Macross Build – RVF-25 Messiah


First build of 2019! An RVF-25 Messiah, piloted by Luca Angelloni. 1/72 scale plastic kit by Hasegawa. From the Japanese animation “Macross Frontier”.


The green shades were mixed by scratch following the instructions sheet. You had to mix white, cyan, and yellow. Hooray for math and remembering how to do dilutions and ratios!


Nothing much else to say about this, only that I started in back in September, and have no idea why it took me so long to finish.


Luca does have 3 Ghosts that he flies with, but they’re not included in the Hasegawa kit.




Here’s to hoping I can build more than 4 kits this year…

This was completed on January 8th, 2019.


2018 – A (slow) build year in review.

Well, 2018 is over, and man, I was not productive at all! Well, I’m going to Japanese school full-time, so between classes and study (and a model that fought me every step of the way), I just didn’t have much time to build this year. Anyway, here’s what I did build:

VF-1S Strike Valkyrie, SVF-101 “Grim Reapers”. 1/72 scale resin cast model kit, from Yellow Submarine/Club M. This is the kit that fought me every step of the way, and made me swear off of resin kits for the rest of the year! Finished on March 6, 2018.

VF-1S Strike Valkyrie Grim Reapers-F

VF-1S Strike Valkyrie Grim Reapers-D

VF-1S Strike Valkyrie Grim Reapers-G

The SDF-1 Macross, television series version. 1/5000 scale plastic model from Imai. Finished on April 7, 2018.




MechatroWeGo, done up like a VF-1J Super Valkyrie. 1/20 scale plastic kit from Hasegawa, with FAST pack from a 1/72 Bandai Macross kit. Finished on May 27, 2018.

Mechatro VF-1J-A

Mechatro VF-1J-C

Mechatro VF-1J-G

VF-11D Thunderbolt. 1/72 scale plastic model from Hasegawa, resin cast weapons from the Club M kit. Finished on August 22, 2018.




Here’s to hoping I can build more than 4 kits in 2019!!!

Dual Macross Builds: VF-11D Thunderbolt and VT-11 Emu

Something new, something old. Since both of these are based off the same kit, and I haven’t done an entry on the older one, here they both are.

Both are based off of the VF-11D Thunder Focus kit (1/72 scale) put out by Hasegawa for “Macross the Ride”. This is one of those kits that I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone build the way it should be!


“MtR” was a visual novel type of thing, detailing an air-race set in the Macross universe, with everyone flying various modified VF’s. The Thunder Focus was a camera chaser for the races, I believe.


I bought an extra set of VF-11B decals, and gunpod though Hasegawa, and the weapons are from the Club M resin cast VF-11 kit.




Now, the VT-11 Emu is a made up designation of my own. In “Macross Plus”, you can briefly see a VF-17 Nightmare done up in training colors, but I thought that was a waste of stealth technology. so I made this one. I was keeping up the tradition of naming training aircraft after large, flightless birds.

VT-11 Emu-A

VT-11 Emu-C

VT-11 Emu-D

VT-11 Emu-F

VF-11D Thunderbolt was completed on August 22, 2018.

VT-11 Emu was completed on April 17, 2016.

Macross build?? VF-1J Super MechatroWeGo

VF-1J スーパーメカトロウィーゴ

Mechatro VF-1J-A

Say what now?? Here’s a little something I did for fun. It’s a 1/20 scale MechatroWeGo kit from Hasegawa, with VF-1J Super Parts from an old Bandai kit added on. I was inspired to make this after seeing pictures of Hidetaka Tenjin (Macross artist) and Nozomi Nishida (voice actress) playing around with prototype FAST packs from the upcoming 1/20 scale VF-1 kit.

Mechatro VF-1J-C

Mechatro VF-1J-E

I love these kits. They’re cute, and very modifiable!

Mechatro VF-1J-F

Mechatro VF-1J-G

This kit was completed on May 27, 2018.

Macross modeling group – VF-1 Riders

I basically re-wrote this post. When I got home from Shizuoka, I was in a hurry to get the pics up on-line, and I didn’t spend much time on specifics. Changed that now.

