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    Custom Valkyries, Gundam, Super Robot Wars, Zoids, Transformers, WoW

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  1. ChristopherB

    Armored GERWALK Project VF-1

    We've received permission from Carl and Shawn to offer our VF-1AG resin kit for sale. I'll start a "For Sale Thread" once I have more details regarding the pricing. It could potentially be scaled up to 1/72 if people prefer. Each kit would include the resin parts, canopy, copies of artwork & inserts & color pictures include with the original kit inside of a box. Please feel free to contact me if you have any interest or questions. Here are some new pictures with the pose improved. The base will be changed to a round one featuring the Macross kite symbol as well.
  2. ChristopherB

    Need Help With VF-1 Valkyrie Identification Please

    haha that was pretty funny, nicely done Slide! Unfortunately I cannot get anymore pictures of this valkyrie, it was post on Yahoo! Japan Auctions. They only included two pictures and someone purchased it for almost $200. Hopefully it was a MW member, because I would love to learn more about it. Either way, congratulations to the winner.
  3. ChristopherB

    Need Help With VF-1 Valkyrie Identification Please

    Excellent, well done NZEOD I appreciate you checking the kits you're building. Wow, (9) models in-progress, your VF-1EA Howler is a work of art. You're certainly an expert on Hasegawa VF-1's and I agree with you. All of my built Hasegawa 1/72 VF-1's are boxed up so I couldn't look myself. So, some type of conversion, but perhaps not the IHP one. Definitely looks to be 1/72 scale as well.
  4. ChristopherB

    Need Help With VF-1 Valkyrie Identification Please

    Good point and thanks, I noticed that also. Looking at the green U shaped bent metal with a point on one end, that looks like it would slide between the arms so the gun pod could be attached to the loop side. Definitely giving the impression of a resin/plastic model kit of some type.
  5. ChristopherB

    Need Help With VF-1 Valkyrie Identification Please

    Okay, doesn't appear to be the IHP 1/72 VF-1 Hasegawa kit, because the tail fins are hinged in the middle. Just checked the MW link to the VF-1 Experimental Valkyrie that was featured in a magazine.
  6. Hello, Not sure who made this valkyrie, these are the best pictures I can get. Please feel free to zoom in and check the panel lines, hinges and so forth to confirm what it is or isn't. It's described as being 1/100 and variable, but I still ruled out 1/72 to be safe. There looks to be a screw that attaches to a slide as well, visible at the top rear. That leads me to conclude it might be a resin kit. The shape is very nice, more modern with DYRL style hands and detailed cockpit. One of the tail fins is broken as are some other parts detached. What it isn't, but feel free to disagree and explain why: 1.) Hasegawa 1/72 VF-1 (has no tail fin hinges, etc) 2.) Bandai 1/72 VF-1 Variable New Version (many differences, panel lines, hinges, etc) 3.) Imai/Bandai 1/72 Variable Old Version (many differences, panel lines, hinges, etc) 4.) Club M 1/72 VF-1 Fighter (fixed pose, no hinges, etc) 5.) Arii/Bandai 1/100 Variable VF-1 [Silver Box Arii Include Versions w/o Armor] (many differences, panel lines, hinges, etc) 5.) Wave 1/100 VF-1 Battroid/Valkyrie [Gerwalk If Kits Combined] (many differences, panel lines, hinges, etc) 7.) Yellow Submarine 1/100 VF-1S Strike Variable (metal tail fin hinges, etc) Could it actually be a toy and not a plastic/resin kit? Doesn't look like a Bandai Hi-metal (new or old version), a Toynami 1/100, Bandai HCM, Banpresto or Kaiyodo that I know of. It doesn't look like the Experten 1/100 VF-1 variable, which didn't have a super clear canopy or detailed cockpit to my knowledge. IHP conversion kit was 1/72 scale and for use with a Hasegawa. Thanks in advance, Christopher
  7. ChristopherB

    1/48+fp's, 1/60+fp's, 1/72, 1/2k, 1/3k,1/100 and now 1/144

    So many amazing pictures, I keep changing my desktop background...cannot decide which one to use...sensory overload!
  8. ChristopherB

    Valkyrie Canopy Masks - VT-1 and VE-1 Two Seaters are next...

