2017 – A build year in review

Happy 2018! Let’s take a look back at what I built during 2017.

VF-22 Sturmvogel II, with FAST packs. 1/72 scale slightly modified resin cast kit of a YF-21, from Club M. From the same timeline as the Japanese animation “Macross 7” and “Macross Plus”. Finished on January 4th.

VF-22 Sturmvogel II-A

Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II, a.k.a. “Warthog”. 1/48 scale plastic kit from Tamiya. Finished on February 21st.


VF-1S Valkyrie, TV Version, piloted by Roy Focker. 1/48 scale plastic model kit from Hasegawa. Also used the Hasegawa P.E. set, and Weapons Set. From the Japanese animation “Superdemensional Fortress Macross”. Finished on April 14th.

VF-1S Valkyrie TV-A

SVF-41 “Black Aces” VF-19 Excalibur, with FAST packs. 1/72 scale plastic model kit from Hasegawa. From the same timeline as the Japanese animation “Macross Plus” and “Macross 7”. Finished on May 7th.

VF-19 Black Aces-A

ES-11D Cat’s Eye. 1/72 scale resin kit from Tanmen. From the Japanese animation “Super Dimensional Fortress Macross”. Finished on June 3rd.


Tachikoma. 1/24 scale plastic kit from Wave. From the Japanese animation “Ghost In the Shell – S.A.C. 2nd Gig”. Finished on June 10th.


VF-25G Messiah, with Fold Speakers. Piloted by Michael Blanc (sometimes know as Michele), with Ranka Lee in the backseat. 1/72 scale plastic model kit from Hasegawa. From the Japanese animation “Macross Frontier”. Finished on July 31st.


Grumman F-14A Tomcat, with livery from VF-101 “Grim Reapers”. 1/32 scale plastic model from Tamiya. Finished on October 7th.


VF-0A Phoenix, Battroid configuration. 1/72 scale plastic kit from Hasegawa. From the Japanese animation “Macross Zero”. Finished on November 15th.

VF-0A Battroid-A

I’ve figured it out that IF I can complete a one kit a month, and IF I don’t buy anything else, I’ll finished my waiting kits in about 4 years (two very big if’s). So, plenty more to come for 2018. See you then!!!


Macross Build – VF-0A Phoenix Battroid

VF-0A フェニックス バトロイド。1/72スケール、ハセガワから。

Back to Macross, and back to the beginning of Macross. Here’s a 1/72 scale VF-0A Phoenix, in Battroid configuration. From the Japanese animation “Macross Zero”, kit from Hasegawa.

VF-0A Battroid-A

This here is a non-hero mech, commonly referred to as a “cannon fodder” model. Sometimes, you gotta show love for the unnamed folk.

VF-0A Battroid-B

Nothing special done with this build, just a straight OBB. EDIT- Nope, I take that back. On the chest, where the air-brake is, I drilled out the holes instead of painting them black.

VF-0A Battroid-D

Showing the size difference between a VF-0 and a VF-1.

VF-0A Battroid-F

This kit was completed on November 14th, 2017.

Aircraft Build – F-14A Tomcat, VF-101 “Grim Reapers”

F-14A トムキャット VF-101 グリムリーパーズ。 1/32スケール、タミヤから。


OK, this one took me a while! Went back into “real world” for an F-14A Tomcat, with livery from VF-101 “Grim Reapers” squadron. 1/32 scale plastic kit from Tamiya.


This was a straight up, out of the box build. Only modification I did was changing out the decals with the Grim Reapers set from Fighter Town decals. No other addition aftermarket parts were used.



Only real trouble I had came at the end. For some reason, I just could not get the clear canopy part to fit into the frame properly, so of course the frame doesn’t fit onto the kit properly. Oh well, you can always cover up building mistakes with proper photography!



Kit was completed on October 6th, 2017.

Macross Build – VF-25G w/Fold Speakers

VF-25Gメサイア w/フォールドスピーカー  1/72スケール、ハセガワから

Back to Macross! Here is a VF-25G Messiah, with Fold Speakers, piloted by Michael Blanc (sometimes know as Michele), with Ranka Lee in the backseat. 1/72 scale plastic model kit from Hasegawa. From the Japanese animation “Macross Frontier”.


