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    Metal 'Detail Up' Parts Sizes and Questions for 144 Scale Kits

    Hi all, I'm thinking of adding some metal detail up parts to my next HG kit, Im looking at adding little 'minus' type bolt screws to the armour, as well as ball bearings/metal beads, however I've never done this before and i don't know which size will work best, I've ordered some photo etched decals but they come in different sizes per pack so i can experiment, if anyone has experience with the ball bearings/metal detail parts on 144 scale kits please let me know.

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    The smallest size i can find of the 'minus' type bolt screws is 1.1mm, which I'm worried will look a bit bulky on a real grade kit, the ball bearings i can find in a lot of sizes, i was thinking of going around 0.5-0.8mm but need second opinions on this
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    Re: Metal 'Detail Up' Parts Sizes and Questions for 144 Scale Kits

    where have you looked for these items? I know HiQ parts makes many different types in assorted sizes. I think there's another company that also make detail-up parts, but I can't remember the name right now.

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    Re: Metal 'Detail Up' Parts Sizes and Questions for 144 Scale Kits

    Okay I managed to work it out based on looking at the 'metal part kits' for specific kits like sazabi etc..

    https://enlly.taobao.com/category-50...C4%D4%EC%BC%FE


    Hope this helps someone along the way because took me a long time to gather those links. Happy building.
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    How to buy cheap and rare Gundam parts and kits (Taobao)

    Starting this thread for anyone thats interested in using Taobao to find cheap/rare Gundam kits/resin kits/upgrade parts.
    Basically, Taobao is like the Chinese version of eBay, not really intended for people outside of China, but ordering from there is pretty easy, you just use a 'forwarder'.. basically like HLJ's private warehouse, but with a separate company. You pick your own shipping method (DHL is the best but not the cheapest), and the forwarder charges a handling fee to store/post your items (5% for the one i use, Basetao), you can order stuff from different Taobao stores and get it all shipped to you in one package, so its usually best to save items for one big shipment (just like Hobbylink Japan Private Warehouse). 5% fee sounds like a lot, but the stuff on the site is so ridiculously cheap compared to eBay resellers etc that ordering enough means you save a fair bit of money, even with shipping, but the other reason i personally like it is i can find stuff that i can't find anywhere else.. HIQ decals, P-bandai kits, resin kits, hard-to-find modelling tools. Personally I use google translate to search for stuff, or just translate pages using the google Chrome browser, but once I'm 'inside' a hobby-specific store, i'll generally just explore everything they have, i usually find something i didn't even know i wanted until seeing it.

    So heres a list of stores that I've found useful, there are a lot more, but if you're looking to get started on Taobao, these are some good places to start:

    Resin kits: (I haven't personally ordered a resin kit from them, Ive used this store, but only to buy HIQ decals - which are amazing by the way - but I will be buying the Infinite Dimensions Sazabi resin from them when the time comes):
    https://aquarius-hs.taobao.com/categ...B8%C4%BC%FE#bd

    HIQ Decals: (these are from the same store as the resin kits, these Decals are generic caution decals, they are RIDICULOUSLY clear and precise, even in 144th scale, there are no random squiggles and lines, all letters, hence the price, better than Bandai imo):
    https://aquarius-hs.taobao.com/categ...CB%AE%CC%F9#bd

    Generic Decals: (nothing wrong with them, just not as nice as HIQ decals, for about 1 you can't complain..):
    https://enlly.taobao.com/category-13...CC%F9%D6%BD#bd

    Large Hobby Store: (this store has everything, photo etched parts, resin kits, decals, metal parts, whatever you can think of, to explore it though you'll need to use Google Chrome to translate, they have a lot of Gunpla related stuff but also Military type stuff too):
    https://shop33222852.world.taobao.co...5cf58c36IYcooG

    Photo-etched Parts: (i have a bunch of these and they're great):
    https://world.taobao.com/item/397971...?fromSite=main

    Bunch of airbrushes: (Ive bought the Mr Hobby PS-289 from them for way cheaper than in the UK, just waiting for a couple more things to arrive before i get it shipped, not all of the airbrushes are cheaper though, just gotta research, the Mr hobby ones tend to be good deals compared to US/UK prices):
    https://enlly.taobao.com/category-69...B1%CA%A1%BF#bd

    Metal Detail Parts: (Ive literally paid 5x this on eBay for some of these exact same items in the past):
    https://enlly.taobao.com/category-50...C4%D4%EC%BC%FE

    Plastic detail Parts: (I need to get some of these myself, less than 1 per set is insane, especially for the Kotobukiya brand):
    https://world.taobao.com/item/555476...?fromSite=main

    The infamous 'ZXL' chisels:
    https://world.taobao.com/item/134436...?fromSite=main

    Other stuff you can get: All sorts of tools, sanding sponges etc, BMC/Madworks chisels, Godhand tools, LED units, aftermarket parts for kits, a 1/144 Deep Striker (let me know if you want the link for that), the list goes on.

    For P-Bandai kits just try searching what you're looking for really, "RG Astraea" is one that I'm interested in and they have a lot of those, just don't include any english besides PG/RG/MG and the name of the kit obviously, lucky for us Japan thinks having the Gundam names in English is cool hehe.

    Ive currently got a big order I'm saving up from them, which includes a Mr Hobby airbrush and some Madworks chisels which I'm excited for because i hate the Tamiya Scriber i have, if anyone has any questions let me know.

    If you know of any cool Taobao stores link them, i didn't put everything i've found but after some exploration and getting used to the site most should be fine finding what they're looking for.

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    P.S: Using a 'forwarder' service:
    It is worth noting that you don't even need a Taobao account to order from Taobao, although I've made one though because they sometimes make you sign in if you keep going through there pages rapidly, the Taobao store owners don't usually speak English but most of the forwarding services do, if i have questions about a product i ask the forwarder to ask the seller, (I use Basetao, they're great but no idea if they're good for U.S, I'm in the UK), they usually get back to me within the day, in my experience the customer service has been excellent, they send you pictures of everything you've ordered once its arrived so you can check the quality/its all there, there are a lot of forwarder companies, do your research before choosing one, Basetao is a big company and popular so i had no worries using them from the start and have always been impressed with their service.
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    Re: How to buy cheap and rare Gundam parts and kits (Taobao)

    What if you don't read Chinese? I'm looking for a few parts to a PG but the whole I don't know what they are saying is a bit of an issue.



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    Re: How to buy cheap and rare Gundam parts and kits (Taobao)

    Google translate. What are you looking for?

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    Re: How to buy cheap and rare Gundam parts and kits (Taobao)

    Quote Originally Posted by gundammonkey View Post
    What if you don't read Chinese? I'm looking for a few parts to a PG but the whole I don't know what they are saying is a bit of an issue.
    No sarcasm intended here, but i dunno if you knew, you can usually get extensions (like in Chrome/Safari, etc) that will auto ask you if you want something translated if it detects another language. Works well for me, mostly. Some text wont format, dunno why, but for the most part, it works well.

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    Question Metal Parts

    How do I find out what metal upgrade parts are available for certain kits?
    Thanks.

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    Re: Metal Parts

    Quote Originally Posted by Dale View Post
    How do I find out what metal upgrade parts are available for certain kits?
    Thanks.

    Type in the kit your looking for into eBay's search. For example.

    Mg zaku 2.0 metal parts.

    There isn't a lot of metal parts available for specific kits.


 

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