It's not anime, it's the 4th [Gunpla] thread

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  • turtleantturtleant Gunpla Dad is the best.Registered User regular
    I'll second GundamPlanet. Nothing but good experiences with them so far.

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  • TNTrooperTNTrooper Registered User regular
    edited April 29
    Grey Ghost wrote: »
    I'm building the RG Gundam Mk. II and it has these mesh-wrapped power cables on the legs (maybe other parts too) and I cannot fucking wrangle these little things at all

    The leg ones are a pain. The ends aren't covered up by armor so use a lighter and singed the edges so they don't fray and then make a small ball of poster putty to plug up the ends to keep the wire inside. You can try using masking tape to hold them in place while you build the rest of the legs too.

    Edit: This is mainly about the 10mm ones that go behind the knees. The other ones go above the feet and in the backpack and way easier to deal with.

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  • miscellaneousinsanitymiscellaneousinsanity grass grows, birds fly, sun shines, and brother, i hurt peopleRegistered User regular
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    My vote is HGUC Hyaku-Shiki (Gold Coating), because I'm guessing the gold will be a nightmare to get off the sprues without marks, so it might be nice to get it out of the way ASAP.

    And then when you're done, you'll be able to hold it up like a trophy.

    I built the regular one a little while ago and iirc all the gold parts are undergated, so maybe not that bad.
    Oh, that's cool! I heard about some sets doing that, but didn't know the details.

    I wonder why they don't undergate all parts on all kits. Is it that the design/manufacturing process becomes that much more difficult or expensive? Are they assuming that people enjoy sanding down the sprue nubs? It seems like putting all the gates on the hidden side of every part would be a huge win for everyone (except, I guess, the people who like to sand plastic).

    iirc it's harder for the plastic to get injected through undergates which increases the risk of production defects on top of the extra design costs/time

    quoting someone from discord
    undergates are convenient for snap building but from a design and engineering point of view I can’t imagine they’d be really easy or convenient

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  • LanzLanz Registered User regular
    edited April 29
    Building a new kit finally


    Hint:


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  • HefflingHeffling No Pic EverRegistered User regular
    Building the Daban 8812 MG Astray Red Frame Kai. It's a really amazingly engineered kit with really terrible joint tolerances. There are parts everywhere to allow for extra movement, sliding pistons and joints, etc. But some stuff is very tight and needs to be filed to make it looser. Other stuff you have to drill out pin holes because the pins are just too big.

    One the first arm, I went to test the movement range and immediately snapped it in half at the elbow. The entire connection between the upper and lower arm is held together by a very thin piece that necks down just where the torque will be highest. I had to perfectly align my drill to pin it with 3/64" copper bar I have from a model train company, and there was barely any clearance on the edges. But I managed to drill it perfectly, twice, so the piece is repaired. On the other arm, I made sure to loosen up the joints more.

    It's a great kit, but will challenge you as a builder to get things to work properly.

    My two PGs from overseas may finally have shipped air to the US, so I will have those to build at some point in the future. At the same time, I was getting frustrated with not having one to build, so I just bought the PG Astray Red Frame Kai from a US Ebay store, so it should be here this weekend.

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  • PeasPeas Registered User regular
    edited April 29
    LEGO Tensegrity Sculpture Tutorial 3:33


    edit:
    The Ultimate LEGO Tensegrity Anti-Gravity Sculptures! 14:13

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  • turtleantturtleant Gunpla Dad is the best.Registered User regular
    Well ran into an issue with the Ex-S. Noticed one of the back skirts was very loose and it turned out that the screw had basically just bored out the hole it was supposed to go into instead of threading into it. Was essentially just hanging on there.

    Swapped it out for one of the longer screws, which fixed it but now I'll be short one of those later, and there's a weeeee bump on the outside of the skirt where the long screw pushed against it from the inside.

    The old back skirt pieces from the 1.0 kit are in the box, but I don't know if they are compatible with the 1.5 pieces. Also worried if I unscrew this screw I won't be able to get it back in.

    I think I could glue in the screw if worse comes to worse, but the black bar that swivels on it will probably end up still being kind of loose.

