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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

Aircraft Build – FFR-31MR/D Super Sylph “Yukikaze”

FFR-31MR/D スーパーシルフ ”雪風”。 1/72スケールレジンキット、プラッツから。

Super Sylph Yukikaze-A

My latest completed build. 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”, and book “Yukikaze” by Chohei Kambayashi.

Super Sylph Yukikaze-B

This kit also contains a TARPS reconnaissance pod, and a choice of AAM-1 or AAM-3 missiles. I myself went with a pair of each.

Super Sylph Yukikaze-D

This was probably the easiest resin kit I’ve put together. Very minimal clean-up to do, and at least on my kit, no pinholes whatsoever. I do have a couple of gripes, though. The painting instructions are very hard to understand (I actually had to print out pictures of Bandai’s 1/100 scale kit to figure out how to properly paint it), and the cockpit detail is absolutely zero. All you get are two solid chunks of clear resin that you’re supposed to paint to your favorite level of opaqueness. Other than those two items, I highly recommend this kit, especially if you’ve never tried to build resin before. This would be a good starter kit to try out!

Super Sylph Yukikaze-F

The hardest part of the build? Lining up those little stripe decals on the top!!

Super Sylph Yukikaze-H

Super Sylph Yukikaze-I

Kit was completed on September 3rd, 2016.

Mecha Build – Patlabor Helldiver

1/35 スケールパトレイバーヘルダイバー。ソフビキット、カイヨドから。

 

Just finished a must have kit that I never knew existed. A 1/35 scale Helldiver, soft vinyl kit from Kaiyodo. Featured in the Japanese animation “Mobile Police Patlabor”.

 
Patlabor Helldiver-A
 

I call this a must have kit, because about 15 years ago, Bandai released Units 1, 2, and 3 of the Patlabor Ingrams, plus a water and air version of the Griffon in 1/35 scale. “Great!” I thought, “I can make a killer military diorama once the Helldiver comes out!” So, of course, Bandai soon discontinued the MG Patlabor line right after the Griffon.

 
Patlabor Helldiver-B
 

Well, fast forward to a few years back, and I’m browsing Mandarake, when I come across this little gem. Hot damn, a 1/35 scale Helldiver does exist! Unfortunately, the pose is too aggressive for the diorama I had in mind (plus, I don’t have the space for one now), but I’m still glad I’ve got it in my collection.

 
Patlabor Helldiver-D
 
Patlabor Helldiver-E

Kit was finished on August 7th, 2016.

Macross Build – VF-0D Pheonix

1/72スケール、ハセガワから。

My latest completed build is the VF-0D Phoenix, piloted by Shin Kudo, with backseat Edgar LaSalle. 1/72 scale plastic kit from Hasegawa, from the Japanese animation “Macross Zero”.

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Pretty much a straight out of the box build, nothing fancy done. Only change I did was the “UN SPACY” markings on the leg should be black, but Mr. Softer worked a little too well, and I ended up accidentally trashing it. No black in my reserve supply of extra decals, but had white, and thankfully they worked out OK.

VF-0D-E

One thing I like about the Macross Zero kits, is that at 1/72 scale they’re almost as big as a 1/48 scale contemporary fighter jet kit. More bang for your buck! (or yen, as the case may be)

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I don’t know why people complain about doing pilot figures. I think they’re fun!

VF-0D-H

Kit completed on July 8th, 2016. Click on an image to get a bigger view, and to see more.

Macross Build – Making a VF-25 Tornado Messiah

A while ago, I made a VF-25F Tornado Messiah from the anime “Macross Frontier – The False Diva” using a Hasegawa kit, and Bandai Tornado parts. Here’s how I did it.

 

For the main base kit, I used Hasegawa’s VF-25 Super kit, since that way I didn’t have to futz around with trying to fit on the leg armor. You will need to separate these parts out, though. The middle portion is not needed.

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These are the Tornado parts you’ll need from the Bandai kit. I despise the Bandai Frontier line, that’s why I put these parts onto a Hasegawa kit.

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Wings? You won’t need them. You can also skip the part where you put in the wing mounts/swing mechanism, since you’re going to keep the wings fully swept anyways.

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On the Tornado wings, you’ll need to open the opening up a bit more to fit over the Hasegawa kit.

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During construction, use Part A3. That’s the regular fighter version upper intake covering area. (area right behind cockpit).

Part D14 needs a trim. Also, the underside of the Tornado back part needs some serious inner filing. Be sure you don’t get overambitious, and sand through, though! I managed to get one area that’s pretty transparent.

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When it fits like this, you’re good.

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The reason why I picked the Super for the base kit is that the leg armor is just a straight build, no trying to fit Bandai armor on a Hasegawa leg (or Bandai leg on Hasegawa kit). However, the Super kit has an armored cap on the leg intakes, which the Tornado does not have. Luckily though, all the parts to a regular Messiah are included in the Super kit! On the top is the Super leg, bottom is the standard. You’ll need to put the intake together on the standard leg, then cut along the panel line.

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The intake part and leg will attach to the fuselage like this. There’s a bit of an open area, so to add some fill I used some Wave epoxy putty, and filled in the extended bit on the leg. When it dried, I sanded to fit. The two parts are not attached or anything, I just wanted something there to suggest that the legs are still connected.

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Last modification was to the armor on the back of the legs. The Tornado back piece has some tabs you need to cut room for. You don’t want to take these tabs off, as they’re going to hold the back piece onto the fuselage.

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The rest was just a standard build. And the finished product!
VF-25F Tornado Messiah-B

VF-25F Tornado Messiah-D

VF-25F Tornado Messiah-H

 

This kit was completed March 22nd, 2016.