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Type-99 Cosmo Falcon - Shinohara


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Fantastic job! I couldn't believe from the first few shots that you left parts of this unpainted - it has such a realistic finish. Maybe that's a topcoat? At any rate, it looks amazing, and all of the detail painting and other touches really show. If Bandai did a nice job making a jet instead of their usual robot fare, I'd say that goes double for you.

Funny thing for me was that the first aircraft I thought of on seeing this was the Douglas Skyray. I think it's the canopy profile. Whatever the specific inspiration, the way the new designs mix the 50s- and 60s- era look of the originals with details that are straight from 5th-gen fighters is really cool (yeah, I know the show was in the 70s, but its fighters looked sorta dated even then). It's a weird look, but I dig it.

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Posted by Corduroy Bear on 23 April, 2014 - 20:08

Thanks for the extra insight and opinion on the design. I do see the resemblance.

To answer your question, I did put on a Semi-Gloss topcoat on it when I was finished.

I think Bandai's really done some nice work outside of the Gunpla fare with the UC Hardgraph kits and especially the Yamato.

I'm sorry I should have mentioned this in my review, but the model comes with an English brochure advertising the Yamato model collection, complete with a fold out of the battleship talking about its parts separation.

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Posted by Rob on 23 April, 2014 - 21:09
Thank YOU

I hope that Bandai's non-Gunpla is all this nice, because I am rolling the dice on their new VF-1S. I studied Veef's written and video reviews... and decided to go for it anyways, mainly because I've been so impressed with recent Gunpla.

And not to get too personal, but I want to thank you specifically, Rob. I got back into Gunpla this winter, inspired largely by your reviews like the RX-78-2 v3.0. I have been building exclusively real-world military models for years, but I moved someplace with an unheated workshop and couldn't do anything that needed my airbrush or serious tools in the cold months. I hadn't built any Gunpla since back when Wing kits were in Toys 'R' Us, but it seemed like just the thing for a stress-free coffee table build (obviously not talking about taking it to the level you do).

I picked up a RG RX-78-2 and - holy cow - Bandai's engineering on the RG kits puts everything I knew from folks like Dragon and Tamiya to shame. Those things are incredibly precise and fun to build, and I'm still pretty happy with the result even when I don't paint much. I've been devouring kits about one a month and loving it... again, thanks to you.

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Posted by Corduroy Bear on 23 April, 2014 - 22:29
Awesome Rob! Everyone was

Awesome Rob! Everyone was impressed with this kit and your skills last night on CDX-TV!

Nice to see you build something outside your usual, you did a fantastic job.

The details of the kit seem Hasegawa but having the build features of a Gunpla kit.

It has the best of both worlds!

Incredible job!!!


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Posted by Showapop on 25 April, 2014 - 10:20
Thanks Guys!

Thanks for the kind comments guys, I am really humbled by all of this praise!

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Posted by Rob on 25 April, 2014 - 14:51