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.

VF-25G-C

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.

VF-25G-F

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!

VF-25G-H

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.

VF-25G-I

VF-25G-J

This kit was completed on July 31st, 2017.

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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.

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.

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)

VF-0D-F

VF-0D-G

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.