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  1. Don't read e-books of any type. Anyone got any insight or answers to the actual question?
  2. Recently re-watched the original series, and I still enjoy it after all these years and who knows how many watches later...I'm thinking of finally taking the plunge and reading the manga. But, uh...what's up with the availability? Anyone know where one could get the series for a reasonable price? For the "3-in-1" consolidated version, Vol. 1, 4, and 5 I can pick up for $20/each. Vol. 2 and 3 are no where to be found. I've seen complete sets for $300+ but that's insane. So... 1) what gives with the rarity of those volumes? 2) anyone know where to find the manga series?
  3. Anyone have any insider info on what's up with the MEPTOYS invid scout and shocktrooper? It was due to ship in December, then I gather there was a problem with the pre-production proofs that had to be addressed...but I ain't heard nothing. No email, nothing on their website, nothing on Facebook... I emailed them last week asking for an update, but haven't gotten any response. I'm wondering if I should contact my c.c. company for a chargeback?
  4. Those are going for $150+ now? Yikes. I want these trading kits because they are small, and I might be able to use it in a wargame. The Cosmo Fleet one is...too expensive. Why does Bandai hate Gundam spaceships so much?
  5. Got a model-finding query for the experts here. Does anyone have any idea where one might find non-blind purchase options for the old (series 1) Gundam Mini Kit Collections? I'm really trying to get the Ra Cailum kit, but everything on Ebay was blind buy, and didn't see a thing on Y!Japan... I figure someone here might have a lead I hadn't thought about. This box: with this kit: Appreciate any help...I'm close to buying a set of 12 boxes in the hopes of getting one...and that's just stupid.
  6. Maybe I'm crazy but the Brunhild is about my least favorite of all the Imperial warships from the original series. I might still get a model of it if available, but I'd rather have any other non-Alliance ship really.
  7. 6' = 72" 72/350 = .2 so a six foot tall person would be 0.2 inches So average person would be about 3/16th of an inch
  8. It's probably the longest of longshots...but I agree with WWWMWWW. I'd pay a hefty price for the re-imagined legioss and dread2.
  9. If that's 11" overall, including barrel that sounds pretty spot on 1/35.
  10. The saucer looks like it's not parallel with the nacelles? Is that a trick of the camera or is it really droopy? And that "aztec-ing" is really heavy/dark. Looks more like digital camouflage than the subtle effect I'd expect...trick of the lighting I hope.
  11. Maybe one of you car collectors can point me in the right direction for finding obscure/OOP subjects. I have (or, had, pre-covid WFH) a nice themed desk display going with 1/43 pre-war race cars. I really want a 1927 Napier-Campbell Bluebird, but the only thing I can find on the internet is that one was made a while ago, but I can't find any for sale, and don't know where to look for 'em (aside from eBay). So far I've got: Mercedes W125 - Grand Prix racing Bugatti 57G - Le Mans Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 MM - Road racing (mille miglia) Sunbeam 1000hp - Land Speed Record Bentley Speed Six - Illegal road racing (blue train) Mercedes W125 w/twin wheels - Hill climbs (grossglockner) I'd like to add/swap in the 1927 Napier Campbell (which briefly held the land speed record), but have pretty much given up on finding one. Any advice? I wouldn't mind picking up an ERA or Delage to represent voiturette racing if anyone knows if those exist in 1/43? Ooh, ooh, and a front-wheel drive Miller for pre-war Indy racing would be perfect...
  12. I picked up one of those 3rd party mount sets that has it up at an oblique angle and set it on top of a bookshelf for a while. Then I took it apart and gave it to my cousin's kids because I don't love the Falcon enough for the space it took up. Well, that and the non-locking roof panels were a pain in the ass with the display angle. A slight bump and they shifted out of alignment.
  13. That has to be the Gazu-R/L, right? Nothing else has bent shoulder spikes that like that from ZZ
  14. I was really talking about the "built to walk up to its opponent and just start swinging with nothing but destructive might and some luck" comment, which hadn't been true of major naval vessels for 30 years prior to the Yamato's launching. The Japanese range finders and gunnery direction computers (as they were known then) were leaps beyond WWI standards, as were those of all the world's major navies. There had been major advances in gunnery systems and directors in the decade before the Great War, and they continued up to the Second. The lack of quality radar equipment in the IJN is well known, but the Yamato's equipment was as good as could be expected given that limitation. For the early 1940s the Yamato had as high tech a suite of equipment as could be expected from a naval vessel, with that one exception. I'll admit, most of my knowledge of the ins and outs of 20th century naval gunnery technology and development comes from Friedman's book on the subject, but even without that I've never read anything that would even suggest "old by first world war standards" is anything like accurate. Certainly, the basic concepts underlying most of the directors in service in the Second World War were already being used in British systems of the Great War, but all major navies had made significant progress on the systems in the intervening years. Which is all just to say, yes, they were very advanced pieces of equipment for their day.
  15. You should read up on the state of gunnery direction on late battleships. The technology aboard the Yamato was as cutting edge as a supercarrier, for its day.
  16. Wow, I'm surprised this project has made such progress. Last I read the airframe was complete but the next step seemed more like a leap. A really beautiful aircraft, and I'm impressed such an ambitious private enterprise seems to be on the road to success. Not my favorite inter-war racer*, but certainly an interesting lost opportunity. *-full disclosure, inter-war race planes are one of my favorite topics.
  17. If we want super clarity, 109s are Bf-109s. Some German documents referred to them later as Me-109, but Bf is officially correct. Particularly if referring to an early Bf-109 prototype which was produced before the company changed its name to Messerschmitt.
  18. Awesome scratch building GMK. In a similar vein, here's my latest fictional tank variant, I call it the Bull Tiger. It's a standard Tiger II with a chopped down hull (about 7.5mm I'd guess), some horn-like rear hull extensions (just for looks), and a modified turret. The turret is likewise slightly lower profile and I've narrowed the front and rear angles, as well as extended the turret sides rearward a bit for even racier lines. Overall, it looks pretty sleek, and is barely taller than an M4 Sherman's hull. I know most modellers are primarily interested in accuracy, which this pisses all over, but I have to say, this is one of my favorite armor models I've ever completed. Might as well show you how it was made:
  19. Looks "un-gundam-y" seems like a step in the right direction. Everything looks so derivative of everything else it's gotten boring. A step in a new direction (like Zeta was from MSG?) could be interesting. It even looks a bit Nagano-esque, which could be very exciting. Who's to say if the story and characters are any good (my moneys on 'no'), but the teaser has my attention.
  20. I think matte black / satin is one of the most common finishes I see for modded AMGs, Lambos, and BMW M cars out here in West LA. I feel like the only sane man in a crazy world, but I hate it. That and black wheels. Hate them both individually, hate them even more together.
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