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  1. Hi, I'm looking for anything and everything that you don't want for the sole purpose of experimenting with dying. It doesn't even matter if the valk has been half set on fire, as long as the rest of hte plastic is ok . I'm doing this for researching how to use dispersion dye to get different colors for valks: if you'd like to donate parts to the cause (for example, spare hands that have the same color/plastic as the main body) I'd appreciate it! In particular, lighter colors are more helpful: whites, beiges, tans, etc.
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    Bandai DX VF-31

    For those with the movie 31-F: what is it about the draken adapters such that you need to switch them out for battroid mode? Is it that the fighter mode prevents the wings from folding? Just curious if a perfect transformation 3D printed part is possible or completely out of the picture. I'm very tempted to snatch one up right now- poor messer is getting dumped all over YJA at pretty low prices...
  3. @xigfrid, did you 3D print your own 1/60 AMRAAM's and AIM-9's, or are those from a kit or something? I just got in my Starscream (i.e. F-15 standin) and corgi f-14 and am looking for some ordinance. I was thinking of trying to 3D print some AIM-54's as well, cause what's an F-14 without it's AIM-54's :)? Also, for that carrier base, are you using 1/72? 1/60 is exactly 20% off from both 1/72 and 1/48 in either direction, so I'm not sure which one tends to look better. IMHO the DX macross valks look 1/72-ish while the Arcadia VF-0 series really looks like 1/48 with a 1/60 pilot stuck in a cockpit that's way too large. I guess for everyone's information, I'm going to try and order some of the "1/72" fighters from aliexpress that are a little oversized (I believe several of the Russian and Chinese fighters are actually 1/68) to see how they fit together.
  4. Howdy folks, my backup YF-19 is sitting in my HLJ private warehouse and I can ship it direct to you via your choice of shipping. I'd REALLY prefer, though, is to trade for a VF-31 + super packs (preference in this order: C, F, J)- I'm more than happy to negotiate and strike a deal, otherwise selling at $300 + shipping to cover the cost of me hunting down my own VF-31 set at scalper prices. If you have just valk or just supers, let's negotiate. EDIT: I am more than willing to add some cash on my end as I know that VF-31/supers are hot commodities! Especially dat C While that's what I'm primarily looking to move, I also have some other wares in my treasure chest (pair of Arcadia VF-0A's, custom low-viz hi-metal R vf-1 strike, Yamato VF-4G, pair of VF-31A's, full set VF-25S renewal) that I might be persuaded to let go of, but am otherwise happy to keep.
  5. dur

    Bandai DX VF-31

    Dang, that makes me salivate for the dedicated 31A FP's. Kinda wish I hadn't sold my messer FP's now.
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    Bandai DX VF-31

    From the photos, it doesn't look like the window frosting is any different: was that already improved for the first 31F release? (Is only the 31J the only one that needs to run the defroster?) I was trying to avoid this valk since I prefer the 31A... gettin' thirsty though...
  7. Amazing display! Thanks for the tips on the 1/60 things! Out of curiosity, do diaclone pilots fit in the cockpit of any VF's ? PS Thanks for the tip on the Tomcat- going to buy it and "fix" it (repaint, re-decal. Hopefully with some scaled up markings).
  8. Forgive me if my search-fu is off, but I thought an updated thread would be beneficial anyways. For those of you who like your valks interacting with other things, what else is in 1/60 scale? I've bought myself a masterpiece starscream just to use as an F-15 for my macross zero era toys to blow up (just wish there was also an f-14...). I was even thinking about getting some 1/60 gundams to fight, but I can't really locate anything else in this odd scale.
  9. I couldn't stand not knowing what would happen so I went ahead and transformed to gerwalk and back 2 or 3 times. It seems to be holding up (though I developed another crack right next to the leg-to-fuselage connector on the back of the leg). I have nearly FILLED the intake pieces with CA (going around the gerwalk joint of course)- I think that might be why it's ok right now as it's like a brick with a candy shell instead of a hollow part. Thanks for the replies: I guess I'm thankful that I got lucky this time! I also tried the hip extension gimmick and it still works (I know that's kind of a taunt with a VF-0A, but count me lucky).
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    Bandai DX VF-31

