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Author Topic:   Bandai's Apollo 11 and Saturn V 1:144 model
apolloprojeckt
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posted 05-25-2012 02:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There are some to find on eBay, they are glue on an envelope.

SuperKungFu
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posted 05-29-2012 09:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SuperKungFu   Click Here to Email SuperKungFu     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I can't get over how awesome this model looks in real life.

Jon Long
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posted 05-29-2012 10:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jon Long   Click Here to Email Jon Long     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Agreed. I'm amazed at Bandai's attention to detail considering it is a "mass" produced model.

Where did you get your glass display case(s)? I like the thickness of the glass, and am looking for something like this for myself.

GoesTo11
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posted 05-29-2012 10:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by SuperKungFu:
I can't get over how awesome this model looks in real life.
Haven't regretted mine for a moment.

Jon Long
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posted 05-29-2012 11:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jon Long   Click Here to Email Jon Long     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This MLP for the Bandai Saturn V is also kind of cool. Looks like another interesting way to display the model vertically.

SuperKungFu
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posted 05-30-2012 12:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SuperKungFu   Click Here to Email SuperKungFu     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My display case is Pulaski 20972 display cabinet, I put my other models all inside. Above it is the Bandai Shuttle.

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posted 05-30-2012 02:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for the clocks running   Click Here to Email the clocks running     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I completely agree that the detail on this model is incredible. I always find new connectors, hatches, etc. that are scribed into the plastic.

I was really fortunate and found someone to build a custom acrylic display cover for $75.00. I was going to build one myself and found that it would have cost more to buy the materials than to have it built by someone else.

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posted 05-31-2012 01:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for the clocks running   Click Here to Email the clocks running     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just happened to take a look on Ebay and the current completed auction price for the Bandai Saturn V is $2200 to $2280. WOW!

SuperKungFu
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posted 06-05-2012 10:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SuperKungFu   Click Here to Email SuperKungFu     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Found a nice little moon plaque for $10 on eBay to go with the Bandai Saturn V:

Now it looks more awesome:

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posted 06-05-2012 11:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for the clocks running   Click Here to Email the clocks running     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Super Cool SuperKungFu! I think that your display looks great.

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posted 07-11-2012 06:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for the clocks running   Click Here to Email the clocks running     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is a photo of the repair that I made to my Bandai 1/144 LM. The S-Band Antenna was not included with my model so I was forced to scratch-build one.

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posted 07-17-2012 05:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for the clocks running   Click Here to Email the clocks running     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was not satisfied with my first attempt to scratch build the missing S-Band Antenna on my Bandai 1/144 Lunar Module so I had to do it again. Please take a look at the photos of my improved scratch built S-Band Antenna.

Norman.King
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posted 07-17-2012 07:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Norman.King   Click Here to Email Norman.King     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You've done a great job. What happened to the original?

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posted 07-17-2012 08:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for the clocks running   Click Here to Email the clocks running     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you very much for the kind words Norman.

I purchased my complete Apollo 11 Saturn V Launch Vehicle from a Bandai distributor who acquired it from a Japanese retailer. The S-band antenna part was missing since I opened the box and I did not even realize it until a few weeks ago.

I tried to contact the Bandai Tamashii division but have not had any success. As a challenge I wanted to create my own antenna and am happy with the current result. I used various Evergreen styrene pieces, gold bare metal foil, copper wire, and Tamiya acrylic paint to create the scratch built part.

alexbaja
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posted 07-17-2012 02:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alexbaja   Click Here to Email alexbaja     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well done, wish I can find time to scratch build a second Ascent stage.

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posted 07-17-2012 05:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for the clocks running   Click Here to Email the clocks running     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you for the kind words.

Get the old Milliputt out and try sculpting another ascent stage.

apolloprojeckt
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posted 09-27-2012 03:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I hope real soon there will be come a second run, the prices on eBay I'm sorry I find them become too high!