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  • AthenorAthenor Battle Hardened Optimist The Skies of HiigaraRegistered User regular
    Kotobukiya just put up a new reprint - a markings+ version of Lightning Saix.

    I found out about this because my new Zoids dealer posted a pre-order page.

    It ain't the Irvine Custom, which I'd like too, but I am not gonna say no to one of the only non-liker OG Zoids I have multiples of.

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  • turtleantturtleant Gunpla Dad is the best.Registered User regular
    Hey folk, the best Gundam podcast just started a new season and the first ep is free and I very much recommend it.



    If you like it it's only $1 a month for weekly episodes.

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    Char Eater!

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  • Doctor DetroitDoctor Detroit Registered User regular
    Quick P-Bandai question...do they ever end pre-orders early? Like there's some kits that say they're open until August and still available...but then there's ones like Woundwort, which should be open for another 3 months, but says out of stock.

  • MysstMysst King Monkey of Hedonism IslandRegistered User regular
    Quick P-Bandai question...do they ever end pre-orders early? Like there's some kits that say they're open until August and still available...but then there's ones like Woundwort, which should be open for another 3 months, but says out of stock.

    yeah, they apparently have a ceiling on preorder numbers

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  • AthenorAthenor Battle Hardened Optimist The Skies of HiigaraRegistered User regular
    Trying out a new configuration of an Action Base 5. Last time I tried a pose like this, I used a 1, I think, and I snapped a little peg inside the bottom of the figurine. This time I'm using a clamp. It appears to be working quite well!

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  • turtleantturtleant Gunpla Dad is the best.Registered User regular
    turtleant wrote: »
    Well ran into an issue with the Ex-S. Noticed one of the back skirts was very loose and it turned out that the screw had basically just bored out the hole it was supposed to go into instead of threading into it. Was essentially just hanging on there.

    Swapped it out for one of the longer screws, which fixed it but now I'll be short one of those later, and there's a weeeee bump on the outside of the skirt where the long screw pushed against it from the inside.

    The old back skirt pieces from the 1.0 kit are in the box, but I don't know if they are compatible with the 1.5 pieces. Also worried if I unscrew this screw I won't be able to get it back in.

    I think I could glue in the screw if worse comes to worse, but the black bar that swivels on it will probably end up still being kind of loose.

    Huzzah! Fixed it!

    The 1.0 part is just very slightly thicker than the 1.5 part, so the wing fits a bit too snug. BUT that whole deal is only used for the transformation which I'm going to do like, once probably and as long as I dont just yank on the thing it should be completely fine.

    If I really wanted to I could probably file down the edge but I think I'm good. You cant tell the difference if you dont know to look for it and even then you can only see it if you upskirt the poor lad.

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  • turtleantturtleant Gunpla Dad is the best.Registered User regular
  • H3KnucklesH3Knuckles Jack of all interests... ...master of noneRegistered User regular
    turtleant wrote: »

    Haro-Ball-Zam? Ball-Haro-Zam? Ball Ham?

    If you're curious about my icon; it's an update of the early Lego Castle theme's "Black Falcons" faction.
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  • IronKnuckle's GhostIronKnuckle's Ghost Registered User regular
    Big Ball Haro.

  • AthenorAthenor Battle Hardened Optimist The Skies of HiigaraRegistered User regular
    A certain video over in the YouTube channel suddenly makes me want to have models of the BeBop and the Swordfish II. Though it looks like the BeBop might not have any models out there...

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  • MysstMysst King Monkey of Hedonism IslandRegistered User regular
    edited May 1
    Athenor wrote: »
    A certain video over in the YouTube channel suddenly makes me want to have models of the BeBop and the Swordfish II. Though it looks like the BeBop might not have any models out there...

