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posted 02-18-2011 06:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tankerdriver   Click Here to Email tankerdriver     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Bandai has updated their website. It looks like JAXA's Hayabusa asteroid sample return probe will be released next in their Otona No Chogokin series. About $290 and coming out in June.

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posted 02-18-2011 06:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alexbaja   Click Here to Email alexbaja     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
AmiAmi is offering this model for 16,850 Yen which is a 25% discount on the original price.

I think it is a lovely model for any collector, but before I pre-order one I would like to hear some more comments.

It seems that it also has some LED lights which are controlled with an infrared remote control so I think it will look great on any desk or showcase.

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posted 02-18-2011 06:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Space In Scale   Click Here to Email Space In Scale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It looks like the bonus piece to this latest model for the first production run is a 1:144 scale Hayabusa, to go with the Shuttle and Saturn V. Kind of neat.

Looks really nice and can't wait to hear more.

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posted 02-18-2011 08:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A model more aimed at the Japanese market? The previous two had a more international flavor.

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posted 02-18-2011 08:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hayabusa was the first mission from any country to return samples from an asteroid.

While Bandai's earlier choice of the space shuttle can be seen as international (given its crew members and payloads from many different countries), the Saturn V was a solely American achievement. And while granted, the Apollo program's accomplishments have a much wider appeal, Hayabusa's feat should be celebrated worldwide.

Had they chosen Viking or Voyager, would they have been viewed as having less international flavor?

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posted 02-18-2011 09:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alexbaja   Click Here to Email alexbaja     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think Hayabusa should appeal to the worldwide community as it was successful in it's mission on returning back to earth with samples from the asteroid Itokawa.

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posted 02-18-2011 10:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So far, Hayabusa has been the most remarkable asteroid mission in spaceflight history, with a successful sample return from the 500 m long asteroid 25143 Itokawa.

Okay, there was NASA's NEAR Shoemaker which landed on the 34 km long asteroid 433 Eros in February 2001. And we're looking forward to ESA's Rosetta mission to deploy its Philae lander on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

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posted 02-18-2011 10:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tankerdriver   Click Here to Email tankerdriver     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Personally I am glad that they are keeping this line open. Hopefully there will be more releases this year.

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posted 02-18-2011 11:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Space In Scale   Click Here to Email Space In Scale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
They say that they are planning two more additions in 2011. This being the first, so there will be another release at some point... if everything goes to plan.

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posted 02-18-2011 01:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just pre-ordered mine from AmiAmi. I have the Saturn V and Endeavour models, so I'm confident in the quality.

While I can understand the particular appeal of this model to the Japanese home market, Hayabusa was a fascinating and ambitious mission with a lot of "firsts." Looking forward to adding this to my collection.

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posted 02-19-2011 02:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alexbaja   Click Here to Email alexbaja     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My Hayabusa is also pre-ordered from AmiAmi, I am sure that it should compliment my collection.

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posted 02-23-2011 03:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alexbaja   Click Here to Email alexbaja     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A YouTube video of the Bandai Hayabusa spacecraft model, that is if you understand Japanese!

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posted 06-23-2011 04:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alexbaja   Click Here to Email alexbaja     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have just confirmed my order for my Bandai Hayabusa spacecraft model with AmiAmi Japan, should expect it in the next few days.

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posted 06-23-2011 04:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alexbaja   Click Here to Email alexbaja     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Shipped to Malta 22,570 yen which converts to 201 Euros. I think it is going to sit nicely with my collection.

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posted 06-23-2011 05:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Peter Kemp   Click Here to Email Peter Kemp     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, just notified that my model is now ready for shipping to the UK.

Is this release earlier than expected?

Trouble is I will be in Florida hopefully watching STS-135 lift off on the 8th July so I have emailed them asking to delay shipping as there's a good chance UK Custom's would return it as undelivered by the time I get back home in mid July.

I think they only hold items where charges are to be paid for a relatively short time.

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posted 06-23-2011 09:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's here on Hobby Link Japan. It seems that this one went rather unnoticed...

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posted 06-23-2011 09:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alexbaja   Click Here to Email alexbaja     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes but AmiAmi seems to be cheaper as it is listed at 25% discount so the price is 16,850 Yen with a shipping cost of 5720 Yen.

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posted 06-29-2011 12:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ordered mine this AM from AmiAmi at a total of JY21,830...US$276.40 at Paypal's current exchange rate.

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posted 06-29-2011 01:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alexbaja   Click Here to Email alexbaja     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I should be picking mine tomorrow from Maltapost office.

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posted 06-30-2011 08:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice Alex... post a picture? Import tax?

