Macross Build – VF-1S Valkyrie, TV Version

VF-1S バルキリー、テレビバージョン。1/48スケール、ハセガワから。

Another build down! This time, it’s a 1/48 scale VF-1S Valkyrie (TV version), piloted by Roy Focker from the Japanese animation “Superdimensional Fortress Macross”.

VF-1S Valkyrie TV-A

Now, technically, this particular kit doesn’t exist. There’s a 1/48 VF-1S movie version, but no TV. What I did was take the VF-1J/A Vermilion Squadron kit, stole the VF-1S head from another kit (DYRL Super/Strike kit), along with the skull, pilot name, and 001 decals, and made my own. All the black and yellow markings were painted, only decals used were the kites, skulls, and various warnings.

VF-1S Valkyrie TV-B

VF-1S Valkyrie TV-C

I also used Hasegawa’s P.E. set, and weapons set.

VF-1S Valkyrie TV-F

VF-1S Valkyrie TV-H

Kit was completed on April 14th, 2017.

Aircraft build – Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II

A-10A サンダーボルトII、1/48スケール、タミヤから

A-10-A

Or, better known as the “Warthog”. This is a 1/48 scale plastic kit, from Tamiya. Pretty much a straight out of the box build.

A-10-B

You really can’t tell, but I put a drop of clear crafting resin on the tips of each Maverick missile to give the impression of a lens cap. Looks nice in person.

A-10-C

I saw a few of these taking off from McGuire Air Force Base during Operation Desert Scam (yes, I’m biased about that). You don’t hear them coming at you, but you sure hear them when they leave.

A-10-E

A-10-F

Kit was completed on February 20th, 2017.

Macross Build – VF-22 Sturmvogel II

VF-22 シュトゥルムフォーゲルII 1/72 スケールレジンキット

Was hoping to get this done as the last build of 2016, instead it’s the first for 2017.

Here is a 1/72 scale resin cast kit of a VF-22 Sturmvogel II with FAST pack, from Club M, from the same timeline as “Macross 7” and “Macross Plus”.

VF-22 Sturmvogel II-A

VF-22 Sturmvogel II-G

Now, before you go running off to Yahoo Japan auctions to try and find this kit, it’s actually a slightly modified YF-21 kit, with some of my extra Macross decals and aftermarket decals for an F-22 Raptor. It is a beast! Weighs close to 3 kg completed.

VF-22 Sturmvogel II-C

VF-22 Sturmvogel II-D

Only physical modification I did was to sand off the canopy protrusions for the side windows of the YF-21, and paint in the canopy look from the VF-22. Found a real nice masking set on Amazon Japan for that. The canopy was casted with a translucent resin, so I put down a few layers of clear black to tint it more. There is a pilot figure in there, he’s just pretty hidden.

VF-22 Sturmvogel II-I

Stupid in-joke that only I will find funny, found a pilot sticker with the same first name as me, so of course I used it.

VF-22 Sturmvogel II-J

This kit was finished on January 4th, 2017.

Build Year 2016 – A year of kits built

Happy 2017! This here is just a recap of what I built in 2016:

1958 Plymouth Fury “Christine”. 1/25 scale plastic model from a.m.t. From the Stephen King book, and movie of the same name. Finished January 5th.

Christine-A

VF-25F Tornado Messiah, piloted by Alto Saotome. 1/72 scale plastic kit from Hasegawa, combined with parts from Bandai. From the Japanese animation “Macross Frontier – The False Songstress”. Finished March 22nd.

VF-25F Tornado Messiah-B

VT-11 Emu training aircraft. 1/72 scale plastic model from Hasegawa. From the same time era as the Japanese animation “Macross Plus” and “Macross 7”. Finished April 17th.

VT-11 Emu-A

VF-1J Valkyrie, “Skull 112”. 1/72 scale resin cast kit from Club M/Yellow Submarine. From the Japanese animation “Macross : Do You Remember Love?” Finished June 5th.

VF-1J Skull 112-B

1/72 scale VF-0D Phoenix. Plastic model kit from Hasegawa. From the Japanese animation “Macross Zero”. Finished July 8th.

VF-0D-A

Helldiver. 1/35 scale soft vinyl kit from Kaiyodo. From the Japanese animation “Mobile Police Patlabor”. Finished August 7th.

Patlabor Helldiver-A

FFR-31MR/D Super Sylph, “Yukikaze”. Piloted by Rei Fukai. 1/72 scale resin kit from Platz. From the Japanese animation “Battle Fairy Yukikaze”. Finished September 4th.

