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VF-1A Grunt

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  1. I had the chance to visit family in Tokyo over the holidays - my first time back in four years, and only my second visit in the last 25 years (we used to go about ever other summer when I was a kid). I stopped by the Mandrake store in Shibuya, which I had never been to before, to see what they had as far as Macross books go. What an amazing collection of vintage toys and books in what felt like an old basement warehouse. Unfortunately, their selection of Macross material was fairly limited - some Yamato, Arcadia, and Bandai toys and a couple dozen books. The art books included about a dozen Ma
  2. I really wish they would make the 1/72 VF-1 TV version pilot (from the Gerwalk kit) available separately or start including it in the VF-1 fighter kits. Maybe an updated version of the VF-1 weapons kit with both styles of pilot included.
  3. That looks awesome! I’ll have to see if I can put together the funds for one before they sell out. How tall is the completed model? Thanks!
  4. My brother bought the DYRL Hikaru Strike VF-1S in Japan when we were kids, the summer after the film was released. I got many, many hours of enjoyment out of it. Still have the box and most, if not all of the parts, stashed with the things I moved out of my mom’s house years ago. It’s all in rough shape, but it holds a lot of good memories. Amazing to see one in mint condition like yours.
  5. I’m a little late to this conversation, but do you know if this is a product announcement or someone’s custom model? I’ve always liked the original VF-2 Sonic Birds scheme that Hasegawa produced, and I would definitely buy a VF-4 in that scheme. I believe that Hasegawa developed the scheme for the limited edition model, so I’d be surprised if Wave was able to use the same design on their model, but maybe someone else actually owns the design. Or someone used the Hawegawa VF-1 decals on a Wave VF-4. I’d personally like to do a VF-4 in the same high viability scheme used on the H
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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...
  12. 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.
  13. 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!
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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!
  17. 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).
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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 depict
  21. I’m a little behind on this subject, but in reference to the Model Graphix Macross Archives book that was released earlier this year, I think some people may have been under the impression that it’s an all-inclusive collection of every article that Model Graphix has published on Macross modeling subjects. It turns out that it’s more of a “best of” collection of articles rather than a complete one. It’s still a beautiful book with tons of great modeling, but I think there have just been too many Model Graphix Macross projects to fit in one book. I just wanted to mention that for expectation man
  22. Yeah, about that... I have that book, and apparently it’s not as comprehensive a collection of Model Graphix builds as we might have expected. The April 2001 issue has about a dozen model projects featured in it. One of them is in the Model Graphix book - the SVF-113 VF-1J in kind of a gray low viz camo scheme. And the photos are different - the original issue shows it in plain Battroid form, while the book shows lots more photos of it with STRIKE package installed, and in multiple modes. The original April 2001 issue includes some artwork for schemes that went with the special edition de
  23. Shapeways does have a Hikaru figure that I plan to order to pass off as a generic TV pilot to man my VF-1s: https://www.shapeways.com/product/K6CJHPCJ4/1-72-macross-pilot-hikaru?optionId=62980660 I’m going to try one out and the hopefully order more if it looks decent. I like that Hasegawa produced the TV pilot with the Gerwalk model, but I wish they would make it available separately or add it into either new production runs of the older VF-1 models or the weapons set. Not sure if you’re looking for standing pilots to pose with the aircraft on the ground, but hope this helps.
  24. Found it! I set up an automatic search notification on eBay to keep an eye out for this issue, and it popped up this past week. Ended up being about $26 after postage, which was well worth it to me for a 16 year old issue. Lots of great models and artwork - I just wish I could read (and speak) Japanese. I’ll be spending a bit of time with Google Translate. The Sonic Birds scheme and model are interesting - it looks like the author may have come up with it before the Hasegawa version was introduced, because it’s kind of simplified (no squadron logo on the vertical stabilizers). This magazi
  25. 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 /
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