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Cool, thanks. I got a bit carried away and already put in an order! Was for just under £15 though so should be okay. Neo Zeong (SD version), on the way!!!

Also my first proper kit arrived today :omg: , previously have just done a couple of SDs.

Spent the last couple of hours doing two feet and one leg of the Real Grade RX-78-2. Really impressed with how detailed it all is.

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I may also have accidentally ordered 2 more RG kits, oops!

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Don't think of it as a pile of shame but more as a buffer against the slow and unpredictable delivery times from the far east!

(I've already got a pile of 5 SD sets waiting to be built. Some are a bit basic though so will need painting in order to look decent and I'm not yet at the ready to paint stage.)

Will be sticking to more recent sets in future as they tend to be of a higher quality.

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Didn't have much spare time over the weekend so only got as far as doing the torso:

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Also the gold stickers on the chest vents took ages, and you can see that one of them is a bit wonky!

Where did you order the PG kit from? Think I'm still a long way from being up to that level

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Wow, that's massive!

Since finishing my RG RX78-2 i've made up a second RG kit, the pink Zaku II; an SD Unicorn Gundam and the brown Beargguy. The Beargguy is so cute but unfortunately has quite a few nub marks.

Also I had my first snapped part but some Humbrol liquid poly seemed to fix it up pretty good

Need to get round to doing all the tiny stickers on the RGs so I can post pics.

Not sure what kit to build next. Have one more RG in the pile, the recently released Z'Gok, so will probably do that plus a couple of the SDs before moving onto the MG.

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Yep. My one (previous page) only had the nubs buffed out a bit with sandpaper. Where you can see thin black lines, that's a fine pen for panel lining, and any bits of colour in little specks tend to be stickers. And that's it, the rest is just snipping the bits out and clipping them together.

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I haven't built any kits for ages and wanted to try out a few RG kits and was wondering where people usually order from.

I was looking through HLJ and the prices look okay (~2000 Yen each). What're the chances of getting hit for customs? Would it work out better to order them together or separately to be below the tax threshold?

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Sorry, have not ordered from them. If it helps the seller "nidolz" does mark down and as a gift in my experience (2 orders, about a year ago) and packs well too but they are charging a couple of quid more

Out of stock at the moment but hobby search have it for just over £11 plus postage, probably about £4 for SAL. They mark full value but as a gift and send items well packaged. I've used them several times without issue when ordering below the gift limit (£36)

http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10261890

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I've got a reply back asking if they would deduct the actual postage cost when declaring customs and they've said this:

'I will follow your instruction. As for this item, I will owe your VAT(custom charge) in case you had to pay it.'

I think that means they're ok??

I'm still not sure it's worth ordering from eBay but I was just looking at the prices of different places, I have an RG Wing Gundam Zero Custom coming from HLJ and an RG Skygrasper from AmiAmi. I think AmiAmi looks the cheapest but obviously don't have the stock of HLJ.

Do hobby search actually mark packages as gifts? If I knew for sure then it'll probably make it worth an order, otherwise I'm better off ordering single kits and coming in below the £15 limit.

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Not sure f you chaps are interests but I've just ordered the Vita version of Gundam Breakers 2, which is a game based on scrapping Gunlpla. Looks great, there's a PS3 version of this and the prequel too :)

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I've got a reply back asking if they would deduct the actual postage cost when declaring customs and they've said this:

'I will follow your instruction. As for this item, I will owe your VAT(custom charge) in case you had to pay it.'

I think that means they're ok??

I'm still not sure it's worth ordering from eBay but I was just looking at the prices of different places, I have an RG Wing Gundam Zero Custom coming from HLJ and an RG Skygrasper from AmiAmi. I think AmiAmi looks the cheapest but obviously don't have the stock of HLJ.

Do hobby search actually mark packages as gifts? If I knew for sure then it'll probably make it worth an order, otherwise I'm better off ordering single kits and coming in below the £15 limit.

Hobby Search always in my experience mark as a full value gift. Have probably ordered from them 6 to 8 times so far and I always also stick to orders that are small enough to fit into their SAL postage. My orders typically take 3 weeks to arrive.

HLJ always mark full value and NOT a gift.

The best site I've found for customs avoidance so far is plamoya.com. Again I stick with SAL small packet and SAL parcels orders so the following may not apply to orders shipped EMS.

Everything has been sent with full value on it but also marked as "commercial sample, no value", I'm 8 from 8 on avoidance at the moment with most orders being well over the customs and gift limits. (My current £90 order is now totally going to get stung!!).

Their prices range from pretty good to a bit expensive and the postage can cost quite a bit too. Also worth noting that they only accept payment in yen via paypal so that adds to the cost a bit too. To offset this they do send 5% off next purchase vouchers a couple of weeks after every order and these are valid for a couple of weeks.

Their packing is all strong boxes and orders typically take 3 weeks to arrive. Link to their RG Gundams, Exia is OoS unfortunately.

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Thanks for the tips!

It's a shame that most of the sites don't have a full selection of the kits that I want so it looks like I'd just end up making separate orders or buying random kits!

~£15 seems to be the price for individually shipped RG kits though so it's not so bad.

Oh and by the way, the Exia was just the cheapest RG kit I found on eBay, it's not something that I'm desperate to get (that's probably the RG Zeta Gundam ;) )

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The best site I've found for customs avoidance so far is plamoya.com. Again I stick with SAL small packet and SAL parcels orders so the following may not apply to orders shipped EMS.

Everything has been sent with full value on it but also marked as "commercial sample, no value", I'm 8 from 8 on avoidance at the moment with most orders being well over the customs and gift limits. (My current £90 order is now totally going to get stung!!).

As predicted I totally got caught this time, over £30 including the admin charge! They had stuck an invoice on the side saying "sample, no value" but forgot to check the corresponding box on the declaration form :doh:

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