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Old 06-11-2013, 06:47 AM   #1
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Default Revoltech Mole - due Feb 2014

Revoltech are bringing out a new toy/model of the Mole in February next year.

http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10249955
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Old 08-11-2013, 09:37 AM   #2
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I can't get onto the site - says a 500 error, whatever that is

Did a Google image search and it looks terrific - 7" long with movable tracks and wheels, and no gimmicks like buttons or wheels in the wrong place.
Have to get one of these

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Old 08-11-2013, 02:37 PM   #3
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Linked worked great for me (using the Chrome browser). Looks like a very nice replica at a good price- even though I have the Aoshima's upgraded 1/72 kit (with motors , I am seriously think about this one as well...
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Old 08-11-2013, 03:46 PM   #4
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looks to be pretty close to 1/144th scale so it should sit nicely alongside existing models ... the Aoshima TB1 & the Takara 1/144th collection for example.
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Old 08-11-2013, 09:10 PM   #5
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I have the Aoshima 1/72 kit too, but will try to get this.
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Old 10-11-2013, 12:47 AM   #6
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It also demonstrates how The Mole is placed back onto it's launch rails.
Now boys and girls we all know how International Rescue recovers it's
most valuable vehicles when they have done their jobs.
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Old 11-11-2013, 12:24 PM   #7
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Our county government started an ill-advised sewer expansion under a protected waterway to benefit a couple of developers. After spending millions of dollars the project finally got halted, officials responsive are now serving jail time but they had to abandon the million dollar drilling machine in place underneath the ground becuase it had no reverse gear. Once it started it could only go forward until it was finished.

Gerry Anderson had all this worked out long ago and did anybody pay attention?
NOOOO!
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Old 11-11-2013, 12:35 PM   #8
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Good thing about this is that the chassis can be used for the Firefly, Recovery Vehicles, etc...
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Old 12-11-2013, 12:28 PM   #9
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Build a bunch of top shells and swap out the chassis between them for new dispalys- I love it!
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Old 13-11-2013, 09:14 AM   #10
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I'm amazed Aoshima haven't done this with the 1/72 Mole... They've already done the hard bit.
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Old 07-12-2013, 03:42 PM   #11
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I've not seen an Aoshima Mole but it sounds like a big kit. A bit too big for me.
I have the Taito Mole which is 3 inches bigger than this new Revoltech model at 10 inches but with simpler detailing. I prefer the size of the Taito model but the extra moving parts and detailing of the Revoltech is very appealing.
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Old 03-04-2014, 12:44 PM   #12
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Although this was supposed to be in stock in Feburary, it is still listed as a pressale on the site.
I went ahead and placed an order of one when they come in- I just love the level of detail in this replica. Since I have a family now and little time for building I figure good replicas will help fill the shelves until I can build up the model kits...
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Old 04-04-2014, 01:51 PM   #13
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UPDATE-
I just got the "In stock, pay now" notice for this.
It will take a week or two to arrive, when it does I will post a quick review here.
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Old 04-04-2014, 02:07 PM   #14
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I'm off to Japan for a holiday next month so I'll try to pick one up there... Yodabashi Camera are good for Revoltechs.
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Old 06-04-2014, 09:19 AM   #15
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Wow TV21 its a wonder you are not taking orders - you're gonna need a bigger case
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Old 28-04-2014, 12:54 PM   #16
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Disappointing.

Pluses:
Reasonable accuracy in proportions, nice finish on the drill, 'mud' weathering on carrier tracks & wheels. With some extra finishing it can be a good replica.

Minuses:
It is small, the main body is about an inch, carrier flimsy and will not square up with the tilting frame when in down position. I have not figured out how to do the 180 degree swing around with out causing a problem with the hydraulic piston.

Summery:
Makes me wish Product Enterprises had made this- it is OK but not as good as the photos imply. If you have limited funds save them and get the Aoshima 1/72 model kit instead.
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Old 29-04-2014, 01:54 AM   #17
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Thanks for the quick review RB. I'm sure there will be many others as disappointed as I am that this version may not live up to the antisipation it generated.

I'll just stick with the Aoshima 1/72 model then as advised.
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Old 26-12-2014, 03:00 AM   #18
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Hi guys! Doug here.

The tracks on this do not roll! The wheels inside can be positioned, if it is on uneven surfaces. But I almost broke it trying to roll it forward. No, this is no toy. I am impressed with the detailing.

The Mole slides off the carriage, and the carriage of course tilts. Not bad for $40!

Doug
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