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  1. Um, the wave vinyl material is well known to be extremely hard... much harder than normal styrene. I'm sure that Jefumon and BigF are familar with how to cut parts off of sprue.
  2. Is that the 48 vf-1 Checkmate? What, like the complete lack of a plot? Sorry couldn't resist
  3. I don't know... probably S. So I'm actually in Japan right now, and I went to my LHS. Funny, they had three of the old Wave vinyls; the VF-17, VF-19 kai and a VF-19S... for 3600. I REALLY wanted the -19S but its a huge kit to carry back I bought some old 72 kits; Hasegawa CF-104 = 1000 yen Hasegawa SBD Dauntless = 1200 yen Fujimi Ki-43 = 1000 I'll probably get some other ones later.
  4. No, you should be crowing about it loud and clear.... that's an awesome idea. I missed out on that kit and I'm kicking myself because I think that's one of the best model schemes I've ever seen. What' you're doing also makes a lot of sense. The biggest issue with the launch arm is its rigidity... cutting half of it off would avoid its biggest issue (I have one unbuilt as well). Also the scene is pretty awesome as well. I've got three similar long-delayed projects... all battroids: A 1/72 VF-11 Full armor, the Wave 1/72 Vinyl VF-17 and a 1/72 YF-21 conversion kit. I should get on some of them.
  5. I considered it a few years back. Its a pretty easy scratchbuild; the most apparent pieces are the wings and the nacelle tips. There might be some required underneath the fuselage, but there is no photos for that. I'd still like to try it.
  6. I was planning to throw some sand in my eye. Testing on the precise grain of sand that replicates those effects has yet to produce an conclusive result.
  7. Soo been working on this: To make it look like this: Did some modifying of this: And careful building of this: and this To get it looking like this: and this Only to find out I've lost the decal sheet. Kinda pissed right now.
  8. try searching for iwata's lubricant (superlube). It works really well.
  9. There are different ways. I'm more of a minimalist, but then again I use Iwatas which are pretty well made. A lot of people will fully disassemble their ABs, and clean parts individually after every usage. I don't think that's necessary; maybe once every few months usually suffices. I use lacquer paint thinner, which is one of the strongest general thinners available.... it blows apart any remaining acrylic residue. I fill the cup up, spray a bit out, then put my finger over the end of the nozzle, to backflush as you do. I repeat that spray and backflush process a few times, until the cup is empty. I then rinse out the cup with a bit more thinner and a paper towel... and remove the needle as well. I let it dry out of the gun, and reassemble it when I want to use it next.
  10. Its totsugeki love heart being performed by the women of Frontier with scenes of firebomber (mostly basara) spliced in.
  11. Thanks Jefumon I'd actually love to see all of the books' tips and techniques implemented and kept online for other modelers to see. hell... it would be awesome to see individual ones not associated to the book be posted over time.
  12. I'm a bit late to this, but its a pretty sombre video. I actually built the 410 aircraft that goes into the barrier at 4:30 a few years ago.
  13. People have done it in the past...Berttt made one and someone did a Minmay guard I can't seem to find. it does require some fabrication of parts, but it did not seem to be an overly complex modification.
  14. Thanks guys About 70% of them. They didn't go on right so I had to do some hand painting. I actually really like doing that sort of stuff, especially for special lettering.
  15. Time for show and tell. 1/72 Fujimi F/A-18Ds from Hawks in OIF: And an 1/72 Academy F-8E Sundowners. I was going to give it its missile rails... but I just like the sleek look too much. Hope you enjoyed the pics.
  16. Thirded jefeumon. I think they have done a nice job, but I can't justify it over a hasegawa kit without break lines.
  17. bought and paid for. I really really want to buy a 4th but I'm not sure if I will. I already have a ton of kits to build as is.
  18. I picked up the RAF mustang and the Hayate combo sets. I've got the Mustang one already but getting two for 11 dollars is ridiculous, especially since the kits are somewhat rare. The question is whether I also buy: Ki-51 Sonia Combo Ki-27 Nate Combo Raiden-Zero Combo RF-35 Draken Any thoughts?
  19. Thanks MT. Yes, there are... the "big" ones. Two Genies and some falcons. I would actually like to build it with all falcons, but it doesn't come with the right pylons.... unfortunately.
  20. Thanks guys! The hornets will look better with weapons and (possibly) RBF tags... as well as a better photo... that was really an quick interim picture. 505airborne: I love the crusader too, because it is the last gunfighter. I have half a mind to try to backdate the last Academy kit I have in my stash to a early F8U in a Natural Metal Finish. I've also got an ASAT launchin' F-15 diorama I'm building... but only basic photos at this point. Try a metallic paint layer. It doesn't have to be a nice high quality one either like alclad. I have a very old bottle of Tamiya metallic acrylic which I would never use in a regular role (I find the paint particulates too coarse going down). However I apply it often over top of a clear canopy after a base layer to simulate the inside paint. Then I paint over it with a second primer, and the actual colour. Its a pretty solid colour if you do it right.
  21. >Exo<, Jefumon and WM...Awesome looking builds guys. ITs great to see you back WM... Think we can get something else out of you after? And I agree about Bandai for Battroid and Hasegawa for the fighter version. Its the best of both worlds. I've been a bit busy... first, this has been an ongoing project of mine which I'd urge you to check out. http://s362974870.onlinehome.us/forums/air/index.php?showtopic=259589 Next, some "regular" builds... everything is in 1/72. F-8E F-89 scorpion And two F/A-18Ds from Operation Iraqi Freedom. All I need now is some ordnance. Anybody have an extra Litening pod in 1/72 from the Hasegawa weapon set they want to spare?
  22. It is! That would be awesome... I'll send you my details.
  23. Very Interesting and very well executed... a friend of mine's dad served on the Princeton as well during that time period; I built a SH-34 for him (but I haven't delivered it yet.) Its not the exact squadron... I've also since lost the door and am trying to find a replacement.
  24. I built three early block ones (A, C Blk 30s and a C Blk 40) recently in 72 and I have to say that even the block 40 didn't seem right with LANTIRN and Heavyweight gears.... the Block 30 felt like the peak of the design. (sorry I can't resist)
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