2020 – A build year in review

Well, that was a year no one expected. One good thing, though, I had plenty to do during the stay-at-home recommendations (Japan never had hard enforced stay-at-home orders). So here’s what I cleared out of my storage room last year.

 

VF-31F Siegfried, piloted by Messer Ihlefeld. 1/72 scale plastic model from Hasegawa. From the Japanese animation “Macross Delta”. Completed on February 24th.

VF-31F Siegfried -A

VF-31F Siegfried -D

EVA Unit 2 and Unit 5, “Erste”. LMHG non-scale plastic kits from Bandai. From the Japanese animation “End of Evangelion”. Completed on April 26th.

Evangelion Erste-A
Evangelion Erste-D

VF-4 Lightning III, piloted by Hikaru Ichijo. 1/72 scale plastic model kit from Wave. From the Japanese animation “Macross Flashback 2012”. Completed on May 5th.

VF-4 Lightning III-A
VF-4 Lightning III-E

VF-19EF/A Isamu Special (plus), piloted by Isamu Dyson. 1/72 scale plastic kit from Hasegawa. Fold booster and missiles from Excelsus models (Wonderfest exclusives). From the Japanese animation “Macross Frontier – The Wings of Goodbye”. Completed on May 30th.

VF-19EF-A-H
VF-19EF-A-C

VF-2SS Valkyrie II, SVF-41 Black Aces. 1/72 scale resin cast kit from Musashiya. Valkyrie II design from the Japanese animation “Macross II, Lovers Again”. Black Aces livery from my imagination. Completed on June 20th.

VF-2SS Black Aces-A
VF-2SS Black Aces-E

BBY-01 Yamato. 1/1000 scale plastic model kit from Bandai. From the Japanese animation “Space Battleship Yamato 2199”. Completed on July 10th.

BBY-01 Yamato-B
BBY-01 Yamato-F

SR-71A Blackbird “Ichiban”. 1/72 scale plastic kit from Hasegawa. Completed on July 27th.

SR-71A-A
SR-71A-C

And, the monster build of the year, which took close to 5 months. VF-1S Strike Valkyrie – Ultimate Detail. 1/48 scale resin cast kit from Club M. From the Japanese animation “Macross: Do You Remember Love?”. Ground-crew is USAF support set A from Hasegawa, and the hanger was made from H Hanger parts from Wave. Completed on December 10th.

VF-1S Strike Valkyrie Ultimate Detail-A
VF-1S Strike Valkyrie Ultimate Detail-O

So, what is in store for us come 2021? Hopefully, things will start to turn back to the better. Not sure what my build year will hold, except for doing the 1/20 scale VF-1S Strike Valkyrie for my summer project. Stay tuned to see what comes!!

Macross Build- VF-1S Strike Valkyrie “Ultimate Detail”

Here it is, the final build of 2020!

VF-1S Strike Valkyrie Ultimate Detail-A

This is a VF-1S Strike Valkyrie “Ultimate Detail”. It’s a 1/48 scale resin/white metal/photo-etched parts kit from Club M. Ground-crew is USAF support staff set A from Hasegawa, and the hanger was made using 2 sets of H Hanger from Wave. This particular plane is piloted by Hikaru Ichijo, and is from the Japanese animation “Macross: Do You Remember Love?”.

VF-1S Strike Valkyrie Ultimate Detail-B

This is a pretty rare kit. I think only 500 were made, and prior to Hasegawa’s release in 2013, this was the only way to get a 1/48 scale Super/Strike Valkyrie.

VF-1S Strike Valkyrie Ultimate Detail-C

You can see why this is called “The Ultimate Detail”. I decided to build it as one side normal, the other side exposed. During the build, I noticed that Tanmen-san (who originally sculpted this kit) must have used the diagram off of the poster in the Macross Gold Book, as everything matches up perfectly.

VF-1S Strike Valkyrie Ultimate Detail-E

And this kit took some time, too! If you’re lucky enough to get one, don’t expect to bang it out over a weekend. I started on July 31st, and finally finished everything yesterday. Think I’m finished with resin kits for a while again!

