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  1. On 11/12/2021 at 9:21 AM, Beltane70 said:

    I bought a 1/100 Dragonar kit 30 years ago that I still haven’t built, but I’m still definitely interested in this kit. 

    The 1/100 kit has some weird proportions. I think the old 1/144 kits are actually more show-accurate. It's a bit tempting to get this to compare with the original, but I've already got way too many kits...

  2. On 10/29/2021 at 5:58 AM, peter said:

    Thanks!  Were there any real world fighter craft back in the 80s that were painted white like that for combat operations? 

    I wonder why they went with white in the anime, was it just more visible on screen, easier to animate, or because white ink was on sale?  

    Well, theoretically you could also make the argument that "white on-screen" = "silver or aluminium in reality", as that is the case in some other anime series...

    OTOH, since it is capable of space flight, there you would actually prefer bright colors (or even better, gold) for thermal reasons in reality.


  3. On 9/28/2021 at 4:31 PM, tekering said:

    A couple of members, in fact... but while pictures of completed models are available, what does the raw kit look like?  What colors are the parts molded in?  Where are the seam lines?  How does the scale compare to the 1:100 kit, or the Hi-Metal R toy version?  There's just no source of reference for questions like that.

    Generally, kits of this vintage are molded in one or two colors (no multiple colors on the same sprue!), seam lines run right down the middle of parts, arms and legs must be assembled and painted in multiple stages because the limb sections do not use polycaps, and quite a bit of work is necessary to get a decent result. Depending on the kit, the last part might require rebuilding whole sections from scratch and/or adding detail/making holes

  4. On 9/11/2021 at 6:56 PM, vsim said:

    What's interesting is that I saw the kit number is 30 instead of the usual 5 digit number? So presumable the full kit number will be 65730. I just find it interesting that some kits get a two digit number on the box and most of the rest just have the normal 5 digit. I see no particular rhyme or reason for it.

    In any event, woot!

    Those with a two-digit number and a 5 digit item code on the box are regular release items, and those with only a 5 digit item code on the box are limited editions, AFAIK.

    (Note that this being Hasegawa, almost all of their releases are limited editions, for a given definition of "limited" that usually means "less than usual, but still a lot")


  5. @arbit I think you'll still see the lines after handpainting. I speak from experience, I'm nearing completion on a 1/72 airplane resin kit that used 3D printed masters, and although the lines are very hard to see by naked eye and almost impossible to feel, they are more obvious with paint on top...

  6. On 8/18/2021 at 1:08 AM, kajnrig said:

    Oh, it is? Never mind, then, cool. I suppose if I googled Kato, I'd realize they're a player in that industry.

    N-scale, which is 1/150 in Japan, and 1/160 in the rest of the world.

  7. On 8/18/2021 at 12:22 AM, Big s said:

    1/43 was an odd choice, but I think this one is a standard train scale. Probably to match real city scenery.

    1/43 is a very common scale for diecast scale model cars.

    Probably so the Ingram and Griffon can duke it out on the starting grid of Suzuka or something...😅

    "Izumi, avoid stepping on the SuperGT cars like Ota just did, and stop the Griffon from burning down the paddock. Ota will join you once the marshalls have dug him out of the gravel trap."

  8. 16 hours ago, pengbuzz said:

    Wow...looks like the barrels broke. I'm so sorry. :( Can you reglue them?

    I'm not so sure the barrels are broken. Considering the size of those guns they might just have been made in multiple pieces to fit in the box. A gun up to twice the size of the mech is pretty much on course for anything designed by Mamoru Nagano, after all... 😅

  9. The Macross would probably dance in tune with Lynn Minmay's (obviously the names need Americanisation) R&B song, behaving like some stereotypical African American rap dude showing off his big guns while thrusting his crotch. The Valkyries would look like horrifically mutated chimps in Battroid mode, set off HUGE EXPLOSIONS every five seconds, and talk back to their pilots. The Zentradi would all be rewritten as one-dimensional cartoon villains who get a send off in the most violent fashion possible because they would turn out to be androids that can be ripped apart with no consequences. The episode "Pineapple Salad" would also be incorporated into the movie, with the salad in question replaced by a Big Mac and Roy recharacterised as some standard B-movie action hero who chases skirt in the most misogynistic way possible.

    The resulting movie would be praised for its awesome looking CGI scenery porn, be hugely popular with the common people, score really badly in reviews by movie critics, and induce suicidal thoughts in both Macross and Robotech fans alike.


