NEW VIPER MARK IIB

Discussion in 'Studio Scale Models' started by BrundelFly, Oct 18, 2005.

  1. BrundelFly

    BrundelFly Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Ok.
    I have a question.
    Many of you have bought the VIPER KIT.
    Now the APOLLO Run, is going to have LANDING GEAR.

    SO my question is, do you want the kit with a SEATED APOLLO, or...a standing one. At First, BOTH would be the obvious answer...but then you will have one figure going to waste. Not to mention, Im trying to keep the price of the kit affordable. This run will be professionally cast, so its gonna be NICE.
    But its also expensive.

    The Solution is to make one of the Figures optional, or an accessory.
    We might also do a CDR ADAMA Figure, as the kit will have DECALS to make the
    HUSKER Viper, APOLLO VIPER and MAYBE one other...if you can think of a Pilots name. We are also considering an ALPHABET Sheet with Name plates, so you can make your OWN Names.


    The Kit also has:
    Uniform wall thickness, so its LITE and ROOMIE for electronics.
    CLEAR Instruments and EXHAUST FINs.
    Detailed Gear,
    New detailed Seat with survival back.
    Lowered Floor so you dont have to cut your pilots legs off.
    Locator pins on ALL MAJOR PARTS.
    Price: Not as cheap as the STARBUCK, but not over 300, thats all Im promissing.

    Please post your thoughts here.
    Its your opportunity to have your say.

    Thanks...
    Frank
     
  2. Lynn TXP 0369

    Lynn TXP 0369 Sr Member

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    I would say offer the figure seated standard, this way the builder is covered either way he chooses building the landing gear up or down.

    The standing figure can be an added option.

    If you only had the standing figure in the kit and the builder decides to build the ship in flying mode, the standing figure is usless short of doing a conversion to make him seated that some people may not be able to do, or can't handle, due to lack of skill or knowledge to do the task.

    I have done enough work with resin kis that this would be no problem and not a big deal, others may not find it so easy and could find it intimidating and limit their building options, thus loosing potentionl buyers.

    Lynn
     
  3. Dobber

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    Agreed, go with the seated Apollo.

    If you wanted to offer extras, maybe a standing Adama for a diorama maybe of Adama talking to his son who is about to go on a mission.

    chris
     
  4. Tordoc

    Tordoc Well-Known Member

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    Make the landing gear and standing pilot optional. Keep the kit as inexpensive as possible.
     
  5. BrundelFly

    BrundelFly Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Good Feedback thanks.


    Problem with OPTIONAL stuff..is

    HOW MUCH DO I ORDER? As Im not doing the casting this time around, I have to order it. So thats the issue.

    If I have a 100 ADAMAs made....I met only sell 6.

    Case in point, CLEAR PARTS for the other model.

    I sold 7 of them.


    Its 1000 Dollars to have ONE figure Sculpted. I tried having folks here do it, and it took 2 failed attempts before I had to outsource.


    Model will come with Gear, I think a Seated Pilot can sit in a gear down bird, it also opens up possibility of it in a LAUNCH BAY.
     
  6. cobywan

    cobywan Sr Member

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    Good call.
     
  7. SinkTube Jedi

    SinkTube Jedi Well-Known Member

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    pilot an dlanding gear a separate kit.
     
  8. KrokoHunter

    KrokoHunter Sr Member

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    Ohhh Launch Bay diorama .... great idea ...

    I only need a Tyrol and a Cally figure then ..... uhmmm Cally ...... oh sorry ;-)

    I would also vote for the seated figure. Gives the greatest benefits.

    Cheers
    Niels
     
  9. Tordoc

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    Who has room to display a diorama that size.? My wife gave me ONE shelf for everything.
     
  10. BrundelFly

    BrundelFly Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    "Who has room to display a diorama that size.? My wife gave me ONE shelf for everything."


    No truer words were spoken.
     
  11. micdavis

    micdavis Master Member

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    I think I am starting to understand why I am divorced.
     
  12. KrokoHunter

    KrokoHunter Sr Member

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    Well I have a whole basement worth of space .... so plenty of room.

    Ask Staermose or Moe .. they know ..


    Ok ok ... one might not build the entire launchbay ...... that would be crazy .... but a medium sized baze with a launchbay dio would be great.


    Cheers
    Niels
     
  13. Tony

    Tony Well-Known Member

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    I just got the Starbuck Edition today and it's a beauty. Looking forward to the Starbuck pilot when it arrives.
    For Apollo's MKIIb I wouldn't mind both a sitting and a standing pilot. Lee Adama would be sitting in the Cockpit, and his Father standing by with maybe a hand resting on one of the MKII's guns.
     
  14. BrundelFly

    BrundelFly Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Tony...

    Thats not bad idea.



    Frank
     
  15. maldoman

    maldoman New Member

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    Will any items be available for "upgrade"? I would like the nicer seat for the Starbuck version.
     
  16. BrundelFly

    BrundelFly Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Im Not sure.

    Its possible, I have to get teh new version in my hot little hands and see whats interchangeable.

    Right now im working on getting the pilot molded.
    She is here, and being molded as we speak.

    Frank
     
  17. Dobber

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    GREAT. Any decisions on the new guns yet?