Super Sylph Yukikaze-A

FRX-00 Mave “Yukikaze”. Piloted by Rei Fukai. 1/72 scale resin kit from Platz. From the Japanese animation “Battle Fairy Yukikaze”. Finished October 2nd.

Mave Yukikaze-A

VF-1A Valkyrie, Gerwalk configuration, piloted by Hayao Kakizaki. 1/72 scale platic model kit from Hasegawa, missiles from the Macross weapons set. From the Japanese animation “Super Dimensional Fortress Macorss”. Finished November 23rd.

VF-1A Gerwalk Kakizaki-A

What will be next? Well, I figured that if I can finish 1 kit a month with my current stash, without buying anything new, I’ll run out of kits in about 4 years. So, I’m going to keep going for quite a while! Stay tuned!!

Macross Build – VF-1A Gerwalk Valkyrie, Kakizaki use

1/72スケールVF-1Aガウォークバルキリー、ハセガワから

Just finished, a 1/72 scale VF-1A Valkyrie, in Gerwalk configuration.

VF-1A Gerwalk Kakizaki-A

This version is from the TV show Super Dimensional Fortress Macross, piloted by luckless Hayao Kakizaki (he buys it in every iteration of Macross). Missiles are from the Macross weapons set, display stand surprisingly comes with the kit. I used a few 3rd party PE parts as well.

VF-1A Gerwalk Kakizaki-C

So, what exactly is Gerwalk?
Ground
Effective
Reinforcement of
Winged
Armament with
Locomotive
Knee-joint

Don’t you feel smarter now?

VF-1A Gerwalk Kakizaki-E

Everyone always builds Roy, Hikaru, or Max. Gotta give Kakizaki a little respect!

VF-1A Gerwalk Kakizaki-H

VF-1A Gerwalk Kakizaki-F

VF-1A Gerwalk Kakizaki-I

Kit was completed on November 22, 2016.

Yeti Stand – a quick review

As a modeler, mainly of aircraft, I’m always on the lookout for different and interesting ways to display my completed work. Yeti Stand fits the bill pretty well. His products are mostly for use of the 1/60 scale Macross toys from Yamato/Arcadia/Ban Dai, and he sells adapters to match. He is thinking about offering a brass rod style adapter too, and that’s what I’m going to talk about.

 

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This is what I bought, the wall mount set-up. I also picked up the regular arm, and an XL arm. I would recommend going with all XL arms if you want to display 3 or more items on this. The dry wall mount kit was extra.

 

 

So, here we are to the adapters. Right now, you have to special request these, but hopefully soon they’ll be a buyable option. (UPDATEyou can buy them now!) You get 3 different sizes, 1 mm, 3mm, and an extra beefy 6 mm. The 1 mm I’d recommend for plastic kits up to 1/72 scale. 3 mm, resin kits, and 1/48 scale plastic kits. 6 mm, use your imagination!

 

 

The adapters are 3D printed, but pretty solid. I did a little light sanding on them, primed with Mr. Surfacer 1000, then painted them black. The adapter is deep enough to hold about 20 mm of brass rod, so you’ve got a pretty solid base to work off of.

 

 

So, here’s the completed set-up. The kits I used are 1/72 scale Mave (top) and Super Sylph Yukikaze resin kits, from Platz Models. I chose the mounting point on the kit because that’s where the kit is thickest, and could take a longer portion of rod and be more stable.

 

Bottom line: I like the adapters. They perfectly do the job they’re designed to do. And the wall mount stand is a nice idea, especially if your display space is limited (living in Japan, space is always at a premium). Visit his site (link is above), and check it out. And as I said, right now you’ll have to special request the brass rod adapter. Hopefully it will be readily available in the future. Again updateyou can buy them now

Aircraft Build – FRX-00 Mave “Yukikaze”

FRX-00 メイヴ “雪風”. 1/72スケールレジンキット、プラッツから。

Mave Yukikaze-A

My latest completed build, second in a row for this series. A FRX-00 Mave, “Yukikaze”, piloted by Rei Fukai. 1/72 scale resin kit from Platz. From the Japanese animation “Battle Fairy Yukikaze”, and book “Good Luck Yukikaze” by Chohei Kambayashi.

Mave Yukikaze-C

In the anime, Yukikaze transfers her “consciousness” into the Mave in the second episode or so. In the books, she doesn’t make the change until the second book.

Mave Yukikaze-E

Another easy, mostly hassle free resin build. Man, Platz really puts out some nice resin kits. But again, no pilots! But at least this time there’s some cockpit detail to be seen. Biggest problem I had was that the rear stabilizers kept breaking off, but that was more due to my rough handling during the build.

Mave Yukikaze-D

Mave Yukikaze-F

Kit was completed on October 2nd, 2016.