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Macross The First inspired VF-1A

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I had dropped a mention of this project back in the thread about MtF. I finally decided on a paint scheme for my languishing Hasegawa VF-1A.

I really like the new treatment of Hikaru's VF-1J in MtF, and I thought it would look cool on a cannon fodder brownie. Now, I've been informed that the brownies in the manga look the same as they did in the anime - but who cares?! I worked up a sketch of how it would look.

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Now, since I long ago committed to building this 1A with FAST Packs equipped, I wanted to look at it again. I came up with these for battroid and Super:

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So I dug everything out and primed it, then hit it with Tamiya Insignia White, while I was also painting my Regult. In retrospect, I wish I'd looked at the scheme again before I painted. As it is, I wasted a lot of white on areas that will end up brown. Oh well.

I had some free time the other day to sit down and mask out the white markings. Then I had to rebuild my spraybooth, as it did NOT work as intended on the first go. But now I'm swamped with work and itching to get back down to the work table. :(

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That's a great scheme!!!

I'd do it without fast packs. Naked fighter is where this scheme shines.

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That's a great scheme!!!

I'd do it without fast packs. Naked fighter is where this scheme shines.

I agree. The profile of the fighter with that scheme is amazing and the fast packs completely obfuscate it.

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Well, I suppose I could pop the back panels required for the boosters off and reseat them properly for fighter. The trickiest part to change back might be the leg attachment. I agree that it looks better without the packs myself.

Of course, if anybody has a spare Hase 1A that they wanna sell for cheap...

Edit: Hmmm, it would seem the Super 1A kit (DYRL Max painting on box) doesn't include the naked fighter knee piece. I always thought the alignment was a little off anyway. Nothing some superglue and epoxy can't remedy, right?

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Sigh, maybe I should have looked first... I decided to take your advice and do a naked valk build. Pried the backpack apart, then realized that the proper panel for a naked valk is not included in this case either... :wacko: I guess I'm stuck with doing this as a super! At least all the opened seams are hidden. Ah well. Back to it, then.

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Don't fret it. Build it to what YOU originally envisioned, and most importantly.......enjoy it. Hasegawa's are fun!

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Not lately... Freelance work picked up for a while, which is a good thing. Now that Turkey Day's behind us, I'm hoping to get in a little more time on a few projects, including this one.

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I'm sure it will look awesome when finished!! As Fatalist said, have fun building it!!!

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Sigh, maybe I should have looked first... I decided to take your advice and do a naked valk build. Pried the backpack apart, then realized that the proper panel for a naked valk is not included in this case either... :wacko: I guess I'm stuck with doing this as a super! At least all the opened seams are hidden. Ah well. Back to it, then.

Can u photograph the bit u need, I'm sure I have a spare or partially built one, somewhere. Can send to you?

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Kelsain,

I have several Hasegawa VF-1Ds that came with spare parts for the regular VF-1s - upper fuselage piece & the piece that goes in the middle (pieces A8 & A17). Let me know if you are still wanting to convert to a regular VF-1

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Ooh, quite interested in fact. I still haven't been able to come up with a satisfactory fast pack scheme. Let me take a look @ the parts trees & I'll pm you what I'm looking for.

Thanks!

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Haven't heard back from SpaceMonkey yet, but if anyone's got a part C-1, the tail-mounting plate, they're not using, please let me know!

Part seen here, lower left corner.

Thanks!

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Like it!!!!!!!

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Sorry, I haven't had a chance to pull the VF-1D kits out to check what spares they have. However, I do know the tail mount plate is common to all the VF-1 fighter kits and the 1D did not come with a duplicate, I'll check the other parts when I get home this afternoon.

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If Spacemonkey hasn't gotten back to you, I know I have at least one VF-1A kit still. Let me know if you need the parts still.

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Shout out to Capt Hungry for hooking me up! Updates will be forthcoming.

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Updates will be forthcoming.

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Sweet, back to the bench to continue with that beauty.

Waiting for the updates

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Shout out to Capt Hungry for hooking me up! Updates will be forthcoming.

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B))

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Finally got a chance to do a bit more work in the dungeon! Today I attempted to use my $5 garage sale air compressor to lay down some paint. The thing doesn't seem to be putting out enough pressure... But, luckily I still had a couple Badger cans laying about, so I started applying the first coat of brown. I'm still getting some of the std fighter pieces in place, so I couldn't get everything tonight, but it's progress!

I also managed to put the blue on my Imai Regult update. Turned out a little darker than I'd have liked...

Edit: Couldn't sleep this morning, so I got another coat of brown on this sucker.

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I finally got another chance to get downstairs and do some more airbrushing. After an hour or so, I couldn't wait to take off the tape!

There's a few spots where the paint bled under the tape, a few doofy over-sprays, but easily fixed.

Whoops, forgot to attach the pic!

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It's looking awesome!!! Great scheme, suits the VF-1A very well.

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Thanks! I'm just touching up by brush, hopefully the future evens out the finish.

I wish insignia white came in bottles. I'll have to spray some in a cup for those spots. I also have to order some decal paper.

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I dig this scheme a lot more than the Hikaru 1J that I keep seeing. Props to you!

Have they shown any other schemes in Macross the First yet? Like Max, Roy, Millia.......anyone? Obviously I'm not keeping up on it. :p

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I've finally gotten back to the table for a while. I was having some issues touching up the lacquer white over acrylic brown. Apparently I'll need to give it a coat of future before proceeding further. More soon, hopefully.

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This is inspiring! Would you mind terribly if I applied a similar scheme to a spare CF-1A I have?

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Maybe after I'm done! :p

God knows this thing languished for 5 years while I tried to come up with a good paint scheme...

Seems to be my biggest hurdle in modeling. Ok, now it's the toddler, but that's only a recent condition.

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Lookin' good! I like the scheme and offset stripes. - MT

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Some day this parade of house guests will end and I can get back to the hobby table without being rude. Now that I know how to fix my paint interaction problem, I'm itching to finish this bird.

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Can't wait seeing it finished, it will look great!!!!

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