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57 minutes ago, cypherzero said:

I wonder if someone made a 3D print for the shoulder missile pods on Shapeways?  Speaking of 3D printing, there was a post a few years back of another member who made a component in place of the swing bars, so that the wings could swing back, similar to what the Yamato versions did.

I just bought a used Arcadia YF-19 from Mandrake and so I'm hoping to make the same upgrade to remove those swing bars, if they have the same 'floppy wing' issue.

Wings swinging back, meaning the high speed mode, correct? If so, Yamato didn't have that feature. Only Arcadia and Bandai did IIRC.

 

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Yes, I was referring to the Arcadia version, with those metallic swing bars.  I've taken it out of the box and played with the wings a bit.  Not really comfortable with its design, especially when mounted missiles are involved.

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8 minutes ago, cypherzero said:

Yes, I was referring to the Arcadia version, with those metallic swing bars.  I've taken it out of the box and played with the wings a bit.  Not really comfortable with its design, especially when mounted missiles are involved.

Ok. I think I've found what your looking for regarding the wing mechanism. It's a custom part modification by @Chronocidal back in 2017. Click the link below.

Hope that helps. ;) 

 

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@no3Ljm Thanks for finding the link for me!

Let me know if the metal mounts aren't available, I was messing with the Sculpteo site the other day, and it wasn't behaving for me.  You -can- use the POM ones, but they take a little bit of filing of the long straight edge to fit around the legs.  Those were a first attempt, and needed adjustment.

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2 minutes ago, Chronocidal said:

@no3Ljm Thanks for finding the link for me!

Let me know if the metal mounts aren't available, I was messing with the Sculpteo site the other day, and it wasn't behaving for me.  You -can- use the POM ones, but they take a little bit of filing of the long straight edge to fit around the legs.  Those were a first attempt, and needed adjustment.

You're welcome sir! ;)

I haven't done any customizing on my YF-19. At the moment they're just resting in the box. :rolleyes:

 

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1 minute ago, no3Ljm said:

You're welcome sir! ;)

I haven't done any customizing on my YF-19. At the moment they're just resting in the box. :rolleyes:

 

Speaking of customizing, I bought a used Yamato YF-19 and repainted it into a VF-19A.  Almost done, need to fix the broken shoulder joint, and apply a matte clear coat to a few parts...and then I'm done.  I guess I should post some pics on the board.

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Just now, cypherzero said:

Speaking of customizing, I bought a used Yamato YF-19 and repainted it into a VF-19A.  Almost done, need to fix the broken shoulder joint, and apply a matte clear coat to a few parts...and then I'm done.  I guess I should post some pics on the board.

Cool cool cool! Looking forward to see that. ;)

 

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1 hour ago, no3Ljm said:

And to be honest, I like how the Boosters clipped to this version in Battroid mode than what Bandai did to their DX release and the shoulder missile pods where Bandai is just a cover on the shoulder air intake.

To be fair, it's not clear whether those are missile pods at all. Depicting them as such was a logical inference on the part of the modeler, given the placement and shape of the new armor parts, their derivation from the VF-25's Super equipment, etc. But they end up being a bit bulbous in the process; likely the modeler was working off of mainly just the movie footage, which IIRC never gives a good look at the height of those new armor pieces. Once official pics of the VF-19EF/A's 3D model were released, it became apparent that those parts were  rather inconspicuous in design, following the existing lines and curves of the VF fairly closely.

Packing missiles into such a cramped space certainly isn't impossible, but it does become more unlikely. And neither the Bandai DX toy nor the Hasegawa model kit, the only two official pieces of merchandise of it, depict them as anything more than slabs of extra armor.

That said, I also like the idea of them being missile launchers, for much the same reasons as the modeler probably did. I don't exactly like their premise to begin with - slapping VF-25 Supers onto a Y/VF-19 - but if they MUST exist, I like them to do so as missile launchers.

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6 minutes ago, Chronocidal said:

@no3Ljm Thanks for finding the link for me!

Let me know if the metal mounts aren't available, I was messing with the Sculpteo site the other day, and it wasn't behaving for me.  You -can- use the POM ones, but they take a little bit of filing of the long straight edge to fit around the legs.  Those were a first attempt, and needed adjustment.

I clicked on the link but there's nothing showing in terms of viewing the file of the parts in question on the website.  If you have a working link to the POM material, I would take those instead.  Filing parts to fit, doesn't faze me as I've worked on many Gundam kits.  ;)

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23 minutes ago, cypherzero said:

I clicked on the link but there's nothing showing in terms of viewing the file of the parts in question on the website.  If you have a working link to the POM material, I would take those instead.  Filing parts to fit, doesn't faze me as I've worked on many Gundam kits.  ;)

Yeah, I'll have to re-upload the pattern, and get it back functioning again.  The POM version is about half the price, so that's not a terrible thing, but I have no idea how sturdy it is long-term.

Here's the link to the POM type.  If you look in my original post, I think it says how I trimmed it down, and if you compare it to the metal ones, you'll see what has to be filed down to de-conflict with the leg.

https://www.sculpteo.com/en/print/bracketpomnew/uJbMhkyy?basket=1&noclickredirect=1

Edit: Okay.. scratch that, the metal files aren't available anymore because Sculpteo doesn't offer metal parts anymore.  Bummer.

