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Author Topic:   Bandai's Apollo 11 and Saturn V 1:144 model
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
quote:
Originally posted by SuperKungFu:
I can't get over how awesome this model looks in real life.
Agreed. I'm amazed at Bandai's attention to detail considering it is a "mass" produced model.

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
Haven't regretted mine for a moment.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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