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cspg
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posted 07-12-2011 09:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
HobbyLink Japan has it for ¥38,250, about USD $480.34.

Philip
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posted 07-13-2011 01:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Now if they could just make an "Atlantis" version I would certainly buy one.

SuperKungFu
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posted 07-23-2011 11:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SuperKungFu   Click Here to Email SuperKungFu     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So I want to ask again about the accuracy of the payload.

For example, as mentioned earlier the payload seems to be the STS-100 loadout. But Bandai included the orbiter boom sensor system, a 50-foot extension that wasn't added until after STS-114 correct?

And since Bandai made this shuttle because it carried the first Japanese astronaut Mamoru Mohri, he only flew on STS-49 and 99 so the orbiter boom sensor shouldn't be there right?

SuperKungFu
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posted 08-04-2011 12:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SuperKungFu   Click Here to Email SuperKungFu     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I got the model and I made a long review. Didn't want to post it here because it would have to be separated to a lot of posts due to the picture count. So visit here if you want to see and read it.

garymilgrom
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posted 08-04-2011 06:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great review! I really like how you counted down the days to flight to explain the various parts. Excellent!

frank3si
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posted 08-11-2011 03:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for frank3si     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am curious about the AC connections for the Bandai Endeavour.

Mine just arrived, and it is stunning but it came with no plug for connecting to an outlet. I noted that SuperKungFu made mention of the same situation in his fantastic review of this model (which is what finally pushed me over the edge to buy one of these).

Did others here get a "wall wart" or something similar for lighting their models without battery use?

alexbaja
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posted 08-12-2011 12:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alexbaja   Click Here to Email alexbaja     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by alexbaja:
My model came with a 100v adapter which I am using a voltage converter as in Malta we use 240v. The D/C output is 5.0v and 1.0A and the centre pin is +.
Mine had come with the original AC adapter but there are a few which did not, if it is of any help I had posted this quote so it should help you purchase one. I would always recommend to take the base with you to see that the socket fits snugly.

GoesTo11
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posted 08-17-2011 10:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My model included the US-compatible AC wall adapter for the lighted base. I haven't permanently unpacked and displayed my model yet, but I've tested the adapter with the base and it works.

For what it's worth, I bought my model from AmiAmi in Japan as opposed to a western distributor. No idea if that made any difference or not.

press4meco
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posted 02-26-2012 11:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for press4meco   Click Here to Email press4meco     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone know how easy (or difficult) it would be to remove the "Endeavour" markings from this model? Has anyone even bothered attempting to modifying this model?

1/144 decals are easy enough to come-by for the orbiters so, I'm just wondering how much effort would be involved in renaming the orbiter.

Norman.King
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posted 02-27-2012 01:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Norman.King   Click Here to Email Norman.King     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by press4meco:
Does anyone know how easy (or difficult) it would be to remove the "Endeavour" markings from this model?
I don't know the answer to your question but if the Bandai shuttle goes the same way as their Saturn V you might want to leave yours untouched. I've just seen a Bandai Saturn V sell on eBay for just over $1300 plus $125 shipping!

alexbaja
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posted 02-27-2012 02:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alexbaja   Click Here to Email alexbaja     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by press4meco:
Has anyone even bothered attempting to modifying this model?
I think it is going to be difficult to find somebody risking modifying the Bandai shuttle.

It is to high a risk attempting to modify one of these models just to have a different setup, well that is my opinion.

history in miniature
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posted 02-27-2012 04:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for history in miniature   Click Here to Email history in miniature     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There is a product sold by MicroMark tools called a micromesh polishing system that I use to finish automobile paint finishes, It's a kit that includes various grades of rubberized wet sandpaper that start at 1200 grit which increases to 10,000 grit. I must warn you that this polishing technique takes years to perfect and if not careful will not only remove the markings but may also affect any paint in the surrounding area if not careful.

GoesTo11
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posted 02-27-2012 11:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There are really people out there willing to potentially wreck the Bandai model just to change the name of the orbiter? Why?

cspg
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posted 02-28-2012 01:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's Bandai's fault. Columbia with a white ET would have been nice, as a second model!

p51
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posted 02-28-2012 08:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by GoesTo11:
There are really people out there willing to potentially wreck the Bandai model just to change the name of the orbiter? Why?
I think it's a matter of which way you're looking at the model. If you are a 'die-cast collector,' you're never dream of modifying anything (and many would never even take it out of the box for any reason). If you have a 'modeler' mindset, you wouldn't think twice about improving or changing things on it, because that mindset often doesn't like out of the box at all. Many of them think that unless you modify something, it's only a toy.