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posted 06-30-2011 10:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alexbaja   Click Here to Email alexbaja     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Unfortunately I could not pick it up today, but I will go tomorrow. I will post some pictures, but please bare with me as I am a bit busy.

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posted 07-01-2011 09:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alexbaja   Click Here to Email alexbaja     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just picked up my Jaxa's Hayabusa, from the little time I had to inspect it, it is an excellent example of fine workmanship.

Packaging as usual nice black box with grey foam and packed neatly. There is a warning sign in Japanese regarding the thrusters, they are very tiny and fragile so must be handled with care.

Tax import was 35 euros so in total it costed me 236 euros, not cheap but for the fine workmanship it is fine by me.

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posted 07-03-2011 02:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alexbaja   Click Here to Email alexbaja     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I managed to find this site courtesy of Apollo Maniacs which has some very good photos of the Bandai Hayabusa. I am sure I can not do much of a better job in photography than these photos.

Enjoy this beautiful crafted model.

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posted 07-06-2011 10:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Received mine today in Denver. Fastest transit time yet for the Bandai models I've bought from AmiAmi...couldn't have been in customs more than a day or two, even given the US holiday weekend.

Only a cursory examination so far, just to make sure everything is included and intact, but this is a beautifully crafted model. I've always been fascinated with the architecture of unmanned space probes, so this was an easy sell, especially given my satisfaction with Bandai's Saturn V/Apollo and Endeavour (I especially appreciate the inclusion of a 1:144 Hayabusa for a scale comparison with those models).

I'll also second alexbaja's caution about taking care unpacking this model...the packaging isn't complicated, but the model's got fragile features sticking out all over the place, so be gentle!

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posted 07-13-2011 01:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alexbaja   Click Here to Email alexbaja     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It seems that this model is going to be very rare outside of Japan as there was not a big response from the international market.

It is a pity as it is such a beautiful model with fine workmanship and also it has it's unique part in history.

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posted 07-13-2011 01:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by alexbaja:
It seems that this model is going to be very rare outside of Japan as there was not a big response from the International market.

Told you so.

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posted 07-13-2011 02:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alexbaja   Click Here to Email alexbaja     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yeh! But it is only the price that is shying away the international market.

Let's hope that Bandai will not shy away from doing future models.

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posted 03-21-2013 10:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
45% off from Hobby Link Japan, for those interested.

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posted 03-21-2013 01:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's on sale at Amazon as well.

A friend of mine does marketing for a large hobby manufacturer and he once told me he was baffled at releases like their Saturn V, citing it as a specific example because many people in his industry apparently use that model as a case study for marketing every now and then. Clearly it has huge mass appeal and the tooling work costs a fortune, yet they produced a small run and that's it, never to look back. He told me the profit margin is very small in such a case and wondered why a company wouldn't do a mass release of a model with such broad appeal (as, say Dragon would have). From purely capitalistic standpoint, it didn't make much sense to him. He said it was almost like Bandai did the run as a public service to boost the secondary market and not their own profits as they had to know exactly what would happen with the models once they were released.

But the lack of interest in this satellite model should tell Bandai this, but I doubt any lesson has been learned.

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posted 03-21-2013 04:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I found it hard to believe that the profit margin is small and at the same there's a limited production run. It doesn't make sense.

But Century Wings latest SR-71 model was limited to 500 copies so... (although in this case they produced other SR-71 models so the tooling was already there).

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posted 03-21-2013 04:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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From purely capitalistic standpoint, it didn't make much sense to him.
And there's your answer. Bandai is large enough to have more than just profit as a concern. It also works, like most large corporations, on building customer and brand loyalty.

Limited edition, high-end models such as those offered by Bandai under their "Otona No Chogokin" series, provide their affluent customers a product they desire and in the process make them appreciate Bandai all the more.

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posted 03-22-2013 06:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
It also works, like most large corporations, on building customer and brand loyalty.

I could understand that argument if the Hayabusa/Saturn V/Space Shuttle models were used as showcases to other space-related products (real space as opposed to imaginary, ie.sci-fi). That would make sense but other Bandai's products are a lot different, at least as far as I can tell. But I may be missing something.

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posted 04-28-2013 03:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for PeterO   Click Here to Email PeterO     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have just been setting up my Hayabusa, and I cannot get the light effects to work. Could someone with the model explain how they work?

I think the instructions tell me to use SW1, the button with the circle on it, pressing it repeatedly to get different combinations of the ion engines and radar range finder to light up. I have no idea what the other two buttons on the remote control do.

The conical instrument that protrudes above the sample return capsule can be pressed in and springs back, so it may be a switch also.

Here are scans of Page 4 and Page 5 of the instructions, showing the operation of the lights. If somebody could explain them, I would greatly appreciate it.

Thanks!

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