Every year, there’s a huge hobby show held in Shizuoka, Japan. In fact, it’s the biggest in the country (70,000 estimated visitors). Two big exhibition halls at Twin Messe get taken over for a few days in May, one hall for the hobby companies to show off what they’ve got coming, and the other for various modeling groups to show off what they can do. Since the 2001 show, there’s a group who LOVE Macross called the VF-1 Riders who have had a display. I first participated with them in 2016, so this was my second time joining them. They’re a “loose confederation” of builders. No meetings, or club hall, or anything like that. In fact, I think Shizuoka is the only time we all get together! Occasionally, they’ll plan a theme for the display, but most times it’s just bring what you find interesting. Only rules are
1. No bootlegs, pirated, recasts, or unlicensed kits. Now, if you made a full scratch-built Macross kit for just yourself, that’s OK
2. No 1/20 scale VF-1 kits. There’s just not enough room for those beasts! However, just a detailed cockpit is OK.

If you want to join, all you need to do is introduce yourself to a member, sign up, and have fun!

Now, onto what we built for the 2018 show (apologies that I can’t remember exactly who built what!)


VF-11 Thunderbolt006


VF-11 Thunderbolt007


VF-19 Excalibur with FAST packs (mine)009


VF-19A E/F010


VF-1 Valkyrie008


VF-25 Messiah011


VF-31A Kairos012


VF-1A Valkyrie – Gerwalk (mine. Gunpod broke on the way from Sapporo, and the repair work glue just would not stick before the show)013


VF-0S Phoenix – Reactive Armored Battroid014


VF-0S Phoenix – Gerwalk (this is actually a kit-bash of a fighter and battroid kit)015




VF-25 with Fold Booster and FAST packs017


VF-22S Sturmvogel II – Max018


VF-22S Sturmvogel II – Miria019


SV-262 Draken III020


Next 2 are the VF-1EX Training Valkyrie021022


VF-31J Siegfried writing tool. It’s a functional pen/pencil/fountain pen/touch pen.023


SV-262 Drakken III Battroid, with Lil Drakens024


VF-0A Phoenix Battroid (mine)025


Sharon Apple (just like my shirt says). 1/144 scale scratch build.026


SDF-1 Macross, on South Ataria Island027


SDF-1 Macross, TV Version (mine)028


VF-1J Valkyrie Battroid029


VF-1S Strike Valkyrie030


Wave had just released a VF-4 kit last month, and someone joked that we should have called ourselves the VF-4 Riders this year. All the following are VF-4 Lightning III’s.031032033034035036037


I don’t know when I’ll get a chance to join them again, but it will happen!!


All of these photo’s were taken on Saturday, May 12, 2018.

Macross build – SDF-1 Macross, TV Version

SDF-1 マクロス。1/5000スケール、イマイから。


Here she is, the star of the show. The SDF-1 Macross, TV version. This is a 1/5000 scale plastic kit from Imai. From the Japanese animation “Super Dimensional Fortress Macross”.


I still like what it’s originally called after it crashed on Earth. The ASS-1.


This is an old kit, but it went together pretty well for being so old. The only decals I used was the “101” on the Prometheus, and the nameplate on the display stand.


Why didn’t I build the new version that Hasegawa put out a few years back? Because Hasegawa screwed up bad on the design. Basically, all they did was to put the Prometheus and Daedalus (the two ships) on the Movie version, and add a new paint scheme. The designs are actually very different from one another, and that has the honor of being the only Hasegawa Macross kit that I’ve canceled my pre-order for. Hasegawa is releasing an attack mode (this is cruiser mode) with the corrected parts. Wonder if they’ll add the corrected bits to the incorrect cruiser, and re-release it.



This kit was completed on April 7th, 2018.

Macross build – VF-1S Strike Valkyrie “SVF-101 Grim Reapers”

VF-1Sストライクバルキリー「SVF-101 グリムリーパーズ 」1/72スケールレジンキット、イエローサブマリン・クラブMから。


VF-1S Strike Valkyrie Grim Reapers-A

This is a 1/72 scale VF-1S Strike Valkyrie resin kit from Yellow Submarine/Club M. The Strike design is from the Japanese animation “Macross : Do You Remember Love?”, but the Grim Reapers scheme is from my own imagination.

VF-1S Strike Valkyrie Grim Reapers-C

This kit took entirely too long to complete for several reasons.

* I’m going to a Japanese language school full-time now
* Spent pretty much the entire month of December sick (asthma. don’t feel like building when you’re trying to hack up a lung)
* This kit tried to fight me every step of the way

Actually, because of the fight this kit gave me, I’m taking a break from building resin kits for a while.

VF-1S Strike Valkyrie Grim Reapers-D

The Grim Reapers markings I made myself a few years back, rest of the decals came from my extra supply.

VF-1S Strike Valkyrie Grim Reapers-F

Wait a minute…didn’t I just build a Grim Reapers fighter??

This kit was completed on March 5th, 2018.