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VF-1A Grunt

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  1. Macross 1/72 Scale Complete List

    You and Salamander are completely correct - my apologies! I dug out my unbuilt kit (which I should have done in the first place - it was just buried in the stash), and it does include the parts for two sets of launchers. That makes sense because there are two sprues needed, which each have the parts for one complete FAST pack. The Strike parts are a separate sprue. It also makes sense because they would want to give modelers the option of doing the TV version of the Super VF-1S. However, I would recommend still using the correct name from the kit, maybe with a caveat about the Super / Strike parts. I think the important distinction is that the later VF-1 Super / Strike kit contains all both the A and S heads, but it doesn't appear to have the J head parts. I noticed while looking through these kits that the original VF-1A Super kit includes both the A and J heads (despite being labeled as a VF-1A), but it only has the DYRL decals, so you'd have to come up with your own decals or paint the markings if you wanted to do a Max / Millia Super VF-1J from SDFM. EDIT: Whoops, I see you already noted the A/J parts in the original VF-1A Super kit, Christopher. It's interesting how Hasegawa left the "J" out of the kit name. It almost seems like they didn't want to acknowledge the SDFM TV series paint schemes in their model line, with the exception of the VF-1D and the Gerwalk, and the special Max / Millia kits.
  2. Color call outs for Bandai's 1/72 VF-1J Max type

    I have the original issue Imai Max VF-1J kit, the one that Bandai later reissued under their brand. It has a really basic color list that doesn't seem to refer to any specific brand of paint, unless it's something I'm missing somewhere in the Japanese text. However, the numbers appear to match the Gunze Sangyo Mr. Color chart, but it simply lists the colors in multiple languages like this: 1 White 2 Black 3 Red 4 Yellow 5 Blue 6 Green 7 Brown 8 Silver 9 Gold 10 Copper 33 Mat black 42 Mahogany 46 Clear 47 Clear red 49 Clear orange 52 Mat white The numbers match the Gunze Sangyo chart with the exception of the last one, "52 Mat white," which should be 62 Matt White. I assume all the additional colors like Brown and Mahogany are listed because this is a generic list for all the variants they offered (such as the VF-1A). My Bandai 15th Anniversary Millia VF-1J doesn't seem to have any color reference chart that I can find, just the big folding instruction sheet that has color photos of the finished model. Again, maybe I'm missing something in the Japanese instructions, but even the parts I translated with Google Translate don't seem to make any references to paint colors. It's as if they're just showing you the colors on the finished model and leaving it up to you to match them. Hope that helps a little!
  3. Whats Lying on your Workbench MK IV

    Arbit and Salamander, great Nausicaa models! I really haven't followed much animation outside of Macross, but I loved that movie. Thanks for sharing!
  4. Macross 1/72 Scale Complete List

    Christopher, thanks for compiling all this information. I know that it's been many years since you originally posted this and that new products may have appeared since then, but it's still amazing to see all the models that I wasn't aware of that had been produced. One recommended correction in the quote above: as far as I know (from the kits I have), the original Hasegawa VF-1 Valkyrie fighter kit listed above only includes the parts to build a VF-1S Strike Valkyrie and is labeled as such. See the kit description on the MW page below and the image of the box cover: http://www.macrossworld.com/macross/models/hasegawa/hase_65705_vf1s_strike.htm In reference to the second item, I've never come across this upgrade kit for the Hasegawa VF-1 Battoid. Can you describe what the kit includes? Does it have the improved Super Battroid joints to replace the ones in the basic Battroid kit? Thanks!
  5. I've never seen Ace Combat myself, but that's a good-looking fighter. I think it would be neat to decorate it with U.N AIR FORCE decals from the Hasegawa VF-1A Low Visibilty kit. The JASDF kit is reasonably priced on Amazon right now (around $32 with free shipping to the U.S.). If I didn't already have so many kits on the shelf...
  6. VF-1S head unit

    That's some impressive work! The J head would be interesting - you'd be looking through a pretty narrow view from inside it. I have a feeling the A head wouldn't be wide enough for you to fit your head inside at that scale. Might have to make that one just for the kids!
  7. Hasegawa VF-31

    I may be a bit behind the times - I've mostly been buying 10+ year old Hasegawa Macross model kits over the past few years - but I was really impressed with the Bandai Tie Striker model I just received. This is my first experience with an injection molded kit that has multiple colors injected into the sprues. All their Star Wars kits are beautiful (although serious Star Wars fans seem to have some complaints about the size / scale), but they are the first recent production Bandai kits I've seen. My Bandai Macross kits are all at least thirty years old (and were probably designed longer ago than that). Most of them look pretty dated compared to Hasegawa's models.
  8. Wave 1/72 VF-4 lightning

    I still remember learning about Flashback 2012 as a kid, when all that I knew up to that point was SDFM and DYRL. I was fascinated by the image of the VF-4 and hoped it would mean a whole new movie or TV series. I was disappointed to learn that it was just a short film, but I never lost my interest in the VF-4. I'm also a bit wary of the test shots of the Wave model, and while I would love to see a Hasegawa version (with lots of limited edition squadron schemes!), I'm guessing that won't happen, and we'll have to be patient with Wave.
  9. Hasegawa VF-31

    Ugh, story of my life. I think I've bought at least three dozen Hasegawa kits and four Wave Destroids in the past two years, and they're all still in the boxes. Hopefully after this current job, I'll have a little more free time.
  10. Model Graphix Macross Archives Magazine

    I just got the Star Wars Modeling Archive from HLJ. I hope they list the Macross one soon, as I'd prefer to order it from them. They're really great to deal with - I wish I'd learned about them sooner than just a year or so ago.
  11. R2KF 1/72 Gnerl Fighter

    Captain, do you think there is any hope for a mass-production Regult in 1/72? I'd like to think that as the most recognizable enemy mecha, that there would be enough demand for one. Ideally it would be a series like the Wave Destroids that could capitalize on the common parts and add the missile variants and maybe even the recon version. I'd be in for at least four regular pods and one of each of the other versions.
  12. Gundam Show Thread - MSG thru IBO

    Hi folks, I spent a lot of summers in Japan as a kid, but somehow I never paid attention to Gundam. I'm interested in watching it to learn a little about the series, but I'd like to start from the beginning. Is this the original MSG? Mobile Suit Gundam (First Gundam) Part 1 DVD Collection https://www.amazon.com/dp/B014LHPGVK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_mLpbzbY2BF4MM Are there other places to watch the original series? Thanks!
  13. Hobbywave store closing sale

    I had only ordered once from them, but their closeout prices are excellent - I placed another big order over the weekend. Sad to see them go. I've ordered Mr. Hobby paints from Red Frog Hobbies also, as an alternative.
  14. HLJ Spring sale

    I'm curious, how do the Bandai UUM-7 missile pods compare to Hasegawa's? I agree with some comments I've read here before that the Hasegawa 1/72 missile pods are too large. They look a little silly under the wings of their fighter. I was hoping the Bandai version might be closer to the right size, but I haven't felt like spending the money to find out yet.
  15. New tru scale 1/72nd Realgult pod pattern.

    That looks fantastic! And thanks for the feedback about the feet.