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May 30, 2006, 05:47:08 PM
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So, Mike has been prodding me about this for a few weeks, so I decided to whip up some just to see how they'd look.  What am I talking about?  Machined aluminum spikes for the Kampfer shoulder armor.  I machined them a week ago, and have just been able to take pics and post them here.  So, the big question is, is anyone interested in these guys?  They could be used not only on the Kampfer, but on the Zaku, Hi-Zack, and on the Gouf if you didn't want the curved spikes.  Anyway, enough of my babbling, here's the pics...




May 30, 2006, 05:56:55 PM
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I'm obviously interested. Especially in the prospect of losing an eye! WOOOO!!!

Would you be considering the Zaku-sized as well?

May 30, 2006, 06:12:47 PM
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I envision there being three sizes - the two sizes for the Kampfer, and then the Zaku sized ones.  That should cover most of the kits out there that have shoulder spikes (at least in MG scale)...

May 30, 2006, 07:08:02 PM
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I am very interested.  What are we talking as far as a set of 6 for the Kampfer?  I was in the process of getting up an order from you but can wait a little while.

May 30, 2006, 07:12:50 PM
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Not only am I interested for the two Kampfers and several Zakus I've got, but also a PG Zaku--should you choose to explore that option. Is there a bulk discount?

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May 30, 2006, 07:15:27 PM
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oh,machined? using the CNC(forgot the abbreviation) machine? quite a precision process i think,haha....well worth the money spent

May 30, 2006, 07:27:59 PM
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May 30, 2006, 07:34:16 PM
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count me in!

May 30, 2006, 07:51:24 PM
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Quote from: "Asmodeous"
I am very interested.  What are we talking as far as a set of 6 for the Kampfer?  I was in the process of getting up an order from you but can wait a little while.


The Kampfer only has 3 spikes and only on the left shoulder. :wink:

May 31, 2006, 03:25:03 AM
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Quote from: "neXus"
oh,machined? using the CNC(forgot the abbreviation) machine? quite a precision process i think,haha....well worth the money spent


These were not CNC machined, since I don't have access to one - just lathed them on the small lathe we have at work.  However, in bulk, I would probably have a machine shop make a run of them to save me the time and effort (and for repeatability).  As far as price goes, I have no idea yet - was just testing the waters to see the interest - which apparently there is.  If i had to guess, for a set of 3, it might be around $7 - but that's just a rough guess, and will probably be less.  Not only that, these may not be available for a few months - I'd like to release them to coincide with an event Mike and I have been planning...

May 31, 2006, 05:00:04 AM
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Quote from: "fulcy"
to coincide with an event Mike and I have been planning...


You two getting married? ;)

look nifty tho, do you ship internationally?
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May 31, 2006, 05:22:19 AM
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I am very interested.  What are we talking as far as a set of 6 for the Kampfer?  I was in the process of getting up an order from you but can wait a little while.


The Kampfer only has 3 spikes and only on the left shoulder. :wink:


Not Mine.  I have 6 total.  I never liked that one shoulder haveing just a "nub" there.  So I do in fact need 6.

May 31, 2006, 06:11:29 AM
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Hey fulcy the spikes look really nice, way better than the plastic ones.

One concern I have is the strength at the tip.  Is the aluminum strong enough such that if the Kampfer falls over and the tip of the spike lands first, would it bend?

May 31, 2006, 06:25:01 AM
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Scarylion - of course I ship internationally - as long as you pay for it ;)

MB - yeah, they are a little weak in that regard - I managed to bend one of the spikes very easily.  But, if your model falls, there's going to be other damage - especially if it falls on your cat...  :D

May 31, 2006, 06:45:35 AM
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Missed this yesterday, but I'm certainly in.
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May 31, 2006, 08:04:07 AM
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It'd be more work, but consider this:

If you have a short spike you can graft it on to a truncated base spike, or extend it with putty or similar materials. (in other words, the valuable part of the metal spike is just the sharp tip) or you can use it as-is on a smaller kit.

If you have a longer spike, you can mount it as-is on a larger kit, but it is harder to use it on a smaller kit.

I could see why you might not want to go that route, and instead focus on making the best product for the larger kits, but I thought I'd throw it out there.
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May 31, 2006, 11:40:33 AM
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I think most of us would rather avoid all the putty work to use a short spike. What's nice about these is that they'll make some of the work easier (less sanding, seams, etc) while making the overall look of the spikes better. I'm sure that if these sell well he'll consider making smaller ones for the 1/144 crowd.

May 31, 2006, 12:42:08 PM
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Everything needs cool metal spikes. I wana put cool metal spikes on everything, how do they attach?

May 31, 2006, 01:31:51 PM
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Fulcy, you said you managed to bend the spike pretty easily?  Did it come out as a clean bend, or just a kink in the end?  I'm wondering if they would be bendable into something like the Gouf Custom shoulder spikes.  What do you think?
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May 31, 2006, 01:52:52 PM
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Mike asked that too - no, it was just a kink in the end, so the tip wasn't pointy anymore...