    Chris
     
  18. BrundelFly

    BrundelFly Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    For STARBUCK RUN.......Pilots are shipping this weekend.


    NEW VIPER is still in the works. masters are done.
    Just trying to find a shop t cast em.
    Frank
     
  19. Tordoc

    Tordoc Well-Known Member

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    When can we order one?
     
  20. Tony

    Tony Well-Known Member

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    Great news. Looking forward to that pilot figure. I've finally started working on my MKII.
     
  21. BrundelFly

    BrundelFly Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    As soon as they are available.


     
  22. Dobber

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    YAY... My Viper will finally have a pilot... WOO HOO... Great News.

    Chris
     
  23. BrundelFly

    BrundelFly Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Pilots will be SHIP NLT than Dec 1


     
  24. Lynn TXP 0369

    Lynn TXP 0369 Sr Member

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    Just wondering if the pilots have started to ship yet?

    Lynn
     
  25. Lynn TXP 0369

    Lynn TXP 0369 Sr Member

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    Have any pilots shipped yet???
    My Viper has been on autopilot tooo long. :D

    Lynn
     
  26. Kuhn Global

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    Getting a Starbuck figure for my Starbuck Viper will be an awesome addition to an already iced cake. Can't wait till she arrives.
    I guess I am different from everyone since I am very partial to getting the first Mk II Viper shown in the new show with the call sign of HUSKER. I would love to get those markings with a seated Apollo and a standing Cmdr Adama.
    Also,..ever since I saw Sean's (Square Models) launch tube diorama with the original viper,..I just can't get it out of my head. I love that idea.
    Frank,.. your model masterings are clearly top notch and I can't wait to see what project is on your horizon and when I can get it.
    CoughMKVIICough. ...
    Saweeeeeeet...
     
  27. BrundelFly

    BrundelFly Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Pilots have not shipped.

    But they will Ship Tomorrow,
    all but the international;s

    Those will ship by Friday.

    Sorry for the delay.
     
  28. the DOCTOR

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    Great news. So the figures might be in the UK by the first week of next year, hope they're worth the wait. :D
     
  29. Lynn TXP 0369

    Lynn TXP 0369 Sr Member

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    Cool, Thanks for the update Frank.

    Lynn
     
  30. BrundelFly

    BrundelFly Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    the Pilot is awesome.
    You are gonna have to make a Flight Stick if you want one out of Stretched Sprue.
    Just was no way to cast one easily....and I wanted to get these out and they were late enough as it was.

    Also, Your pilots have no feet. Flaw in the kit. the Floor is too high. I real aircraft or spaceship, the floor would be lower. It was either have FEET on the DASH BOARD...which REALLY looked Stupid, or..bend legs down and cut the feet off.

    The pilot also has no decal, but does have a clear visor.

    The new Guns are in TWO PARTS and ROCK.
     
  31. Kuhn Global

    Kuhn Global Sr Member

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    I got my Starbuck Today...
    And the Viper Guns.
    Frank,...you are top notch. :thumbsup :thumbsup
    You have my thanks.
    I look forward to ordering more of your projects. ;)
     
  32. Tony

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    I got my Starbuck in the mail today too. Wonderful sculpt btw.
    The original guns I was gonna save for last because it was take some time to clean them up, but the NEW guns are WAY better.

    Thanks Frank.


    Tony Agustin
     
  33. Lynn TXP 0369

    Lynn TXP 0369 Sr Member

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    I'm confused, are new guns also included with the pilots???

    If not, I missed were we could get replacments.

    Lynn
     
  34. szarchie

    szarchie New Member

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    Got Starbuck and she is sweet, even without the feet. Thanks Frank and Merry Christmas.
     
  35. BrundelFly

    BrundelFly Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Lynn,
    the NEW GUNS are a GIFT.
    A thankyou for waiting so long.
    ;-)
     
  36. Lynn TXP 0369

    Lynn TXP 0369 Sr Member

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    Wow.. Thanks..
    That was very nice, I'll let you know when they arrive.

    Lynn
     
  37. Poseidon

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    I just got an unexpected gift in the mail. Thank you for the excellent customer service.

    - Mike
     
  38. paulcarson

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    I found the same problem when I started to put a pilot together for you. Glad to see that they are shipping. Am I still in for one of these?

    Paul
     
  39. Lynn TXP 0369

    Lynn TXP 0369 Sr Member

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    Got my pilot and guns today..

    They are sweet.... I knew I didn't glue those guns in for a reason. :D ;)

    Lynn
     
  40. Dobber

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    Got mine also... Thanks Frank... they are awesome.

    Chris
     
  41. Jestefarean

    Jestefarean Sr Member

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    Got my pilots. WOW...... AWESOME.... This is perhaps one of the best garage kits ever.
     
  42. moes1

    moes1 Well-Known Member

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    Thank you all :)

    Moe
     
  43. Viper Pilot

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    Pilot and guns look great. Thanks.

    As far as the next run, how about making the pilot in two pieces divided at the waist, with standing legs and sitting legs. This way the option is there for either one, but without making two complete figures. If it has to be one or the other however, I opt for a seated Apollo.

    Thanks for producing such a gorgeous Viper.
     

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