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I was thinking in getting into macross modelling. I don't want to deal with glue since my primary experience is with Gundam snap together models. Are there any? Other than those mini delta ones. I was interested in building this one: https://hlj.com/1-72-scale-vf-11b-thunderbolt-macross-plus-hsg65722 but i see it needs glue. Any help you guys can give me would be great.

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21 minutes ago, Sandman said:

I was thinking in getting into macross modelling. I don't want to deal with glue since my primary experience is with Gundam snap together models. Are there any? Other than those mini delta ones. I was interested in building this one: https://hlj.com/1-72-scale-vf-11b-thunderbolt-macross-plus-hsg65722 but i see it needs glue. Any help you guys can give me would be great.

https://www.gundamplanet.com/1-72-vf-31j-super-siegfried-hayate-immelman-custom.html

https://www.gundamplanet.com/1-72-vf-25f-super-messiah-valkyrie-alto-saotome-custom.html

These 2 don't need glue. And they also transforms to all 3 mode

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The Bandai 1/72 kits don't need glue. I wouldn't try building the 1/72 VF-1 without it though.

The following kits are available. The stickers/decals are massive.

  • VF-1
  • VF-25 (incl RVF-25, Super, Tornado, and Armored)
  • VF-27 
  • VF-31 (also Super)
  • SV-262 (also Lil' Dracken/missile pod pack)
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I actually would still recommend having glue on hand for those, just to reinforce them.  While the kits can be transformed, they're absolutely not toys, and won't hold up through repeated transformations without some kind of structural enhancement. 

The 262s in particular need some reinforcing because while the majority of the moving parts are just fine, some of the thin plastic panels absolutely are not strong enough to hold up, and will begin stressing and snapping into multiple pieces within a single transformation.

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Thanks for the replies. Unfortunately it seems the kits that don’t need glue are only frontier and delta valks which I have the DXs for. I was more interested in the stuff that other company puts out.

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Not much advice here on Macross no glue models, however, if you want some really fun kits to build, the Bandai Star Wars kits are fantastically designed. The are highly detailed and 99.9% don't need glue.   The 1:72 ships and 1:12 figures are great little kits, paint is optional as well. 

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I want the Bandai Star Trek kits for just that reason. They are frickin expensive though.

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The Wave 1/100 scale VF-1 kits don't require glue. Snapfit for the most part... but some areas (like the pylons & missiles) could use a wee bit of glue for additional strength (just a dab of Tamiya Extra Thin cement should do just fine.

The Wave kit may not require glue but it does need painting.

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I just built the  Hasegawa 1/72 super strike VF-1S battroid with my son. It doesn’t really need a lot of glue, maybe 2 spots. Although, since we built it for him, I glued up several more spots  for the sake of durability.

There are some really tiny bits to add, smaller than most Gundam hg snap models, but the model isn’t that difficult to build.

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Tomytech 1/144 line is about as casual as you can get but still with good results. You still need a tiny bit of superglue, but the modelling involved is nowhere near as involved as building up a Hase and there's no painting or decals to mess with as all the detail is already tampo-ed on.

HLJ has a bunch of em on sale to boot, though their stock is limited to Mac Delta Stuff (and the VF-31C and A are sold out)

All three of these sets are actually 2 separate model kits (B and F) but they can be combined for Gerwalk

Hayate 2-mode set - 60% off

https://hlj.com/1-144-scale-mcr12-vf-31j-siegfried-2-mode-set-tmt28014

Arad 2-mode set - 50% off

https://hlj.com/1-144-scale-mcr20-vf-31s-siegfried-2-mode-set-arad-moelders-custom-tmt27913

Keith 2-mode set - 60% off

https://hlj.com/1-144-scale-mcr17-sv-262hs-draken-iii-2-mode-set-keith-aero-windermere-machine-tmt28015

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I remember building the Bandai 1/100 transformable VF-19 Kai kit without glue. It was a fun kit to build 

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I was thinking in getting into macross modelling. I don't want to deal with glue since my primary experience is with Gundam snap together models. Are there any? Other than those mini delta ones. I was interested in building this one: https://hlj.com/1-72-scale-vf-11b-thunderbolt-macross-plus-hsg65722 but i see it needs glue. Any help you guys can give me would be great.

Honestly? Learn to love the glue and the paint.

Bandai's various press-fit model kit lines are kind of limited - the model kit department's focus has always been and always will be Gundam, with Macross being a side project they devote some attention to every few years and then leave alone in between. There's not a single model kit line where you can build a complete collection of variants like you can with the DX toys, because there's no plastic VF-25A kit (at least not from Bandai), nor is there a VF-31A or VF-31E kit. And forget seeing anything not from the original series/DYRL, Frontier, or Delta, Bandai don't seem at all interested. Not for models at least. (Toys are a different story.)

Hasegawa are glue-and-paint models, but the glue is nothing to be afraid of. I'm more scared of painting myself, because there's so much prepwork that has to be done right first before you can even start if you want a nice result. They also have a substantial number of kits from all over the continuity, and there's only a handful of subjects they *haven't* made yet, or that you can't make by swapping parts around between models. And they'll probably get around to those eventually, since the model kit line is never quite dormant. 

The other brands, I don't know enough about to really comment on, except that I know Wave has filled in some of the blanks in the Hasegawa lineup (like the VF-4), and it's apparently a nice, if expensive, kit. 

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The Gundam snap fit models spoil any would be modeler. I’ve done my share of 1/144’s and my kid I play with them all day.

But I built my first Revell Robotec models in the 80’s and ever since , enjoyed model building. As Macross is by far my favorite anime mecha , I really embrace the glue!

unfortunetly, Macross is way more limited.(than Gundam) But @Sandman if you love that VF-11B, work your way up!

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IMHO, the biggest obstacle to overcome on a regular glue & paint model is  the feeling of the need to get it perfect and amazing looking.  If you can lower your expectations and accept that the result is not going to be anywhere near the stuff made by experienced modelers, you can jump straight into Hasegawa kits. 

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