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Armor135
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Posted: Friday, October 11, 2002 - 12:13 PM UTC
Just wondering if any of you guys or gals have ever built any Gundam Wing models. Either the plastic or resin ones.

Also was wondering if any of you do, where is a good place to buy Gundam kits, besides eBay. I havent found what I need yet. I want to start a diorama from the Gundam wing move "Endless Waltz." I need 1 Deathscythe Hell Custom HG, and 3 Serpent Custom HG all in 1/144. Any one know where I can get them kinda cheap?

Thanks,
Mike
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Posted: Friday, October 11, 2002 - 12:46 PM UTC
I've seen them on clearance at Toys R Us for less than $10. I know they are on sale at Wal-Mart, Target, and at a local hobby shop in Chesterfield, VA they have a ton of them in the various grades.

I own a couple of them, one I got at Wal-Mart. Some of the High Grade stuff (saw one at TRU) look amazing. It also ran about $100.
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Posted: Friday, October 11, 2002 - 05:55 PM UTC
Yeah Im looking for the Master Grade RX-78 or whichever one was in O8th MS Team.Cant remember which one it is lol.If anyone knows a cheap place to get it gimme a holla.
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Posted: Saturday, October 12, 2002 - 12:46 AM UTC
Armor135
My kids build these kits, the injected plastic ones. They are nice kits, the instructions are not in English but the images are very good and easy to follow.
We get ours at our local hobby shop - Hungates. I have seen them at Toys R Us also.
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Posted: Saturday, October 12, 2002 - 04:41 AM UTC
I'll have to check Wal-Mart for them. The Toys R Us, and Target only have 2 different gundam models. Scott, I have 1 Gundam allready a Serpent Custom. I want to get more for another diorama.

The next time you go, could you check and see how much

1 Deathscythe Hell Custom HG, and 3 Serpent Custom HG all in 1/144 would be?

thanks,
Mike
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Posted: Sunday, October 13, 2002 - 06:21 AM UTC
A good place is Toys R Us, they usually sell for about $15 - $25 for the HG Gundam Wing models, but I havent seen the 1/144 scale serpents there. I've only seen those at a local comic book store. But if you want to try online ordering, I've personaly tried both of these sites:
http://www.tisinc99.com/gunmasgradsc.html
http://www.gundamwingstore.com/masgradgunmo.html
Both are decently priced with good selections.
Happy Hunting!
Armor135
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Posted: Sunday, October 13, 2002 - 12:01 PM UTC
Argo thanks for the links. I actually did some searching around the other night and came across both of the sites. I checked out the price of all 4 Gundams and the shipping rates. The total for 3 Serpent Customs HG, and 1 Deathscythe HG, comes out to abot $44.46. So I think iam going to go with

"http://www.gundamwingstore.com/masgradgunmo.html"

that web site.

BTW what kind/s of Gundam models have you built or build?

Mike
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Posted: Sunday, October 20, 2002 - 02:38 AM UTC
I usually buy my Gundams from:
http://www.gundamshop.com
I think they have an above average selection, inventory status, and shipping is 5 bucks for USPS or you can e-mail them to send UPS and it is still 5 bucks, no matter if you buy 1 or 10 (I wish I could) gundams at a time. They seem to import alot of their own stuff so the directions for assemble tends to be in Japanese.
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Posted: Sunday, October 20, 2002 - 04:12 AM UTC
Welcome to the best modeling web site ever there Madcat!

I mean to get some new gundams for my dio so I'll have to check out that website.
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Posted: Monday, October 21, 2002 - 02:36 PM UTC
Hey, Thanks for the welcome! I can't say I do alot of Gundams since WW2 and modern planes are my favorite, but they are a welcome break from the norm. I consider myself an average modeler and hope to learn alot from sites like this.
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Posted: Monday, October 21, 2002 - 02:53 PM UTC
Interesting coincidence this thread. My six year old son William just asked me tonight WHY i don't build Gundam models instead of those boring cars (tanks and such )
He's asked me this before, and I must admit to a little selfishness since what little time I spend modeling I would like it to be my personal interests.......ho-hum, guilt is a damn heavy weight, no matter how broad one's shoulders are.

