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Vifam7

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  1. In general, I prefer waterslide decals as well. Unless... it's one of those shite decals that are brittle and break apart no matter what you do. Like the ones included with the Bandai VF-1 kits...🤮 I pretty much ended up painting all the wing and leg stripes on my Bandai VF-1S. The chest area is the biggest hurdle when it comes to the VF-1. For the most part, a waterslide decal is the way to go on that area. But still... it's always been a major pain to get the chest decal to conform over the airbrake. Both on the Hasegawa and Bandai, I had to resort to some touchup painting.
  2. Looks OK. I'm in for one. Disappointed that it's Premium Bandai though. But I guess for lesser known properties, this is the norm. The old 80's kit was pretty darn good for it's time. I built one long ago...
  3. As a fan of the manga, I was disappointed with the anime adaptation. There's something really off with the anime version. Personally, I think they chose the wrong VA's for the leads and got the overall tone all wrong. In particular, the anime didn't do a good job in showing the dichotomy of Shikimori's cutesy side and her cool/edgy side, which is the whole raison d'être of her character and relationship with Izumi. Read the manga, skip the anime I'd say.
  4. I liked this series. It was kinda refreshing or different to have a character with such a jerk attitude (instead of the usual 'nice guy') as the main lead. I definitely agree about the terrible production values. The animation (or lack there of) of the mechs are bad enough to make one cringe.
  5. Just came back from watching this movie at the theater. It's a prettty good movie. It doesn't have the fun loving music video feel of the original but that's OK. I appreciated that it didn't disrespect the lore of the original movie (unlikes certain sequel movies of other franchises). In fact, I'd say it was very respectful of the original. I particuarly liked how they handled Maverick's relation with Iceman and Rooster. The real-life aerial footage cinematography was freaking amazing. I loved it! There was some fakey CG stuff with the hypersonic aircraft and F-14 but it was done well enough and doesn't detract from the film. The only negative I can think of is all the unrealistic stuff in relation to how the real US Navy operates. I mean, that was the case with original movie too but it's even more apparent in this movie. It's OK though. I realize it's a Hollywood movie and liberties have to be taken. Oh, and yes, the story-plot "mission" is pretty much The Dam Busters / Star Wars / Iron Eagle II.
  6. It's also piece made by BrickArms. It's a monopod for various minifig weapons made by BrickArms. You can purchase them from the Brickmania webstore. https://www.brickmania.com/brickarms-monopod/
  7. I've been using White Rabbit Express to occasionally purchase doujinshi. https://www.whiterabbitexpress.com/ Last summer, I used White Rabbit Express to buy a 1/144 scale diecast model of an AC-130U from top-gun.jp. No issues.
  8. If this was being made by a bigtime company like Hasbro, I'd agree. But, since it's a fan creation (AFAIK), with a (likely) very limited run, I guess the price isn't surprising. Given that a toy company like Hasbro or Mattel does not have an Airwolf toy in the works, I suppose there are folks out there desperate enough to want one and is willing to pay the price. Me? No. Not my area of collecting.
  9. I highly recommend reading the manga. Her attempts to improve herself does bear fruit. Things take a turnaround at the later end of her 2nd year (starting around Volume 8). The manga is currently up to Volume 20 and celebrating a 10 year anniversary. At this point, it's almost (but not quite) a yuri manga. She still has her off-kilter mindset (though to a lesser degree) but you find out that she's not the only weirdo at school. There is now a rather large cast of characters and it is currently driving the series to what I think is the ending with her graduation (although I'm hoping it continues into her college years).
  10. Hobby Japan is an independent company. They are not directly affiliated with Bandai or any other toy manufacturer. Frankly, there isn't really much HJ can do other than punish the employee. They need to have a good relation with both the manufacturers and their readers. It's certainly better than looking the other way, doing nothing, or worse, actually defending the guy.
  11. HJ mag editor created this storm in the wake of Gunpla fans exasperated by the inability to acquire the recent HGUC Nightingale. I'm pretty sure Bandai made plenty of that kit. But I think even Bandai has limits to how many they can produce. And even though overall supply is plentiful, how many a particular retailer gets or can get is limited. And the scalpers often get them ahead of the average buyer. The HJ editor had the nerve to basically say - If you couldn't get it, you didn't try hard enough. If you really wanted it, get to the store first in the morning and lineup - I guess oblivious to the fact that, unlike scalpers, most people have a life - like going to school or work in the morning.
