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Brotzmann
January 25, 2013, 8:05 AM
After seeing all the other WIP, I decided to start my own to track progress. I welcome any constructive criticism. I wish I would have gotten some pictures of this kit from the beginning but here's where I am now. I started this kit last Saturday. It's The SD Tohou (Karaoke) Gundam Kit #228. For a SD kit it has quite a bit of detail so the painting is taking a while. It's not quite as simple as some of the other SD kits as far as painting/panel lining detail.

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V0LTES-V01
January 25, 2013, 4:21 PM
That's cool comrade! I also dig the BB Warriors line. They wield some badass armor and weapons. I plan to collect some in the future. You're off to a good start with your project there. I look forward to its completion.

Brotzmann
January 26, 2013, 3:39 PM
4233I added a bit more gold detail last night.

Brotzmann
February 3, 2013, 5:26 PM
431443134312I got more finished this weekend on the Tohou SD kit. I just have a bit more detail and touch up to do and I'll be finished.

Brotzmann
February 3, 2013, 6:07 PM
I also started a 2 person Beargguy build with my sister last weekend. I've been working on it all week. I sprayed the darker parts with some texture paint before the metallic bronze to give it a furry look. I need to do the detail work now. I used all metallic paints. I'll try and get better pics next post.
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Dlinker
February 3, 2013, 6:20 PM
Wow, that bronze is looking rather....really bronze, haha. As if the parts are casted in bronze, you know? The SD kit is one colorful collection of plastic.

Brotzmann
February 10, 2013, 12:42 PM
I'm pretty much done with my Tohou (Karaoke) SD. I maybe have a few touch ups and the flag to complete. These little guys have waaay more to paint than some higher grade kits. I'm pretty happy how this guy has turned out. I think all the stickers would make him look like a cheap toy.

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Brotzmann
February 10, 2013, 12:47 PM
Here's Beargguy before I put him completely together.

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Brotzmann
February 10, 2013, 12:55 PM
Here's Beargguy assembled. I have a bit more to do to be finished. I'm pretty happy with how he's turning out.

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Brotzmann
February 10, 2013, 1:02 PM
I started this little SD Satan Gundam Yesterday. He should be a lot faster to paint than my previous SD.

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Dlinker
February 10, 2013, 1:43 PM
Great job on your builds. The Bearguy looks snazzy with that heavy bronze paint. From a distance, it looks like it weighs a good several pounds, haha. The SD kits have some crazy colors going on there; major props to you in painting it all (and at a small scale too!)

Brotzmann
July 29, 2013, 8:56 PM
I'm gonna try and keep an up to date WIP here for this project. I just started putting together the new Bandai 1/72 scale Macross VF-1S Valkyrie kit. I worked for a few hours and have probably a little less than half the kit together. I going to get it together and then figure out what I want to paint and how the transformation will effect the paint. This is the first Macross it I've ever built and so far it's been fun to put together. I have the strike parts that I will also be building. The little Hikaru Ichijo figure is in 4 parts parts I glued together. I'm kinda figuring out what I'm going to do as I'm assembling here.
http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b575/Brotzmann/VF1AS/11bb522a8be2c02d106613d06d4f0a80_zpsde542cc4.jpg
http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b575/Brotzmann/VF1AS/573cb64716926fd2a01875e0ace2e2c7_zpsdf2148f8.jpg
http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b575/Brotzmann/VF1AS/ebe51f57ea4088dc0e0e1f3e76d58740_zpse3b752af.jpg
http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b575/Brotzmann/VF1AS/e112bff024bf2a8f9c654369e9d4447c_zps00438a0e.jpg
http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b575/Brotzmann/VF1AS/d2157fea44a5bf5ea3e5f75aa1e966ca_zps028bf3a8.jpg

Dlinker
July 30, 2013, 12:28 AM
What a coincidence, I'm working on the same kit too :)

I'm way farther behind though (still at the de-nubbing phase). Do you think you'll the paint the thing as is or take it apart still?

