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”.

VF-25G-A

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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This kit was completed on July 31st, 2017.

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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.

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.

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.

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”.

VF-0D-A

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!

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