    Swordfish II

    I got this, but I haven't touched it yet

    edit: nvm I see you meant Bebop specifically

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  • turtleantturtleant Gunpla Dad is the best.Registered User regular
    Ex-S update: legies!
    Now that's an inner frame
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    Shins! Not pictured: me disassembling like an entire leg cause I put a knee joint in backwards
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    1 day and several hours of building later, a leg is born
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    sleepin on the job
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    about 1/3 done, woo!
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  • AthenorAthenor Battle Hardened Optimist The Skies of HiigaraRegistered User regular
    I keep seeing ads for the Neo Zeong Narrative edition.

    That has WAY too many hands.

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  • TNTrooperTNTrooper Registered User regular
    Athenor wrote: »
    I keep seeing ads for the Neo Zeong Narrative edition.

    That has WAY too many hands.

    Is Bandai planning to do a reprint or something?

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  • AthenorAthenor Battle Hardened Optimist The Skies of HiigaraRegistered User regular
    TNTrooper wrote: »
    Athenor wrote: »
    I keep seeing ads for the Neo Zeong Narrative edition.

    That has WAY too many hands.

    Is Bandai planning to do a reprint or something?

    I don't think so. Facebook just picked up on me visiting a few different storefronts, and now one is pushing itself on me really hard.

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  • turtleantturtleant Gunpla Dad is the best.Registered User regular
    I think they are finally going to do a reprint of the AGE line though, or at least USA GundamShop's restock dates seem to point at that.

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  • UrielUriel Registered User regular
    I'm considering getting some pandemic Gunpla kits

    I am looking at an rg char's Zaku ii, rg tallgeese ew version, and a master grade god gundam.

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  • TNTrooperTNTrooper Registered User regular
    Well shit, I either lost or used a part that goes into the ball joint that joins the legs to the waist. So until I get a replacement from Japan the Unicorn is gonna go Zeong style.

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  • HefflingHeffling No Pic EverRegistered User regular
    I'm building the PG Astray Red Frame Kai, and so far, I'm disappointed. I knew going into it that it was going to be based off of the PG Astray Red Frame with some improvements, but some of the decisions they made to keep the price down are just mind boggling.

    For example, the original kit only came with one Katana (Gerbera Straight). The new kit comes with both katanas (+ Tiger Pierce). Almost all of the Katana parts are on unique runners, except for the dark grey parts that make up the pattern on the hilt. These are on the sprue with almost all of the parts for the rifle. So, rather than adding the two pieces you need to one of the new sprues, they give you two rifle sprues. But what they don't give you is the polycap needed for the adjustable handle or the sight. And not having the sight is especially galling, because they have clear green pieces on the new sprues for the Tactical Arms. I could have had a second functional rifle for like an additional $0.50 of parts. Which on a kit that retails at $270 is nothing.

    And I'm taking the Athenor approach to this kit, where I'm building a part, then detailing. For me, I also wanted to add waterslides at the same time. Except, that while the original kit had waterslides for the rifle and shield, the new kit doesn't. Why cheap out on a nickels worth of waterslides, especially when you're already providing them with the kit! So I've had to order a $10 set of waterslides just so they aren't totally plain and boring.

    And finally, the kit comes with an Action Base 1 for the Tactical Arms. The Action Base is necessary if you wanna do certain poses with the Tactical Arms, because it's such a big weapon. But I really wish they had included the stand from the Skygrasper/Aile Strike set, as that fits the PG Astray Red Frame, and would let you get more poses. I shouldn't have to buy a $60-70 kit just for the stand that it comes with.

    Building a Perfect Grade should be an event, and it is, but for as little as a 5% increase in the price this kit could have gone from Very Good to Perfection.

    If a movement doesn't have someone that can sit down opposite those in a position of power and strike a deal, how can that movement achieve success?
  • AthenorAthenor Battle Hardened Optimist The Skies of HiigaraRegistered User regular
    I'm noticing a trend, Heffling. I'm sorry to hear that. :(

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  • HefflingHeffling No Pic EverRegistered User regular
    What trend? That we're building and detailing at the same time?

    If a movement doesn't have someone that can sit down opposite those in a position of power and strike a deal, how can that movement achieve success?
  • AthenorAthenor Battle Hardened Optimist The Skies of HiigaraRegistered User regular
    Heffling wrote: »
    What trend? That we're building and detailing at the same time?

