in this harsh LED flash lit photo. I also spent a great deal of time "thinning" the leading edges of those intakes. It's a pretty abrupt angle though and the closeup picture makes that a lot more obvious. Still, anything is better than the stock thick, blunt profile. Lots more to to do but it's good to see Ivanov's ride coming together.
  7. It looks very, very nice. Your attention to details is also spot-on. I see nothing but respect and a labour of love on this project.
  8. Is the YF-29 Alto version an officially verified reissue? I thought it was just being shown at all the usual events as a "see what we did?" sort of marketing thing.
  9. I'll say! Man, at 25 years in the making, this is even more impressive to have followed. Really love your work, your attention to detail and all the time you put into journalling your build here with us Macross folks. Inspires me to get back to a lot of my unfinished projects and keep up with the threads I started but never finished.
  10. Pshhh! Speak for yourself man - all my skills are top secret! I keed, I keed. I can't think of a single thing I know how to do with my own modelling experience, that I haven't learned by reading a tutorial, watching a video, or chatting with someone else. A lot of that has come from this site, alone, too. Of course you've got to then try it, but the point is that Ted's spot on. It's never too late to start learning some new skills and modelling is one of those things I hope I never stop doing. @tekering Lovely work on that figure! Got any poses on the Monster, now that you've reached the finish line? I know scale probably won't be kind but your previous pics looked great and certainly didn't make me think "that monster is way too small!" in the slightest.
  11. Love the outcome on this one! The panel shading on the heatshield/"canopy" is a very nice touch, too!
  12. I like them so much, I'd happily be the Australian distributor for all his stuff. Just don't have enough folks down my way to order the quantities to make it worthwhile, unfortunately. I'm sure your pics would help his stands reach some other audiences too. I'd try to segue to get us back on topic but this thread is long since gone anyway. You're probably one of the last folks to get an original Yamato variant of this thing! I love that it's still about as good as it gets, even being an almost exact template for the much newer Bandai High Metal R version. They certainly did this one nicely. Of course it being MacrossWorld and all, I'd be remiss to not complain about all the "Should haves" that we didn't get: missiles that don't like to stay put very limited arm posing options no "official" gunpod mounting option (though that's pretty easy to do anyway) Some paint scratching issues on die-cast parts wings and control surfaces that aren't at the "correct" angles and/or don't have any way to tell you they're properly aligned I'm still in agreement with you though, it's a greatly done toy and as others often say, surprising that it manages to hide a robot in there in fighter mode.
  13. Not a problem! Happy to help a fellow member out (you and Yeti both!). Yeah, until you have these in hand, they really are difficult to visualise.
  14. ^^^ Bingo! See, I knew it'd been too long since I'd browsed the site. That set is exactly like the Bandai bundle, but requires you to already have an Arcadia stand for it to work. Still, those two adapters it comes with and wmkjr's pic should help this make a lot more sense now. The one thing to remember with these stands is that there's no right or wrong adapter. Well unless you buy a Bandai adapter for a non-Bandai toy, of course. Using a combination of parts and elbows means there are a huge number of possible mounting options to experiment with.
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