Wiz33
July 30, 2013, 1:06 AM
Is this macross week or something? we are all working on a Macross kit ;-P

Zeta
July 30, 2013, 1:16 AM
How's the build so far? I've wanted to get my hands on this sweet looking VF-1S Valkyrie (would have preferred a J-model though).

thwalker13
July 30, 2013, 7:48 AM
Is this macross week or something? we are all working on a Macross kit ;-P

I was going to say the same thing. lol

Progress looks really good so far. 1st Time I've really ever seen one of those kits before so I'm rather interested to watch all 3 of your alls builds.

Macross build off all set! Ready?! GO!

Brotzmann
July 30, 2013, 10:18 AM
@ Dlinker
I'm definitely going to disassemble the parts that I'm going to paint. I'm not sure if I'm going to paint any of the white parts but I am going to do some of the details like the landing gear and tires. I'll also probably do the gray parts with a metallic color. Chrome thrusters and some stainless steel here and there.

@ Zeta
So far the build has gone well. This is the first 1/72 scale Macross kit I've done and it's actually smaller than I thought it would be. I'm OK with the size though, I'm glad it's not much larger. There are a lot of metal pins which I like because it means those moving parts will be strong and stay attached. So far my only concern is with some of the opening flaps like those that open for the landing gear. They are just small pegs that fit in little cut outs for a hinge. I don't like those because it seems like they get worn out and the parts fall off easily with wear. The RX-78-2.0 MG core fighter has some parts like that and I don't like them because they fall off when you open them. There are lots of nice water slide decals that come with this kit. It also has stickers but the water slides are very nice.

Ha, it might be more like Macross month by the time I get this completely finished!


I have the Roy Fokker kit on pre-order as well. I'm sure it'll be the same or very similar at least to this kit.

Dlinker
July 30, 2013, 10:34 AM
The many flaps are probably the weak point of the kit, followed up by how exact some of the parts are. Shave/sand off too much of a nub area on certain parts and they won't look aligned.

The inclusion of both stickers and waterslides was very considerate of Bandai. Funny how even with the earlier Macross Frontier kits, they already had them, but only recently started including waterslides on Gundam kits.

Looking forward to your work on this.

Wiz33
July 30, 2013, 1:57 PM
@ Zeta
So far my only concern is with some of the opening flaps like those that open for the landing gear. They are just small pegs that fit in little cut outs for a hinge. I don't like those because it seems like they get worn out and the parts fall off easily with wear. The RX-78-2.0 MG core fighter has some parts like that and I don't like them because they fall off when you open them. There are lots of nice water slide decals that come with this kit. It also has stickers but the water slides are very nice.

Ha, it might be more like Macross month by the time I get this completely finished!


I have the Roy Fokker kit on pre-order as well. I'm sure it'll be the same or very similar at least to this kit.

Yea. I hate parts that loosen up after a while. It seems that Bandai usually mold their kits with painting in mind. A good example is the recent MG Nu Ver ka. A lot of the build video mention loose fin funnels and sliding bazooka but if you watch Vegeta's fully painted build. He said those problem went away after painting.

Life is strange that way. When I was young and have a lot of time and don't need much sleep. I can't afford all the equipments and supplies needed to build good looking kits. Now that I can afford the equipments and supplies. I don't have enough time to spend on the kits ;-(

I just got HLJ to ship out my VF-1 now that the RG GP-01s are in. I also pre-order the other one but will probably ship that with the RX-78-2 3.0

Brotzmann
July 30, 2013, 8:29 PM
I requested some stuff from my HLJ warehouse last Monday and they just sent it out today. I guess they must be busy, it's the slowest they've ever shipped for me.
Anyhow, tonight I put together the head and arm/manipulator parts together. The manipulator/hands are a bit frustrating. I had a hard time keeping the fingers together while getting the top part that keeps them in place snapped in. I had them pop out of my micro pliers and tweezers a few times. I was on the floor looking for fingers several times. I finally got them together along with the head. I'll do some more tomorrow.
http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b575/Brotzmann/vf1as%202/b286e420f438baae0784d44cb54f3ef3_zpsdab317bb.jpg
http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b575/Brotzmann/vf1as%202/98cdac856d6f5cad60db204c98ccdbaa_zps50cc01fb.jpg
http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b575/Brotzmann/vf1as%202/f335636183b98993e9246d190a010681_zpsaa87fa7f.jpg
http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b575/Brotzmann/vf1as%202/451c7bfde556f49363cb09b22518d3c3_zpsa2b076b3.jpg

Bossguy
July 30, 2013, 9:23 PM
Looking nice! The nubs are nearly invisible. Awesome work!