VF-1S Strike Valkyrie Ultimate Detail-H

If you’ve got one of these, and are wondering why the markings are a bit different, it’s because I ordered a decal sheet from Hasegawa. All of the big black and red markings were painted by me, though.

VF-1S Strike Valkyrie Ultimate Detail-K
VF-1S Strike Valkyrie Ultimate Detail-M

Since I built it looking half taken apart, I thought it would look weird just sitting there, so I picked up a ground support staff kit from Hasegawa (USAF set A), and built a hanger using 2 H Hanger sets from Wave. Unfortunately, the Valkyrie’s landing gear struts are way too long, that’s why the people look too small, but everything is the same scale.

VF-1S Strike Valkyrie Ultimate Detail-N
VF-1S Strike Valkyrie Ultimate Detail-O

Everything was finished on December 9, 2020. See you in 2021!!

Aircraft build- SR-71A Blackbird “Ichiban”

SR-71Aブラックバード 「一番」。1/72スケール、ハセガワから。

SR-71A-A

Taking an occasional return to realworld builds, here’s an SR-71A Blackbird “Ichiban”, 1/72 scale plastic kit from Hasegawa.

SR-71A-B

Straight out of the box build, nothing fancy. However, I did use a new brand of flat black paint that just eats the light, as you can tell (no, your monitor settings are not set too dark). Bad thing about it is that it’s not as durable a paint job as I’d like, and big decals really don’t sit/set well on it. Other than that, I like it.

SR-71A-C

As there were no pilot figures, I cheated the cockpit a little, too, by tinting the canopy with clear black.

SR-71A-E

This kit was completed on July 27, 2020.

Space Battleship Yamato build- BBY-01 Yamato

さらば地球よ 旅立つ船は
宇宙戦艦ヤマト

1/1000 スケール、バンダイから。

BBY-01 Yamato-B

BBY-01 Yamato. 1/1000 scale plastic model kit from Bandai. From the Japanese animation “Space Battleship Yamato 2199”.

BBY-01 Yamato-A

Probably my second favorite anime franchise after Macross. Had a ton of the old movies on VHS, but sold them all before I moved to Japan. Right now, only have a bootleg DVD set of the 3 original series, and Blu-rays of 2199 and 2202.

BBY-01 Yamato-C

Pretty simple build. Not a lot of putty work to be done, and not many areas where glue is needed (but that didn’t stop me from using it). This particular kit is the Cosmo Reverser edition, but I didn’t use the cap on the Wave Motion gun. There’s also a detachable hanger for the Cosmo Falcons. which I also skipped, because I really didn’t feel like painting close to 20 1/1000 scale aircraft!

BBY-01 Yamato-F

I did do some of the aircraft, though. Compared to 1/1000 scale planes, a 1/72 scale pilot figure isn’t too bad.

BBY-01 Yamato-H

BBY-01 Yamato-I

BBY-01 Yamato-J

This kit was completed on July 10th, 2020.

I’ve also done an original 1/500 scale Yamato kit in the past. This was released by Bandai around the time of the original second TV series. This kit also has the honor of being the first kit I directly imporetd from Japan (actually, this is the second time I’d done this kit. First one was the first kit I had built after a break of 10~15 years, and it showed).

Yamato-A

Yamato-C

Funny how a modern kit at half the size has more details. Ah, it’s still a fun kit to build, just needs a little more TLC.

Yamato-E

I honestly can’t remember when I finished this one, but these photos were from November of 2009.

ADDENDUM Looks like Flickr changed their code for embedding photos, so they don’t link back to the source. I fixed it for the first one, so click that image to see where I have bigger pics of all.

Macross Build- VF-2SS Valkyrie II, SVF-41 Black Aces

VF-2SS バルキリーII, SVF-41 ブラックエイセス。1/72スケールレジンキット、ムサシヤから。

VF-2SS Black Aces-A

Here we have a VF-2SS Valkyrie II, SVF-41 Black Aces. 1/72 scale resin cast kit from Musashiya. Valkyrie II design from the Japanese animation “Macross II, Lovers Again”. Black Aces livery from my imagination.

VF-2SS Black Aces-B

It’s a goofy looking kit, from a goofy era of the Macross franchise, but they both grow on you over time. This particular kit is the only version in 1/72 scale.

