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    2 Days Ago  Sep 17, 2017, 2:20 PM - Re: Bandai 1/72 Millennium Falcon #1226

    Dedalus5550 said: View Post
    I think I know the answer, but I'll ask anyway. It's about the current availability of this kit. Are people receiving it now because they ordered sooner? I have it on pre-order at amazon and it says it's an October 31 release or something like that? And then does Bandai actually have a schedule of release in spurts? If someone has it available now on ebay, is this just someone who preordered a bunch early on? Waiting for my nerdgasm to come in the mail.
    Thanks,
    Mike Todd
    G'day Mike ,
    not sure if I know the answer to that . I just posted what I did cause I'd read so many posts of people wanting to obtain one ( relatively ) easily from European countries .
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    2 Days Ago  Sep 17, 2017, 3:37 PM - Re: Bandai 1/72 Millennium Falcon #1227

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    2 Days Ago  Sep 17, 2017, 4:03 PM - Re: Bandai 1/72 Millennium Falcon #1228

    Dedalus5550 said: View Post
    I think I know the answer, but I'll ask anyway. It's about the current availability of this kit. Are people receiving it now because they ordered sooner? I have it on pre-order at amazon and it says it's an October 31 release or something like that? And then does Bandai actually have a schedule of release in spurts? If someone has it available now on ebay, is this just someone who preordered a bunch early on? Waiting for my nerdgasm to come in the mail.
    Thanks,
    Mike Todd
    Currently the PG Falcon isn't available in stores in Japan. It's a premium order product from p-bandai which is online ordering only.

    People who are receiving theirs outside of Japan managed to get one ordered through a middleman with the initial August release pre order. This closed pretty quickly back in June. Bandai opened another two preorder slots on the p-bandai site for a September and October release, Sept sold out quickly and October is still currently running.

    North American (and I assume international) release is in October which is why Amazon says it ships late October.

    Hope that helps.
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    2 Days Ago  Sep 17, 2017, 4:42 PM - Re: Bandai 1/72 Millennium Falcon #1229

    Any word on wether this is a limited release or it will be available for the next few years etc?
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    2 Days Ago  Sep 17, 2017, 7:58 PM - Re: Bandai 1/72 Millennium Falcon #1230

    mastersetter said: View Post
    Any word on wether this is a limited release or it will be available for the next few years etc?
    I don't think even Bandai knows yet

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    2 Days Ago  Sep 17, 2017, 9:30 PM - Re: Bandai 1/72 Millennium Falcon #1231

    mastersetter said: View Post
    Any word on wether this is a limited release or it will be available for the next few years etc?
    To my knowledge, Bandai has not stated that the production of this kit is limited to a fixed number or a period. On the other hand, Bandai has not promised that this kit "will be available for the next few years" (as with any of their kits, for that matter). I suppose there won't be any "word" as such.

    One thing to take into account is that this kit, in Japan, is sold exclusively through Bandai's online store.
    Kits which have been sold this way rarely become "in stock." They usually become "sold out" when they stop taking preorders.
    Kits need to be produced in substantial amount at a time for a factory-production-run to become cost efficient, and the cost of excessive production could easily outweigh the profit, especially if Bandai has to pay royalties to Disney upon the number produced rather than the number sold.

    The way Bandai is distributing this kit suggests that Bandai shall try to keep on the safe side, more than their usual products, concerning the production of this kit.
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    1 Day Ago  Sep 18, 2017, 5:07 PM - Re: Bandai 1/72 Millennium Falcon #1232

    But also remember this is a very expensive kit to develop, so they're going to want to get the most out of it
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    1 Day Ago  Sep 19, 2017, 9:16 AM - Re: Bandai 1/72 Millennium Falcon #1233

    I just bit the bullet and purchased. I can't believe I spent that much money on a plastic injection model... but I'm so excited.

    Does anyone have any links to good reference pics? I saw some the other day but I can't find them now. Thanks.
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    1 Day Ago  Sep 19, 2017, 11:04 AM - Re: Bandai 1/72 Millennium Falcon #1234

    smaulpaul said: View Post
    I just bit the bullet and purchased. I can't believe I spent that much money on a plastic injection model... but I'm so excited.

    Does anyone have any links to good reference pics? I saw some the other day but I can't find them now. Thanks.
    here are some good ones to get you started.
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    23 Hours Ago  Sep 19, 2017, 12:03 PM - Re: Bandai 1/72 Millennium Falcon #1235

    I'm going to do two mods.
    One is to install a prop-like mount point at the bottom gun port, to replace the kit stand with something else.
    The other is to introduce external power supply to get rid of batteries, and in doing so, replace the engine lights with brighter LEDs.

    I have mostly completed the latter.
    - Kit LEDs versus high power LEDs:

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    - Replaced all 6 kit engine LEDs with high power LEDs.
    - Added 10 high power LEDs, keeping the surgery as simple and minimal as possible.
    - Placed silver foils where it seemed effective. Applied silver to the translucent lighting plastic.

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    - The result (exposure settings are the same):

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    The thick translucent lighting plastic included in the kit gives a unique sense of depth to the engine light, unlike thin diffuser sheets or bare LEDs.

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    23 Hours Ago  Sep 19, 2017, 12:25 PM - Re: Bandai 1/72 Millennium Falcon #1236

    So if we were to use batteries, is the rear cover removable? I would hate it if I had to pull the entire hull apart to change out the batteries.
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    22 Hours Ago  Sep 19, 2017, 12:27 PM - Re: Bandai 1/72 Millennium Falcon #1237

    Lab said: View Post
    I'm going to do two mods.
    One is to install a prop-like mount point at the bottom gun port, to replace the kit stand with something else.
    The other is to introduce external power supply to get rid of batteries, and in doing so, replace the engine lights with brighter LEDs.

