There seemed to be quite a bit of discussion on which figure to get when both the SH Figuarts and Revoltech versions were announced. Being a sucker for SH Figuarts and having been tired of the limited positions the clicky Revolver joints can assume, I naturally picked the former, which may have turned out to be a bad decision.
Today’s a rushed post because I was busy with drinking parties this past week. I got this along with the renewal Kabuto despite knowing it has no transformation gimmick.
Most of the Renewal/Shinkocchou Seihou series of SH Figuarts figures were nearly impossible to obtain, even including their re-releases, but this time I managed to snag a pre-order of the first figure of the line.
The results for the poll last week weren’t conclusive so I left this review for later as digging out the other related toys from the mess in my room was a bit of the pain.
Apologies for the delay with this week’s post. The results for the poll a few days ago ended with a tie, but the VF-1S was in the lead most of the time so I started taking photos of it. While it’s the beginning of Golden Week here in Japan, I didn’t take any leave off nor plan any trip so I’m still working on Monday and Friday. Then yesterday I was out the whole day and after midnight, went to drink and hang out with some of my Japanese colleagues until 5am.
After the embarrassing morning I woke up at 1pm just now and scrambled to do some chores before typing up this post.
Edit: This post was written some time ago and after some more research I’ve decided to overhaul this post.
The advantages of a bumperless setup are:
- Possible weight savings and lower centre of gravity
- Increased setup possibilities such as lower front rollers
- Reduced distance between front and rear rollers
- Improved adaptability with bodies that otherwise would get in the way if you wanted to install a sliding damper for instance.
However, it also has the following demerits:
- Considerable effort required
- Front rollers will have upper thrust without further work
- Possible reduction in strength especially if using FRP plates
- Increased maintenance demands to maintain the thrust angle of the front rollers
You’ll have to cut up the front of your chassis to leave behind just two mounting holes.
The front base plate will be mounted to the chassis at the two remaining screw holes.
As the underside is tapered upwards, the base plate will have an upper thrust. Without further modification, there is an increased risk of the machine going off course.
To fix this, you can either use adjuster plates or cut up some unused polycarbonate from a clear body set to wedge in between the base plate and the roller mounting plate.
The original post will be left below.