I had bought a Corgi 1/72nd scale B-17 bomber (the 91st Bomb Group '909' one, as I have flown In a real B-17 painted like that more than once) and it drove me nuts that the group marking was missing from the upper wing (it was a white triangle that was there, but the big letter "A" was missing. I bought a decal sheet with the correct marking and I was going to put it on there to make the markings accurate, and people I knew who collected die cast stuff went nuts. In the end, I sold it at a show as I didn't have room to dedicate it to and never put the decal on, but I would have changed it if I was going to keep it.

As for this model, I have more of an affinity for the Challenger and Atlantis and would rather it be marked for either of them. I just wish they left it blank and provided a decal sheet. But that's not really what the 'die-cast collector' types look for in models like this. I can't justify over five hundred clams for this, no matter how impressive it is.

GoesTo11
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posted 02-28-2012 09:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yeah, I get what you mean about the "collector vs. modeler" dichotomy. I just don't understand why anyone would buy THIS model with the intent of modifying it... I'd think a modeler with that kind of confidence in their skills would prefer to just start with a kit and create exactly what they want.

Me (and my 20-year-dormant modeling experience) wouldn't dream of it. If I absolutely had to have a particular orbiter, I'd just buy a kit and pay one of the experts here to build it up.

press4meco
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posted 02-28-2012 11:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for press4meco   Click Here to Email press4meco     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by GoesTo11:
There are really people out there willing to potentially wreck the Bandai model just to change the name of the orbiter? Why?
Haha...well, just to set the record straight, the reason I am asking is that I was considering getting a second one of these. I fully understand the grandeur of this model, so the last thing I'd want to do is "wreck" this model, trust me.

I have one from when it first came out which I have on display in the launch config. Having spent plenty of time admiring it, since I've wanted a shuttle model of this level of detail for sometime, I thought it would be nice to have another to display in the on-orbit config, but in a different name if possible. No commitments have been made.

I've never had the time to hone any modeling skills, so there's no chance right now for a personally built highly detailed model, so instead I'm limited to the prebuilt models on the market.

SpaceAngel
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posted 04-30-2012 03:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAngel   Click Here to Email SpaceAngel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If anyone agrees with me or not, I feel that Bandai should have named the shuttle Discovery; I don't have a problem with Endeavour but I think that the name Discovery should deserve to be the model name.

garyd2831
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posted 04-30-2012 04:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for garyd2831   Click Here to Email garyd2831     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Personally, I would love to see one for each orbiter name to include both paint schemes for Enterprise (pre and post 1983). Of course this would require a white external name for the 1979 rollout and the reddish for VAFB.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-30-2012 04:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As noted earlier, Endeavour was chosen to recognize that shuttle's role flying the Mamoru Mohri as the first Japanese payload specialist in 1992.

SpaceAngel
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posted 05-01-2012 06:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAngel   Click Here to Email SpaceAngel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I see...

the clocks running
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posted 05-31-2012 10:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for the clocks running     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I really love this model and am very happy that I purchased it. Looking at this post saddens me because I can't believe that our shuttle fleet is no more. Wow!

Also, I just looked at the eBay completed auctions and found that this model just sold recently for $1310. The other bad news is that the U.S. distributor, Bluefin Distribution, no longer includes the Bandai shuttle on their website.

mike_nz
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posted 06-28-2012 12:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mike_nz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I recently purchased the Bandai shuttle from a U.S. retailer via Amazon. There's a missing part from the ET support stand and the response from the retailer is that the distributor is unable to help them.

Does anyone have contact details for Bandai Support that I could use to email Bandai directly? The retailer is reluctant to cannibalise existing stock as it won't fix his problem - I'm inclined to agree, and would like to see why Bandai won't play the game. Thanks in advance for any help!

the clocks running
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posted 06-28-2012 06:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for the clocks running     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you want to push the issue with Amazon they will support you and force the retailer to exchange the item, replace the missing part, or offer a refund. You purchased the item new and completely have the right to the full product. You are in the driver seat here. I wish you the best with resolving this.

Here is what I can tell you though. The Bandai Tamashii division created the Otona No Chogokin series which include the Shuttle. I own this beautiful model along with the Saturn V. I am missing a part that was not included with my Saturn V model. My concern is that because these models were in limited production the replacement parts may not even exist.


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