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Camouflaged Ariadna Scout




Australia

I am looking to get my hands on a 1/100 Gusion to turn into a Tau Stormsurge, but I have seen pictures of 1/100 Strike Gundam's which look to be the same kind of height of a Imperial Knight from what I can recall.

Speaking about height and sizing for Gundam models to compare to GW offerings, I purchased a 1/144 scale Tieren Ground Type. Cost me about $15AUD, including shipping with a variety of other items I purchased from Japan. I have assembled it and it looks like it would be a good stand-in for a Tau Riptide.

Here are the size stats for the model

Height 13.7cm, standing as straight as it can
Width 10cm, shoulderpad to shoulderpad
8cm arm to arm, removing shoulderpads
Torso width 5cm, including shoulders
Torso depth 5cm, including backpack
Torso height 4cm, to top of head
Leg length 8.5cm
Thigh length 3.5cm
Lower leg length 5cm
Arm length 6cm
Upper arm length 2.5cm
Lower arm length 3.5cm, including hand
Foot length 4.8cm, width 1.7cm at widest part

Weapon length is 7.7cm, 1cm wide on one side, 2cm on the other including the drum mag

Anyone have a Riptide on hand they can measure to see how close to the above dimensions it is, and share it here?

If you used this model all you'd need to add is a jetpack, which could be easily modified onto the existing backpack, some suitable weapons, a shield unit (I will be using an Antares Concord drone for mine), and any other additions you feel are necessary to show upgrades purchased for the model. The price per unit is fantastic, and the kit goes together like a dream. It will require very little filling or sanding, and is also brilliant because it's fully poseable. This allows you the option to just magnetise the feet and pose how you like each time you play with it, only requiring a base that magnets will stick to to make it work.

Edit: Another bonus is that because Gundam kits use polycaps, it's easy enough to switch around parts from one to another to get the desired look you are after. I am looking into using a few different kits to come up with stand-in's for the XV 107 and XV 107 models from Forgeworld. As an added benefit there are a ton of both official and aftermarket kits to help get you the weapon or add-on piece you are after for your kit. It's a converters/detailers paradise, and best of all the add-ons don't cost a whole lot to purchase. I am also using brass flat beads, tubes, half-pearl plastic beads, metal beads and a bunch of other scrap-booking and jewelry making bits to help detail the parts, and these are even cheaper to purchase.

As soon as I come up with something cool I'll let you all know.
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Keeper of the Adeptus Arbites Flame






Arlington, va

I recently learned that Mandarake has an online shop.

https://order.mandarake.co.jp/order/?lang=en

(note the extra A, it is not Mandrake)

If you've not been Mandarake is a chain of HUGE 2nd hand manga/model/CD/DVD shops around Japan. Their shop outside Tokyo (Nagano) is basically the size of a mall. Their shop in Osaka has a full sized woolly mammoth skeleton. And the staff do cosplay karaoke while you shop.

Japan is the land of obsessive fans and small storage space so there is a lot of stuff there for flea market prices. Real collectors items will get collector item prices but most stuff is pretty cheap.

Some of the translations are a bit dodgy, the familiar Macross Destroids for example are listed as Macross Destroyed, so try a few search terms.

My package got held for a week in customs but other than that no problem. Shipping was about $12.

Worth a window shop even if you don't buy anything.

 
   
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[MOD]
Keeper of the Adeptus Arbites Flame






Arlington, va

Update on the Mandarake order - It arrived after a week or two in customs.




And one wrong ship

But I emails and they refunded my 300 Yen. So kudos for good service. I'd use the site again.


 
   
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Courageous Questing Knight





Central Cimmeria

 Kid_Kyoto wrote:
Update on the Mandarake order - It arrived after a week or two in customs.




And one wrong ship

But I emails and they refunded my 300 Yen. So kudos for good service. I'd use the site again.



That manadarake site is definitely tempting me to load up on a bunch of cheap hg gundam kits, my kids really enjoy building and playing with them...
   
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Veteran Inquisitorial Tyranid Xenokiller




Down Under

 Kid_Kyoto wrote:
Update on the Mandarake order - It arrived after a week or two in customs.

Spoiler:



And one wrong ship

But I emails and they refunded my 300 Yen. So kudos for good service. I'd use the site again.



Can you advise on the postage costs to US?
I got started but saw that they wouldn't advise on postage until after payment so am a little gun-shy.

Glory is fleeting. Obscurity is forever.




 
   
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[MOD]
Keeper of the Adeptus Arbites Flame






Arlington, va

For 4 small kits in something the size of a shoebox it was $12.


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The Bandai Super Star Destroyer is up for preorder. $12 on Amazon. Ships Aug 31.

Should be about the size of a BFG battleship.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07R3XYC5C/ref=ox_sc_saved_title_1


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Veteran Inquisitorial Tyranid Xenokiller




Down Under

Thanks for that KK, will give it a go and see how much it costs to get some Gundam stuff to Aus.

Glory is fleeting. Obscurity is forever.




 
   
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Gun Mage





I've used Mandarake before. They're great.
   
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Mighty Kroxigor Ancient





California the Southern

I miss Mandarake so much. Too far of ride from the sticks of Niigata to get to the closest store.

They used to have a shop though in Torrance in the early 2000s I would frequent as often as I could. Spent a ton of money there and probably made just as much off of them flipping stuff I'd picked up in Japan or off eBay. I know my obscure Go Nagai manga quite well!

I spent way too much time looking through their website. Sadly a lot of the stuff from both my childhood and early internet days is selling for a heck of a lot more than I used to pay for it.

If more of those garish old Aoshima, Arii, or Imai kits were in the sub 500 yen range (rather than the 30,000+ they want) I'd pick up quite a lot of them.

Poorly lit photos of my ever- growing collection of completely unrelated models!

http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/0/627383.page#7436324.html
Watch and listen to me ramble about these minis before ruining them with paint!
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmCB2mWIxhYF8Q36d2Am_2A 
   
 
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