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VF-1A Grunt

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  1. I thought I heard years ago that although the original VF-1 Battroid had issues with weak joints, they corrected that with the Super Battroid kits. I've been away from the forum for a while, so I'm thrilled to see both the Armored Battroid and the 1/48 Sonic Birds model. I bought quite a few of those in 1/72 because their resemblance to a real Navy squadron scheme. If Hasegawa does the SVF-41 Black Aces scheme in 1/48, my wallet is going to be in trouble!
  2. Thanks for the heads up on these. I just ordered two 1/48 sets - one TV and one movie set with additional intake and exhaust details. I was going to order a few 1/72 sets also, but they sold out before I got around to it. I'll keep an eye on them to see if he gets any more in.
  3. Sorry, I forgot to reply back. I haven't actually had them ship my kits yet because I was debating adding another 1/48 weapon set. Always hard to know how much more one additional kit will increase the shipping... Anyway, for two 1/48 VF-1 kits from Japan to Michigan, USA, it's estimating $28.98 USD for surface shipping (1-3 months!), $56.47 for EMS, $59.56 for DHL, and $59.66 for FedEx. I'll probably just go with surface shipping because I'm not in a rush, and I could buy another kit with that savings.
  4. Just got my in stock purchase notice from HLJ for the Low Visibility 1/48 VF-1. Looking forward to seeing it in person, but I’m afraid to see what shipping will be for the two I ordered.
  5. I know it's not an official history, but I like the way that Master File VF-1 books describes the TV flight suit as the original design, with the movie version as a subsequent, newer design. It makes sense to me that the TV version would have been designed as more of an atmospheric suit with the movie version tailored for deep space operations. I think the low viz scheme works well as a hypothetical early scheme for use on Earth as the VF-1 was first going into service, so the TV pilot makes sense to me. When I finally start making some progress with all the kits I've accumulated, I plan to use TV pilots in standard VF-1s (if I can get more of those pilots - may have to go with the Shapeways version). My Supers will get movie pilots for space operations later in the war.
  6. I just pre-ordered two of the 1/48 low viz VF-1s from HLJ. I’ve always liked that scheme, and it’s good to see them expanding that line, even if it’s just another paint scheme. I’d love to see a 1/48 VF-1D too, and any other variant, for that matter.
  7. I just got my notice from HLJ yesterday that the Black Aces kits arrived, and my three are on the way. Really glad to see them release that model again - it’s my all-time favorite of the squadron schemes, since it includes the Super decals. I’m planning to build several different aircraft from the squadron and eventually use the decals from one kit to build a Black Aces Super Battroid.
  8. 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 Master File books, but I have the ones I want, so I was looking for books from the This Is Animation series. I picked up the DYRL This Is Animation book, which I hadn't seen before, in what appears to be new condition for ¥1,600. The only other book they had that appealed to me was Kazutaka Miyatake’s Design Works book, but it was ¥7,000, and I had pretty much spent my entertainment budget at that point, so I held off. Kind of a limited selection, but I enjoyed the quick visit to a store that I've seen mentioned a lot here. I didn't have time to check out their Nakano location, which was close to where I was staying in Shinjuku, but maybe next time.
  9. 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.
  10. 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!
  11. 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.
  12. 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 Hasegawa model.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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...
  19. 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.
  20. 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!
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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!
  24. 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).
  25. 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.
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