Brotzmann
July 31, 2013, 8:57 PM
I got most of the VF1S together tonight. I worked from 4:30 til about 8:30. It went pretty well. Tomorrow I'm going to take a better look at the transformation and start cleaning up any imperfections. I'm also going to figure out how I'm going to go about painting.

Here's the leg parts:
http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b575/Brotzmann/vf1as2/34833a87ef482f6a0c54034860f4179a_zps52a47dc5.jpg
http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b575/Brotzmann/vf1as2/8529ec5411bf972c964f6d058bc73545_zps0a63b36f.jpg
http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b575/Brotzmann/vf1as2/480d4c36eaae802d71f754227ad0f22c_zps13349925.jpg

Put all the pieces together:
http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b575/Brotzmann/vf1as2/b179abf094dfbeff2d63232e585d4fa1_zps9a0e8a36.jpg
http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b575/Brotzmann/vf1as2/99908457c1820968bb7898e2f72c7101_zps163c05ce.jpg
http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b575/Brotzmann/vf1as2/0282ce87d6ed0ed5e7ffacd7dd641c21_zpsb004cebc.jpg
http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b575/Brotzmann/vf1as2/115ee0997f55cdfc320412abd6adc36b_zps42f84446.jpg

thwalker13
July 31, 2013, 10:15 PM
Just by looking at those photos, and the photos posted in the other threads of this kit. I can tell that this thing would be a detailing nightmare. Panel lines are everywhere. My brain would overload.

Zeta
July 31, 2013, 10:55 PM
are you kidding? I love a good challenge, and this kit looks fun to build.

Wiz33
August 1, 2013, 12:29 AM
Looking good! yea, HLJ is slow to ship for some reason. I put everything in my warehouse to ship on Sat, I know nothing will get done over the weekend but it's still shown as process to ship as of this morning.

Dlinker
August 1, 2013, 12:29 AM
Man, seeing the kit put together is putting my nostalgia into overdrive. As much as I love the latest Valkyrie designs, the VF-1 design will always hold a special place in my heart.

Did you have to glue any parts together?

Zeta
August 1, 2013, 12:35 AM
Man, seeing the kit put together is putting my nostalgia into overdrive. As much as I love the latest Valkyrie designs, the VF-1 design will always hold a special place in my heart.

Did you have to glue any parts together?

looked on HLJ.com and it says that paint or glue is required to put this kit together.

Wiz33
August 1, 2013, 1:36 AM
Man, seeing the kit put together is putting my nostalgia into overdrive. As much as I love the latest Valkyrie designs, the VF-1 design will always hold a special place in my heart.

Did you have to glue any parts together?

Look what I just pulled out of my closet!! It's been sitting there since 1983 ;-P

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thwalker13
August 1, 2013, 7:38 AM
Haha, wow. Just goes to show that one never really knows what's in their own closet. Haha I don't really know anything about Macross, so I'm going to ask this. Is that the same kit that Brotzmann and Dlinker are building right now?

Dlinker
August 1, 2013, 10:55 AM
Same design, yeah, but the engineering looks to be simpler. I think I see the part for the nose section on Wiz33's pic and it's one piece whereas in the kits we're working on now, it's composed of several pieces. I don't think it's from Bandai, too, and is much older.

@Zeta, actually, this can be built without any glue at all just like the 1/72 VF-25 kits. However, in the manual, there are some parts that look like they need to be glued together. Maybe I should just take a look at that translated manual on mech9, haha.

