Small Macross break. Here’s an Incom Corporation T-65B X-Wing Starfighter “Red 5”, piloted by Luke Skywalker. 1/72 scale plastic kit from Bandai. From the original Star Wars trilogy movies.
But you probably already knew that!
Should have grabbed one of these kits sooner. I had a Fine Molds X-Wing from before I moved to Japan, but it didn’t survive the move. Bandai released this, but I thought nothing would be as good as the Fine Molds one. This is equal. I did build this using the colors supplied by the Fine Molds version, though (managed to find another FM kit recently)
A straight out of the box build. Luckily, not much putty work is needed. And the nice thing about doing Star Wars Rebel craft is that the dirtier you make them, the better they look!
Another build finished! This here is a VF-1D Valkyrie, Gerwalk configuration. 1/72 scale plastic model kit from Hasegawa. I also used a PE set from Hasegawa, and made a TV style cockpit and HUD unit. From the Japanese animation “Super Dimensional Fortress Macross”.
This is from the very early parts of SDF Macross where Hikaru Ichijo was visiting Roy at the launch of the SDF-1, when the Zentradi attack. So Hikaru got swept up into combat, and along the way picks up Lynn Minmei (and looses an arm). The time of this pose is after he had fired on the Regult, but before the Zentradi soldier comes out. (yes, I’m totally assuming you know the story. If you don’t, why not?? Go watch it now!!!)
This is another one of those kits that I’m surprised I haven’t seen anyone make the same way yet, even though this kit was released back in 2016, and it is a rather iconic image.
This kit was completed on February 23, 2021.
I used this tutorial on how to make the battle damage on the back:
VF-1S Valkyrie, Battroid configuration. 1/72 scale plastic kit from Bandai. From the Japanese animation “Superdimensional Fortress Macross”.
First build completed for 2021, and going old school. This is an old kit from Bandai. I did very minor modifications to it; I wanted it to look like someone from the late 80’s had built it. Though, I admit I did have fun with the paint scheme.
Even though it’s an older kit, I think it was more difficult to build than a modern Hasegawa offering. With Hasegawa, a majority of the parts can be painted, then you put them together. This one, you had to assemble most everything, then paint. Lots of creative masking practice!
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.
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.
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-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-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.
BBY-01 Yamato. 1/1000 scale plastic model kit from Bandai. From the Japanese animation “Space Battleship Yamato 2199”. Completed on July 10th.
SR-71A Blackbird “Ichiban”. 1/72 scale plastic kit from Hasegawa. Completed on July 27th.
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.
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!!
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?”.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Everything was finished on December 9, 2020. See you in 2021!!
Taking an occasional return to realworld builds, here’s an SR-71A Blackbird “Ichiban”, 1/72 scale plastic kit from Hasegawa.
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.
As there were no pilot figures, I cheated the cockpit a little, too, by tinting the canopy with clear black.
BBY-01 Yamato. 1/1000 scale plastic model kit from Bandai. From the Japanese animation “Space Battleship Yamato 2199”.
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.
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!
I did do some of the aircraft, though. Compared to 1/1000 scale planes, a 1/72 scale pilot figure isn’t too bad.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Macross II kite and SVF-41 decals were made at home, and the AA on the tail fins were done by masking tape.
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.
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.
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”.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.