Well, looks like I've jumped on the bandwagon as well!
I saw this baby on eBay and bought it solely on the basis of the fact it was Japanese and it was made in the same year I was. I didn't know anything about the model series, but did some research while it was being shipped (god, customs take ages to clear anything!) and it seems like I picked up a beaut.
She's a '92 RG470 in emerald green, all the hardware is original and while she's clearly had a few knocks is structurally sound and plays really, really well. There's a few cracks at the neck pocket, but they're all just in the finish and don't extend to the wood.
Overall I'm really pleased, the no nonsense aesthetic is just what I like in guitars and as my first RG I now fully understand while people rave about them. If anybody has any more info about the early Japanese 470's I'd like to hear it.
P.S. The strings it came with looked like they'd been on there since the early Precambrian, fortunately I had a spare set of 10's and it's now tuned 1/2 a step down and sounds filthy!
I'm thinking of fixing some of the dings on the body and have heard that super glue is the thing to use. Does anybody have any experience doing this sort of thing?