    Very cool, this will be a big help and looking forward to updates.
  9. ChristopherB

    Hi-Metal R

    Another informative review from Anymoon! Well written and I admire/appreciate the time you spend posing/taking all of the pictures for fans. Thank you very much. I really hope we'll continue to see valkyries other than the VF-1, such as the VA-3, VF-4G, VF-3000, VF-5000B, VF-17D/T and Fz-109F for example. The Hi-metal line are just the right size, price and have good detailing. As a long time fan of the G.F.F. series, I don't mind adding a few parts here and there.
  10. ChristopherB

    Model Kit Collection Show It Off!!!

    It's awesome to see everyone's collection, Grayson 72 you definitely have one of the largest collections I know of and I love the list you made. You mentioned how much you spent so far in your message to me, and I can believe! Great looking stage coach as well, your friend is very lucky. I've been spending most of my time collecting, but I really want to start building as well. I used to do everything from Tamiya 1/16 full option tanks (built/painted) to R/C balsa wood Super Chipmunks & a B17 Flying Fortress, Japanese gas powered helicopters, hovercraft, R/C cars/bikes to every conceivable type of plastic model. I've never tried my hand with resin kits, but I hope to soon. Here are some newly acquired resin kits: 1.) Studio HalfEye 1/100 VF-19 Kai Fire Valkyrie Perfect Variable 2.) Studio HalfEye 1/100 VF-4G Lightning III Valkyrie Perfect Variable 3.) Yellow Submarine 1/100 VF-1S/A Strike Transformable 4.) Project AG 1/100 VF-1J Armored Gerwalk 5.) Experten YF-21 Omega One With Fold Booster High-Comical Transformable 6.) CoryDoras Works 1/144 VF-3000 Crusader Valkyrie 7.) TECT 1/144 YF-19 Valkyrie 8.) TECT 1/144 VF-19 Grade Up #6 9.) TECT 1/144 VF-19 High Grade Up Parts #11 10.) Yellow Submarine 1/144 VF-1S/A Strike Fighter 11.) Yellow Submarine 1/144 VF-1S/A Strike Fighter 12.) Yellow Submarine 1/144 VF-1S/A Strike Fighter
  11. ChristopherB

    Armored GERWALK Project VF-1

    Thanks for the comments, I recall researching the name of the manufacturer (15) years ago. However, I didn't write it down, but they were very small and this was the only kit they made as far as I know. The box top and/or inserts could be scanned and then translated via Google at a later date though. Yes, that was part of the reason we wanted to have a finished VF-1AG, because the single line art in existence shows the front and one side. That means the back is somewhat of a mystery, but logical conclusions can be made based upon what we can see, the GBP-1 and so forth. For all we know, the Japanese creator had access to additional information. That means the wings wouldn't have been removed, only the armor attached to a VF-1 in gerwalk mode just as the GBP-1 is attached to battroid mode. In this picture you can see the original wings swept all the way back as in common in battroid:
  12. ChristopherB

    Motorized 1/72 VF-1 Ranger and Launch Arm Completed

    Nice work so far, I like how you've integrated your system inside such as small space. Not sure if there is any way to reduce the noise, whether it's the motor or the gears. Although the final assembly and enclosure will help alleviate it somewhat. The method used with the 1/48 is interesting in that the movement is more fluid/advanced, but just look at the size of the unit barely visible underneath. While it's high tech, it seems quite large and impossible to place inside the 1/48. He found a method, whereas your project seems much more feasible. Good luck and looking forward to updates. At the current rate of technological advancement, I bet we'll see actual transformable valkyrie toys in our lifetime should there be an interest in the future. We already have large scale cars and a valkyrie that have limited transformation.
  13. ChristopherB

