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.

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.