Jump to content
Renato

Max Factory 1/20(!) VF-1S/A Hikaru

Recommended Posts

Cribbed some build tips from @tekering and cut off the front of the backpack to deal with the ejector pin marks. Also temporarily removed the ECM bulges and increased the taper by making the end 4mm narrower:

GyIFfqB.jpg 

It is minor, but it is progress. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

does anyone know the color of the FAST pack cannon beam...

since there are lenses in the cannon tip?

IMG_20181219_193915.jpg.c56239478432f6b649cf6cf17e003447.jpg

IMG_20181219_193840.jpg.a16412c08f4ca67acf2ab73a141f91b5.jpg

IMG_20181219_193752.jpg.53591f8309033ad1359e4fde3bbc8011.jpgIMG_20181212_123808.jpg.eeb5c367140df3242c56e1995db2cd8c.jpg

Edited by Nyankodevice

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
5 hours ago, Nyankodevice said:

does anyone know the color of the FAST pack cannon beam...

Amber.

amber.jpeg.e1ef1a9770e9d207bb8d29c7afe9e607.jpeg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
48 minutes ago, tekering said:

Amber.

amber.jpeg.e1ef1a9770e9d207bb8d29c7afe9e607.jpeg

thanks... 

just what i needed! :D

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Backpack therapy. 

Kit:

g6qyGCc.jpg

More progress on the anime backpack.

HxvQje6.jpg

Thoughts?

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The shape looks good, but it's a little too large overall.  I shortened the base plate significantly before modifying mine, 'cause the original piece is much too long...

How are you intending to mount the FAST pack boosters?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks @tekering - I agree, it isn’t right. Can you measure the length you used? 

No FAST packs for me, which simplifies matters greatly!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I work super duper slow. I've just been sanding pieces so far, but while test fitting I got to this point and somehow fell in love with the "shape" of it. The lines and curves, especially in low light, give me this "sculptural" feel. I hung other parts on it, but always took them off. I've been staring at this piece, at this exact angle for over a week and I can't get enough. (Yeah... my issues have issues.) 

Gerwalk-shape.jpg.d0ad26e82d2cdd41ef15186ececc1e52.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
14 hours ago, GMK said:

Built a new backpack, 10% size reduction. Looks better (IMO):

PAflGgx.jpg

Still looks too big, but that's probably because the lack of wings, feet or cockpit canopy makes the backpack look proportionally large...

I think you've about nailed it, though.  :good:

1797029828_footmount.thumb.jpg.43b4cdb7934aa00815f958db742db183.jpg

These are the mounts I've built to attach the feet in a position that will hold up the weight of the model without the stand:

555163558_footmount(top).thumb.jpg.29e6068710e4741abf078d586fe05058.jpg

Using wood, styrene, and a couple of very long bolts to secure it all, they'll be strong enough to support the standing gerwalk even with FAST packs, LEDs and electronics installed.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Very simply, of course.  

200648351_boltedfromabove.thumb.jpg.99a21e49cec752e531ee84d449dde884.jpg

I've left lots of room to add kitbashed mechanical detailing.

1778707902_exposedstructure.thumb.jpg.7903fab8ebbaa2600847ace1a6ef6028.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 12/22/2018 at 12:47 PM, Atrial said:

I've just been sanding pieces so far, but while test fitting I got to this point and somehow fell in love with the "shape" of it.

Gerwalk-shape.jpg.d0ad26e82d2cdd41ef15186ececc1e52.jpg

That's 'cause some very talented individuals at Max Factory took the time to do the research, confirm the proportions, sculpt the details, and just did a gorgeous job with the nosecone, the cockpit, the fuselage, the wings, the legs... and then, almost as an afterthought, gave the backpack to some inexperienced part-time intern who couldn't even be bothered to look at the line art.  <_<

4 hours ago, nightmareB4macross said:

Are you going to reference the anime for details or just gak it?

Well, the anime gives us a look at the mechanism inside the feet, but not how the feet are actually connected to the legs...  :unknw:

1883455769_internalfootmechanism.jpeg.f969efe41fc7ab507b95171a4baef53e.jpeg

...but I'll certainly use this for inspiration, at the very least.  B))

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What a beautiful silhouette to wake up to on Christmas morning.  :wub:

sihouette.thumb.jpg.e0c12c2e5c03731cffe86a8430c9625c.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Merry Macross Christmas guys! I was thinking of getting one of these kits, but looks like they are no longer being carried. - MT

Ornament1.JPG

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
6 minutes ago, MechTech said:

Merry Macross Christmas guys! I was thinking of getting one of these kits, but looks like they are no longer being carried. - MT

Ornament1.JPG

That's pretty cool MT.

Merry Christmas to you and to the whole MW community!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I feel like the skinny backpack is an artifact of the original Valk kit. While we know that on the Valk it'll be different parts on a different runner, we also know that Max Factory has committed to fudging the proportions between modes. They've given us two versions of the arm missile pods: one short and fat for the deployed arms on the Gerwalk, and one much skinnier and longer for the inevitable Super/Strike Valk. So I'm willing to bet they took the CAD model of the backpack that needed to be skinny to no interfere with the arms in Valk mode, but forgot to artistically adjust the proportions for the Gerwalk properly.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
10 hours ago, TMBounty_Hunter said:

feel like the skinny backpack is an artifact of the original Valk kit.

I think you’re right. Almost done on my rebuilt one. 

PoyqR49.jpg

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

So while trying to figure out exactly how far I want to fiddle my own build I went back through the various development photos and found something interesting. All the way back for Wonder Festival 2017 Winter, almost two whole years ago Max Factory printed a giant banner for their booth showing the VF-1 parts layout. On the runner with the grey parts you can actually see two different plate for mounting the backpack thrusters, indicating intent for two different backpack thicknesses.

 

jV9YRDS.jpg

 

On the same runner you can also see the gap-fillers for whenever the legs swing forward, but they're a bit shallower than the one's we got so far.

zp463up.jpg

 

I think it's safe to say that at least back in Feb 2017 there was already enough work done to do at least the plain VF-1 as well as the Super/Strike VF-1 in valk mode. That explains the shallower leg swing which is needed for super parts vs swung out farther for gerwalk. IMO the Super/Strike Valk is a done deal at this point, we just haven't seen the necessary new leg runner. 

I went a little overboard and made a table of future possibilities.

Spoiler

V5pNQY8.jpg

You can easily add TV versions of each on there if we get a TV cockpit runner, so the chart could go sideways endlessly :P

 

Edited by TMBounty_Hunter

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That panel lining really brings this kit to life, can't wait to see the finished Valk! B))

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That looks massive!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wow! :shok:

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
3 hours ago, Mazinger said:

That looks massive!

That's what she....nevermind.

 

That IS massive!!! :lol:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm seeing some impressive work here on what appears to be an incredible kit. I'd never be able to tackle this, so I'll just enjoy watching others' builds.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Looking good Nyankodevice. Cant’t wait to see it completed.

Is it just me or does the Skull and Crossbone logo appear small on the side of the booster? 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


×
×
  • Create New...