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Neo last won the day on October 2 2022

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    Collecting model boxes to study the long term effect of dust accumulation.

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  1. Say, I have a quick question - were the aerosan interiors finished with clear varnish or some other paint? I know a lot of them used plywood for body panels with steel plate on the fronts. Being Soviet Russian, I figure they would have done the minimum to finish/protect the interior.
  2. Sharkit? Sacre bleu monsieur, run! But seriously, this looks like a job for one of the Ukrainian injection molded companies. I think a limited run plastic kit or even a scratchbuild would yield better results than a Sharkit...kit. That's a really wacky looking plane BTW. I seem to recall it appearing in Mad Max: Thunderdrome. My memory fades and I try my best to forget that silly movie. "Me Master, him Blaster. Who runs Barter Town? EMBARGO!" Gah. Anyway, good luck on your search, and may you find something from the Amodel/Modelsvit/Mikro Mir/Avis/AMP consortium in injected plastic.
  3. Yeah, Bandai has avoided Origins MS kits in 1/100 scale for some reason. I wonder if the series was not that popular in Japan. The combat scenes rocked! I have felt the old 1980s 1/144 MSV Zaku Desert Type was the most perfect Zaku variation ever. The slightly updated MSD version from Origins was excellent looking as well. Now if only Bandai would do either as a MG kit. The whole Pee Bandai thing makes me think they want to kill off the mass consumer market of Gunpla, and make us buy pre-assembled toys instead. Their Robot Damashi line covers almost everything the MG and HGUC lines are missing.
  4. Nice! And closer to what Tomino probably had in mind when the Gundam’s color scheme was being worked out for the TV show. I believe it was the sponsors who wanted the “clown colors”, to appeal to kids so that they could sell more toys. The G Armor was also something the sponsors demanded, for the same reason. What a wonky, illogical design! When the MSV kits appeared, I was stunned at how toned down colors and a more military look made the models look so much better. I’m still waiting for a 1/100 Desert Type Zaku, but if it does materialize, it will probably be Pee Bandai. 🤯
  5. Yeah iPhones made me lazy. I used to haul around a digital camera (2MP - it was a LONG time ago!), but now I just use my phone. It was a pain hauling extra rechargeable batteries and all the accessories in the camera bag. I used to have fits when both sets of batteries gave out while at a jobsite, which happened a couple of times. And fumbling with those teeny memory cards. Camera phones get better all the time, but they still have limitations - like taking decent photos of model ships!
  6. Homemade vac-form rigs can be made from stuff found around the house: I made this little "mini-former", but never made the perforated base plate for it. Some PC prototyping board would work well. A simple plunge-former just consists of a piece of plywood with a slightly oversize hole cut for the master to pass through: The trick is you need to plunge from the side the sheet plastic is, so I use the light from the flame to "see" where the hole in the plywood is. HTH
  7. I went back in 2016, and it was a blast! A very different experience compared to the US Nationals. The vendor/SIG area was staggeringly large - I was getting tired walking back and forth the length of the 3 combined halls. The year I went, the vendors mostly had airplane and military related stuff. There was only one car specialist vendor, but the focus was on 1/43. The contest area was small, but the build quality was exceptional. One of our best modelers entered and only got a “commended”. The Cornish pasty from the food vendor was really good! And RAF Cosford is just a short train ride from Telford, definitely worth seeing. But bring an umbrella if the weather is inclement - my friend and I got drenched on our way in. We were soaked to our skivvies and didn’t dry out till we were on our way out. We did buy some spiffy Red Arrows umbrellas though.
  8. Ah yes, the classic case of the most of the host. We had a weatherman here that used to stand in front of the weather map and gesture wildly with both arms, completely blocking the view. If one is not camera-friendly, then staying out of the frame is a good idea. If you look like a movie star, then OK show yer mug. But people want to see the model, not perfect shining white teeth. And if a major disaster strikes, it might be helpful to document it, but don’t dwell on it. Just focus on the recovery procedure. So basically, good lighting and camera angle, organized work area, well scripted and rehearsed presentation, and a little self-deprecating humor will go a long way to making a good, watchable video.
  9. Personally, I don’t like it when the host blathers on and on about unrelated things for 10 minutes. You know, like how he had the best tacos today at some place he can’t quite remember, but the tacos were so good mmmmmm. Or wondering where his left sock went, and going off on a tangent about inter-dimensional laundry dryer theory and such. Eating / chewing while doing the video is also a turn-off. And swigging drinkies between lines. I like hosts who are organized and prepared - it drives me nuts to have to sit through several minutes of the host digging around off-screen to find something, all the while losing his train of thought. Gah. If I had a channel, I would expect to be immediately bombarded with reaction videos with morons doing all of the above. But since I don’t, the wiseacres can just suck it. Guys like Plasmo and Nightshift are good in my opinion. But they do gloss over some nuts and bolts stuff that would have been informative to see. I do like self deprecating humor. The uber-experten who don’t even smile turn me off. I mean… why so serious? Good luck on your videos, and hope a lot of people smash that “like” button!
  10. No silly at all, since there always was a nod to technological evolution of the MS designs in Gundam. But the Hi Mobility Zakus had solid horizontal ribbed soles with no thrusters, which I thought odd. I suppose the Zaku backpack flap is a retcon of the original design, which lacked thruster detail.
  11. For those who watched the movie, did anyone notice two peculiarities - Doan’s standard Zaku had a moveable flap on the backpack that exposed the rocket engines when in use, and the Hi Mobility Zakus just had solid ribbed soles instead of the expected thrusters and skirts like on a Dom?
  12. Very nice! What’s next? The Gundam? Or a GM that has fallen on and busted its head? 😜 Poor Sleggar, I was not expecting that to happen!
  13. Yep, “Pee” Bandai. https://www.gundamkitscollection.com/2022/09/bandai-hobby-teases-hg-1144-high.html?m=1 Curse you Bandai, for urinating on the aspirations of Gunpla fans outside of Japan. Bandai-San, you sakku. 😡
  14. I wonder what Sunrise/Bandai was thinking when they designed the damage on Doan’s Zaku. Were there hungry mice on the island? I know the “long nose” thing was homage to the old TV show, but I dunno, I’m not really a fan of it. At least they didn’t do a “tall head” Gundam! 😜 So are you going to make a rock for the Zaku to throw? How about the Brown Tristars, I mean the Southern Cross, Hi Mobility Zakus? Does the Bandai kit allow you to make any one of the five? Wow, 5 Pee Bandai kits - sounds expensive! Curse you Bandai. I was fortunate enough to get to see the movie last week in the theater, and enjoyed it. The theater was pretty empty, probably because it wasn’t Wing Gundam. 🤮
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