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3 hours ago, peter said:

Has anyone here built the Bandai Variable 1/72 that goes with this Strike Parts set? 

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I had the kit, but it looked a bit messy and I heard it fell apart easily so I flipped it, but I'm thinking about kit-bashing it into maybe one of my older Bandai kits..... Maybe the fixed Battroid.... Or if I'm feeling super ambitions, maybe one of my older Bandai Variable kits..... 

I built it. Not a fan, very floppy, can't hold together in battroid at all, horrible posing (can't a-stance at all in Gerwalk).

The other Bandai 1/72 transforming kits are great, but the VF-1... The best thing I can say about it is that it does in fact transform.

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13 minutes ago, Sanity is Optional said:

I built it. Not a fan, very floppy, can't hold together in battroid at all, horrible posing (can't a-stance at all in Gerwalk).

The other Bandai 1/72 transforming kits are great, but the VF-1... The best thing I can say about it is that it does in fact transform.

The older Bandai 1/72 kits do need work. The new Bandai 1/72 kits... good grief.

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I am sooooo happy with this one. Finished the second airlock on my flight deck.

It's meant as a surprise :D

Give me a heart down there so I know you liked it :wub:

 

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57 minutes ago, arbit said:

I am sooooo happy with this one. Finished the second airlock on my flight deck.

No spoilers for 24hrs please, it's meant as a surprise :D

Give me a heart down there so I know you liked it :wub:

 

So, now we really know what happened to Minmay. She got trapped in your diorama!! Looks very cool though.  I'm sure she's quite happy there.

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14 hours ago, electric indigo said:

It's growing

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Love the FFS kits.  I used to read your stuff on the Gundam Eclipse forum.  Is that forum still active?  it was the only one I could find for FSS related topics.

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well, all super parts painted, love de color :), wings painted too and yesterday try to fix some paint problems with the YF-19

 

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@joscasle that color on the Super Packs looks like the tone I want to use on my Mortar Headd.

On 5/7/2021 at 3:03 PM, Darth Mingus said:

Love the FFS kits.  I used to read your stuff on the Gundam Eclipse forum.  Is that forum still active?  it was the only one I could find for FSS related topics.

Nice to see you here, DM. Unfortunately, GE is pretty much dead, but I will keep posting in the FFS thread there since it's one of the few remaining western outposts of FSS modeling that you can easily find on Google. I recently set up a Twitter account (@WorkshopIndigo) to keep an eye on assorted Japanese modelers and will post there when I get to the more substantial stuff.

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On 5/6/2021 at 2:38 PM, pengbuzz said:

Please, by all means! :D That original stand is nobody's friend, and it's hella weak! o.o

And admittedly, I got the stand idea from you when you mounted the E-A on that board! So, let me return the favor! :)

Here is the graphic I used, in case you need it; I also did the "A" version in case you need it for the other one:

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That's awesome, thanks!

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@arbit And...she gets sucked out of the airlock!:lol: That's awesome Arbit! Great combining of projects. And now we know what the piano was for!

@joscasle That paint looks great! Clean lines.

@peter I'm curious to see how you use the armor. I actually have the variable armor (each sold separately) to try and fuse with the original variable valk. Great minds think alike!

 

I need to take more photos, but I'm still beefing up the moveable joints. The newer beefier one on the left, and the original on the right. - MT

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On 5/9/2021 at 6:57 AM, MechTech said:

@arbit And...she gets sucked out of the airlock!:lol: That's awesome Arbit! Great combining of projects. And now we know what the piano was for!

@joscasle That paint looks great! Clean lines.

@peter I'm curious to see how you use the armor. I actually have the variable armor (each sold separately) to try and fuse with the original variable valk. Great minds think alike!

 

I need to take more photos, but I'm still beefing up the moveable joints. The newer beefier one on the left, and the original on the right. - MT

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I popped open the armor set, and the construction seems sturdier, but I was expecting Bandai to hide more of the seam lines. 

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They left this one done the middle of the arm armor...... 

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But went to the trouble to hide this one, which isn't visible anyway when it's mounted. 

Anyway, I'm still humming and hawing over which old Bandai 1/72 to try to use it on, the variable or the fixed Battroid. 

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Dug out a few variables I built as a kid..... Boy did I ever butcher these kits.  Might cannibalize these for parts.

The Super Ostrich and Elintseeker both come with spare noses and fuselage (chest/back) plates, and even some spare armor pieces.  Valkyrie spare parts are growing....always wanted to do a hangar maintenance diorama of some sort, but that's beyond my imagination and abilities.