    I have mostly completed the latter.
    - Kit LEDs versus high power LEDs:

    Click image for larger version. 

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    - Replaced all 6 kit engine LEDs with high power LEDs.
    - Added 10 high power LEDs, keeping the surgery as simple and minimal as possible.
    - Placed silver foils where it seemed effective. Applied silver to the translucent lighting plastic.

    Click image for larger version. 

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    - The result (exposure settings are the same):

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    The thick translucent lighting plastic included in the kit gives a unique sense of depth to the engine light, unlike thin diffuser sheets or bare LEDs.

    Click image for larger version. 

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    Lovely job Lab....a definite improvement,....I'm doing exactly the same with the DeAgo....camera mount on the lower turret,....external power & more powerful LED's

    Looking forward to more pics

    J
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    22 Hours Ago  Sep 19, 2017, 12:44 PM - Re: Bandai 1/72 Millennium Falcon #1238

    kokkari said: View Post
    So if we were to use batteries, is the rear cover removable?
    It is.
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    22 Hours Ago  Sep 19, 2017, 12:56 PM - Re: Bandai 1/72 Millennium Falcon #1239

    The top quarter plate, which holds the six fans, is removable just like on the prototype. Easy enough for battery swaps; a bit annoying just to turn on the lights.
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    21 Hours Ago  Sep 19, 2017, 2:06 PM - Re: Bandai 1/72 Millennium Falcon #1240

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    20 Hours Ago  Sep 19, 2017, 3:19 PM - Re: Bandai 1/72 Millennium Falcon #1241

    smaulpaul said: View Post
    Does anyone have any links to good reference pics? I saw some the other day but I can't find them now. Thanks.
    I have a few links at the bottom of this page:

    https://sites.google.com/site/millen...es/final-notes
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    19 Hours Ago  Sep 19, 2017, 3:56 PM - Re: Bandai 1/72 Millennium Falcon #1242

    Lab said: View Post
    I'm going to do two mods.
    One is to install a prop-like mount point at the bottom gun port, to replace the kit stand with something else.
    The other is to introduce external power supply to get rid of batteries, and in doing so, replace the engine lights with brighter LEDs.

    I have mostly completed the latter.
    - Kit LEDs versus high power LEDs:

    Click image for larger version. 

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    - Replaced all 6 kit engine LEDs with high power LEDs.
    - Added 10 high power LEDs, keeping the surgery as simple and minimal as possible.
    - Placed silver foils where it seemed effective. Applied silver to the translucent lighting plastic.

    Click image for larger version. 

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    - The result (exposure settings are the same):

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    The thick translucent lighting plastic included in the kit gives a unique sense of depth to the engine light, unlike thin diffuser sheets or bare LEDs.

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    That is a big, big improvement over the stock lighting. May have to try to emulate this when the time comes.
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    18 Hours Ago  Sep 19, 2017, 4:51 PM - Re: Bandai 1/72 Millennium Falcon #1243

    Jaitea said: View Post
    Lovely job Lab....a definite improvement,....I'm doing exactly the same with the DeAgo....camera mount on the lower turret,....external power & more powerful LED's

    Looking forward to more pics

    J
    Camera mount?
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    17 Hours Ago  Sep 19, 2017, 5:38 PM - Re: Bandai 1/72 Millennium Falcon #1244

    Said to my girlfriend last night that I was really looking forward to a model that I didn't have to cut up or modify in any way. Thanks Lab.
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    12 Hours Ago  Sep 19, 2017, 10:51 PM - Re: Bandai 1/72 Millennium Falcon #1245

    Brilliant work Lab, if you pardon the expression. So what power is the new lighting setup at? What was the voltage of the included box? Are the brighter LEDs rated at the same voltage as the supplied Bandai ones or are they higher?
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    8 Hours Ago  Sep 20, 2017, 3:06 AM - Re: Bandai 1/72 Millennium Falcon #1246

    DanielB said: View Post
    Camera mount?
    Yep....attach one of these babies to fine unistrut inside:


    Then attach to a CCTV mount



    J
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    7 Hours Ago  Sep 20, 2017, 3:53 AM - Re: Bandai 1/72 Millennium Falcon #1247

    Nice idea Jaitea. May do this on my deagostini
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    2 Hours Ago  Sep 20, 2017, 9:13 AM - Re: Bandai 1/72 Millennium Falcon #1248

    iSteve said: View Post
    So what power is the new lighting setup at? What was the voltage of the included box? Are the brighter LEDs rated at the same voltage as the supplied Bandai ones or are they higher?
    I am not sure of the ratings of the kit LEDs, as I have no testing equipment. The kit lighting unit uses 3 regular 1.5V LR3 batteries, but battery voltage has little to do with LED ratings.
    Here are pics of the kit's lighting unit with the lids removed, for your reference.

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    Here are the ratings of the LEDs that I used.

    akizukidenshi.com/download/ds/optosupply/OSPW3131P%20_.pdf
    akizukidenshi.com/download/ds/optosupply/OSW54L5B61P.pdf

    I have drawn the circuit diagram of what I did, if anyone is interested.

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    A very crude execution:

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    The additional LEDs are just suspended by their leads, which are simply inserted to the kit part by drilling little holes and slits for the leads.

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    DISCLAIMER: I am not liable for any Millennium Falcons burned (or whatever happens) by executing this recipe (or whatever you do).

    There are much more powerful LEDs in the market, but I wanted to avoid any heat problems. Besides, going too far would make the Falcon look like a lighting apparatus than a scale model.
    LED color is another factor, but I chose to go white to leave the option to fiddle with filters if I wanted to.
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