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.
Schaft Enterprises Type J9 Griffon. 1/35 scale soft vinyl kit from Kaiyodo. From the Japanese animation “Mobile Police Patlabor”. Completed February 3rd.
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.
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.
V8 Interceptor/Pursuit Special. 1/24 scale plastic model from Aoshima. From the motion picture “Mad Max 2:The Road Warrior”. Completed May 7th.
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.
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!!!
Final completed build of 2019. This is a 1/48 scale plasitc kit from Hasegawa of a VF-1A Super Valkyrie, piloted by Hayao Kakizaki, featured in the Japanese animation “Macross- Do You Remember Love?”.
It also has the Hasegawa weapons set, and I swapped out the original pilot figure for the one from the Club M Ultimate Detail Valkyrie.
The resin display stand was cast by Mike S. He used to be active at a certain Macross fan site, but since I gave up on them a few years back (after being banned for no reason) I don’t know if he’s still there, and has them available.
This kit was completed on December 17, 2019. See you in 2020!
Got some older builds here that I’ve not talked about before. These are all 1/144 scale resin kits from Yellow Submarine, featuring the Variable Fighters found in the PS1 video game “Macross Digital Mission VF-X”
Several people have told me that they haven’t seen anyone else who has collected and built all 6 in the series before. So, here they are!
VF-1X-Plus Strike Valkyrie
VF-4 Lightning III. Little fact for you; this game was the debut of seeing the VF-4 in its 3 different forms. Before it had only been seen in fighter mode.
VF-11B Super Thunderbolt
VF-17D Super Nightmare
VF-19A Excalibur, with Fast Packs.
VF-22 Sturmvogel II
The launch catapults came with the kits, and they also had the option of building them with landing gear down (pretty sure, at least!). They also came with 5 approximately 1/20 scale figures of the Milky Dolls, the OG Macross idol unit. I stink at figures, so I sold them to a member of the VF-1 Riders. However, I did build
You (yes, that’s the character’s name in the game)
The VF’s 1,4, and 11 were completed in September of 2015.
The VF’s 17, 19, and 22 were completed in November of 2015.
You was completed on April 14th, 2019.
One of the Top 5 most iconic Hollywood movie automobiles, it’s Max Rockatansky’s V8 Interceptor/Pursuit Special, from the time around the film “Mad Max 2:The Road Warrior”. This is a 1/24 scale plastic model kit from Aoshima.
This is the “Super Detal” kit, that came with photo etched parts, and 2 paper boxes for the Dinky-Di dog food.
I went ahead and cut out the side windows on the kit, since I don’t think they’re ever closed in the film. You can’t see it in the pictures, but I also drilled out the bolts in the rim of the spare tire, too. The weathering was done with Mr. Weathering Color Grayish Brown as a base, with highlights by Tamiya Weathering Master Set A. It looks a lot more dirtier in person than on camera, for some reason.
PE windshield wipers! Probably the most difficult PE parts I’ve ever worked with.
Interior shots before the final assembly. Of course you can’t really see all this once it’s been built.
This kit was completed on May 6, 2019.
And I’ve now matched the amount of kits I built last year!!
VF-1J スーパーガウォークバルキリー、ミリアタイプ 1/72スケール ハセガワから
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”.
OK, not quite a straight OOB here. The RMS-1 Reactor Bombs are from the Hasegawa weapons/pilot set, the decals for said weapons are from the old Club M/Yellow Submarine kits (for some reason, even though those kits are DYRL versions, the weapons markings are TV), Hasegawa PE set, and an outside source Max figure. You can’t get the figure anymore. They guy who made them ran afoul of Lucasfilm lawyers by selling an unlicensed Star Wars kit, and had to shut down.
Standard build for the rest. I did paint some buttons in the cockpit, and made a HUD, but that’s about it for special stuff.
This kit was completed on April 5, 2019.
シャフト・エンタープライズ タイプJ9グリフォン 1/35スケールソフトビニールキット、カイヨドから
We’ve just started February, and I’m already at half my level of production from last year!
Just completed a Schaft Enterprises Type J9 Griffon. This is a 1/35 scale soft vinyl kit from Kaiyodo, featured in the Japanese animation “Mobile Police Patlabor”.
Just looking at him, you can tell he’s the good guy, right?
This is actually the second time I’ve built this kit. The first one didn’t survive the move from overseas. I had given it a home made clearcoat of Future floor polish, and paper dust from the shredded paper I used as packing material totally embedded into it, so it looked like total crap. Plus, at the time that was only the second vinyl kit I had built, so it looked kind of bad for that reason, too.
Forgot how back heavy the wings make this kit. But, I’ve got it displayed in a corner of the shelf, so it won’t fall over.
This kit was completed on February 3rd, 2019.
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.