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This one really deserves to have its own thread. Arcadia 1/60 VF-4A. Flashback 2012 (Premium Finish) Version. Finally! Looks like it's going to get released as Premium Finish. https://ameblo.jp/arcadiaac/entry-12503502412.html 1/60 VF-4A Lightning III Ichijo Hikaru "Premium Finish" February 2021 release Y38280 (Japan Tax included) http://arcadia.ac/products/detail.php?product_id=302 1/60 VF-4A Lightning III Ichijo Hikaru December 2020 release Y32780 (Japan Tax included) http://arcadia.ac/products/detail.php?product_id=303
So here’s the thing, I got a hold of a standard release Arcadia SDF-1. The current cost of acquiring a premium is double to triple the standard finish if you can find one. Close-up pictures others had provided online of the premium finish gave me the necessary clues to find matches in glow in the dark paint. Glow-in-the-dark paint finishes that work well are not very diverse. Enough close-up review pictures and coming across a highly phosphorescent paint under the name glow-on let me to an exact color match. Scorched earth toys had wonderful review shots of the premium finish. Notice the grainy texture that others including those on this forum have on their official premium finished figures. Unfortunately the very things that make the paint so phosphorescent make it very grainy in texture. The paint I am using for the glow in the dark is it glow-on brand “bubblegum red” which dries to more of an orange reddish pinkish color and “yellow” which clothes bright greenish and dries a kind of greenish yellow color. Some of the photos show my online matching of the paint before I ordered it. Close up details of the official premium version are from scorched earth reviews. I’m working on much finer applied panel lining as the official was mass produced by hand application of the panel lining and fine detail paints. I had just discovered this particular form Macross world today. And since I have not officially handled the real premium I had one of my suspicions confirmed. Scorched earth does make the complaint that they decided to frost the windows of the bridge. And someone on the forum had made the case that it actually has a matte topcoat. And this is why the bridge is frosted over. I will be masking my bridge and any other clear parts present. But the topcoat finish likely help to secure the glow-on which does attach and dry very hard but due to it’s grainy bead like nature can be scratched off easy (As I discovered on the shoulder cannons after days of drying not being careful and transformation scraped the dots of paint off the tips and I had to reapply. Also if you own a premium finish but have scratch the glow-in-the-dark paint this should be valuable information to allow you to repair the paint yourself. Glow-on comes in very small vials. But so far I found I’ve added most of the glow in the dark details and still have the majority left by purchasing the medium size which is still a very tiny amount. But for what you have to use it goes along way. It is actually manufactured and mainly advertised as a sight paint for guns
Originally posted by @Zx31 on the What's next for Arcadia thread. Arcadia announced they will going to release a Premium Finish version of Roy's VF-0S Phoenix on June 2018. Preorder starts on January 16, 2018 and ends on February 23, 2018 via Arcadia Online Shop for Y38800.
Updated with web store prices for the normal release version HLJ at 21,800 yen http://hlj.com/product/aca82131 Hobby Search at 21,800 yen http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10443718 Cdjapan at 20,710 yen http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/product/NEOGDS-221795 Biginjapan at 20,270 yen http://www.biginjap.com/en/completed-models/18403-macross-vf-1s-hikaru-ichijo-with-strike-parts-movie-ver-160.html AmiAmi at 20,240 yen http://www.amiami.com/top/detail/detail?gcode=FIGURE-027240 Anime-export at 19,620 yen http://www.anime-export.com/product/34637 Nippn-Yasan at 18,580 yen https://www.nippon-yasan.com/19844-macross-1-60-kanzen-henkei-vf-1s-strike-valkyrie-ichijou-hikaru-custom-movie-ver.html Updated with web stores prices for the Premium finish ver. Nippon-Yasan at 28,600 yen https://www.nippon-yasan.com/figures/19852-macross-1-60-kanzen-henkei-vf-1s-strike-valkyrie-ichijou-hikaru-custom-premium-finish-ver.html Anime-export at 27,864 yen http://www.anime-export.com/product/34709 Hlj at 25,800 yen http://hlj.com/product/acagk-01/Act Early Review and photos of the Premium Finish ver. https://www.forbes.com/sites/olliebarder/2017/04/01/vf-1s-strike-valkyrie-hikaru-ichijo-custom-toy-review-better-than-any-jetfire/#fe0b11a1c4bc Released short youtube review of Premium finish (in chinese) Info from Arcadia website: Arcadia: 1/60 VF 1S Strike Valkyrie Hikaru Ichijo Special Movie Ver Tentative price 21,800 yen (excluding tax) Release Date: Release 2017 April "Normal version" can be purchased at each retail store, net shop. http://arcadia.ac/products/detail.php?product_id=240 Arcadia: 1/60 VF 1S Strike Valkyrie Hikaru Ichijo Premium Finish Tentative price 27,864 yen (including tax) Release Date: May 2017 will be released ※ regard "Premium Finish version" will be products of our online limited. ※ The closing day for orders will be until 2017/2/8 (Wednesday). " it's suppose to be pre applied tampo markings so you don't have to put any stickers. similar to what Bandai do on their DX Chogokin" http://arcadia.ac/products/detail.php?product_id=241