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Had the idea of stealing the variable arms from my childhood build for the Battroid kit instead of using the Popeye arms.  They're a mess though so they will require heavy weathering and probably a lot of battle damage. 

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Already trying to figure out modding the joints with whatever polycaps and ball joints I have laying around.  Not so much for posing, but for easy of paint.  Hate captured parts. 

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More Gundam donor parts. 

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I never watched Gundam, never got into it, so I have no idea where all these Gundam kits came from. 

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These arms are totally pooched.  Will take a lot of will power to get them working again. 

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Wish I had a few more Hasegawa 1A or 1S Battroid heads, but I guess this build might end up being a 1J.  

LOL, still haven't 100% committed to adding armor to the Battroid or one of my old variable kits.  Have any of you guys done either before? 

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On 5/9/2021 at 8:40 AM, joscasle said:

A little update

 

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Those look sharp! 

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@peter Use the old variable valk! That way you can make mistakes on it before I do:lol: I think the size of it is closer anyhow, that's why I got the new variable ones (on sale) to try on the old variable kit. - MT

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@peter A plus about using mismatched parts is that you can model a Valk that had an arm or leg replaced from a machine with a different color. Like the B-17's that had wing or fuselage swap-outs,

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16 hours ago, MechTech said:

@peter Use the old variable valk! That way you can make mistakes on it before I do:lol: I think the size of it is closer anyhow, that's why I got the new variable ones (on sale) to try on the old variable kit. - MT

Lol, I might actually be leaning this way.....looking at just the legs of the battroid kit, they are ridiculously oversized and the back of the leg armor would need to be shaved right down or I need to heavily mod the legs.  

The varliable kit....ugghhh...I never actually wanted to build it, but it looks like I might have to.  It's just a better fit for the strike pack with seemingly less modification.

Besides, the current battroid build is kind of a mess, might be quite a bit more flawed than my previous attempt with the low vis 1A

 

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On 5/9/2021 at 5:57 PM, MechTech said:

@arbit And...she gets sucked out of the airlock!:lol: That's awesome Arbit! Great combining of projects. And now we know what the piano was for!

Thanks guys. But for this particular project, your opinion only half matters. What did your other half think of it?  I've been showing it to any lady that crosses my path.

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@arbit I'll have to ask the ladies in the house what they think.

The "neck" area seemed blah so I added a "collar" around it. It helps to cover a piece that holds the neck in place and allows it to elevate upwards. The collar smoothly transitions into the "backpack" power pack and fuel storage. Its not glued together yet for upcoming assembly.

The left shoulders are done and the arms still need to be designed. I should glue the breast plates on to show the actual look to the whole thing. Getting there little by little... - MT

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So a while back I bought some "loose" 1/72 RVF-25 Drones, lots of the little pieces were in a baggie and naturally I lost the baggie. So with a bunch of other spare parts I came up with this. 

 

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1 hour ago, 505thAirborne said:

So a while back I bought some "loose" 1/72 RVF-25 Drones, lots of the little pieces were in a baggie and naturally I lost the baggie. So with a bunch of other spare parts I came up with this. 

 

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Wow, love it!

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Nothing new model wise to report, however today I spent all afternoon actually organizing all my supplies with some cool storage containers my mother in law hooked me up with out of her garage!  Well, half of them anyway, the most used half....hopefully Runabout update tomorrow evening! 

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On 5/13/2021 at 5:27 AM, MechTech said:

@arbit I'll have to ask the ladies in the house what they think.

The "neck" area seemed blah so I added a "collar" around it. It helps to cover a piece that holds the neck in place and allows it to elevate upwards. The collar smoothly transitions into the "backpack" power pack and fuel storage. Its not glued together yet for upcoming assembly.

The left shoulders are done and the arms still need to be designed. I should glue the breast plates on to show the actual look to the whole thing. Getting there little by little... - MT

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Man, I wish I had your fabrication skills.

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On 5/14/2021 at 5:37 AM, Thom said:

Rocker covers on, clipped wing-tips in place and cleaning up some seams. Moving along!

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Now I want to build a prop plane.... This ace, I tell you.... Such a bad influence

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On 5/14/2021 at 4:47 PM, 505thAirborne said:

So a while back I bought some "loose" 1/72 RVF-25 Drones, lots of the little pieces were in a baggie and naturally I lost the baggie. So with a bunch of other spare parts I came up with this. 

