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Armored Core
Tiger_213
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Posted: Tuesday, September 04, 2012 - 06:25 PM UTC
Hey guys. While looking around on hlj.com I ran across some Armored Core 1/72 kits (I keep forgetting they make them!). I've never done anything like them and currently have my plate full; a Tamiya King Tiger re-build and a group build that I haven't even started yet. So, I'm just wondering, are there any high quality kits? What brand or series? Anything I might really need to know before I start a AC kit compared to how I'd deal with a 1/35 armor piece?

I'd likely end up building a Noblesse Oblige or Anjou kit, maybe White Glint with a Vanguard OVB (with a base plate that plays Spirit of Motherwill!?) though I figure that'll be a far more pricey kit.

Thanks in advance!
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Posted: Tuesday, September 04, 2012 - 07:11 PM UTC
Hi Christopher

The main company which makes "Armored Cores" (Gundam models) is Bandai

Here their site

http://www.bandai-asia.com/newsite/index.php

Kits have several quality levels, from basic kits to most accurate ones (called "master grade" series)

There's nothing special you should learn to make a "Gunpla". The only main defference from a common tank in 35 scale, is that usually you have to make and paints the sub assemblies (arms, legs body...) before the final steps.

If you're interested, here you can find some stunning video tutorials about

http://sl-blag.blogspot.it/2007/11/gunpla-tutorial-videos.html

They are in Japanese, but it really doesn't matter

I hope this is useful

cheers

Tiger_213
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Posted: Tuesday, September 04, 2012 - 08:37 PM UTC
Mauro, you're half way there. Armored Core and Gundam are different. I'm not going to take that any futher.

While Bandai does make some AC related stuff, it's from AC:V only (as far as I know), the newest game in the series. I was looking at models from "Kotobukiya".

http://www.hlj.com/product/KBYVI-047

Thanks for the link for the tutorials though.
Spiderfrommars
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Posted: Tuesday, September 04, 2012 - 09:07 PM UTC
I'm sorry, I thought that "armoured core" was another way to say "mobile suits"

Anyway, I think you'll like a lot the tutorials (not just the SF ones)

cheers
vonHengest
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Posted: Saturday, September 29, 2012 - 06:12 PM UTC
Kotobukiya has always been solid in their quality level in both ready-to-display figures and their model kits. Expect to work with poly caps and other movable joint components, which means you will need to take painting into consideration here as the functioning hard plastic parts will flake paint off as they ratchet. If it were me, I would consider the pose that I wanted to display it in ahead of time so I had a good idea of what not to paint. Then I would come back in after everything else was painted ans assembled and touch up these areas. It's not a big deal, it's just what I would do. I think they are all 1/72 kits as well, which means you can build some Humvees or other modern vehicles to accompany them.
I wouldn't hesitate to buy one of these kits.

*edit: I forgot to mention that I would glue the joints in the pose that I wanted them to be, otherwise the arms and other parts will want to come lose over time.
Tiger_213
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Posted: Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 05:07 PM UTC
Thanks tons Jeremy, I hadn't even thought of adding something to show the scale of the Armored Core. There's a cut-scene in AC:IV showing a normal car being crushed by a recently ejected shell-casing that would be perfect for showing scale.
vonHengest
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Posted: Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 06:02 PM UTC
No problem. The intro video for Armored Core for Answer is full of diorama potential:



The opening for Armored Core 4 isn't bad either.
Tiger_213
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Posted: Sunday, October 21, 2012 - 04:28 PM UTC
The opening for AV:IV sold that game, so did AC:4A's video.