  12. This Youtuber puts up a couple of screenshots of the HJ editor's tweets
  13. I'm sure Macrossworld members know the frustration of acquiring DX chogokins due to scalpers. Scalpers/re-sellerrs have lately become a hot topic amongst Gunpla fans too. One would think this wouldn't be a problem with Gunpla as Bandai makes thousands of them. But, not so. Well, it seems that a Hobby Japan employee made tweets and blog posts defending scalpers. Ofcourse, that caused a storm. Hobby Japan recently apologized for the posts by the employee and as of today, fired the guy. Report by Hobby Watch (Google translate does an ok job): https://hobby.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/news/1339956.html Or you can simply read the US report based on the Hobby Watch report: https://www.siliconera.com/hobby-japan-issues-apology-after-employee-defends-scalping-and-reselling-figures/ The firing (only in Japanese): http://hobbyjapan.co.jp/news_release/detail.html?id=6
  14. Calibre Wings just posted this on their Facebook page.
  15. I have this kit too. Haven't built it yet though. Would be interesting to compare it to Brickmania's Abrams design.
  16. So, does this agreement mean that a non-Japan based company like Kitz Concept now has access to the Macross Plus or Macross 7 property (for merchandises) by negotiating through HG? It doesn't seem like it but just wondering.
  17. The F-35 can trace its roots all the way back to the Common Affordable Lightweight Fighter (CALF) project whose goal from the beginning was to develop a VTOL fighter that can meet the needs of the USMC and RN. The CALF project then merged with the Joint Advanced Strike Technology (JAST) project and then transformed to the JSF project. Not to mention that the biggest compromise to the F-35 airframe is the need to insert the VTOL tech. And while I think the Navy's infatuation with twin-engines is a bit ridiculous (considering they've used sngle-engine jets before without major issues and modern jet engines are more reliable than ever before), if the VTOL requirement wasn't in effect, perhaps the F-35 could've been designed with 2 engines.
  18. One could almost argue that the F-35 is a Marine Corps design that both the air force and navy had to adopt - since the STOVL requirement was a core element of the JSF project from the beginning.
  19. There's no guarantee that this so-called "F-36" is going to be lower cost or lower maintenance. This imaginary jet looks to be an all new airframe (with only a superficial resemblance to the F-16XL) instead of being an evolution of an existing fully matured airframe like the F-15EX. Add in things like a new engine, new software, and some new tech that appears in the future, I can see purchase and maintenance costs ballooning. In anycase, I don't see the rationale for spending a massive amount of money to develop and field an aircraft that in the end looks to be no better than the F-15EX or Block 60 F-16E/F of reality. Besides, this "F-36" looks all wrong with the tail fins out there on the wings. Reminds me more of the Vought Cutlass than the F-16XL.
  20. Currently watching Didn't I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life. A stupid/silly isekai anime that parodies its own genre and plays with all the tropes to great comedic effect. A number of anime in-jokes too. Though I wonder if some of the younger viewers can catch the Photon Energy Barrier in-joke. Totally enjoying this series (so far).
  21. In my case, I've sold off all of my Yamato/Arcadia/Bandai 1/60, 1/55, 1/48 toys in order to concentrate on 1/72 scale. I've collected a few HMRs but purged most of the VF-1s. Will hold on to the VF-2, VF-4, and destroids but they may go next. I am first and foremost a military aircraft fan and so I build/collect mainly in 1/72 or 1/144 scale. I purchased KC's first release VF-1S and thought it was OK. But decided to hold back on further purchases until KC fixes the gunpod clearance issue when sitting on the landing gears. (this detail is important to me). For now, I'll stick to building kits or purchasing a few of the fighter mode only VF-1 diecast models from Calibre Wings.
  22. S14's website is here: http://s14.shop-pro.jp/ The Sukhois are long out of print. The AC-130 was available at top-gun.jp until just a few days ago. I managed to get one myself. There's one on Ebay right now. The price is very high but close to what you'd have to pay if you were using a proxy buyer in Japan. If you're thinking about getting S14's Tomcats models, be aware that they are slightly off-scale.
  23. If any of you guys are getting the M0 F-14 and are new to diecast aircraft models, be aware that some of the small bits and pieces are not going to fit as smoothly as say things on Yamato/Arcadia/Bandai models. The glove pylons on Calibre Wings models are particularly iffy. Sometimes they fit fine, other times it's a total pain in the a$$. When it's bad, some filing and glue is likely going to be needed. If glue is needed, I recommend using Elmer's white glue (apply and wait a day). Elmer's glue isn't permanent and won't attack the paint (also cleans easy with a wet cloth). Also, Calibre's Facebook page informs that newer releases of their Tomcat models will come with brass pitot tubes. Not sure if the M0 release will come with this but if so, the pitot tube will be difficult to attach with fingers. CW on their FB page suggests using a bottle cap to gently wiggle the thing in.
  24. In the video, the guy says that the kit is around 80 parts total and so, experienced kit builders could probably build it up in about an hour. Also, release date hopefully sometime before the weather gets warm next year. Looking at the prototype, the lower legs area is an improvement over the Hasegawa. Also I like the size of the landing gear wheels. Something that is way too small in both the Bandai and Hasegawa 1/72 kits. I'm definitely getting a few.
  25. By now I assume HG has gotten word of this model. If you're correct, then I think there's good possibility that this model becomes vaporware (as it hasn't been released yet). It wouldn't be the first time a diecast model company had to pull an announced model due to rights issues.
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