Brotzmann
August 1, 2013, 11:57 AM
Yeah, this kit just came out last month, newly engineered. I haven't used any glue yet but I will say it's much like a Gundam kit. There are some parts you have to glue together if you don't want them to keep falling off. The hands are an example of something I will probably glue and I end up doing that with Gundam kits often. I am going to check the mech9 translation though!

@Wiz33
That's a cool old kit! I might try some of the older ones HLJ has just for the hell of it. HLJ have been slower than usual the last few weeks. I'm guessing they are busy or short staffed. I have a Fed Ex shipment that they took a week to send out. I requested shipment on a Monday and it didn't ship until the next Monday. I have another shipment of supplies I requested SAL shipping for this past Monday and it hasn't shipped out yet. I'm not going to email and check the status because I've done that before making sure my order wasn't overlooked and gotten snotty responses from the customer service guy. I can't remember his name but he's the only part of HLJ I've ever experienced that I didn't like. I mean I'm not a people person so I don't do customer service and this guy isn't a people person either so I'm not quite sure what he's doing in his position. Despite this they are still my favorite place to order from 85% of the time.

Brotzmann
August 1, 2013, 8:48 PM
I didn't get any more work done but I spent a few hours figuring out the transformations. I threw all caution to the wind and did it without looking up the translated manual. I'm pretty sure I have it right. It's kind of a P.I.T.A. Right now with parts falling off. I'm just happy I didn't break anything. At least now I know what I need to glue. I have a feeling I will be leaving this in fighter mode for display. I might switch it up occasionally.
Semi gerwalk:
http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b575/Brotzmann/vf1s%20trans/adca095e8d8df5ed799172416dc072a9_zpsdf1dd439.jpg
Gerwalk:
http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b575/Brotzmann/vf1s%20trans/56e0b26b99a1e6c256a88d1af87cc902_zps63bea0c8.jpg
Battroid mode:
http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b575/Brotzmann/vf1s%20trans/be8f0d829564e2634e5488f1d0b552de_zpsf0dee803.jpg

Wiz33
August 1, 2013, 9:00 PM
I would love to see a list of parts that needs to be glued. I watch some of the transformation video on the net and I have some idea of the pieces that like to fly off on their own. But having a list from someone that actually went through the process would be really helpful.

thwalker13
August 1, 2013, 11:20 PM
In my opinion, it looks way better in plane form. It just seems like it doesn't have as much detail in MS form.

Dlinker
August 2, 2013, 12:37 AM
Sadly, the majority of details come from decals so I'm not surprised it looks really plain without them.

That transformation doesn't look right, though, haha. At least going by what the pictures on the box and back of the manual show.

I'm curious to see what parts you'll end up gluing.

thwalker13
August 2, 2013, 7:44 AM
In the last picture, it kinda looks like a brick. Like it has almost no articulation what so ever.

Brotzmann
August 2, 2013, 8:38 AM
Yeah, the battroid mode is rather brick like...haha. I had problems posing it because the arms kept falling off. I have problems with the fingers falling out of the hands when trying to pose with the gun as well. I'm pretty sure I have it close to being correctly set up. I think it just looks so much different from the box picture because of no decals or panel lining. Also they Photoshopped the hell out of it ;), ha- not really but I'd like to think that's why the box art looks so much better. I like the fighter mode best anyway so I will be fixing it to work best for that mode. I've read that these transformable Macross kits have always had problems and I would say this one isn't perfect either. If you want a Macross kit I would suggest getting one of the non-transformable ones in the mode you like best. Especially if you only plan on displaying it in that mode anyway. Of course i still plan on getting the Roy Fokker one. I'm not totally disappointed because I knew the transformation probably would not be perfect. The transforming kits are a cool idea on paper, in reality it just seems that they get so complex and because they are made of plastic it ends up not working well. If they made these kits out of metal or stronger material it would probably work a lot better.