 

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That is cool! Was that originally a toy or model?  I don't think I've ever see one of those. 

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3 hours ago, derex3592 said:

Nothing new model wise to report, however today I spent all afternoon actually organizing all my supplies with some cool storage containers my mother in law hooked me up with out of her garage!  Well, half of them anyway, the most used half....hopefully Runabout update tomorrow evening! 

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Organization is a good feeling.  I always find it a struggle to keep it clean and organized. 

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36 minutes ago, peter said:

That is cool! Was that originally a toy or model?  I don't think I've ever see one of those. 

Thanks @peter  These drones came with the Variable Bandai 1/72 RVF-25 kit. I lost the baggie that had the correct small pieces so I had to some minor kit bashing to complete them. B))

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Not on my workbench, but it is a build.

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Almost there.  Two panels to go. 

As for what is actually on my workbench.... 

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This mess of parts.

Sorry @MechTech I decided to go with the fixed Battroid instead.  On closer inspection, the variable version would actually be a lot more work..... For me at least since I don't know what the hell I'm doing.  Looking forward to your build and see how you approach it. 

I might build the variable as a fixed Gerwalk later on, with some spare Hasegawa parts thrown in.  I have a complete nose, cockpit and fuselage parts that came with the Super Ostrich and Elintseeker.  

 

 

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@Thom Looking good!

@505thAirborne Great ktibash! You can't tell it's not canon-unless you know.

@derex3592 An organized work area is a happy work area! OK, it's corny, but true! I did some of that myself too this weekend consolidating stuff.

@peter Thanks Peter! Great work on the fence! We did similar last week. We planted a whole bunch of azalea bushes in the yard and got rid of some old rotten barrels overgrown with ivy. Too bad about the variable valk being that messed up, but I'm sure the fixed will look great too when you're done with it.

Getting there on the armor. The inner parts of the arm had cut and glued "O" pieces to hold the ball joint poly-cap in place. This is the "wrist" area now. Then I added detail pieces into the shoulder joints and a beefed-up piece to go into the polycap of the fore-arm.

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I took the outer arms plate and added some resin missiles onto them and then a cover for the gun in the arm. I think I'm going to shave the gun barrel back and add a mini-gun cover instead. This one looks too much like a laser cannon or something sci-fi. Then I completed making the manipulators and you can see one open and closed.

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Glued on the chest plate armor and snapped the shoulder pieces in to check fit and dimensions.

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So everyone, what do you think? Which head do you think looks better? The left or the right? I'm kinda partial to the right, but not sure. Both pieces came with the original kit. The head was the head and the second piece was an engine. Thanks for checking in! - MT

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1 hour ago, MechTech said:

So everyone, what do you think? Which head do you think looks better? The left or the right? I'm kinda partial to the right, but not sure. Both pieces came with the original kit. The head was the head and the second piece was an engine. Thanks for checking in! - MT

Head seems more in scale on the last picture.

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Thanks everyone, the RVF-19 & Drones were a fun build and I have more projects on the list to complete. B))

@MechTech  What mecha is that from, I like it. 

@Thom I'm not on top of my WWII fighters like I used to be, is that a Spitfire in the works? 

This is what the Drones are escorting. 

 

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4 hours ago, MechTech said:

 

So everyone, what do you think? Which head do you think looks better? The left or the right? I'm kinda partial to the right, but not sure. Both pieces came with the original kit. The head was the head and the second piece was an engine. Thanks for checking in! - MT

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The longer looking one looks better, IMO. Looking good all around, MT!!

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@derex3592 I envy your organizational skillz!! My work station is a pig sty...

@peter Thank you! I made some goofs on it, in which a second kit came in very handy!! I guess I'm glad to be some influence.:rolleyes:

And that is a nice collection of parts, sure to be made into something quite cool.

@MechTech Your mech is coming into fine shape.

@505thAirborne Yes, a Mk XIV. It's the new Airfix kit, and I'm doing it as the second marking option, the all metal Race 80.

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10 hours ago, 505thAirborne said:

Thanks everyone, the RVF-19 & Drones were a fun build and I have more projects on the list to complete. B))

@MechTech  What mecha is that from, I like it. 

@Thom I'm not on top of my WWII fighters like I used to be, is that a Spitfire in the works? 

This is what the Drones are escorting. 

 

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Nice!!!  We NEED more stands for Macross Valkyries!!!! 1/48 STANDS please!!!

 

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