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Never underestimate the power of Nostalgia
Posted by CarnivourousDonut on Monday, January 23, 2017 7:15 PM

When I was in college, the next town over had a sort of all-in-one hobby shop (models, art, pets, books, etc) and I would occasionally spot Bandai Gundam kits. I built two back then, the Gundam Scout and the Destroid Monster. They were (IIRC) only a couple of bucks and easy builds.

Well fast forward to today and both kits are rather dire in price. But look around long enough and you can score just about anything on eBay for the right price. So for the right price (20$) I grabbed one unbuilt in the original blue box (pic below is the closest I can find. I will eventually get real pics up)

http://macrossfan.info/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/destroid_monster01.jpg

 

So it came the other day and I put aside my armour I was working on (1/35th T-62 ERA) to work on this. Time has not been kind to the molds (or my memory of the quality has been glazed by time....naaaa, that's crazy talk) so even though there are only a few parts to this, perhaps 70 or so, it's going to take a lot of sanding and filling to make it look right, but I plan on giving it a proper three tone winter camo when I'm done.

 

Let's rattle the cage, crack the machine. Let 'em know who you are, shine to be seen.
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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 1:09 AM

I remember Testors releasing some of those kits when I was in college in the early 80s. Then Revell released a bunch of various mecha kits as part of their Robotech line. I bought just about every one I could. I've picked up a few of them in the past few years.

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Posted by Phil_H on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 3:42 AM

Nice. If you got the blue box, it'll be the first release Imai boxing from about 1982. From memory, it wouldn't have been much more than about 1000 yen, probably less than $10 in 1982. I have a white box Imai somewhere in the stash from about '85-'86-ish.

Being that old, I'd use something like Microscale's Liquid Decal Film on the decals as insurance against them cracking up on you.

I'll be interested to see how it looks built up. Smile

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 7:16 AM

Rob Gronovius

I remember Testors releasing some of those kits when I was in college in the early 80s. Then Revell released a bunch of various mecha kits as part of their Robotech line. I bought just about every one I could. I've picked up a few of them in the past few years.

 

 

Oh gosh, one of our local toy stores had an entire table of those at a clearance price of three bucks a pop. Now I see them selling on Ebay for quite a bit more. I kick myself for not picking a bunch up now... 

"Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed." -G.K. Chesterton

 

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Posted by Phil_H on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 7:37 AM

Ha, I've just seen an Ebay listing for the Revell boxed 1/100 scale Macross Factory kit and I'm laughing at the "buy it now" asking price, a cool $2200.00 + $114.00 shipping.

As we say here in Australia, "Tell him he's dreaming!"

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Posted by CarnivourousDonut on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 5:45 PM

Yeah I remember the Revell kits, and yes, that price tag is insane. Probably got it for 10$ at a garage sale...

Anyway, progress is slow, I'm not a good modeller and it's too cold to airbrush in the shed right now. Working on sanding the parts to fit right now, the fit and finish really is bad on this kit.

And yea, the original blue box what said imai (or whathave you, not at the kit right now) 

I'm curious is the "re-box" with the white background cleaned anything up, or if it's just the same old same old in a new look.

Let's rattle the cage, crack the machine. Let 'em know who you are, shine to be seen.
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Posted by Phil_H on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 11:10 PM

CarnivourousDonut
I'm curious is the "re-box" with the white background cleaned anything up, or if it's just the same old same old in a new look.

As far as I'm aware, the moulds are unchanged, even up to the Bandai boxings available today. It's just a different background colour on the box.

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Thursday, January 26, 2017 10:56 AM

Some of my old builds from the 1980s that were in a box I retreived from my mom before she retired to Florida. And the second photo is of some of the ones I hadn't gotten to.

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, January 26, 2017 11:31 AM

Rob Gronovius

Some of my old builds from the 1980s that were in a box I retreived from my mom before she retired to Florida. And the second photo is of some of the ones I hadn't gotten to.

 

Thanks for posting these again Rob. Always cool to see good old stuff from my childhood like this again. 

"Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed." -G.K. Chesterton

 

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Posted by CarnivourousDonut on Friday, January 27, 2017 5:17 PM

I recall those Revell kits, I built a few back when they were new.

So, hours after digging through eBay, I'm both amused and horrified at the prices people ask for old kits from dodgy makers.