  10. On 7/28/2021 at 12:37 AM, MechTech said:

    @Salamander Thank you VERY MUCH for the drawings and the info! I noticed that too about their equipment. In fact, some of it is just plain contemporary equipment with a new paint job! - MT

    Another fun one is the Type 74 Type G tank. In real life, this was a hideously expensive upgrade to the standard Type 74 tank that meant only four tanks were ever upgraded. In the Patlabor universe it was more widely used by the JGSDF alongside the Type 90. Fortunately, Asuka Models makes a Type G in 1/35, so once I build mine it will go on the Patlabor shelf. 😄

    And while we're on the subject of 1/35 models, Aoshima makes 1/32 models of Japanese trucks, mostly decorated ones, but they also sell regular versions, which look great next to the Patlabor mechs. And with Micro Ace and Aoshima also making 1/32 Japanese cars, putting together a 1/35 Patlabor diorama should be easy (too bad that it takes so much room...).

  11. 17 hours ago, MechTech said:

    @electric indigo That's the one! Thank you!!! The drawing reveals a lot more details than the movie footage, like exhaust ducted / blown flaps for one. And its called a C-4, interesting. Do you happen to have any more drawings for more views? I think I can convert a 1/72 A400 into one of these. - MT

    Most of the more normal planes and vehicles used in the Patlabor series are modified versions of real life subjects.

    So I guess this one is a modified Hercules C4: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_Martin_C-130J_Super_Hercules


  12. On 7/25/2021 at 2:39 PM, MechTech said:

    Thanks, Salamander! Unfortunately I don't have that book. - MT

    The Perfect Establishment Data books are collections of almost all the line art, that were released around 2008. For Patlabor they released five books in all, one each for the TV series, OVAs, and the movies. Studio DNA also did books on some other series, including L-Gaim, Xabungle, and Dancougar. 

    I've found some more lineart in the first book of that series (that one covers the TV series), including a side view. I'll try to scan in the pages for you (if I manage without damaging the spines of the books; otherwise it will be pictures...).

    By the looks of it finding those books for a decent price nowadays is pretty much impossible. I see the L-Gaim book at Mandarake for 3 times its original retail price... 😓


  13. On 7/23/2021 at 2:59 PM, MechTech said:

    Hey guys,

    Are there any lineart drawings out there of the Patlabor military cargo transport jet from the original movie? Or are there are any other versions from the TV series? (Which I haven't watched yet). Other than the opening sequence footage for the movie, I haven't seen a thing anywhere on the internet for it. I'm thinking of building it from another kit with a Helldiver being deployed out the back. Thank for for your help in advance! - MT

    If that is the 4-engined transport jet, page 45 in Patlabor Perfect Establishment Data Vol. 3 (and page 26 for the Helldiver + parachute). Unfortunately only threequarter front and rear drawings, no side or top/bottom views, and the art is shown pretty small in the book.

  14. 20 hours ago, MechTech said:

    So if you're on a budget and have a junky old pair of cutters, you can save some serious dough and make something better out of them. The downside, the blades aren't as tempered, but with a few strokes of a wet stone, they can be resharpened. Hopefully this helps someone save some dough! - MT

    ...if you have the tools to machine those cutters.

    Anyway, this discussion made me pick up some Tamiya cutters, for the lovely amount of 34.95 Euros...I think they'll work better than the DIY-shop ones I've been using :)


  15. On 6/16/2021 at 5:40 AM, kajnrig said:

    IIRC, at least from what someone or another stated here to me, the Zeta was directly inspired by and an homage to the VF-1.

    I've always found the Zeta/Delta/ReZel transformations weird, how the legs are so high up like that. I appreciated that on the VF-1 the legs form a contiguous shape with the arms to form a solid-looking fuselage; they're not just dangling in the open, flopping around. So imagine my surprise when I realized that the Super variants partially "transform" their legs and do indeed sort of dangle in the open, flopping around. :lol:

    For more "solid" takes on the Waverider concept, just look at some of the SRW designs (R-Wing) or Virtual On's Cypher Motortrasher mode. The Virtual On transformable Viper versions and the later Myzr designs are more Valkyrie-like (often with color schemes that Fire Bomber would love and lots of spiky bits).

  16. On 6/1/2021 at 5:43 PM, TMBounty_Hunter said:

    My issue with scalemates is the lack of quality control for entries. There's way, waaaay too many resin kits on there attributed to filthy scumbag recaster websites instead of to their actual manufactures/sculptors. Lack of proper credit to artist is already one of the highest crimes. Redirecting people to thieves websites is a whole order of magnitude worse.

    That may be because the people who posted those entries didn't even know the kits are recasts. Besides, if no one adds the original kits, nothing is going to change...

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