    All the extra pieces/runners that are included but missing just the right pieces to make functional gear. (See all the pics of my wasted PG frames above)

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  • TNTrooperTNTrooper Registered User regular
    PG Unicorn is a 9/10 cause it only came with stickers instead of waterslides. I know Bandai made waterslides cause the Full Armor upgrade kit has them.

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  • Grey GhostGrey Ghost Registered User regular
    Last night I ordered the Mudrock and Slave Wraith from Gundam Planet - both preorders so who knows when I'll get them

    Also snagged the V2

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  • turtleantturtleant Gunpla Dad is the best.Registered User regular
    TNTrooper wrote: »
    PG Unicorn is a 9/10 cause it only came with stickers instead of waterslides. I know Bandai made waterslides cause the Full Armor upgrade kit has them.

    I know that waterslides/dry transfers are better than sticker style decals. I really do.

    But BOY the likelihood I'll ever get through a sheet of waterslides or dry transfers is basically 0%.

    The Ex-S came with sticker style decals and that means I'm actually going to get them on the thing.

    The sheet of waterslides that came with the Banshee VerKa give me fuckin anxiety just looking at them (which BTW, if anyone ever needs those for a replacement or something, hit me up).

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  • HefflingHeffling No Pic EverRegistered User regular
    Athenor wrote: »
    Heffling wrote: »
    What trend? That we're building and detailing at the same time?

    All the extra pieces/runners that are included but missing just the right pieces to make functional gear. (See all the pics of my wasted PG frames above)

    That happens with any kits based on another kit, or refreshes of old kits. It's just frustrating that it happens at the PG scale and price point.

    If a movement doesn't have someone that can sit down opposite those in a position of power and strike a deal, how can that movement achieve success?
  • turtleantturtleant Gunpla Dad is the best.Registered User regular
    Just got tracking info for my Hyzanthelay-2 so I suppose Blue Fin is back up and running.

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  • IronKnuckle's GhostIronKnuckle's Ghost Registered User regular
    So did I, which was a welcome surprise. Forgot I even ordered the thing.

  • HefflingHeffling No Pic EverRegistered User regular
    turtleant wrote: »
    TNTrooper wrote: »
    PG Unicorn is a 9/10 cause it only came with stickers instead of waterslides. I know Bandai made waterslides cause the Full Armor upgrade kit has them.

    I know that waterslides/dry transfers are better than sticker style decals. I really do.

    But BOY the likelihood I'll ever get through a sheet of waterslides or dry transfers is basically 0%.

    The Ex-S came with sticker style decals and that means I'm actually going to get them on the thing.

    The sheet of waterslides that came with the Banshee VerKa give me fuckin anxiety just looking at them (which BTW, if anyone ever needs those for a replacement or something, hit me up).

    Just start with an arm or gun or something. Waterslides aren't hard to apply, and they look great when you're done.

    If a movement doesn't have someone that can sit down opposite those in a position of power and strike a deal, how can that movement achieve success?
  • Grey GhostGrey Ghost Registered User regular
    turtleant wrote: »
    Just got tracking info for my Hyzanthelay-2 so I suppose Blue Fin is back up and running.

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  • turtleantturtleant Gunpla Dad is the best.Registered User regular
    Heffling wrote: »
    turtleant wrote: »
    TNTrooper wrote: »
    PG Unicorn is a 9/10 cause it only came with stickers instead of waterslides. I know Bandai made waterslides cause the Full Armor upgrade kit has them.

    I know that waterslides/dry transfers are better than sticker style decals. I really do.

    But BOY the likelihood I'll ever get through a sheet of waterslides or dry transfers is basically 0%.

    The Ex-S came with sticker style decals and that means I'm actually going to get them on the thing.

    The sheet of waterslides that came with the Banshee VerKa give me fuckin anxiety just looking at them (which BTW, if anyone ever needs those for a replacement or something, hit me up).

    Just start with an arm or gun or something. Waterslides aren't hard to apply, and they look great when you're done.

    I mean, they kinda hard when your workspace is your bed with a d&d book on it.

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