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  1. Jaitea's Avatar
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    Mar 15, 2015, 1:03 PM - Re: Bandai release schedule #76

    Oh dear, that doesn't sound good Julien
    .....but in comparison to the MPC's dimensions, how do you rate it?

    J
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    Mar 15, 2015, 1:53 PM - Re: Bandai release schedule #77

    Jaitea said: View Post
    Oh dear, that doesn't sound good Julien
    .....but in comparison to the MPC's dimensions, how do you rate it?

    J
    I cant compare with the MPC because I only saw buildupd but never built one myself.
    The Bandai is an excellent model !
    It has some inaccuracies, some of them are just details to remove (easy), some other will need more work (the shape of the feet is all wrong...). I think they used the Nice-N garage kit as reference (fortunatly enough the one with the correctly sized legs !) because several of the Bandai kit issues are thing that were wrong on the Nice-N kit (rear of the chassis/body, foot shape etc).

    The engineering is awesome on this kit but some engineering issues are very annoying (glad I built one out of the box first !!).

    Anyway here is mine (with my studio scale scratchbuilt ATST and the small 1/144 one).

    Some details are not in place (hoses, rail). Feet shells are just in place for the pic (will modify them on this one too), everything else is glued but the joints so I can use it as a stopmo model. )

    I am very very happy with this model (they even replicated flaws of the original like crooked things).
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    Mar 15, 2015, 3:23 PM - Re: Bandai release schedule #78

    I am unable to view the photo. Spinning thing going on forever.
    The number of photos on the rpf i would like to look at but don't get to see because this type of format either loads so slow or won't load at all.

    Keith.
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    Mar 15, 2015, 4:58 PM - Re: Bandai release schedule #79

    I guess the pic is pretty heavy !
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    Mar 15, 2015, 5:55 PM - Re: Bandai release schedule #80

    There is no comparison between the MPC and Bandai AT-ST kits. The Bandai kit is a cut way above the MPC kit, but back in the day that was all we had. From what I've seen of the kits that they've released for sale, so far the detail has been exceptional. You can build a nice model out of the box, and any extra detailing/accurizing you put into it is extra icing on the cake. I'm probably going to put in my order for some SW kits from HLJ next weekend. These are inexpensive and well engineered kits. They are going to lend themselves very well to lighting, extra detailing, and painting without much effort.

    I think it's a good time for SW model kit fans! Now if they can come out with a decent Star Destroyer kit that would make my day. I'll just have to wait and see. :-)
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    Mar 15, 2015, 6:22 PM - Re: Bandai release schedule #81

    Teddyboy16 said: View Post
    There is no comparison between the MPC and Bandai AT-ST kits. The Bandai kit is a cut way above the MPC kit, but back in the day that was all we had. From what I've seen of the kits that they've released for sale, so far the detail has been exceptional. You can build a nice model out of the box, and any extra detailing/accurizing you put into it is extra icing on the cake. I'm probably going to put in my order for some SW kits from HLJ next weekend. These are inexpensive and well engineered kits. They are going to lend themselves very well to lighting, extra detailing, and painting without much effort.

    I think it's a good time for SW model kit fans! Now if they can come out with a decent Star Destroyer kit that would make my day. I'll just have to wait and see. :-)
    Na, what I was asking Julien was how they compare accurately to the studio model,....he has found a few dimensional flaws in the Bandai

    I'm looking forward to a Falcon release (..no surprise there I hear you sigh!!)

    J
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    Mar 15, 2015, 7:13 PM - Re: Bandai release schedule #82

    Can you point out the inaccuracies, as i'm not an expert on AT-ST's.
    I have three more on the way and would like to make them accurate.

    Keith
  8. MonsieurTox is offline MonsieurTox
    Mar 15, 2015, 7:21 PM - Re: Bandai release schedule #83

    Some issues to correct :

    The underside of the chassis is lacking a big radiator part (it is just scribbed).
    All the shields (side guns, knees etc) and chassis fenders are twice as thick as the studio model... While they should be twice thinner !
    The front armor plate of the head is also way too thick.
    The edges of the head should curve inward if that makes sense, they are straight on the bandai model. The chassis looks slightly undersized but that's hardly noticeable.
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    Mar 15, 2015, 7:22 PM - Re: Bandai release schedule #84

    Jaitea said: View Post
    Na, what I was asking Julien was how they compare accurately to the studio model,....he has found a few dimensional flaws in the Bandai

    I'm looking forward to a Falcon release (..no surprise there I hear you sigh!!)

    J
    No worries :-). My comment was in general, and not directed to anyone in particular. Flaws or not it's still a great kit. I'm looking forward to see what they do with the falcon if it is indeed on thier radar. I just want my star Destroyer kit! Bandai please take my $200-$300 for it! :-)
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    Mar 16, 2015, 12:22 AM - Re: Bandai release schedule #85

    One thing i might do when i build the walking pose AT-ST is cut the arm parts that come out of the chassis (the parts the legs join onto) in half and twist one of them a bit. On the model, there is a groove/line where the real models could twist. The only thing i'm not sure about is did the real models feet tilt from side to side to compensate for the leg turning in?

    Keith.
  11. MonsieurTox is offline MonsieurTox
    Mar 16, 2015, 2:53 AM - Re: Bandai release schedule #86

    Yes the feet tilt on the filming models.
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    Mar 16, 2015, 3:27 AM - Re: Bandai release schedule #87

    Looking at my bandai model, making the feet tilt won't be easy. It looks like the best way would be to use two kits to build one. Cut at the bottom of the leg on one and then cut a slot into the bottom of that leg. Then cut the other kits leg higher and remove some plastic from the front and back so there is a section left to fit into the slot on the other leg. I could then fit a metal rod through from where the bolt is on the real one.
    Not sure I want to waste a kit though.

