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  1. This 30th anniversary colour version of the 29 is probably my most favourite of all the DX VFs I own.

    I've been looking at it and its starting to have some yellow discolourations on some of the white pieces.

    I've been doing some reading and see that there are people who have had success with removing the discolouration with 12% peroxide and a plastic bag.  I'd be intending to be very careful to only paint the peroxide on places where the discolouration has occurred (fuselage, wings, legs)

    1. Has anyone's 30th Anniv YF-29 been experiencing some yellowing?
    2. Has anyone tried cleaning it with the peroxide and sunlight method?
    3. Would doing #2 have an effect towards the painted decals that are on the white areas of the plastic?
  2. I got a PG Banshee and went all out to accessorise it as much as possible.  VN/BS pack, LED, Delpi Decals, metal detail up parts... then finally what works out as a very good case for it - it's actually sized for a Lego Lion Voltron kit but the dimensions works well enough for this.

    I call it the Banshee Neo edition. 

    Guns... all of them.

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  3. After Christmas I was able to invest in and get a bigger display cabinet so I could expand my collection out of the single Detolf that they were all in for however many years they were there.

    With the expansion in space, I was finally able to put on display the VF-25F that I'd had sitting in its box for well over a year.

    2 questions.

    1) When I bought the VF-25, I also purchased a Smoke Clear display stand in with it as a bundle.  I've subsequently read that it doesn't fit exactly with the renewal version that I have.  Is that correct?

    2) I need to invest in a second Yetistand... but I've also read that Yeti has been out of action here for a little bit... is there any likelihood or means to be able to purchase a stand with his website being down still?

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  4. Aah ok.

    I'll end up getting a Mr. Mark Setter and a Mr. Mark Softer bottle instead of the Micro-Sol pair now.  I looked up a YouTube video and they seemed to work easily enough.

    1. Apply Mark Setter onto location
    2. Slide decal onto location
    3. Mop up excess
    4. Apply Mark Softer onto top of decal

    This will be good for those kits which have a nice surface finish on them to avoid ruining them with the use of a top coat.

  5. On 14/01/2018 at 11:39 PM, anubis20 said:

    Well i can say im 100% done with kit :) it has been hell up to this point, just yesterday when i was about done the leg fell and ankle joint broke :angry: had to repair it with a pin. Overall its not a bad looking kit but the transformation is a chore and it just doesnt look good out of the box with stickers. Moral of the story is never feel bad about paying $200+ for the DX :lol:

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    What pulled me into Delta was the delta wings of the bird.

    At first I wasn't all too sure about paying for the DX so ended up buying the 05 kit also.  Built it and it's sat unlined and without decals and stickers for the longest time.  I ended up buying the DX of the 02 and am supremely happy with it.  I've resolved to also get the decals onto this bird and permanently display it in fighter mode only.  It at least deserves this much.

    Looking at the decals though... man it's daunting - there's so much of it!  Stickers, dry transfers and waterslides!  It'll take me a couple of weeks to get it done I think.

  6. 23 minutes ago, arbit said:

    No, I am referring to a different product called Mr. Mark Setter.

    The image above is of a different brand called Micro Sol that I have not tried in the way you want, so I can't vouch for it. But Micro Sol is definitely great for decals.

    Neither are to remove: one is to set decals, and one is a solvent for a different use, to shrink the decal to conform to uneven surfaces. 

    Google a "how to" in youtube.

    Got it.  Thank you for the clarification!

  7. 9 hours ago, arbit said:

    I have used Mark Setter for decals on toys/models that I didn't want to top coat. With regular handling they will not come off.

    I'm a little confused with this product - so the Mark Setter is the bottle with the blue markings?

    This bottle with the red markings is meant to remove the decals?

  8. On 1/8/2018 at 1:34 PM, derex3592 said:

    good progress for day one of the build.. .. 

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    Looks like a great build.

     

    Question though about the Micro Sol you have in the photo - this is the stuff that sucks in the waterslide decals hard onto the surface?  Does it mean that using this stuff, there's no requirement for top coating the kit to keep the waterslides on long-term?

  9. On 19/12/2017 at 5:51 PM, Golden Arms said:

    The top shouldn't affect the Titanium finish at all.  

    Bandai never stops production of their gundam kits.  I would order it from HLJ.  If not it stock, they will restock.  I've done this with several of their gundam kits.  They've even rstocked some that were limited production release ( RG unicrorn with unicorn cover).   

     

    Thanks for this knowledge.  I'll just keep an eye on things and pick the kit up whenever it comes back into stock.

    I did however also did some more looking around and there were some Reddit recommendations that a top coat would not go nice with the titanium finish of the plastic.  Recommended instead to use something like some Microscale Micro-Set solution for the decals to further suck the decals onto the surface.  I guess I'll do that.  Small amounts can be applied and mop-up to minimise run-off, etc.

