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So yeah, one vertical stabilizer popped off when I tried to pull it out, and the back of one wing did pop off when I was messing with solider mode.

But can she pull of the Bond pose?  With legs in a nice A stance and arms parallel to the ground while holding a gun?

Damn straight!!

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Regarding the Houquet figure, from far away, she looks hot pink.  But close up, it can almost pass for pinkish red.

More pics to come, when I get more free time.

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32 minutes ago, SuperDimensionalDave said:

Esaxh4FUYAIwuXR?format=jpg&name=largeRiobot AFC-01Z & Toynami "Masterpiece Beta".  The Aoshima is not a good match color wise but the Toynami is almost spot on.  

That looks sweet. :wub: 

 

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5 hours ago, SuperDimensionalDave said:

Esaxh4FUYAIwuXR?format=jpg&name=largeRiobot AFC-01Z & Toynami "Masterpiece Beta".  The Aoshima is not a good match color wise but the Toynami is almost spot on.  

That looks great. I wish I had room for a second Tread.

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22 hours ago, tekering said:

It's a fair and unbiased review, and he specifically addresses the improvements made to the Houquet figure (who doesn't fall apart like Stig does); he even acknowledges that picky fans will want to repaint her.

He is correct on all counts. B))

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Great work, as usual! 

Do you mind sharing which paints/markers you used and how you applied them? :unsure:

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Fighter comparison pics with the Toynami Alpha:

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Can definitely tell that the Sentinel Zeta is a few shades darker than the Toynami Alpha.

I take back what I said earlier:  the pilot figure is too pink, especially when contrasted to the darker red shade of the Legioss itself.

A few observations after futzing with the mech more:

     * It’s so much easier to pull out the vertical stabilizers, if you open the whole thing up as if you’re flipping out the hands.

     * Glad the plastic in the arms is a little more pliable.  Allows me to pull and get the forearm to open up so much easier.

     * I had a hell of a time trying to get the cockpit to snap back into place for fighter mode.  There’s a little tab in the front that cockpit has to snap into.

     * Do wish we had the option to change the cant of the wings, but it’s a minor thing.

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1 hour ago, Tober said:

Do you mind sharing which paints/markers you used and how you applied them? :unsure:

Not at all. ^_^

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Mr. Color lacquers are plentiful in my area, and they dry quickly (which is great for an impatient guy like me).

You've gotta keep them thinned, though, so that the paint gets applied smoothly and evenly.

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Brushes aren't ideal for sharp little details, however, which is why I use stickers whenever I can get away with it... like for those tiny clips on top of the helmet visor.

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If you're anything like me, you've got lots of little sticker scraps from other toys to cut up and customize...

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Bits this small require more dexterity than my manly fingers can manage, so I use these special modeling Q-tips to apply them.

2 hours ago, Mog said:

Fighter comparison pics with the Toynami Alpha:

Sorry Mog, I was distracted by your Star Wars figures in the background:

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What the hell are Luke and Wicket up to? :lol:

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I’m sure I’ve posted pics of Luke and Wicket before. ;)

But just wanted to snap quick comparison pics.

That red Alpha got a busted heel booster, and the other heel has shown some cracks.  So, kinda don’t want to move it too much.

Plus, I’m super OCD about the positioning I got that Alpha and the rest of those birds locked in:

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2 hours ago, tekering said:

Not at all. ^_^

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Mr. Color lacquers are plentiful in my area, and they dry quickly (which is great for an impatient guy like me).

You've gotta keep them thinned, though, so that the paint gets applied smoothly and evenly.

1339906038_tinystickers.thumb.jpg.5753d4c5de90620e7070ac855abde8b4.jpg

Brushes aren't ideal for sharp little details, however, which is why I use stickers whenever I can get away with it... like for those tiny clips on top of the helmet visor.

226851924_oldstickersheets.thumb.jpg.5cea3dfd6abc4e5f2c477609b9f73ad6.jpg

If you're anything like me, you've got lots of little sticker scraps from other toys to cut up and customize...

Q-tip.thumb.jpg.c78f654df9442846c686be5ea01eb17e.jpg

Bits this small require more dexterity than my manly fingers can manage, so I use these special modeling Q-tips to apply them.

Thanks a lot for that! :) 

I'll have to break out the paints when my renovations finish next month.

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It doesn’t help that the Sentinel Zeta is also a darker shade of red than previous versions of the Red Alpha/Legioss.

Really makes the pink hues of the pilot come out even more.