VF-2SS Black Aces-E

Yes, the front landing gear is supposed to look like it’s almost collapsing. See all those asymmetrical panel lines on the leg? I had to rescribe them all by hand, as there was a bad casting seam right down the middle of that part that had to get sanded out.

VF-2SS Black Aces-D

The Macross II kite and SVF-41 decals were made at home, and the AA on the tail fins were done by masking tape.

VF-2SS Black Aces-G

This kit was completed on June 20th, 2020.

There’s also a Super Armored Pack that goes with this bird. I didn’t build it with this one, because I already built one in 1/100 scale.

VF-2SS - A

This is a transformable kit from Bandai. While Bandai usually makes good kits, I’ve found their Macross line to be greatly wanting. I couldn’t even get this into fighter mode properly, since the arm armor was bigger than the landing gear.

VF-2SS - C

VF-2SS - F

VF-2SS - E

This one was completed on October 26th, 2014.

Macross Build- VF-19EF/A Isamu Special (plus)

VF-19EF/A イサム・スペシャル (プラス)、1/72スケール、ハセガワから。フォルドブースタとミサイルはExcelsus Modelから。

VF-19EF-A-A

Wow, another kit done! Even though I’m getting stuff built, this COVID stay-at-home stuff still sucks ass.

Here’s a VF-19EF/A Isamu Special (plus), piloted by Isamu Dyson. 1/72 scale plastic kit from Hasegawa. Fold booster and missiles from Excelsus models (Wonderfest exclusives). From the Japanese animation “Macross Frontier – The Wings of Goodbye”.

VF-19EF-A-B

Now, when I say it’s from “Wings of Goodbye”, it’s seriously a blink and you’ll miss it cameo. It’s probably on-screen for 2 seconds or so. Still, it was a nice kit to get!

VF-19EF-A-C

The fold booster and missiles are separate Wonderfest exclusives. There’s still a ton of weapons for me to use up, so expect to see them in the future.

VF-19EF-A-D

One change I did make was with the canopy color. It should be gray, with a black front, but I think all black looks nicer. Oh, and this time I painted all of the big black markings instead of using the supplied decals. May have to keep doing that.

VF-19EF-A-F

VF-19EF-A-I

This kit was completed on May 30th, 2020.

Macross build – VF-4 Lightning III

VF-4 ライトニングIII、1/72スケール、ウェーブから。

VF-4 Lightning III-A

Back to Macross! Here’s a 1/72 scale VF-4 Lightning III, plastic kit from Wave, piloted by Hikaru Ichijo. It was featured in the Japanese animation “Macross Flashback 2012” for about 3 minutes.

VF-4 Lightning III-B

Very simple build. Damn, took me only a little over a week to complete this?? Well, I am staying home now full-time thanks to Covid-19. Good thing I’ve got a lot to keep me busy.

VF-4 Lightning III-E

If you’re looking to get into building something from Macross, but are worried about your skill level, pick up a Wave kit. They may be a little pricer, but they’re a lot more forgiving.

VF-4 Lightning III-H

VF-4 Lightning III-I

This kit was completed on May 5th, 2020.

Now, that wasn’t the only VF-4 I’ve built. Before Wave, the only way you could get a VF-4 kit was to build a resin garage kit. Which I did a while back. This here is a 1/72 scale resin kit from Musashiya. I picked the color scheme from the “This is Animation: Macross Plus” book.

VF-4 Lightning-B

VF-4 Lightning-A

VF-4 Lightning-D

VF-4 Lightning-E

This one was completed on February 27, 2010.

Mecha Build – Neon Genesis Evangelion, “Erste”

Evangelion Erste-A

EVA Unit 2 (Asuka Langley Soryu) and Eva Unit 5, non-scale LMHG plastic kits form Bandai, from the Japanese animation “Neon Genesis Evangelion : The End of Evangelion”.

Evangelion Erste-B

In the film, Asuka has 3 and a half minutes to take out 7 of the EVA Unit 5s. This is how she dispatches the first. (since she’s German, she says “erste” after defeating it) When I first saw this on DVD back in 2002, I knew I had to eventually build this scene.

