Dual Macross Builds: VF-11D Thunderbolt and VT-11 Emu

Something new, something old. Since both of these are based off the same kit, and I haven’t done an entry on the older one, here they both are.

Both are based off of the VF-11D Thunder Focus kit (1/72 scale) put out by Hasegawa for “Macross the Ride”. This is one of those kits that I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone build the way it should be!


“MtR” was a visual novel type of thing, detailing an air-race set in the Macross universe, with everyone flying various modified VF’s. The Thunder Focus was a camera chaser for the races, I believe.


I bought an extra set of VF-11B decals, and gunpod though Hasegawa, and the weapons are from the Club M resin cast VF-11 kit.




Now, the VT-11 Emu is a made up designation of my own. In “Macross Plus”, you can briefly see a VF-17 Nightmare done up in training colors, but I thought that was a waste of stealth technology. so I made this one. I was keeping up the tradition of naming training aircraft after large, flightless birds.

VT-11 Emu-A

VT-11 Emu-C

VT-11 Emu-D

VT-11 Emu-F

VF-11D Thunderbolt was completed on August 22, 2018.

VT-11 Emu was completed on April 17, 2016.


Macross build?? VF-1J Super MechatroWeGo

VF-1J スーパーメカトロウィーゴ

Mechatro VF-1J-A

Say what now?? Here’s a little something I did for fun. It’s a 1/20 scale MechatroWeGo kit from Hasegawa, with VF-1J Super Parts from an old Bandai kit added on. I was inspired to make this after seeing pictures of Hidetaka Tenjin (Macross artist) and Nozomi Nishida (voice actress) playing around with prototype FAST packs from the upcoming 1/20 scale VF-1 kit.

Mechatro VF-1J-C

Mechatro VF-1J-E

I love these kits. They’re cute, and very modifiable!

Mechatro VF-1J-F

Mechatro VF-1J-G

This kit was completed on May 27, 2018.

Macross modeling group – VF-1 Riders

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-11 Thunderbolt006


VF-11 Thunderbolt007


VF-19 Excalibur with FAST packs (mine)009


VF-19A E/F010


VF-1 Valkyrie008


VF-25 Messiah011


VF-31A Kairos012


VF-1A Valkyrie – Gerwalk (mine. Gunpod broke on the way from Sapporo, and the repair work glue just would not stick before the show)013


VF-0S Phoenix – Reactive Armored Battroid014


VF-0S Phoenix – Gerwalk (this is actually a kit-bash of a fighter and battroid kit)015




VF-25 with Fold Booster and FAST packs017


VF-22S Sturmvogel II – Max018


VF-22S Sturmvogel II – Miria019


SV-262 Draken III020


Next 2 are the VF-1EX Training Valkyrie021022


VF-31J Siegfried writing tool. It’s a functional pen/pencil/fountain pen/touch pen.023


SV-262 Drakken III Battroid, with Lil Drakens024


VF-0A Phoenix Battroid (mine)025


Sharon Apple (just like my shirt says). 1/144 scale scratch build.026


SDF-1 Macross, on South Ataria Island027


SDF-1 Macross, TV Version (mine)028


VF-1J Valkyrie Battroid029


VF-1S Strike Valkyrie030


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.031032033034035036037


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.

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.