Brotzmann
August 19, 2013, 9:11 PM
I'm finally getting some more work done on the Macross kit. I primed all the pieces that I'm painting metallic colors. I used Alcad black gloss primer.
http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b575/Brotzmann/vf1spt2/7133f2a9430d31bc52393e4671739fa5_zps6d187449.jpg
http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b575/Brotzmann/vf1spt2/57d46bdc255aef6f7e6b0beecb279c53_zpsfcd4cc17.jpg
http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b575/Brotzmann/vf1spt2/237d668373d5ed91e5a20ef4f055bf88_zps24295d37.jpg

Wiz33
August 19, 2013, 9:34 PM
What are using to hold the skewers. I need to get s bunch of them so I don't have to keep hunting for foam pieces as they wear out.

Found them, but HLJ wants $37 to ship 5 sets which is about the same price as the base. Guess I might have to put a set or 2 into large shipments and hopefully get a better shipping rates.

Brotzmann
August 20, 2013, 10:49 AM
Found them, but HLJ wants $37 to ship 5 sets which is about the same price as the base. Guess I might have to put a set or 2 into large shipments and hopefully get a better shipping rates.

Yeah, HLJ and Hobby Search carry them. I got a few here and there with a few large orders.you could make your own if you have lots of scrap cardboard. It's corrugated cardboard sandwiched together side by side and cut down. I think they also make cat scratching pads that are made the same way. I got sick of getting styrofoam pieces all over the work area I share.

Dlinker
August 20, 2013, 10:53 AM
Oh man, you're actually painting the grey frame pieces? Seriously, that takes balls, especially on a kit like this. Are you going to just stick to one form and never transform it?

thwalker13
August 20, 2013, 12:26 PM
Just from reading what you all have said about this kit, it's pretty gutsy to paint that frame. I hope it turns out well man.

Squee
August 20, 2013, 2:03 PM
Keep sticking to the lacquer if you're going to paint the moving parts. I see you used the Aclad base, if you use a grey metallic that is thin like the Alclad, you're less likely to build up paint and have scratches. Looking forward to seeing this come together!

Brotzmann
August 20, 2013, 3:19 PM
Yeah, I'm using all lacquer base paint. I plan on displaying it in fighter mode and don't anticipate transforming it much and maybe not at all.

Brotzmann
August 20, 2013, 8:55 PM
I painted the parts I primed last night. Kinda crappy photos but I used Alcad stainless steel, chrome, gunmetal black, titanium gold, and pale gold.
http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b575/Brotzmann/vf3/6061db9d5e050ddd55b39e1533879b70_zps1a1497e6.jpg
http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b575/Brotzmann/vf3/ff72104fc46094a9d30ccbff4f28f271_zps16d17f4f.jpg

Brotzmann
August 21, 2013, 8:54 PM
I got a little more work done tonight. I got a clear coat on all the metallic pieces. I painted the red parts cranberry pearl, it's a nice metallic red color. I also primed the bomb/gun I glued and sanded the other day. I'll need to sand it a little more and re-prime before it gets the final gunmetal black. I did a bit of very subtle pre shading on some of the white parts. I used the tamiya smoke color for this.
My only setback was when I picked up the clear eye piece with tweezers and it slipped out and shot out some where on the basement floor. I looked around for a while but I'll have to systematically search more. Argh, I drop a piece pretty much every kit.
http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b575/Brotzmann/vf4/96c9ed94577c23f89bee2dc44727234d_zpsfde68795.jpg
http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b575/Brotzmann/vf4/b6fb8a2a55a596df66767e473d10daeb_zpsad6dc664.jpg

thwalker13
August 21, 2013, 9:59 PM
That some nice progress man. I'm intrigued by those cardboard holders. I might have to start collecting cardboard.

Dlinker
August 22, 2013, 12:38 AM
Ouch, I hope you find that clear piece soon. I had near disaster myself when I was priming some of my Valkyrie's parts this past Monday where the piece of styrofoam holding the parts fell off. I found all but one skewer holding the second set of head turrets... but it was a good ending because I eventually found said skewer an hour later.

Loving the darker red you used for the red parts.

Wiz33
August 22, 2013, 12:54 AM
Good luck in the finding the clear piece. I hate it when piece fly off on their own without permission. ;-P

thwalker13
August 22, 2013, 7:39 AM
I didn't even see that part about the clear piece. I hope you're able to find it man.