    Diorama 1/72 VF-1EA Howler on Ready 5

    Amazing project, so realistic, reminds me of when I was in the US Navy. Green is my favorite color, and I love the appearance of your valkyrie. I'm looking forward to seeing what comes next. Everyday I look at my stack of Macross model kits and want to start building again, if I can just get over this initial trepidation. Thanks for the inspiration!
  14. ChristopherB

    Armored GERWALK Project VF-1

    Hello, Happy New Year to everyone and thanks for viewing my thread. The VF-1AG (Armored GERWALK) always appealed to me, most likely because I love military tanks. The initial project was around (15) years ago when we tried to create a removable armor set for a the Yamato 1/48 VF-1. Unfortunately the MW member (Fulcy) who was working on the scratch build wasn't able to finish his work. I was of course disappointed and lost interest over the years, but never forgot about it. In 2017 I decided to give it another try, and contacted my long time friend Carl (wwwmwww) since he has the only known 1/100 VF-1AG resin kit in existence. He has quite an amazing collection and this particular kit is one of rarest of the rare. Just finding pictures is a challenge, and Carl was nice enough to allow me to borrow his kit. Lastly, I appreciate the coordination and assistance of Shawn who was informed of the project from the beginning. Another longtime MW member and trusted friend (Tom) agreed to receive the kit and make a copy so Carl's original could be returned. Unfortunately the very small garage kit company has been out of business for a long time, and their resin recasts weren't well done. I doubt they made very many, but there was a lot of pin holes, a few blobs of resin, thin/missing sections and so forth. We were able to make color pictures of the kit's photographs and inserts as well. So, the next issue became fixing everything and I came up with a list of upgrades so our VF-1AG would be unique/improved. Most of them were able to implemented, and we're happy with the results. Here is the list: 1.) Hollow metal gun barrels 2.) Grind out just the cockpit (pilot, chair, instrument panel, clear canopy from Bandai 1/100 VF-1J kit) 3.) Drill out any resin gun barrels (main cannons, hand cannons) 4.) Metal antenna both sides top turret 5.) Brass rods/pins so the cannons can elevate 6.) Gun pod and hands (Bandai 1/100 VF-1J kit or Bandai Gundam style hands) 7.) Replace stubby/damaged VF-1AG wings if needed (Bandai 1/100 VF-1J kit) 8.) Shoulder missile launcher doors opened and missiles inside 9.) Decals (Bandai 1/100 VF-1J kit) 10.) Main turret able to rotate We ended up with a VF-1AG based upon the original, but with new parts plus many hours of repairs. The updated version was then recast with a high pressure pot to create a new molds free of defects. Please keep in mind that the VF-1AG was loosely put together for pictures, the positioning of the arms/legs can be better. Our next goal is to improve the stance to achieve a downward tilt of the nose as well as placing the legs into the preferred "A Stance". Personally, GERWALK mode has always been my favorite since it's what defines Macross to stand apart from other anime with either airplanes or robots. I enjoy collecting Macross resin kits, but all along my goal was to make available a removable armor version that could be attached like the GBP-1 sets. Before the armor can be created, we needed to have a 3D representation of what a VF-1AG is. There is only one known line art and only one super rare resin kit, but I overcame that obstacle. We've now proceeded further than the initial attempt and have spoken to parties interested in working with me to have the armor set created. At this point I'm considering to make it for the Bandai 1/100 VF-1 Hi-Metal line first, just because they have a nice sculpt, good price, easily obtained, and it's cheaper/easier to start with a smaller scale. If viable, we could then move on to the Yamato 1/60 Version 2. Of course all of this will require a pretty big investment, so hopefully there is some interest in owning a new and improved resin kit of the VF-1AG in 1/100. Please feel free to let me know your thoughts and suggestions. After more than (15) years of waiting, I can now proudly display an extremely rare design. My feeling was to make a Max & Milia VF-1JAG set to compliment the Bandai VF-1J M & M Hi-metal valkyries. I owe my thanks to Carl, Tom and Shawn for making it possible. Sincerely, Christopher
  15. ChristopherB

    Yamato 1/60 Fan Racer Resin Cast Finished

    Amazing job, the pilot looks great and thank you for the information about resin casting!