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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2018 7:11 pm 
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2018 9:38 pm 

Service Number: A05/TQ2.0.32141E1
Country: United States
Looks great!

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2018 11:36 pm 

Location: DKM Bismarck
Service Number: A27/TQ4.0.48215E9
Country: Germany
Very impressive amount of skill...!
I like it...


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:18 am 
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Location: USS FREEMONT
Service Number: A05/TQ2.0.92155E1
Country: United States
Love it!


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 11:46 pm 
Thanks guys. :)

I know the seats look a little wide compared to the full-scale set but I have to err on the side of caution until I know how wide the official figures are.

These two seats are a test guide to see how they look in situ. I'll concentrate on other areas until I have better info (and a figure or two).


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2018 4:29 pm 
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Location: Active duty: USS Catalpa
Service Number: AO3/TQ6.0.79749E8
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Which figures are you planning on manning it....the old Hot Toys or the new HIYA figures?

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2018 7:16 pm 
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Which figures are you planning on manning it....the old Hot Toys or the new HIYA figures?


I'm hopefully getting a couple of the old Hot Toys series to try out. It probably won't matter which I choose in the end since there'll be some customising needed on almost all of them to represent the full crew.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2018 3:59 pm 
As I work through builds like this and gather reference I'm constantly amazed when I dig up new facts like the following:

The donor vehicle for the APC, the ATT77, was manufactured in Hunslet, Leeds (UK). I was born in Leeds and lived a couple of miles away from that facility. When I was growing up in the sixties and seventies my father was a contract steel fabricator working in that area and may well have worked on that vehicle. Sadly he passed away decades ago so I'll never know for sure.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:01 pm 
Well, I got a couple of Hiya Toys 1:18 scale Colonial Marines from my son for my birthday so here's Hicks!

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"I like to keep this handy, for close encounters."

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"Somebody wake up Hicks."

Sadly Hudson had to be returned to medical - his right leg won't attach properly. Hopefully he'll be back with us soon.

Overall these guys are 'OK'. I actually think I can do at least as good (and definitely more robust) figures using existing 3.75 in (1:18) custom jobs.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:12 pm 
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Heck yeah!!!


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2018 4:27 pm 

Location: ATX
Country: United States
What's the rating on those seat springs? Are those screen accurate? :P

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What's the rating on those seat springs? Are those screen accurate? :P


Hah - yeah, I always thought they looked a little 'iffy' but they're definitely legit. I'm torn between being faithful to the set and compromising with some kind of better looking piston/dampener instead. We'll see which way it goes. :)


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 7:05 pm 
Looks like Hiya Toys are shipping their APCs if this pic from their FaceBook page is correct!

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I'd better get cracking with mine. :)


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2019 3:55 pm 
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Is there a higher res version of this photo so we can see if the writing on the boxes say something to that effect?

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Is there a higher res version of this photo so we can see if the writing on the boxes say something to that effect?


Sorry I didn't reply to this earlier Bob,

This is the highest res I could find. It does include the text from Hiya Toys though. :)

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