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VF-1A Grunt

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  1. Actually, the Hasegawa Battroid kit lists this mixture for the brown VF-1A feet: 50% mahogany (42) + 10% flat white (62) + 40% burnt iron (61) Their ratios are a bit of a pain, so I’m going to mix up a large bottle of each color so I can use it for several kits. The old brown VF-1A scheme is my favorite (in case you couldn’t tell from my avatar, so I plan to paint a few of them, along with a brown J.
  2. I have a couple each of the original VF-1D and the VT-1 kits. I hope to eventually build an airfield diorama representing a training squadron with an older VF-1D and a new VT-1 (in standard configuration) parked alongside each other. I think the identical training paint schemes on thebteo different aircraft would look good side by side. I keep hoping we’ll see a 1/48 VF-1D from Hasegawa eventually.
  3. I agree - I probably have a half dozen of those kits from the various Macross anniversary releases - VF-1S, Max and Milia’s VF-1Js, VF-1D, three VF-1As, and then several of the ones that were released by Revell (?) under the Robotech name. I really enjoyed building my first one, even though I didn’t know how to paint and left most of it in its original white plastic. I keep telling myself that I’ll build some more, both for fun and for additional painting practice.
  4. They actually already released the 1/48 photo etched parts last month - I got my purchase notice for the VF-1 parts from HLJ on Sept 11. The VF-1 parts have already changed to Backordered status, so that batch seems to have gone quick. I’m waiting for the VF-1S/A model to arrive so I can have them shipped together, hopefully. It was due in October, so I’m not sure if they didn’t get enough to fill my order, or if they haven’t arrived yet.
  5. Thanks for the info - I’m not too familiar with Macross outside of the main movie / shows. The schemes look a little better in the darker, shiny colors in the Mecha Manual. Maybe a bit washed out in the model photos. I’ll give them a chance. Has Wave introduced a 1/72 weapons set for this model, or are those external missiles potentially some new sprues that are included with these releases? I’ve always thought the Hasegawa box launchers were too big, so I’d welcome a Wave set if it improves on those.
  6. Those are some pretty bland paint schemes. Maybe based off of Milia’s red VF-17? Don’t have my VF-4 Master File handy and don’t recall if those schemes were depicted in it. I would have preferred something with more white in it like their VF-1Js. Could always do it myself, I guess...
  7. I broke down and pre-ordered a 1/48 VF-1A/S (I mostly focus on 1/72). Good to see they’re following up with the etched parts to go with it.
  8. Hi Brett, these look great! I’m getting ready to move cross country, so I don’t want to put in an order until I get settled at my new address. Do you expect to keep these around as a regular production item, or will you have to move on to other things eventually? Thanks!
  9. I’ve got two in the warehouse at HLJ. I think one of them will end up in the Sonic Birds scheme. I’ll have to grab an extra Sonic Birds VF-1 for the decals.
  10. Has the separate canopy frame ever been done on model aircraft before (at least in this small a scale)? I’m a little concerned that unless it’s done perfectly with the toughest possible tolerances, you’re going to see gaps between the frame and “glass” that will make it look like a snap-together kit.
  11. Brett, I am definitely interested in the whole 1/72 VF-1 canopy line (including the VE/VT-1), the 1/48 VF-1, and the VF-0A if you can do that one eventually. Thanks for developing this much-needed product!
  12. Yes, that’s the one, Slide, but now that I look at it again, NZEOD’s Italeri deck has much better detail and is larger as well. I’m not totally sure how closely the Starship kit matches the Prometheus deck SDFM either (which I assume is what it’s supposed to be). I’ll have to keep an eye out for the Italeri kit (it appears to be discontinued or at least out of stock everywhere).
  13. That looks fantastic! I know you’ve been working on that variant concept for a long time. Congrats on completing the project! I think you meant to say a HARM above? The carrier deck base looks good. I’ve been watching for the Macross Valkyrie flight deck to get restocked in the Starship Modeler Store (I should probably ask them about it). This looks like a great alternative.
  14. I’ve been meaning to ask, how does this Bandai kit relate to the original variable kit that was first issued in the ‘80s? I have quite a few of them, mostly the ‘97 reissues: Bandai 1997 VF-1A Is the newer version the same basic parts with new joints and “hardware,” or did Bandai completely redo this kit from scratch? I always thought the heads were way too big on these kits, but the overall proportions looked pretty good despite the challenges of making them variable.
  15. That looks like a variation on, or maybe one interpretation of, the VF-1G electronic warfare variant that is mentioned in a few places and shows up briefly in the battle in Episode 27 of SDFM. It’s referred to as the VEFR-1 in the Mecha Manual, and the VF-1 Valkyrie background info from the Master File mentions that 12 VF-1Gs were produced. The artwork in the April 2001 issue of Model Graphix also includes a VF-1G, but it lacks any unique external features aside from some narrow fins on the nose cone and a sort of elongated VF-1A head with some sensors mounted on the sides. This is depicted in model form in the accompanying article. The author appears to have modified a Hasegawa model to represent the variant. I like the added details on the nose and wingtips of the one in this line art. Looks more interesting that the other examples I mentioned above.
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