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  1. Thanks Paul that is a very useful website. Looking at the translation I was pretty close with what I had guessed at the instructions. Gives me a lot more ideas as to what I want to do when it comes to paint, so far so good with no missing or broken parts. A couple of the movable parts are still proving a little tricky but that could be because I have used the left part rather than the right, Its not been easy being certain which part I should be using due to most of the parts being in plastic tubs when I bought it. I would still love to know what the person who bought it then took most of the parts off the sprues was thinking.
  2. As per my other thread I acquired this 1/60 Unicorn Gundam perfect grade kit in a very unknown state. After more than a few days of searching the parts & trying to match them up with the pictures of the fully populated sprues and using the sprues that were present to try to see if the marks where they had been cut off the sprues matched the sprues so I could identify the parts. I had already quickly gone through the parts but this time I wanted to be as sure as I could be to identifying the parts. It took longer than expected and I still had a few question marks to say the least. This is how the kit looked when I opened the box. It is clear that all of the stand parts are missing, the shied is missing, some of the weapons are missing as are the LED lighting that is included with the kit. I had already decided that I wasn't going do any painting on the model before I was sure it is buildable. I know I can get spares if needed but it isn't going to be easy with the parts having to come direct from Japan. As with my previous gundam builds its all slot and clip together so I thought how hard can it be. First stumbling block was a couple of parts that looked like the ones in the pictures on the sprue but looked nothing like the parts when being assembled. I pretty much convinced myself that I had got them wrong and the parts were missing. It all got put away in the box> I decided to have another look as the parts from the sprue were a distinctive shape so was pretty sure I had the correct parts. Turns out I did but was just not looking at the right angle. The next few sub assemblies went together well (photos to follow when I get them uploaded). So far got the feet, backpack and main part of body with armour done. Quite a enjoyable build but tricky due to the Japanese only instructions.
  3. That's been quite a few days of searching and comparing sprue layout to see if the parts would have fitted then looking through the build manual to make sure the part looks the same in the assembly diagrams. Its looking like the majority of the parts for the suit frame and armour are present. All the stand and shield parts are missing with 1/2 to 3/4 of the weapon parts present. I am not overly worried about the stand as that can be replaced with a generic stand. I guess at this point its time to go for a dry build of the frame to see if I have guessed the correct parts identity from the diagrams/photos. After I am sure all the frame/armour is present then I guess its time to start thinking about disassembly for painting.
  4. That is another of the models I would love to build at some point. Looking forward to your progress with this one. Good work so far.
  5. Since building my first gundam which is a 1/144 Strikedagger I have wanted to get myself a larger better grade gundam model. I won a 1/144 HG Barbatos and long range transport module the other day on ebay that I was going to make a start on soon. That was till my other half said she had seen a large model robot box, she said she thought it said something in Japanese, at a neighbours drive sale at the weekend. I decided it was worth a ask so wandered round & knocked on their door to see what it is or was if it had sold. Its a 1/60 Unicorn gundam full psyco-framed mobile suit box that's very battered, its a quite large box that's for sure. I asked if it was complete and the answer was they were unsure. Opening the box there are lots of parts off the sprues that are in plastic take away tubs. Its hard to tell if all the sprues are present or not. After asking the price and looking the kit up on ebay I decided the £20 they are asking for it is a fair price even if there are some missing parts. The average ebay price is over £200. I will being going through the parts and trying to match them up to the pictures of the parts on the sprue and in the build manual to try and see what parts are missing and if the kit is a viable build without trying to get spare parts. So far it looks like the sprues & parts for the stand are totally missing which isn't a issue. Fingers crossed all the main parts are there and I can identify them from the pictures in the build manual. I can see that's going to take longer than building the thing (if most of the parts are present). So far it looks like the parts that have been taken from their sprues have been randomly chopped off with no logic & not following the build manual at all.
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    Bandai 1/60 mkii Gundam

    That just looks superb. I've been wanting to get a better/larger gundam model of some sort to have a go with after getting the gundam bug building a couple of the 1/144 HG kits.
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    Missions - BBC4

    We watched the Russian Guardians film last weekend on Amazon. It was quite a enjoyable film considering I expected it to be really bad. Even the kids enjoyed it. Agreed the dubbing wasn't upto much but the kids wouldn't have entertained it if it was subtitled.
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    "Lost In Space" on the Netflix

    I watched the first with my eldest after she had finished her school work. We are lost in space fans anyway so no surprise that it got a big thumbs up from both of us.
  9. Been on the lookout for a Revel Kazon torpedo to complete our collection of the Star Trek Voyager series of models we have been collecting recently. Eldest is well on with her build of the USS Intrepid (so we don't have 2 Voyagers). Finally found a old stock Kazon Torpedo at the right price as the collectors didn't want it due to the crushed box. Now the question is do we build it box stock or do we light it. Decisions decisions.
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    1/537 USS Reliant

    The effect with the lighting kit is superb. How you did that in 5 weeks is beyond me. Superb.
  11. I've being using the Halfords spray cans to paint my 1/14 r/c trucks for a while with good results all the time. With some of the metallic colours the metallic particles in the paint can appear a bit on the large size depending on the scale of the model. The latest Halfords ford metallic colour I have been using is Ford purple velvet. The metallic particles are quite subtle and small in that colour (going on a 1/14 stretched custom American style truck). I tend to give the body a light coat of Halfords plastic primer then move over to the correct colour of primer for the top coat (if it requires anything other than the standard grey primer).
  12. I really have to add one or two of those to the collection at some point. Stunning.
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    Star Wars Revisited

    Those bases take your figures to the next level.
  14. Looks even better in these photos than the ones in the build thread. The cockpit detail is superb.
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    1/32 Viper Mkii

    That looks superb. I'm going for a factory fresh finish on the one I have here when I get round to it. Just picked up a bottle of the pledge stuff as some of the results I have seen on the forum with the stuff are no less than miraculous. Nice work with the wear and weathering.