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Darth Mingus

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  1. Sigh... If only the bank accounts hadn't self destructed last week. I had the go-ahead from the wife but not anymore. Did a quick tally of the things I wanted and it only came out to $1060... I would have saved at least $600... how often can you say that?

  2. The Yamato offerings at Shizuoika Hobby show has a link to a set of photo etch detail parts for the 1/60 VF-1.


    From the google translation:


    This commodity is sold in limited edition only OnlineShop Yamato.

    Will not be sold in general stores and WEB SHOP, please note.

    Is continued for the third item in the kit unpainted (finished goods), enjoy to model the complete transformation VF-1 1/60 unpainted version.

    Detail around the nose up around the cockpit, you can add details such as the tip of the gun representation laser head and intake air shutter, in the finished product of ABS and PVC can not be fully reproduced. ■ Product size: W125 × H50 (mm) (mm) W160 × H120: ■ Package Size [Note] ※ This product is an advanced Detail Up Parts for VF-1 series complete transformation 1/60. Contact to us for processing methods such as coating adhesion and etching of common parts please. ※ For this product, please note after opening the customer support is refusing. ※ The only compatible with the "paint kit" no nose radome parts. If the complete transformation VF-1 1/60 version of the finished product, so we are bonded parts nose tip is not responsible for damage caused by machining, etc. Here you can not assume the responsibility. Please acknowledge it beforehand. ※ Please note that there other, etc. If the trouble regarding damage caused by processing of body-complete transformation VF-1 1/60 can not support this product and customer.

  3. Bandai QC Rep: Hurry up and show me the prototype!

    China Factory Boss: Well sir, here it is in airplane mode, if you wait a second I will transform it for you to inspect...

    Bandai QC Rep: No Time!!! I have my happy endings massage in 15 minutes...It is good enough...

    China Factory Boss: But sir, we have to have to approve the final colors

    Bandai QC Rep: No Time!!! Only suckers will buy this Macross crap anyways, where are my Gundam toys....

  4. Retail prices do not apply to Ebay. The retail price for the Bandai valks is 14,000 yen, roughly 173 USD at today's exchange rate. The market price (what they are going for on Ebay) is between $300-$350 (plus shipping) depending on which one you want.

    In most people's opinion, they are not worth that price. You are better off buying an overpriced Yamato release than paying the Ebay price. Hopefully, the Bandai valks will be re-released at some point in the future. Keep tabs on the threads in this forum and hopefully you can get one when they are available for pre-order. For example, I got my VF-25F on pre-order for $158 USD shipped.

  5. BBTS just sent me an email the following email:

    Hi - We have just learned that our order of this item was severely allocated by our vendor for this run and as a result we will have to wait for a successive run to fill our remaining orders. The item was the victim of a mass shortage in Japan, and our order was cut back to just 15% of our original quantity. We will keep your order on file until the next reissue of this item. You have our profuse apologies for the inconvenience, and we thank you for your order.



    so those of us waiting for BBTS, we are out of luck.

  6. Tokyo Hunter had them listed. I never did any business with these guys so I don't know what commission they charge:


    It was listed towards the bottom of this page on his blog.

    Oops, just noticed that the pre-order period ended on June 14th.


    Anybody know a good online source for preordering the two accessory sets for the Fire Valk (Sound Booster & stand)?

    Just looked at HLJ & amiami, but couldn't see them.


  7. For the clear parts, stay away from the types of glue that melt the plastic to bond it. I would try 5-minute epoxy or contact cement.

    I've got some. I just thought it'd be risky to use on a "toy" that I plan to transform/"play" with. I don't actually do much playing though. Mostly just posing it on the mightyblock (I think that's what it's called) stand that I have and the occasional transformation. I suppose I could test it.
  8. Whatever glue you use, make sure you test it on some sprue first. I had horrible experiences with Bandai's ABS plastic and the Humbrol liquid cement. It would dissolve the plastic like no one's business, making the ABS extremely brittle. The ABS parts literally fell apart in my hands.

    Thanks David!

    As for plastic, the box says ABS, POM on the outside. I've always seen this on the details of HLJ's ordering page (I think that's where I've seen it) but didn't know that was straight from Yamato. So yeah, I'm guessing the ABS is the majority of hte kit and that (possibly) the purple tinted plastic is the POM. Either way, it looks like Plastic Weld is what I'll be looking for. Although, given how hard it is to find anything here in Australia that's common in the States, I might be looking for something not made by Plastruct. I asked the hobby store guy the other day what he'd recommend for ABS and he said there's some sort of Testors product, also in a glass bottle. He was out but said the main ingredient was MEK (nasty stuff). Perhaps that's going to be the ingredient to look for.

  9. If you have an airbrush, there is a company called Polly that makes a water based clear coat in flat, satin and gloss finishes. A bottle costs ~$4 CDN. I think they were made for model railroad building so I am not sure about the durability. My LHS is primarily into the railroads so they have an amazing selection of colors.

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