Then of course, I get side tracked and look at SF3D kits, other Macross kits, and I can hear my bank account screaming in agony.....

Let's rattle the cage, crack the machine. Let 'em know who you are, shine to be seen.
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Posted by ikar01 on Friday, January 27, 2017 7:54 PM

The Monster kit was one  of the most sought after kits of the series and came in two scales.  I found the larget one at a contest.  Since it had no instructions, I got it for 5.00 after pointing out that fact.

I do need to build it someday, I hope.

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Posted by Phil_H on Friday, January 27, 2017 8:07 PM

ikar01
The Monster kit was one of the most sought after kits of the series and came in two scales.

Yep, that one came in 1/200 (Imai) and 1/160 (Arii) If I recall correctly, the 1/200 kit was better proportioned. The 4 overhead barrels on the larger kit seemed a bit short and fat compared to the smaller scale kit.

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Posted by Real G on Friday, January 27, 2017 9:40 PM

ikar01

The Monster kit was one  of the most sought after kits of the series and came in two scales.  I found the larget one at a contest.  Since it had no instructions, I got it for 5.00 after pointing out that fact.

I do need to build it someday, I hope.

If you need a copy of the 1/160 scale Monster, PM me and I'll scan it for you.  I have only ever seen the kit once in the store, and that's the one I have.  I liked it, better than most of the Arii kits.  You lucked out - I paid $15.00 for mine.

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Saturday, January 28, 2017 1:39 AM

some of my other sci-fi kits from that era are the Dune movie kits. I bought the Ornithopter and Dune Crawler when I was in college, but got the sand worm kit a few years ago 

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Posted by ikar01 on Saturday, January 28, 2017 12:14 PM

Real G, I just checked my copy and you're right, I could use a copy of the instructions.  The decals may need a little sun bleaching but look intact.

I also have some kits from the Crucher Joe series, as well as Xbungle and a couple others.  I came back with two packing crates of kits when I left Okinawa.

 

I had a couple Duen kits but never heard of a Sandworm kit.

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Wednesday, February 01, 2017 12:03 PM

There were three models as part of the Revell Dune series. After the movie came out, I bought the Ornithopter right away and passed on the sand worm. Several years later, I saw the sand crawler at a hobby shop in Germany and bought it, but never built it. I later found a beat up boxed sand worm a few years ago and bought it. I think I paid $20 delivered.

http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/vintage-1985-revell-dune-sandworm-430196980

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Posted by the Baron on Monday, February 20, 2017 11:59 AM

That's a cool find, Rob!  When are you going to start building it?  Big Smile

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Monday, February 20, 2017 12:13 PM

Like every kit I own, sometime soon! Embarrassed

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Posted by stikpusher on Monday, February 20, 2017 6:13 PM

Rob Gronovius

There were three models as part of the Revell Dune series. After the movie came out, I bought the Ornithopter right away and passed on the sand worm. Several years later, I saw the sand crawler at a hobby shop in Germany and bought it, but never built it. I later found a beat up boxed sand worm a few years ago and bought it. I think I paid $20 delivered.

http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/vintage-1985-revell-dune-sandworm-430196980

 

Man, I never knew that anybody made Dune movie kits.... I would have snagged those up had I known they existed back then.

 

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 12:36 AM

stikpusher

  

Man, I never knew that anybody made Dune movie kits.... I would have snagged those up had I known they existed back then.

 

They did three kits, the sandworm, ornithopter and sand crawler. The ornithopter is the type Paul and Lady Jessica escaped in and is 1/72 scale. The sand crawler is a larger scale, not sure offhand, but smaller than 1/35. I'd guess 1/48-1/50 or so. The sandworm comes with little tiny Freman to ride it.

I was in college when I built the ornithopter, Google says 1985, so that would be right.

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 7:19 AM

Oh wow, I picked up all three of the Dune kits from a show about 10-20 years ago. I think I paid about ten bucks a piece for them. I can't recall ever seeing them anywhere else since. 

Not the greatest kits but as a fan of the movie despite it's rather large flaws I had to have them. One day I have to get around to building them. 

One of the guys in our club built the 'ornithopter' in a small dio replicating scene where Paul and Jessica crash in the desert. Frankly I love how they kept the name 'ornithopter' aka a vehicle that flies by flapping it's wings like a bird but stuck it on a regular shuttle like craft. 

"Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed." -G.K. Chesterton

 

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