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On 1/26/2021 at 12:21 AM, tekering said:

Not at all. ^_^

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Mr. Color lacquers are plentiful in my area, and they dry quickly (which is great for an impatient guy like me).

You've gotta keep them thinned, though, so that the paint gets applied smoothly and evenly.

1339906038_tinystickers.thumb.jpg.5753d4c5de90620e7070ac855abde8b4.jpg

Brushes aren't ideal for sharp little details, however, which is why I use stickers whenever I can get away with it... like for those tiny clips on top of the helmet visor.

226851924_oldstickersheets.thumb.jpg.5cea3dfd6abc4e5f2c477609b9f73ad6.jpg

If you're anything like me, you've got lots of little sticker scraps from other toys to cut up and customize...

Q-tip.thumb.jpg.c78f654df9442846c686be5ea01eb17e.jpg

Bits this small require more dexterity than my manly fingers can manage, so I use these special modeling Q-tips to apply them.

Sorry Mog, I was distracted by your Star Wars figures in the background:

 

Man, I am going to have to figure out how to paint miniatures now...

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27 minutes ago, Mommar said:

Man, I am going to have to figure out how to paint miniatures now...

Same here.

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Need to buy fine brushes too.

 

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2 hours ago, Mog said:

I just hate that I’m losing my nearsightedness, as I grow older.

Makes it harder to paint small details:

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That's lovely @Mog. :wub: :good: 

 

Does it also transform to Ride-Armor mode? :rolleyes:

 

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3 hours ago, Mog said:

Nah, making it transformable is beyond my skill level.

But Houquet seems quite pleased with all the changes and modifications:

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Superb! :wub: 

 

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Thanks everyone! :hi:

Yeah about the thick white paint @tekering, I really should just buy a small bottle for custom work.

But I’m too lazy (or cheap :pardon:), so I just pull it from a quart can we have for touch-ups around the house.

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Just opened my Zeta, and briefly handled with it in Fighter mode.. 

Besides the much tighter Houquet figure now compared to Stick, there have been a number of tweaks done for more pleasant handling experience:

1. The lower arms peg firmer to their shoulders & the legs. I remember for the Eta, I had to do quite some messaging around that area to make everything stay together firmly. So there's less of that creakiness when zooming it around now haha..

2. Both wing flaps have lost their slop and are properly tight. Which means the dreaded problem of left wing flap popping out is gone.

3. The left vertical stabilizer now stays in the proper outward angle position, so both stabilizers angle consistently. In the Eta, that left stabilizer always wanted to pop back to the straight position with the slightest touch. However, this time, I could not swivel both stabilizers out from the arms from its default out-of-box configuration. They swiveled up 1/3 of the way & felt like something will break if I forced them further. I had to open up both arms (as if to bring to hands out) for the stabilizers to fully swing out.   

4. The rear landing gears can now be pulled out much more easily, as compared to the Eta which were so tight. Still wish they be made of metal though, as the plastic landing gears still feel quite fragile.

Overall, just from fighter mode impressions, hats-off to Sentinel for having done admirable job tweaking various little stuffs for better fit. :good:

Except the intake covers though; one of it still wants to fall off all the time.. 

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After spending years handling Toynami’s Alphas, it’s so refreshing to handle a toy that holds a pose and doesn’t feel like it’s gonna flop if I even dare to look at it funny.

The Sentinel is a little tricky to get all the shoulder hinges/joints realigned straight to go back into fighter mode.  But it is a pretty ingenious design that they pulled off.

In any case, less writing and more better colored Houquet pics:

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anyone looking for this item?  still sealed inside the unopened DHL box from amazon japan.  Thought i cancelled it long ago but clearly not.  I would much rather hand it to a fellow Macross/Mospeada fan than send it back to Japan.  

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6 minutes ago, max928 said:

anyone looking for this item?  still sealed inside the unopened DHL box from amazon japan.  Thought i cancelled it long ago but clearly not.  I would much rather hand it to a fellow Macross/Mospeada fan than send it back to Japan.  

Hand it... for free? For free, I'll take it. :rolleyes:

 

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5 hours ago, Mog said:

After spending years handling Toynami’s Alphas, it’s so refreshing to handle a toy that holds a pose and doesn’t feel like it’s gonna flop if I even dare to look at it funny.

The Sentinel is a little tricky to get all the shoulder hinges/joints realigned straight to go back into fighter mode.  But it is a pretty ingenious design that they pulled off.

In any case, less writing and more better colored Houquet pics:

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Darn fine work. The original moulded colour made this the first item on my covid cancel list... This repaint is making my wallet itch again.....

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