  10. Thanks for the advice - some of it I understood already - my major question was would the top coat applied to the kit, would it negatively affect the titanium finishing?

    I guess it doesn't matter too much now though because I contemplated too much... the shop I was considering buying it from sold it yesterday.

    Does Bandai continue to make these Titanium Finish editions of the kits or is it done once, all done type of thing?  I may end up just having to wait and when I've cleared off some of the kits in my backlog, it may end up being the non-glossy version of the Nu Ver.Ka.

  11. What's the opinion of the special edition "Titanium Finish" variants of kits?

    More specifically, I really quite like the look of the RX-93 Nu Ver.Ka and came to the understanding of there being a Titanium Finish version of it.  Looking at the images and videos posted online the slightly darker colours of the kit are nice and the coating catches the light so the differing angles coming out of the panel lines makes for not needing to actually panel line the kit.  This sort of stuff appeals to me.

    The question I have though is relating to the waterslide decals.  A Ver.Ka kit is nice because of the usage of these decals.  In previous history, after a few years, I've always found that waterslide decals dry out and flake off or lift off.. ultimately losing the joy of the look that would be brought about in the kit.  Stuff that I've read is that one of the reasons for applying a top coat spray is to seal the decals in and prevent this dried lift-off that may come down the line.

    A concern I have though for doing this for sealing the decals in is that the top coat will adversely affect the titanium finish of the kit itself.  Major question out of this post - will a top coat negatively affect the overall look and presentation of a Titanium Finish variant kit?

  12. On 30/11/2017 at 6:07 AM, kajnrig said:

     

    @dero Does the Astray come with the older style thumb/trigger finger/three finger hands? Or are those fully articulated? Or even better, fixed pose? I like what you did, and the stickers look really good, all things considered. I guess that soak in the water didn't harm them very much. :p

    The Red Frame comes with what I am lead to believe is the standard MG hands.  Articulated thumb and first finger, the last three are a single piece.  No fixed pose hands.

    Stickers - majority of the stickers I actually left off because I ultimately didn't like the look it presented to the kit when applied.  The majority of what's on there are dry transfer decals.  I think the only stickers that managed to stay on the kit were the Tiger Pierce and Gerbera Straight name stickers which went onto the scabbards.  The water soak didn't do them too badly.  :lol:

  13. Finished with my Master Grade Astray Red Frame.  First one.

    I cleaned up a lot of the visible nub marks, put the decals and stickers onto it, painted on a few areas which I think made it look nicer and painted some weathering and battle damage to it before applying some weathering pigment to top coat and let it all set.

    First of a photo, got a few more poses I'd like to try and then take some more photos of before I'm "set" for it being a single pose for display.  Let me know what you think and what improvements I could attempt for the next project!

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  14. 22 hours ago, kajnrig said:

    Are you sure the waterslides aren't actually stickers? I haven't built the Red Frame, but Bandai doesn't often package waterslides with their kits.

    *gag*

    /noob-moment exposed.....  They are just plain old stickers.... so confused.  All the YouTube guides all give the indication that the blue backing sheet are waterslide decals, not plain old stickers.

  15. Probably second to last progress photos of my MG Red Astray before I will call it complete and move onto something next.

    I couldn't get the waterslide decals working.  For some reason or another, they aren't loosening off the backing paper.  Even soaking in water for over 24 hours, the slides aren't lifting off.... consequently I've had to leave that alone and went only the dry transfer decal only route and thankfully Bandai gives a lot of extra decals, many which many wouldn't ever use so I've made use of that to put some decals around places where the waterslides were suggested to go.  The little areas are now a bit more lit up with a bit more look and feel.

    Did some paint shadowing to try and give it some colour depth.  Not really sure how this has come up... probably makes it look just a bit dirty but oh well.  Panel lines and a bit of silver paint going for a chipping to bare metal effect.

    Last two steps will be the application of some rust and dirt weathering effects from Tamiya's weathering master set and a top coat to seal the weathering and decals down.

    Any suggestions on what to do differently for effects and overall look and feel for my next project?

     

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  16. On 01/11/2017 at 2:03 PM, F360 said:

    look around your room, you see this empty wall? before you know it, i'll have a layer of gundam boxes over it. ^_^

    Holy crap.

    So those 2 I have on order and probably arriving some time this week is a Strike with the IWSP and gattling gun shield.  I also bought the P-Bandai Heavyarms Custom because I am quite enamoured by the whole gattling gun thing.

    This weekend I was opportunistic and picked up in a second hand sale a MG Heavyarms EW and MG Sandrock EW.  Should arrive this week as well.

    Got lots of dakka dakka coming.  I've also been thinking long and hard on how and where I want to weather my Astray Red Frame.  I think I've got it now and I've been looking up lots of YouTubes on how to set up weather effects.  I'll give those techniques a go and then drop the decals on and top-coat it and post the results.

    Only after then will I pick another kit and give that a start.

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