Tread.

Actually, having checked them out, knowing my personal preference's, I would have to go with something on the lines of the Master grade kits. And, also knowing the price's of said item, I would most likely prefer to buy a AA kit.
Of course they do make the cheaper, smaller Gundam kits......perhaps I could throw one of these together for him...............but then, he'd play with it wouldn't he? I don't know if my nerve's could stand it! #:-)
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Posted: Tuesday, October 22, 2002 - 02:45 AM UTC
Madcat thanks for the link, I can actually get them a few bucks cheaper on the other web site, but they sure do have a lot of neat stuf there.

Zach, what Gundams are you going to have in your dio, and whats going to be happening?
Check out this web site, you can get the models a few bucks cheaper there.

http://www.gundamwingstore.com/masgradgunmo.html

Mike
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Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2002 - 12:50 PM UTC
Im doing alot of major sketches right now and some model building for it but it is gonna be sweet.Basically I am going to a Gundam(probably a RX-79)at the end of a three-way street armed with its cannon and shield kneeling down,aiming at a tank(probably the Israeli Merkava Mk.3)hidden in a ditch under a camo-net on the other end of the street.Not only that but ruined building on both sides of the street with troops all over the place.On the roof ofon building is going to be guys shooting at the Gundam while a small squad of enemy troops trying to help knock out the tank from the other side of the street.I dont quite know what APC Im going to use but it dropped of the small squad at the third street.Blah Blah Blah yackety smackety.Im still working on the idea since I let my dad know about it and he was in the Cav so he is helping me out with tactics and stuff to demonstrate the dio.
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Posted: Thursday, October 24, 2002 - 02:32 AM UTC
Tread...why don't you build two? Build one of the cheaper ones for the kid, and one of the better ones for yourself. I was really impressed with the mid-grade Gundam that I built. With a little weathering and some creative painting (with a couple of coats of Future), they really look pretty "realistic". I kind of enjoyed the process, and the engineering of the parts make it a dream to put together. It was worth it to see my sons look at the finished model and say "Wow, Dad. Cooool!" Gotta get those where you find them!
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Posted: Friday, October 25, 2002 - 07:54 AM UTC
Does anyone know if the Master Grade Gundams would go good with 1/35 scale figures and vehicles?
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Posted: Friday, October 25, 2002 - 02:50 PM UTC
Zach you diorama sounds awesome! What are you going to use for the troops, buildings, and the tank? I want to do mine in a city but I dont know what to use for te buildings, and I dono how I would do on scratchbuilding them. Heres what my dio is going to be of:

Its either going to be in a city, airport, or country. 3 Serpents and 1 Deathscythe. I wish I could draw good other wise I would have a better idea on how the Serpents would be. But I'll try my best.

The Deathscythe would be in the middle, 1 Serpent is going to be cut in half and the upper torso is going to be on the ground, while the legs are stil standing up. The 2nd Serent is going to have I hole from the Scythe through his chest and lieing on the ground. The 3rd. Serpent is going to be behind the Deathscythe with his gun pointed at his head. What the Seprent didnt see coming was teh end of the Scythe through his chest, or head.

Thats just a ruft drat so to speak, Just coming up with ideas and seeing what works. Like I said If I could draw good It might be a little easier but until I get all the models built I wont really know for sure.

And as for the other message about using a Master Grade in a 1/35 dio, Iam not really sure about it. I havent built one so I dont know the size difference. All though I have seen a 1/35 Gundam model!!! The thing looked awesome but I didnt get a price on it.