Took me a little longer to build this one, for some reason. No real troubles, though I did take a vacation back to America during the build.


I think Hasegawa redid the decals for this kit. I remember the ones on the VF-25F/S being really difficult to work with. These I really didn’t have a problem with.


Specifically, this set-up is from Episode 12, Fastest Delivery. The N.U.N.S. 33rd Naval/Marine Zentradi Fleet at planet Galia 4 start to mutiny when Sheryl Nome has to cancel a concert, so they emergency fold Ranka Lee to the planet in the back of Michele’s Messiah, equipped with the Fold Speakers. And you thought YOUR car stereo set-up was impressive!


I also lost Michele’s head right when I was finishing the build. Accidentally picked it up with tweezers (I had unknowingly set the tweezers down over his head), and heard something go flying off into one of the corners of my build room. I also have a VF-25G Super Messiah kit, so I stole the head from that. When I get around to building that, it’ll just have to be pilot-less.



This kit was completed on July 31st, 2017.

Mecha Build – Tachikoma

タチコマ 1/24スケール ウェーブから

Up next is a Tachikoma. This is a 1/24 scale plastic kit from Wave. It’s from the Japanese animation “Ghost In the Shell – S.A.C. 2nd Gig”.


And I can’t believe how fast I got this kit out. Only 1 week?!? Well, that says a lot about the type of kit Wave puts out. Little simpler construction, but the finished product still looks nice.


The blue was a combination of cobalt blue and regular blue, with some white and purple thrown in. The shiny bits are Alclad chrome, over a gloss black base.


These are probably my favorite characters in GITS. Spoiling here (but it is an older series now), but if you weren’t moved at the end of 2nd Gig, when they sacrifice their AI/consciousness satellite to save everyone, you’re a cold, hard person!


Talking with Christine about the merits of sentient machines.


Kit was finished on June 10th, 2017.

Macross Build – ES-11D Cat’s Eye

ES-11D キャッツ・アイ 1/72スケールレジンキット タンメンモデルから。

Another Macross build complete. And not a fighter for once! This here is an ES-11D Cat’s Eye, from the Japanese animation “Super Dimensional Fortress Macross”. The kit is a 1/72 scale resin model from Tanmen Models.


If you build garage kits, you may recognize that name. Tanmen did some of the Macross sculpts for Club M a while back. This kit came from when he tried to branch out on his own. I think it’s one of the final Macross kits he ever sculpted.



Pretty typical garage kit. Some pinholes to fix, some warped bits to straighten, some major gaps to fill. I still like the challenge of a GK, though, even though I can never get the canopy parts to fit properly, no matter how many times I try! The display stand was included in the kit, though the decals were extras I had. The original ones were a little roached.



Kit was completed on June 3rd, 2017.

Macross Build-SVF-41 Black Aces VF-19 Excalibur with FAST packs

SVF-41ブラックエイセス  VF-19エクスカリバー w/ファストパック 1/72スケール、ハセガワから

Macross build #50 complete!! And it only took about 17 years to get there!

VF-19 Black Aces-A

This is a 1/72 scale plastic model kit, from Hasegawa. VF-19 Excalibur, with FAST packs, from the squadron SVF-41 “Black Aces”, from the same timeline as “Macross 7” and “Macross Plus”.

VF-19 Black Aces-B

Again, this is a kit that doesn’t officially exist (I’ve been doing that a lot lately!) The main kit is the SVF-569 Lightnings with High Maneuver Missiles VF-19 kit. If you’re wondering why I didn’t just go ahead and do the Lightnings scheme, it’s that I’ve already built one in 1/48 scale.  I kept back the missiles for another project, used some of the leftover Black Aces decals I had from Hasegawa’s previous VF-1 kit, and ordered the FAST packs from the VF-19EF/A kit (sprue SH). Also used a PE set from Jasmine Models. I like using their stuff, but sometimes their directions are as clear as mud, and cause more troubles that they’re worth.

VF-19 Black Aces-D

VF-19 Black Aces-E

VF-19 Black Aces-G

The 50th Macross kit I’ve completed was completed on May 7, 2017.