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This YS kit is a small but pretty detailed kit. It is from the PS game VF-X. It has a pilot (non-scale), base for the valkyrie and the valkyrie. Which can be built either normal or strike variant. Here are a few pictures of the contents.

BOX

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INSTRUCTIONS

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PILOT FIGURE

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BASE CONTENTS

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VALKYRIE CONTENTS

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I am starting to work on the base. I will post more pictures as I progress. I hope things turn out well since this is my first resin kit I am building. Wish me luck.

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Here is the base and the launch arm. The launch arm is mostly assembled, only the lower arm has to be connected, after I paint them. I can't believe how detailed the parts are. Especially since they are so small. I am using Snap On side flush cutters to get the pieces off the sprues. There is not too much clean up. I sanded down all the pieces, then gave them a wash in some dish washing soap. For assembling the parts, I am using regular crazy glue. Seems to be holding fine so far.

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Here is the base painted. I am disappointed though. I sprayed it gunmetal, but it looks black. Should I keep it this color, or shoul I use a dark gray instead? Or can I do a highlight wash on it?

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Well I repainted the base and launch arm a dark gray. It looks alot better. Here is a picture of the lower part of the arm that connects to the nose, and the upper part of the arm. The yellow parts were a bit_h to paint. I had to use a toothpick to paint them. For the black I just used a gundam marker. On the little round pieces I added red dashes to the ends of them to make it look like the anime. Anyway soon I will be starting the valk. More pictures to come.

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Here is another small update. I cleaned up all the pieces and gave them a nice bath. Here is a picture of the pieces I will start to paint.

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Here is the fighter painted. I just used the good ole Testors white to paint it. It came out pretty good. Tomorrow I'll paint the armor.

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Ok. I finished the armor. I used Testors model master Grun for the armor. And for the GU-11 and the thrusters I used the model master gunmetal.

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Another small update, I painted some of the blue and black on the valk. For the blue I found one that is a pretty close match. It is Grabber blue by Testors Model Master. I just brushed it on, and the black was done by a Gundam marker.

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Ok. I did alittle more. I added the verniers to the pack and the leg armor. I painted some of the details in the upper legs. I also tried to to a wash on it, but I think it came out alittle too light. I used Tamiya's german grey for the wash.

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Another small update. I painted the thrusters inside the feet red. I also started assembling some of the parts. I still can't get over the detail resin kits have over regular plastic ones. It is coming along quite well.

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OK. I started to assemble some of the parts. I also applied the decals to the leg armor and the booster pack. I remember someone saying that they had to scrape off the paint for the pieces to adhere, so I made sure I scraped off a little section of paint where the crazy glue would be.

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Another angle.

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Here it is with the pieces put together. I still have to finish the stripes along the side if the nose. Since this kit I bought didn't have any decals, I have to paint the stripes on the wings and the nose. Then I have to apply the UN symbols, and the 001's. After all that is done I can finally glue the rest of the fighter together.

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Another angle.

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Well here is another small update. I still have to either paint or put decals for the U.N. Spacy symbols, and finish the pilot and the cockpit. I put the launch arm together though. Here is what it looks like with the valk attached.

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Picture 2. Side view.

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I finally got around to finishing the fighter. The only thing left are the missles. Don't know when I am gonna get time to finish those though. I had a real hard time with the kite symbols. The decals that came with the kit are not the right size. I even tried to use the Imai 1/144 ones, but they are too small. So I had to color them in by hand. Anyway here are some pics.

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Attached to the base.

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Another angle.

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I did a rush job on the missles. I wanted to see what they look like on the fighter. Here is a pic. What do you think?

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That came out really nice, I can't believe how detailed that tiny thing is. You know you've done a good job when you can't tell what scale something is.

You need to put this in the "How to build a model" section.

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Heheh. Nice. Makes me regret selling mine.

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Nice Job,

but you wanna display is upside down

cos that is the correct way

it is suppose to be the launching bay/arm from the belly of the Vahalla

the valkyrie should be hanging down instead of up as in your picture

:)

and since you have completed one

you should start getting the others,

and form your 1/144 scale Vahalla launch bay diorama

:)

cool work once again

Noel

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Thanks Noel. I figured that it was supposed to be upside down. I don't wanna take a chance and mount it upside down, and have it come loose and smash the valk. I don't think I'll be getting the rest though, I am only fond of the VF-1 series valks. Probably the only way is if they are selling for cheap. ;)

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I have got the VF-17 nightmare, the VF-11 thunderbolt and another...I gotta check

how much for one is ok with you?

:)

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:D

For 1/144 scale, that is a great job!!!

What happened to the "Zentraedi Size Macross pilot?"

Should have finished and put nearby as tumbs up! That's what I am giving you: 2 tumbs ups!

Paulo

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Thanks... I still have not painted the non-scale pilot, but another member did recast them. I got 2 casts for supplying my original. And i am surprised my review survived... I thought it was lost forever....

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I'm really jealous of that non-scale pilot figure. Does anyone know where I could find one these days? I'd pay a pretty penny for one~!

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I'm really jealous of that non-scale pilot figure. Does anyone know where I could find one these days? I'd pay a pretty penny for one~!

How serious are you?

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All I've done so far is clean it up and prime it. For the right price I'd let him go.

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