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So this is a little wacky, and a bit late, but I just had my pair of Mirage Sv-262s shipped..

They're each about a kit and a half. :blink: 

So.. in order to get the proper parts coloring breakdown for her particular scheme, this kit includes multiple copies of several portions of the kit, in different colors.  I'm counting four and five copies of some parts sprues, scattered between light gray, black, and magenta plastic.

I think there's going to be a lot of interesting ways to color this kit, just from mixing and matching the extra parts.  I think I can almost get a primarily gray 262 out of it, or a fully magenta one.  It will be interesting to see what combos I can make. ^_^ 

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16 hours ago, Chronocidal said:

So this is a little wacky, and a bit late, but I just had my pair of Mirage Sv-262s shipped..

They're each about a kit and a half. :blink: 

So.. in order to get the proper parts coloring breakdown for her particular scheme, this kit includes multiple copies of several portions of the kit, in different colors.  I'm counting four and five copies of some parts sprues, scattered between light gray, black, and magenta plastic.

I think there's going to be a lot of interesting ways to color this kit, just from mixing and matching the extra parts.  I think I can almost get a primarily gray 262 out of it, or a fully magenta one.  It will be interesting to see what combos I can make. ^_^ 

Sounds a lot like the P-Bandai recolor gunpla releases, you can get some very interesting color combos.

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Update on how these Mirage 262s built up, you can definitely get a few nice variations based on which parts you use, but there are also some limits due to certain parts only being available in one color.

Here's a pair of pics of how I built mine up.  The "official" arrangement of parts depends on reading Japanese labels for the colors, but these two were built using specifically either all the white, or all magenta.  This can't quite be done with a single kit.  The overall scheme is a pattern of magenta on top, and white on the bottom, and while some of the parts have extras of the opposite set, some of the white and magenta parts came with only one tree of what would be a matched pair in one of the other kits.

There are a ton of smaller black/charcoal components that make little details, but no major fuselage components you can see from the exterior.  The largest black components I could make are the cockpit fuselage area, and the tail.  

The way this is broken down is that one kit was using as many white components as possible, while the other was made with as much magenta as is possible.  The wings, nose/head section, and cockpit frame came only in white, while the intakes (and the parts making the connected stripe) and arm cannon details only came in magenta.  I think the white scheme works out the better of the two, but I think a purple canopy frame would be nice, and blend into the stripe on top.

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Comparing this to the official scheme, I think I actually like the white one better.  The purple is okay, but the white wings stick out.

Oh, and because of the extra sprue shenanigans, here's the pile of extra pieces. :p 

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This is primarily the exterior bits, since the internal structure of the kit is mostly contained on separate sprues made from ABS, and didn't have any reason to be duplicated.

I do wish there was room to get built-in hands on these kits, but overall the transformation is just smooth, and I find myself fiddling with these quite a bit... Except for the head.  The head transformation is ridiculous, and sends pieces flying everywhere.  Given the option, I would replace all of them with the anubis head version, since it just works better, and looks great.

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