Millenium Falcon model in the newsstand.

Discussion in 'General modeling' started by Tonino, Dec 8, 2015.

  1. Tonino

    Tonino Member

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    Italian editor De Agostini is publishing this BIG model that will be in the newsstands for next 100 weeks!
    It's one of the many StarWars related projects to raise money from the many fans around the world.
    I just was wondering if anyone knows this model and if it was previously released under other publishers in your countries. The model looks nice but, after a rapid calculation, it isn't worth the expense: 12,99 euros for 100 weeks sounds like almost 1300 euros!!!! :eek: Are you crazy :wacky::wacky::wacky:??? Only @berszu's model -perhaps- would deserve such a valutation, and it's NOT for sale (I think)!!

    Anyone saw this thing before?

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  2. Cybergrinder

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    As you said Tonino, nice looking model, not worth the price! (gulp) Interesting that an "updated" MF (to match the Force Unleashed version - rectangular radar) is not doing the rounds yet.
  3. Tonino

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    Yes, this is the reason for I think this is some kind of reissue of a previously released production. Just to ride the wave of the StarWarsMania..
  4. Revell-Fan

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    This is in fact old news. The edition was offered a few months ago. They launched a test shot of four issues in several countries (Germany, GB and the US) and started to collect subscriptions. The number of the subsciptions decided whether the part work was continued or not. Here are some thoughts and many pictures by Ian Lawrence:

    http://www.ianlawrencemodels.com/wipdeagofalcon.html

    The lines at the bottom of the first page are the most interesting ones.

    DeAgostini has already launched many part works before and until now they have completed them all; I have their first edition Star Wars Fact File.

    So far the issues have not been continued in Germany (yet), but it was said that it will be in the near future (whatever that means ;) ).

    HOWEVER: The lack of detailing and the huge number of wrong detail is a missed opportunity. It is impressive, that's for sure. But that's only size-wise. If you are looking for THE ultimate MF model, just call Berszu. :)
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    DA has just announced that the German edition of the part work will be launched in January, FYI. :)
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    This is the part of Star Wars, (well , some of the any many many parts) that I just don't like. The scans will be up soon enough in the usual places, and this time, justifiably. If they sold one paper for $20 bucks, then O.K., but this is highway robbery, for a mediocre model. IMHO, my two cents worth.
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  7. Cybergrinder

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    To quote the Awesome Yogurt, (Sorry, just plain Yogurt), "Merchandising, it's all about the merchandising!" :fight::fight:
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    @zathros : Which scans? This is a plastic model with a metal armature and electronics. There are no paper plans to scan..! ;)
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    We are up to issue 48 in the UK, nearly half way through the build, metal frame, abs plastic hull and interior and it also includes electrics for the lights and movable ramp. The only paper in this model is the magazines. There is a facebook group devoted to the build. https://www.facebook.com/groups/BTMF.Modellers.1.43/
  10. zathros

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    ooooooohh! That's quite different. That could be quite the collectors piece and might be worth something 20 years from now, when they release the next 3 movies!!

    How come no one has posted any pictures of it? Went there with Facebook, it says "Closed Group" and showed no pictures?
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    These are photos I just took of mine, there are more completed parts as well, gun ports etc. The ramp moves with a motor, the cockpit, engines, ramp and other areas have led lights. A lot of members of that facebook group have repainted the hull. There are people designing extra parts on shapeways as well. I thought this had already been released in the US.

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  12. Tonino

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    I'm sure it can turn to a really good model with some detail and a complete repainting.
    The link posted by @Revell-Fan demonstrates this VERY well.
    But it's simply too expensive, really far beyond the value of its components. The publisher relies on the fact that those models are exclusive, that you can't find them in stores and buy them all at once. So you try the first issue, just to see... (usually it has BIG parts and a LITTLE price). Then you buy the second one... just to see another little bit ... and if you don't stop immediately you're screwed!
    I have fallen into temptation 3 times and now I have 3 huge piles of pieces waiting to be put togheter (and I JUST DON'T WANT TO REMEMBER HOW MUCH I PAID FOR THEM) so now I am very careful not to buy any "first number" of something that looks interesting... like this one! ;)
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    :D That's true! :)

    Alright, I must admit, the model DOES look good (I'm just nitpicking because of the detailing like the floor of the interior and the wall segments...). My point is, WHY the heck does nobody care to do it right, especially when there is tons of reference out there?

    So far I have seen only a handful of commercial model kits which are very carefully researched and designed AND available at a reasonable price. In fact, in the past ten years I have encountered only FOUR which are flawless and do not need any more additional detailing (the TOS Cylon Raider, the TNS Cylon Raider, the Viper Mk II and the Viper Mk VII - all from Moebius Models; these are simply perfect and can be built straight out of the box; strangely they screwed up the bridge of the TOS Galactica though which proves that they are still human :D ). Maybe I should change my nick from "Revell-Fan" to "Moebius-Man"... :cool: Well... erh... No. ;) :D

    @Tonino : Let me guess, one of the pieces in question is a big German ship from WWII and one is a big wooden ship? ;)
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  14. Tonino

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    Sorry RF! You didn't get either of them! :D

    I want to give you some clue: all of them have wheels.

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    One of those projects is already started and partly done (from a LOT of time) but lays down waiting for a new inspiration (that's taking a lot of time to arrive).

    There is also a thread here at Zealot...

    Try guessing now! ;)
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    HOLY FRAKKIN' MODELING!!! That's is impressive! :Bravo:
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    You didn't guess the other two! :wink:
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    How the hell did I miss that thread, @Tonino ???????????????
    That train is simply BRILLIANT!

    A few of the pics in the first post remind me of PinHead from the movie "Hellraiser" ...... ;)
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  18. DanBKing

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    With regards to your pic above........

    Bottom Left: Already known!

    Bottom Right: Has gotta be a drive wheel from a tank, or some other tracked vehicle...

    And the Top one: Looks like a wheel from a Sopwith Camel, or some similar aged aircraft....

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    :)
  19. Revell-Fan

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    Oh, you mean, there are three different ones? I thought they were all parts of the train... (Facepalm!)

    OK, I'd say, one of them is a tank. It looks like the wheels they put on the TOS Cylon Raider's back. ;)
  20. zathros

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    I could buy a nice old Subaru for that price!! I can't afford expenditures on such things. It has a "toy" look about it. Not for me, but I am notoriously cheap.