Evangelion Erste-D

It was my first time trying to make flowing blood. I used a fast setting UV crafting resin, painted with Mr. Color Blood Red. I think I did OK for a first time.

Mmmmmmmm, braaaaaaaaaaains

Evangelion Erste-F

My main pieces of advice if you want to build this scene is to reinforce the back of Unit 2, and try flexing the arms, as Unit 5’s sword covers the face.

Evangelion Erste-G

These kits were completed on April 26, 2020.

ADDENDUM: I have already built the 3 main EVA units, did that before I came to Japan, so these were completed before 2004.

EVA Trio

EVA 00-A

EVA 01-A

EVA 02-A

Macross Build- VF-31F Siegfried; “Axia”

VF-31F ジークフリート 「AXIA]、1/72スケール、ハセガワから。

First completed build of 2020. Took a little longer than planned, since I had my whole family over for about 3 weeks. Here’s a VF-31F Siegfried, piloted by Messer Ihlefeld. 1/72 scale plastic model from Hasegawa. From the Japanese animation “Macross Delta”.

VF-31F Siegfried -A

Build-wise, it’s probably the easiest Macross kit Hasegawa has put out. I think I finished the primary build in about 3 days. The painting, decal placement and detail work though…

VF-31F Siegfried -C

In every Macross series, a character dies. SPOILER!!!!! Guess who dies in “Macross Delta”.

VF-31F Siegfried -F

Messer takes a beam shot from Keith Windermere during their last dogfight in the “Axia” episode of Delta. As soon as I saw that scene, I knew I had to build it. There is a multipurpose container between the legs of the Siegfried, but Messer ejected it right before he got shot due to battle damage.

VF-31F Siegfried -B

VF-31F Siegfried -D

This kit was completed on February 24, 2020.

2019 – A build year in review

Another year gone, another few kits out of the storage room, and onto the shelves. Here’s what I did this year.

RVF-25 Messiah, piloted by Luca Angelloni. 1/72 scale plastic kit by Hasegawa. From the Japanese animation “Macross Frontier”. Completed January 8th.

RVF-25-A

RVF-25-D

RVF-25-G

Schaft Enterprises Type J9 Griffon. 1/35 scale soft vinyl kit from Kaiyodo. From the Japanese animation “Mobile Police Patlabor”. Completed February 3rd.

Patlabor Griffon-F

Patlabor Griffon-C

Patlabor Griffon-H

VF-1J Super Valkyrie, GERWALK configuration. Piloted by Milia Fallyna Jenius, giving a hand up to her husband Max. 1/72 scale plastic kit from Hasegawa. From the Japanese animation “Super Dimensional Fortress Macross”. Completed April 5th.

VF-1J Super Gerwallk-A

VF-1J Super Gerwallk-C

VF-1J Super Gerwallk-I

You, pilot character from the video game “Macross Digital Mission VF-X”. Probably a 1/20 scale resin figure, from Yellow Submarine. Completed April 14th.

Digital Mission You-A

Digital Mission You-C

V8 Interceptor/Pursuit Special. 1/24 scale plastic model from Aoshima. From the motion picture “Mad Max 2:The Road Warrior”. Completed May 7th.

Mad Max Interceptor・Pursuit Special-A

Mad Max Interceptor・Pursuit Special-C

Mad Max Interceptor・Pursuit Special-H

VF-1A Super Valkyrie, piloted by Hayao Kakizaki. 1/48 scale plastic kit from Hasegawa. From the Japanese animation “Macross- Do You Remember Love?” Resin display stand cast by Mike S. Completed December 17th.

VF-1A Super Valkyrie-Kakizaki-C

VF-1A Super Valkyrie-Kakizaki-B

VF-1A Super Valkyrie-Kakizaki-J

So, there’s a huge gap between May and December where I didn’t build anything. Well, I did start working a new job in July, so that kept me busy, but I did actually build something, However, that something was an unlicensed kit. It wasn’t a bootleg of a formerly licensed kit, but since it’s not official, I won’t be doing any PR for it. Besides, this one I started not liking as I was building it, and had buyers remorse (even though I bought the kit about 5 years ago).

See you in 2020!!!