Andrea Posted February 2, 2015 Share Posted February 2, 2015 (edited) Dear All, after a long break, I come back to “Macross” universe to make a VF-1 fighter. Since I like to look for the best originality of my models, I decided not to do a standard VF-1 “Super Valkyrie” but a special version appeared on the Soft Bank Publishing “SDF-1 MACROSS VF-1 SQUADRONS” (http://nonsolopanzer.com/2014/05/11/sdf-1-macross-vf-1-squadrons/). On the pages of this very good publication, it is possible to see the VF-1 “S-FAST PACK” Config. Ver. 1.1 W-St. The underwing double boosters have the duty to give to fighter the power necessary to exit easily from the gravity of moons or little planets without atmosphere. I'm immediately fallen in love of this fighter and, so, the resolution to make a model of it was taken instantly! If you want, you can find more info and pictures on my Blog at the following link: http://nonsolopanzer.com/2015/01/28/vf-1j-s-fast-pack-config-ver-1-1-w-st/ The first step was to collect the kits required by this task: VF-1A “Super Valkyrie” – 1/72 Hasegawa Kit, code 65704;http://nonsolopanzer.com/2014/08/25/172-vf-1a-super-valkyrie-65704-hasegawa-model-kit/ VF-1 Photoetched Set – 1/72 Hasegawa, code 72103; http://nonsolopanzer.com/2014/08/09/set-fotoincisioni-72103-per-macross-vf-1-valkyrie-172-hasegawa/ VF-1 “Super Valkyrie” Part Set – 1/72 Bandai Kit; http://nonsolopanzer.com/2014/07/22/u-n-spacy-sdf-1-macross-vf-1-valkyrie-super-part-set-172-bandai-plastic-kit/ “Macross” Option Decal Set - 1/72 Hasegawa, code 65760;http://nonsolopanzer.com/2014/08/05/172-macross-option-decal-sets-codes-65760-65766-65757-2/F/A 18E “Super Hornet” Photoetched Set – 1/72 Eduard, code 73 226. The Hasegawa kit not allows to move the control surfaces. For this reason I cut them from the wing and I repositioned them with different orientations. Then, I assembled the underwing boosters using the Bandai set. It’s important to note the great difference between the Hasegawa and Bandai parts. These last ones have a quality lower than Hasegawa and it is so true that the Bandai kit can be considered a simple toy and not a model. To build the booster extensions distinctive of this VF-1 special version, some plexiglass sheets have been cut and crawled properly. At this stage, these self-made parts are not fixed in place in order to allow to cut them. In fact, until the whole fighter is not assembled, it is not possible to know the right length of these parts able, if too long, to hit the ground as consequence of the rear landing gears higher than the frontal gear. After that, I build and painted the interns using Vallejo acrylics colors in different gray tones. Making the cockpit, it is possible to note two great faults of Hasegawa VF-1 kit: the first one is the line crossing the canopy; the second one is the absence of the support for it. As consequence, the cockpit can not be made opened but closed only. I found a solution using a little piece of brass but I’m sure that modelers more experienced than me could make a better work. The cockpit was detailed making reference to VF-1 technical drawings and using both the Hasegawa and Eduard photoerched sets. No great works are necessary to adapt the parts of this last set to VF-1 cockpit thought released for F-18 fighter. I really appreciated the possibility to detail the ejection seat offered by Eduard set. That’s all for the moment. Thank you for your comments and appreciations! Edited February 2, 2015 by Andrea Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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