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-19 Excalibur with FAST packs (mine)
VF-1A Valkyrie – Gerwalk (mine. Gunpod broke on the way from Sapporo, and the repair work glue just would not stick before the show)
VF-0S Phoenix – Reactive Armored Battroid
VF-0S Phoenix – Gerwalk (this is actually a kit-bash of a fighter and battroid kit)
VF-25 with Fold Booster and FAST packs
VF-22S Sturmvogel II – Max
VF-22S Sturmvogel II – Miria
SV-262 Draken III
Next 2 are the VF-1EX Training Valkyrie
VF-31J Siegfried writing tool. It’s a functional pen/pencil/fountain pen/touch pen.
SV-262 Drakken III Battroid, with Lil Drakens
VF-0A Phoenix Battroid (mine)
Sharon Apple (just like my shirt says). 1/144 scale scratch build.
SDF-1 Macross, on South Ataria Island
SDF-1 Macross, TV Version (mine)
VF-1J Valkyrie Battroid
VF-1S Strike Valkyrie
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.
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.