    Next step: design and 3D print a perfect transformation adapter for the drakens!
  11. Well, crap. I guess I've got nothing to lose by trying to anneal the plastic in the oven then! If it goes really south, I'll leave it as a static fighter mode model- I guess that's why I got three of these things anyways
  12. I've actually got the super parts painted already in dark ghost gray (to compliment the light ghost gray fighter), I just didn't try mounting them yet. After I clean up the paint fading (hopefully some time this week?) I'll do a quick photo shoot- got to transform it too to make sure the paint and decals survive! And yes, I'm definitely going to tint the nose cone lighter to represent a fighter that's been using its radar in combat (or at least on CAP) . I suppose it's not too late to change the super part booms/strike cannon, but I'm kind of losing steam on this build and will probably leave them dark ghost. So other than tweaking the "fade" and doing a final sanding of all surfaces in 1000 grit (just to give it that uniform surface look), and maybe a teeny tiny bit of lining/weathering, I'm going to call this one done. I've got a VF-25A and VF-0A on the workbench that need some love! All that being said, once I finish it, I am probably going to sell it: this is my last hi-metal R that I didn't want to sell incomplete, and I want to stick to 1/60.
  13. Can't believe I started this over 2 years ago- life gets in the way! I'm nearing the final stages now. In hindsight, the duracoat is great for the joint areas, but painting with acrylic is just so much easier (I picked a similar shade so that if it scratches, the duracoat underneath is a very similar color). I'm touching up the fast packs and a few funny paint areas: almost done. You can see that my fading is uneven on some of the decals: that's WIP (I dilute my base color with clear coat so I can spray it translucent- going for a very faded look on everything). You can also see that I messed up the modex number slant since I worked on it at 3 am: going to replace those.
  14. Well, as I said, I sanded and repainted the component, so it looks like a painted brick... I could take pictures if something explodes again, and if it doesn't, I guess I don't have to worry about it. It looked like mp03 starscream after trying to transform it, if that helps... (cracked abs plastic around a hinge)
  15. Sooooo I was stripping down one of my Arcadia VF-0A's for repainting using mr. thinner instead of my usual rubbing alcohol (since it works so much faster... sigh...) when I noticed that the gerwalk joint spontaneously started exploding. Turns out you're not supposed to use that on straight plastic and this is a well documented effect for modelers. So I stopped, I repaired and sanded the fissures I saw with CA, and now I'm wondering if this toy is now compromised. Is there anyway to "undo" the embrittlement? Should I just glue this together in fighter mode? The rest of the fig seems fine.
  16. Thanks for the heads up Xigfrid, but I'm really hoping to find some original parts so I can complete my set for OCD completist reasons
  17. Just wondering: has anyone tried using dispersion dye on Bandai and/or Arcadia's plastic? Looking to get some more beautifully drab gray valks and I don't want to deal with paint rub, but I'm a bit nervous about dumping the thing wings and everything in 90C water.
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    BANDAI DX YF-19!!

    Just reporting mine from Ami-Ami was packed with a ring of paper on top, antenna is fine.
  19. Sooo I have lost the shoulder plates that mount the missiles for my armor set- the FP ones work just as well, but I figured I'd try to complete my set. I'm trying to avoid buying a whole new super parts set for two itty bitty pieces of plastic.
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    Bandai DX VF-31

    Just another note of help to those waiting: I was always cordial in my communication with NY and did not let them know about order numbers before me, etc. Also, it was quite random: I got my shipment notice today although my last communication with them was 3 weeks ago. It really seems that they're drawing numbers out of a hat or something!
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    Bandai DX VF-31

    My VF-31A shipped through NY today! (Ordered 10/7 3am) And to think, I had just logged on today to request store credit I'd be even more excited if I hadn't already bought a pair at the scalper's markup since I was impatient. But another in the family never hurts.
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    Bandai DX VF-31

    I'm still waiting for my order, after numerous pesterings. I ordered 10/7 03:05:09 #488952 and have sent multiple bugging tickets: still no movement. I'm also in the boat of "never using NY again" despite their low prices.
  23. Great transaction with @mpau25 Although it shipped without a box, the vf-0a arrived in immaculate condition
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    Boy, I really am lazy and need to add pictures! Also, hold on to your butts, but I'm very likely going to be letting go of one of my VF-31A's at cost (which is to say, inflated of course :p)
  25. This one isn't a shameless plug, but is a great find for someone who seems to be clearing out his or her collection: https://www.ebay.com/sch/m.html?_odkw=&_ssn=jjoc2113&_armrs=1&_osacat=0&_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1313&_nkw=macross&_sacat=0 Hope I'm not ruining anyone's bids: if I hadn't exhausted my fun funds with a pair of price-gougy vf-31A's I'd be all over all of those! This person is probably preventing my items from getting sold at the moment
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