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Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-27-2011 10:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Bandai's Hobby Department (separate from its Otona No Chogokin series) has announced a 1:10 scale "ISS Space Suit" Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) for release in September 2011.

The product is listed as a "kit" but then mentions painted parts, and given a retail price of 6300 Yen (~$80 US), is likely an assembled, painted model.

Features include:

  • LED-lit helmet lights
  • "Movable articulations"
  • Gold-plated helmet visor that opens and closes
  • Removable helmet
  • Removable SAFER and helmet cam unit
  • Pistol grip tool (PGT) included
  • Articluating Portable Foot Restraint (APFR) and stand included
Photos credit: GA Graphic

garymilgrom
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posted 06-27-2011 10:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice model. Can a 1/10 Canadarm be far behind?

alexbaja
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posted 06-27-2011 11:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alexbaja   Click Here to Email alexbaja     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very nice model, pity the visor isn't gold mirror finish.

cspg
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posted 06-27-2011 03:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Had it been gold, my purse would have hated you.

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posted 07-04-2011 11:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for flyXwire   Click Here to Email flyXwire     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It is a very nice model, though I would've preferred it in 1/6th scale.

Constellation One
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posted 08-05-2011 02:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Constellation One   Click Here to Email Constellation One     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So any preliminary thoughts on this?

As mentioned on other sites, it appears bulky. But, from the different angles I think it will pass.

Editor's note: Threads merged.

apolloprojeckt
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posted 09-22-2011 03:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I saw the first one now on eBay for $89, I will wait on the regular price of $70 and a filler tube for filling the holes in the legs and arms.

sts205cdr
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posted 09-22-2011 04:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sts205cdr   Click Here to Email sts205cdr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Didn't Soichi Noguchi's suit have the red stripes?

alexbaja
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posted 09-24-2011 02:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alexbaja   Click Here to Email alexbaja     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by alexbaja:
Very nice model, pity the visor isn't gold mirror finish.
I think our prayers have been heard. The visor seems to have been made in mirror finish.

I have ordered mine from Hobby Link Japan.

Visor Helmet

MOL
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posted 10-03-2011 07:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MOL   Click Here to Email MOL     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I received this kit last week after ordering it from HobbyLink Japan. With shipping, it came to about $75.

I put the kit together over the weekend - it took a total of about six hours. The nice thing is no glue is required, and very little painting, mainly the snoopy cap and the PGT.

There are markings on the decal sheet for several different missions, but I decided to make mine Claude Nicollier from STS-103. There are optional parts for the SAFER, but since this was a Hubble Space Telescope mission, the EVA astronauts did not wear a SAFER since they were confined to the payload bay.

It is really a great model, and well worth the money!

MOL
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posted 10-03-2011 07:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MOL   Click Here to Email MOL     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

alexbaja
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posted 10-03-2011 09:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alexbaja   Click Here to Email alexbaja     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have just picked up mine a couple of hours ago. It cost me 81 Euros in all, VAT included. It looks great just like MOL said. I particularly like the visor in gold mirror finish. It should look great near my Bandai Endeavour Shuttle.

Philip
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posted 10-03-2011 11:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Snap together or is there any glue needed?

alexbaja
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posted 10-03-2011 11:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alexbaja   Click Here to Email alexbaja     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Philip:
Snap together or is there any glue needed?
It is a snap together kit, no glue needed, as pictured here.

apolloprojeckt
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posted 10-05-2011 12:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I got today my kit, five hours work and it was done. I have make a extra nice base and the picture is complete.

Does not astronaut Dale Gardner holds up for sale sign but a Bandai astronaut in EVA with sign Sold!

See more photos here.

alexbaja
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posted 10-05-2011 01:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alexbaja   Click Here to Email alexbaja     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very well done Pascal. I am sure that this is one of your quickest assembly. How did you manage to do the base that fast?

Good luck with your work, I always find pleasure looking at your models.

apolloprojeckt
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posted 10-05-2011 02:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks alexbaja. The base is not difficult, a nice piece of tropical wood and some paint and details, and it give this model more stability, but the next one I will fill up the gap's between arm and legs, hands, for a more realer look .

alexbaja
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posted 10-05-2011 02:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alexbaja   Click Here to Email alexbaja     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My pleasure, that is a good idea filling the joints, but the model would have to be made in a fixed position.

It would be nice to make a diorama with parts of a shuttle or maybe a Canadarm etc.

apolloprojeckt
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posted 10-05-2011 03:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yep, you can all directions on now, two astronauts working on selfmade hardware, etc. etc.

GACspaceguy
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posted 10-05-2011 06:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great work, I really like the stand!

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posted 10-06-2011 03:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for K2Pete   Click Here to Email K2Pete     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That mirrored visor looks superb! I'm so glad they decided to use that one.

And have you considered using a flexible material over the joints to conceal the joints while allowing them to be adjusted? It would be shame to have to glue and fill all the joints.

Thanx for the pix!

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