    Keith.
  13. MonsieurTox is offline MonsieurTox
    Mar 16, 2015, 3:54 AM - Re: Bandai release schedule #88

    I think you don't need an extra kit to make the mods. If there is any material lost you can add it back with some stock styrene.
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    Mar 16, 2015, 4:55 AM - Re: Bandai release schedule #89

    Yeah, I'm sure that could be done. I'm just thinking about strength in such a thin part, but could attach the extra styrene using some stainless steel rod.

    Keith.
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    Mar 16, 2015, 6:32 AM - Re: Bandai release schedule #90

    I'm not sure what you plan to do exactly ? If you're replicating the original armature this is a straight forward mod, stainless steel rod is overkill IMHO on a so tiny and light model, brass will just do it.
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    Mar 16, 2015, 8:57 AM - Re: Bandai release schedule #91

    MonsieurTox said: View Post
    Some issues to correct :

    The underside of the chassis is lacking a big radiator part (it is just scribbed).
    All the shields (side guns, knees etc) and chassis fenders are twice as thick as the studio model... While they should be twice thinner !
    The front armor plate of the head is also way too thick.
    The edges of the head should curve inward if that makes sense, they are straight on the bandai model. The chassis looks slightly undersized but that's hardly noticeable.
    Any chance we get to see a side by side comparison pictures between those differences with your scratch build studio scale model and bandai? Please.��
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    Mar 19, 2015, 11:36 AM - Re: Bandai release schedule #92

    Just got my AT-ST and I gotta say I LOVE it! especially at that price! the only real weaknes I would say (for the average person) is the figures but even they are not horrible!
    great kit!
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    Mar 19, 2015, 2:58 PM - Re: Bandai release schedule #93

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    Mar 19, 2015, 4:11 PM - Re: Bandai release schedule #94

    Wonder how long we'll have to wait before someone paints this like Sabine's TIE.
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    Mar 19, 2015, 11:18 PM - Re: Bandai release schedule #95

    MonsieurTox said: View Post
    Some issues to correct :

    The underside of the chassis is lacking a big radiator part (it is just scribbed).
    All the shields (side guns, knees etc) and chassis fenders are twice as thick as the studio model... While they should be twice thinner !
    The front armor plate of the head is also way too thick.
    The edges of the head should curve inward if that makes sense, they are straight on the bandai model. The chassis looks slightly undersized but that's hardly noticeable.
    How about a comparison to the MPC kit.

    As much as the above shortcomings are a bit disappointing, we now have a model that is much better than any commercial kit released in the past.
    Keep it coming Bandai.

    TazMan2000
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    Mar 21, 2015, 6:09 PM - Re: Bandai release schedule #96

    How tall is this kit? hopefully bigger than the old mpc
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    Mar 21, 2015, 9:35 PM - Re: Bandai release schedule #97

    GF said: View Post
    How tall is this kit? hopefully bigger than the old mpc
    Maybe slightly larger? Going off memory here though. Seems like the head is slightly larger. Not to a degree that you would go "whoa! That's gigantic, dude!". Honestly though, having bought the MPC when it came out, and having this new kit, there is NO comparison - the Bandai kit is absolutely beautiful.
  23. MonsieurTox is offline MonsieurTox
    Mar 22, 2015, 7:06 AM - Re: Bandai release schedule #98

    Well it is the size it should be... At 1/48 ! That's cool they've picked up that scale to get it in scale with other stuff.
    They could have done it at 1/35 but then it would have not been in scale with any other Star wars stuff (x-wing, snowspeeder, TIE etc). And at 1/35 it would have been more or less 3/4 studio scale and people would have complained to no get it bigger...

    Size doesnt count but details does ! And it is an awesome kit !!
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    Mar 22, 2015, 6:54 PM - Re: Bandai release schedule #99

    As reported over at Starship Modeller,....a link to Star Wars 7 website .......confirmation of the BanDai Star Destroyer????
    http://thecantina.starwars7news.com/...estroyer.2073/

    RBanks said:
    Bandai Models of Japan, since acquiring their license to produce Star Wars model kits, have put forth some of the finest Star Wars kits ever produced.

    I have all of their current Star Wars kits, as well as a couple of their suitcase-sized 1/60 Perfect Grade Gundam kits, and two of their excellent 1/850 Scale Star Trek kits which include complex pre-painted aztec color schemes and full lighting effects out of the box.

    Their kits are easily on par with the company that sets the standard by which all others are judged-Tamiya. To say a company produces a "Tamiya Quality" kit is the highest compliment a manufacturer can receive. Bandai kits are Tamiya Quality.

    Today, my friend who owns our local hobby shop confirmed to me that Bandai is indeed producing the model that was their centerpiece at the 2014 Tokyo Model Show- The 1/1700 Scale Imperial Star Destroyer with full fiber-optic lighting package, detailed hangar bay, and adjustable display stand.

    At over 3.5 feet overall length, and with a parts count purported to approach 1000, this may be the largest mass-produced Star Wars model kit ever produced. Needless to say, this will be a must-have kit for many, including myself. Release is scheduled for the 3rd quarter of 2015, and MSRP is estimated to be around $400.00 USD.
    J
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    Mar 22, 2015, 7:21 PM - Re: Bandai release schedule #100

    Wooooooooooooooohoooooooo


    Now let's get 2 1/72 falcons

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