Mike
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Posted: Friday, October 25, 2002 - 04:39 PM UTC
Thanks Mike.Like I said I havent exactly finished planning it out but I have already started buying some stuff for it.As of figures right now I have:
2 sets of the DML/Dragon 1st Infantry "Big Red One"
Fixing to get the DML/Dragon Khe Sahn Marines
Ordered the DML/Dragon Modern French Foreign Legion guys
Also ordered DML/Dragon 82nd Airborne troops,Tamiya US Modern "Desert Kit" guys,US Marines "Tet Offensive by Shanghai Dragon and 2 sets of the DML/Dragon Modern British Desert Rats.Going for kind of a rag tag look for some of the guys thats why the Vietnam figs.Not only that but they come in poses other figs I would like to get dont.
The tank for it is going to be the Israeli Merkava Mk.III by Academy.Looks like a great kit and the actual tank is just awesome.Cant wait to get it.
I dont know what I am going to do for buildings as of yet.More than likely I will scratch build most of them but if I come across some good ruined buildings I will look into it.

Hey man your dio sounds pretty sweet.You could just have it in a ruined building and make it a scene right out of Endless Waltz because thats what happened lol.The Deathscythe tore those Serpents up and it looked great in the movie.Yours will look great too I bet.
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Posted: Friday, October 25, 2002 - 04:41 PM UTC
Oh yeah almost forgot to tell you that I am going to call it "Exchanging Political Viewpoints" lol.
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Posted: Saturday, October 26, 2002 - 09:47 AM UTC
Sounds pretty cool, now the diorama your planning on doing now is it going to be in 1/35 scale?? How big is the Gundam you are going to use?

Thats what Iam hoping for, for a scene from the Endless Waltz movie. I was thinking of an airport because a guy in my model club said someone makes 1/144 buildings for airports. I dont know who makes teh buildings he hasnt goten back to me on that one.

The name sounds pretty cool, for mine I was thinking of "Unseen Death" Something like that, do you have any ideas?

Mike
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Posted: Sunday, October 27, 2002 - 04:26 AM UTC
Well a good reference would be these pics I just found of Deathscythe Hell custom in EW tearing those Serpent guys up.The pics are pretty cool.
I did pick up my first Gundam model last night and was up till like 3 'o clock messing with it lol.I bought the HG 1/144 GP03S and I have to say,for all of you that dont build Gundam models you are definatly missing out.But the main reason I bought was for practice on a Gundam model and just to see if I really do need to go 1/100 and I found out I do.
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Posted: Sunday, October 27, 2002 - 12:48 PM UTC
Yeah, I was going to rent Endless Waltz the other night at Blockbuster but they didnt have it there.

Zach like you said te Gundam models are very fun to build. They dont require any glue but I stil use it. And there pretty easy to build, well most of them. I learned this the hard way, I custom painted my Serpent Custom when he was all built, I had to take him apart. By that I mean the joints, Knees, Hips, Shoulders, Elbows, Head to paint and it was kinda hard getting in those small holes to paint. I wont be doing that again.

Zach one more thing, what scale is your dio going to be of?

Mike
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Posted: Monday, October 28, 2002 - 09:24 AM UTC
Well Im aiming for 1/35 since the wide variety of figures,tanks,etc.Thats why I asked if a 1/100 Gundam model would be good with 1/35 figs and a tank.
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Posted: Wednesday, October 30, 2002 - 12:46 PM UTC
1/35 huh that should be pretty cool.

I found out who makes those 1/144 Airport buildings and accessories. Its a company called ATP ever hear of them?? I looked on eBay about a week ago for them, and all I found was 5-6 planes and some decals no buildings. Heres the number(s) you can call of some info.

Questions: 1-800-854-9264
Orders ( maybee a magazine? ) 1-800-321-1026

Hope this helps, and keep my updated with your dio, and I will do the same.

Mike
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Posted: Wednesday, October 30, 2002 - 12:56 PM UTC
Cool beans man.I completly forgot that I actually have Endless Waltz on tape.One of these days I'll get it on DvD hehe.
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Posted: Friday, November 01, 2002 - 07:31 AM UTC
Hey Mike have you checked out HobbyLink Japan?I just went there yesterday and they have some really decent prices on Gundam models.I noticed they have some of the MG for $5-6 cheaper than most sites.