I still have the files, so maybe I can get them made somewhere else in metal, but for now the only materials Sculpteo offers are POM, acrylic, MDF, plywood, or cardboard. :lol:  Of those, I'm thinking POM is probably the best, though I'd be interested to know if anyone thinks acrylic would be stronger.

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You know, these two topics keep overlapping left and right, but to steer things back on course, I really would love to make a similar bracket for the Bandai YF-19 mold.

I just spent the last.. oh, maybe three hours trying to stabilize the wings on my VF-19 Advance.  So, with the right method, you can add a lot of stiffness to the rivets that keep the wings from swinging around wildly.. but unfortunately, that doesn't do anything to keep the wings from rattling around on their hinge.  For whatever reason, the wings both waggled up and down rather loosely.

So.. removing the tiny screw at the hinge point on the wing allowed me to -carefully- pop the glue enough to slip the hinge out of the wing.  UNFORTUNATELY... when I re-tightened those screws, which are insanely tiny, they almost instantly stripped out the wings, because they have all of two threads actually contacting the plastic.  

What started as me just trying to add a layer of scotch tape into the pivot to soak some of the wiggle turned into a couple hours of me figuring out some way to fill and re-drill the screw holes so those tiny screws would hold the wings shut.

I finally got it tight enough that the wings don't rattle.. but boy would I love to be able to get the entire wing glove apart without destroying it.  I'm not touching this one again. :lol: 

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I was admiring my YF-19 today and remembering all the drama when I first got it. I can't believe I had to disassemble a $300 toy and file down one of the ball joints to allow the leg to be moved. That was SO scary to me. I know some people have been through worse with them so I'm thankful for that, but how did this stuff pass QC? I mean, if I were to force it in the transformation it would have ripped the plastic on the joint right off.

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I don't think that here was a proper time to check every single one of the DX YF-19 in production in terms of fit/finish/tolerance as it was in a long production line.

So its pick up the parts and assemble them as it goes.

A 3rd party TF company (Fans Toys) does do a quick QC check of their stuff after assembly, however I've seen their stuff having issues when it reaches out into the collectors hands once they fiddle with it. 

Note: I'm not a Fans Toys ambassador honestly as I see these issues when it gets reported on forums that I go on. I only have Hydra and it has issues on it as well. 

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27 minutes ago, borgified said:

Going to post this here and let you guys discuss this over. 

https://www.amiami.com/eng/detail/?gcode=FIGURE-038985-R

I think that most of us got it already and the prices for it at this condition (Item A, Box B)  on Amiami is not surprising. 

What the heck is going on with YF-19 prices??

https://auctions.yahoo.co.jp/closedsearch/closedsearch?va=DX+YF-19&vo=&ve=&auccat=0&aucminprice=&aucmaxprice=&slider=0&ei=UTF-8&f_adv=1&fr=auc_adv

Apparently they're actually selling that high these days. Last I looked it was like ¥28,000 for an unopened one.

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1 minute ago, Sanity is Optional said:

Well, I guess the 3 spares I have in my closet were worth holding onto?

So you got ¥150k sitting in profit as of right now unopened.. :lol:

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2 hours ago, borgified said:

@ValkAddict -  @Sanity is Optional has no time to put his Macross stuff for sale as of now as time is very limited for him. 

Oh, I’ve got time now, finished my job hunt and have something lined up for my imminent layoff.

Now the only thing standing in the way is general hoarding desire, though the prices on those YF-19s is mighty tempting. If I could actually get it.

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It really doesn't surprise me much seeing the prices climb like that, that's one of the (very) few sources of external ordnance for Bandai's extensive line of completely naked fighter craft. :p 

I'd argue it's probably their best DX release period, in terms of in-box value, and seeing Bandai include anything extra with any DX release is already on the level of finding bigfoot and a unicorn having a tea party with an alien in your backyard.

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11 hours ago, Sanity is Optional said:

:ph34r:

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So I'm just curious.  It's well known how difficult it is to obtain these when they're first up for pre-order.  How were you able to get multiples?  It seems like just getting one is hard.

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13 minutes ago, Special Sauce said:

So I'm just curious.  It's well known how difficult it is to obtain these when they're first up for pre-order.  How were you able to get multiples?  It seems like just getting one is hard.

The VF-1 and YF-19 DX were relatively easy to acquire when first released.  They were new designs so it seemed like folks were reluctant to jump in. 

I think I had 6-7 of the initial VF-1 and YF-19 combo sets because POs were not that hard to secure at the usual suspects. 

 

 

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My 2 cents: We know the DX YF-21 is coming at some point. So maybe people are picking up the YF-19 now to go with the 21. That's what I did last year when the 21 was first shown. I immediately started hunting for a YF-19 and got one.

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1 hour ago, spacemanoeuvres said:

The VF-1 and YF-19 DX were relatively easy to acquire when first released.  They were new designs so it seemed like folks were reluctant to jump in. 

I think I had 6-7 of the initial VF-1 and YF-19 combo sets because POs were not that hard to secure at the usual suspects. 

 

 

Ahh Gotcha.  I didn't know that the whole pre-order madness thing was a more recent phenomena.  

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25 minutes ago, Sanity is Optional said:

No issues here. Heck, the fun of those closet shots are the reactions.

Just keep airflow, humidity, and wall temperature in mind.  After living in my house for a couple of years, I found that my outside walls aren't insulated (just block with an air gap to the plaster) and the books and manga I had against them were moldy.  :shok::cray:

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