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  1. 15 hours ago, Lolicon said:

    They're secure on my copies.

     

    Nope. I just detached the entire arm and then was easily able to access the screw under the shoulder pauldrons to loosen it.

    Side by side with the Bandai version. While Bandai's toy is excellent, it's really a VF-19 Advance posing as a YF-19. :p

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    Nice.  Hopefully I am able to get one some day so that if I have to adjust the joints it'll be easy.

  2. 51 minutes ago, Lolicon said:

    Shoulder surgery was a success. Both the shoulder and bicep cover on the right arm were super tight. Loosened the inside screw just a touch. They're really overtightening them at the factory.

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    Was it a pain in the a$$ getting to the screws to loosen them?  

  3. 4 hours ago, Chronocidal said:

    I wish I was that organized.. all of mine are essentially grouped by.. "category?" I guess you can call it that.  They're scattered across a few rooms, and only stacked one-deep in closets most of the time, so I know exactly what's in every pot.

    I've definitely gone deep into the Tetris method, finding combinations of boxes that form even groupings.  The assorted Bandai exclusive super pack boxes make great little spacers to complete a row. :lol: 

    I love reading that other collectors do some of the same things that I do.  Makes me feel like I'm not alone in my freaky toy collecting.

  4. 3 hours ago, Froy said:

    A horribly crooked kite on his copy

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    Little stuff like that doesn't bother me that much.  But I guess with what they cost there should be better QC for stuff like that.  I worry more about breakage and the moveable pieces working properly.  Also fit and finish.

  5. These storage pics are incredible.  Are you guys able to display any of these?  Seems like too many to really be able to display effectively unless you have them all over the house/apartment 😄.  Which I'd be all for doing but doesn't seem like a good idea

  6. 1 hour ago, no3Ljm said:

    I don't think it's worse per se. There were a batch of the regular reissue production that Arcadia posted on their Twitter feed that has defects. At this point there are no official release date for the PF release after they posted some notice on their website a few months ago. There were some discussions of it here due to the Japanese word they used that translates to 'cancel' so we thought the PF was cancelled despite of online stores not removing the listings. I'm pretty sure they will fix everything first prior of announcing a new PF release date.

    Gotcha, thanks for the clarifiaction 👍

  7. On 11/6/2022 at 2:31 AM, MKT said:

    The PFs are done from the batch of base YF-19 released few months back.

    But it appears the reissue of this base YF-19 has quite a bit higher defects than normal? 
    So just speculating, there could not be enough leftover for the PF after accounting for defects & replacements, so Arcadia might have to schedule a whole new production batch for it.
     

    So this new reissue is worse than the original release?  I'm asking because I considered trying to get a PF version. 

  8. 2 hours ago, Falcon said:

    Wonder will there be a premium and standard or will they just with just 1 kind?

    It seems like they save their Premium Finish versions for the more popular hero Valks, like Roy's, Hikaru, Isamu etc.  Though the did do the Elintskeer so I suppose there's a possibility they'd do a PF for this one.

  9. 19 hours ago, no3Ljm said:

    Yeah. I mean, it's really nice to buy it from US stores, that way we're covered in case there's problem with the items. But then, if we really want to save a few dollars, getting it directly from Japan stores is still the best way to go.

    True, it's like what's the lesser of the two headaches LOL

  10. On 10/7/2022 at 1:29 PM, Chunky001 said:

    What part of "it cost me $258.53" is un-clear?:unknw:

    Try checking out and see what it will charge you.

    https://www.kappahobby.com/products/dx-chogokin-vf-25f-super-messiah-valkyrie-alto-saotome-custom-revival-ver

     

    I'm asking wiseass because others have been saying you get charged tax anyways.  A lot of online companies from other states are doing it.  Why would I bother checking myself if others have already done so?  What you're saying is contradicting that, that's why I questioned it.

  11. 2 hours ago, no3Ljm said:

    Seeing that the store is located in the Bay Area, CA. You guys think they charge CA tax upon placing the order? Also, based on their pre-order policy, you will be charge as soon as they have confirmed your order in 1-2 days. So no pay later for pre-orders.

    Edit: Scratch that. Looks like there's CA tax afterwards. So the DX Alto set total shipped to US-CA is $277.84.

    So if you're not in CA there is no tax?  I'm in NY so the CA won't matter for me.

    Also, I don't see anywhere that is says they charge for your pre-order before they ship it.  Where did you see that?

  12. 3 hours ago, MacrossJunkie said:

    I start off with Future during my weathering process, then finish off with a Matte or Satin clear coat. I do have to mask off clear parts so they don't get hazy.

    I believe I used this Vallejo Matt Varnish at the time I did my Alto 25s and it works pretty well.

    I tried out Vallejo Mecha Satin Varnish for a time, but that product is utter garbage and I highly advise to avoid it. It is truly awful and I hate it.

    I've since switched to Vallejo Satin Varnish Polyurethane as I feel it is more durable after it's fully dried. 

     

    Awesome, thanks!

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