Brotzmann
August 22, 2013, 9:10 PM
I got a bit more painting done tonight. I spent most of my time using a .3mm drill bit and pin vise to drill a tiny hole through the fingers and hand. I then put a thin wire through and super glued the ends after trimming them. I got sick of the hands popping off so I had to think of something.
http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b575/Brotzmann/Miscillaneous/1a7c3221499132115ffa2b35519df295_zps5b86b3ef.jpg

Brotzmann
August 27, 2013, 9:02 PM
I'm getting work done slowly but surely here. I've been painting some of the smaller a parts today. All I I have left to paint are the arm parts. For the white parts I used a spray can of White Lightning (testors lacquer) I have left over from before I got an airbrush. It's a nice white pearl color. Tomorrow I'm going to start putting on some of the decals.
http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b575/Brotzmann/vf5/54e56051a8b36a6630b289752c3683d8_zps0933be0e.jpg
http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b575/Brotzmann/vf5/13f1f1e1deb4e0b62f2ef20be24e61e3_zps7b2e1904.jpg

thwalker13
August 27, 2013, 10:48 PM
Very interesting update good sir. I didn't see the post about the hands when you posted it, exactly how does that help the hands stay on?

And the paint looks really good in that 1st pic.

Wiz33
August 27, 2013, 11:11 PM
looking better and better. Can't wait till you start putting it back together.

Dlinker
August 28, 2013, 2:21 AM
Interesting how you went with metallics for the cockpit interior and all metal for the head turrets.

A pearl white for the white parts? Sounds and looks intriguing.

Brotzmann
August 28, 2013, 12:17 PM
Very interesting update good sir. I didn't see the post about the hands when you posted it, exactly how does that help the hands stay on?

And the paint looks really good in that 1st pic.

From the side, I drilled a hole through the hand and bottom of the fingers. The wire pin slides all the way through the outer hand through the bottom of the fingers. They still bend back and forth but don't fall off since the pin is holding them in place. I'm not sure if I was going about the finger assembly wrong but i found it very frustrating. They are so small they're hard to hold onto even with micro pliers or tweezers while snapping the hand enclosure on top of them to keep in place. After messing around with them for what seemed like 10 minutes to finally get them attached. Then when I played with the hand a bit the fingers fell out, taking another 10-15 minutes to get them back in.

thwalker13
August 28, 2013, 12:24 PM
Ok I gotchya. Yeah that would be highly aggravating. That drill though, what is it? I've been looking around something like that.

Brotzmann
August 29, 2013, 9:06 PM
Ok I gotchya. Yeah that would be highly aggravating. That drill though, what is it? I've been looking around something like that.
I used a pin vise and .05 mm drill bit. You should be able to get a pin vise pretty cheap.
Something like this
http://www.hlj.com/product/MNEL-5C/Sup
http://www.hlj.com/product/MNEL-2/Sup
http://www.hlj.com/product/TAM74050/Sup
You might be able to pick one up cheaper at your local hardware store.

Brotzmann
August 29, 2013, 9:08 PM
I finished up clear coating and did A few decals tonight.
http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b575/Brotzmann/vf5/be5d14279fc024a0988da45f2ab9f5d5_zpsfdfd8fe9.jpg

Dlinker
August 30, 2013, 1:21 AM
That symbol is looking lovely and I can't wait to apply those decals on the cockpit interior on mine. For some reason, I just find it so interesting, haha.

thwalker13
August 30, 2013, 7:36 AM
That symbol is looking really good. Those black decals on the cockpit hatch is a nice touch. Give it a sense of frame work. What piece is that other one? The head?

Dlinker
August 30, 2013, 11:00 AM
What piece is that other one? The head?

That be the cockpit window/cover. I notice a black trim on it. I didn't know it had one.

thwalker13
August 30, 2013, 11:13 AM
No not that one. The one on the far left. Looks like it has some blue on it.

Wiz33
August 30, 2013, 12:11 PM
That's the cockpit instrument panel I think.

