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Darth Mingus

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  1. Plenty of time to save, who knows, maybe your Valk collection can pay for her education (congrats, by the way). My wife and I used to trade off, she would go to bed at 9:00 and I would stay up until 1:00 AM for the "sew yeh" feeding, and she would get up for the 6:00 AM breakfast. Worked out great, I managed to finish a ton of video games.
  2. Good advice. It is currently listed for $70USD more than MRSP based on current exchange rates.
  3. Very nice. If you have the chance, I am sure each one of those has a story to tell.
  4. Promotional Video for the MGEX Strike Freedom (Nov 2022, 14,000 Yen)
  5. To be fair, it was a pretty sweet toy for its time. Hopefully this release will have better hip joints and a matt finish. It is unfortunately that the three copies I have of the VF-25 are so floppy I leave them in fighter mode.
  6. I think this is the worst example of this set. This looks so bad, between the busy design, bad tolerances. It just looks bad.
  7. It's Bandai...and the only reason this anime exists is to sell kits. Hopefully, we will get regular release kits, but I doubt it. They will probably be all P-Bandai, reusing the existing Gundam the Origin kits or the Revive versions as a base. If they do master grade, they will be based off the GM Sniper kit.
  8. Shipping would be have been insane. it would probably be expensive to ship to Buyee and then over the moon to ship to the US. But I would love to own one as well...
  9. Cima's team was a "Marines" type unit during the One-Year war. They were tasked with going into hot spots and getting the job done, whether it was on Earth, in space or in a colony. The Gelgoog Marine was spec'd to carry out operations under these different combat situations, kind of like how the Harriers are used by the US Marines for a variety of missions. Most water specific units in Zeon are referred to as "Aquatic" mobile suits and they tend to be specially designed for underwater operations, like the Z'Gok, Gogg and Acguy. The federation, on the other hand, called them "Marine" types, like the Gundam Marine Type. Either that, or it just sounded cool to the mecha designer of 0083.
  10. Me Neither, kind of like a golden unicorn. However, I did just pick up a rare, 30-year-old resin kit I never thought I would ever own off of Yahoo Japan auctions.
  11. I'll keep an eye out. Congrats on the purchase.
  12. Another 1/3000 SDF-1 Assembly kit on Mandarake. Same price as the last one 55K. Available as of 4Pm 2022-03-17: https://order.mandarake.co.jp/order/detailPage/item?itemCode=1191462479&ref=list&categoryCode=020107&lang=en
  13. Using Google Translate on the letter, I don't believe it was sent to the AmiAmi, HLJ of the world. These shops tend to sell Gunpla at or slightly below MSRP. I think there were a number of Japanese based retailers who were jacking up the cost of new gunpla for quick, additional profit.
  14. Most of them do but shipping to the US has been a bit of a pain lately. Pricing is all over the place recently due to shipping costs from Japan to Canada. I got my PG Unleashed for essentially Japanese retail, not it is upwards of $100 CDN more. Here is a list based on pricing/owner interactions This store has been around for 30 years and my go-to. Stock has been an issue, but he is super nice and will work with you to arrange shipping: https://scifianime.ca/ This store is newer, but has had great selection. The owners are good guys: https://www.msmnstudio.com/ This store is relatively new, but the owner is a great guy. Smaller selection but decent pricing: https://trinityhobby.com/ This store runs a YouTube channel that shows you what it is like to run a Gunpla shop. Great selection, weird business practices. Will ship to the US and offers unlimited private warehouse: https://www.canadiangundam.com/ There are a ton of shops out of the major hub cities Toronto and Vancouver, but most of those are overpriced. I have not really interacted with the owners so I can't attest to them: https://pandahobby.ca/ https://shokuningunpla.com/ https://torchlightgh.com/ https://www.imperialhobbies.ca/ https://www.ibuildrobots.ca/
  15. This just popped up, can't read it but apparently: Don't know if any of this is true but getting new kits directly from JPN may be challenging. I usually support local for Gunpla, but the trickle down may be impactful.
  16. Pre-ordered Char ages ago and got it a few weeks ago. In hand, it is quick nice. Don't have it displayed yet but definitely worth it if you are a Char fan. Seed Ver A.N.I.M.E. is a thing, an expensive proposition if you are a completionist. Strike due September 2022 Aile Striker & Effect Parts set, September 2022: Upcoming GINN, October 2022: Future releases:
  17. Some of the Canadian Gunpla stores will have it as well and they do not get theirs from P-Bandai US/Bluefin. With the exchange rate, you may end up paying slightly less than BBTS, depending on which store carries it.
  18. I don't have the kit yet, but looking at the instructions: https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/image/10837544 Legs seem to be assembled using Polycaps so the items in step 1 to 8 can all be assembled, seam lines removed and painted prior to assembly Upper leg, apply G2 after finishing the grey parts. Annoyingly, there is a decal that you will need to match colours with Lower leg will be a bit more difficult to deal with, probably the hardest part of the kit. You can modify the parts (white vs. grey) and remove the pins on the white parts, fix seam lines, paint and the glue them together. For the main body, step 14 has a grouping of sub assemblies. The outer body parts in step 12 can be painted before attaching because it looks like it follows the colour separation. The seams on the blue parts are in the line art, so you can either leave them as is or remove them. I don't think masking the completed body would be that difficult and that would be the approach I would take. You can deal with the seams between parts A3 and A5. All the guns and greebles attach via polycaps so you can paint those first and attach them later. The part in step 15 requires a choice to use the stand or not but that piece uses polycaps so you can deal with seam line easily All-in-all, the kits looks pretty well engineered and fairly straight forward to paint. Looking forward to seeing your work.
  19. Great work on this old resin kit. They are a challenge to build. I've been focusing on the IMS kits lately, but got sucked into Yahoo auctions and got a few rare resin kits. I'll post them in the FFS thread when I receive them.
  20. Probably done because that future variants don't need these sensors. It is similar to what Hasegawa does on aircraft models for ordinance pylons. You need to drill out the holes to mount the pylons, otherwise, you have a nice, clean surface for an unarmed aircraft.
  21. I just got a note saying the release has been delayed from March 2022 to April 2022. Did anyone else get this notice?
  22. Isn't a "Borg Confart" what happens when Cosplayers at a Star Trek convention have have the burrito option for lunch?
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