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posted 09-27-2012 11:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for the clocks running   Click Here to Email the clocks running     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I hope so too. I would buy another one in a minute.

GBurgess
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posted 05-03-2013 12:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A second run is in the works, and there will be two models. The same Apollo 11, and an Apollo 13 with both a pristine and damaged service module, and a blue water scene with the recover helicopter! Both are retailing for less than $500. I like to buy my Japanese stuff from hlj.com. Highly reputable, and they have always delivered quickly.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 05-03-2013 12:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There is a dedicated topic for the Apollo 13 Saturn V model here.

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posted 05-03-2013 03:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for the clocks running   Click Here to Email the clocks running     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
With the new edition of the Apollo 11 Saturn V set I do not think that the first edition "Bonus" Post-Reentry Command Module is included. Please let me know if I am incorrect about this.

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posted 05-03-2013 04:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The description on the HLJ site does not mention the bonus re-entry capsule.

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posted 08-22-2013 12:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for the clocks running   Click Here to Email the clocks running     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just paid for my Bandai Apollo 11 Saturn V from AmiAmi. It is now in shipping from Japan!

alexbaja
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posted 08-23-2013 02:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alexbaja   Click Here to Email alexbaja     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Are they still including the free gift with the Apollo 11 re-issue?

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posted 08-23-2013 06:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for the clocks running   Click Here to Email the clocks running     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't think so.

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posted 08-27-2013 12:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for the clocks running   Click Here to Email the clocks running     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I received my Apollo 11 Saturn V reissue today. The bonus Command Module is not included! This is really no surprise because we expected this anyways.

The S-1 fins have flash left on them from the mold. Otherwise the model looks fine.

On the first edition release of this model did anyone else notice mold flash on the S-1 fins?

RSimon007
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posted 12-26-2013 09:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RSimon007   Click Here to Email RSimon007     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Amazon.com has this on sale right now for $365.16 with free shipping. They had this on sale on Sunday and it was back to their regular price after about an hour.

Docdrew
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posted 05-18-2014 12:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Docdrew   Click Here to Email Docdrew     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I recently purchased one of these and was disappointed (especially considering the cost of these models) to find that the two enclosed booklets are in Chinese with no English translation. Does anyone know if a translated version is available? Thanks.

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posted 05-18-2014 10:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for the clocks running   Click Here to Email the clocks running     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Bandai product was intended for the Japanese collectors market and for that reason the booklets are not translated.

This is same with imported model kits from Tamiya, Hasegawa, etc.

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posted 06-03-2014 04:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tesla619   Click Here to Email Tesla619     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Gents, I have a person who is selling me a returned item from his store. He sent me photos and I compared them to the reviewed ones online. Look at the two images. Something missing or is one just packaged differently?

Marked "Theres" is the one not the person selling it to me.

Also the side of the box says made in China. Should it not be Japan?

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posted 06-03-2014 08:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The original release included a "post-splashdown" CM with a circular base and three struts to display it. I have that model but it's in storage; from memory that is what you see in the upper right corner of the box in the lower pic. It's my understanding that at some point in the production run Bandai stopped including this "bonus"...that may be what you're (not) seeing in the upper pic.

The strip circled in the lower pic is an adhesive metal nameplate for the base, which my model also has...no idea if that was omitted from later models as well, though it would seem odd if it was.

Bandai is indeed a Japan-based company that caters primarily to the Japanese collector market; obviously that doesn't preclude manufacture elsewhere. I've no close knowledge of their production facilities or distribution chains.

Norman.King
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posted 06-04-2014 01:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Norman.King   Click Here to Email Norman.King     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The above post is correct, the lower picture is the same as mine and is an original release that includes the CM post-splashdown.

The rerelease (top picture) didn't include this part.

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posted 06-04-2014 11:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tesla619   Click Here to Email Tesla619     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ah, that would explain it. Now I've asked a few people on Amazon if it has the splashdown. I'm guessing there is no model number that differentiates the with splashdown and non?


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