Brotzmann
August 30, 2013, 12:18 PM
That symbol is looking really good. Those black decals on the cockpit hatch is a nice touch. Give it a sense of frame work. What piece is that other one? The head?

Yeah, it's the control panel that goes in the front of the cockpit. I had to do that decal work first so I can put it in the cockpit when I put it together again.

thwalker13
August 30, 2013, 12:39 PM
Ah ok. Cool.

Brotzmann
September 1, 2013, 11:13 PM
After 2 days of helping my sister paint her house I finally had time to do some more decal work.
http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b575/Brotzmann/vf5/cc737d6236b64527ae67f5f24c19ca5c_zpsbfb32835.jpg

Zeta
September 1, 2013, 11:14 PM
I so want to get this kit.

Dlinker
September 1, 2013, 11:50 PM
Whoa, that's looking great. Those decals look to be really thin too, judging by how the panel lines are still outlined, which is a good thing. Too bad I can't use mine...

Wiz33
September 2, 2013, 12:22 AM
Those decal almost look like painted on. You guys are making me itching to start this kit (must resist, need to finsih painting the other completed kits first). ;-P

thwalker13
September 2, 2013, 4:55 PM
That is some impressive progress good sir. Those are some great looking decals.

Brotzmann
September 2, 2013, 9:58 PM
Thanks for the kind words everybody!
I think I got the decals done today. I've been applying micro sol to melt them in the panel lines and indented detail parts a bit. Tomorrow ill do another clear coat (or 2 or 3) before some panel lining. I still have to build the strike parts when I get all done.
http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b575/Brotzmann/vf5/21e7193ada87da8855ea8829ded4e465_zps36b06647.jpg
http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b575/Brotzmann/vf5/9ae22ae6fdac7788986072fec8fa95b8_zps4cdc10dc.jpg

Wiz33
September 2, 2013, 10:39 PM
That canopy cover looks Rad! What color did you use?

Dlinker
September 3, 2013, 12:50 AM
Got to love Microsol; works wonders on more complex decals like these. Very interested in seeing your experience with the Strike Parts.

thwalker13
September 3, 2013, 7:49 AM
That is some very nice work man. The addition of the decals look great. I'd say that took a lot of time and patience to get them lined up perfectly.

Brotzmann
September 3, 2013, 9:26 PM
After I did a some clear coating tonight I started putting together the strike parts. I got a little bit done:
http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b575/Brotzmann/vf5/d872e3e1a9a6472e6c8c0a581b2d0742_zps04294544.jpg

Dlinker
September 4, 2013, 12:18 AM
What do you have in store for these guys?

Brotzmann
September 4, 2013, 1:25 PM
After I did a some clear coating tonight I started putting together the strike parts. I got a little bit done:
http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b575/Brotzmann/vf5/d872e3e1a9a6472e6c8c0a581b2d0742_zps04294544.jpg
I'm going to stick pretty close to original colors. I'm going to do the vernier parts chrome or at least metallic. I'm thinking gunmetal for the black. Since these parts don't transform, I'll probably do some gluing and seam removal.

Dlinker
September 4, 2013, 3:09 PM
Sounds like a plan. I didn't remove the seams on the biggest parts for mine due to the detailed areas I might potentially lose as I sand areas smooth, especially for those two parts that connect to the arms. Very interested to see how you handle it.

jayhat100
September 4, 2013, 8:43 PM
Love all the decal work looks amazing.

Brotzmann
September 4, 2013, 9:25 PM
I got all the strike parts together. Next I'm going to do a bit of glueing and painting.
http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b575/Brotzmann/vf5/9f5a23629f5a146b7606059715001872_zps6511ee85.jpg

Brotzmann
September 5, 2013, 9:00 PM
Tonight I got some missile parts painted and some other parts primed with gloss black primer for some metallic paint.
http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b575/Brotzmann/vf5/9756268eb91af3b5e0db395ace1b5a99_zps614e2e05.jpg

Dlinker
September 6, 2013, 12:48 AM
Are those bombs/missiles pre-shaded? Looks like it from the pic.

Brotzmann
September 6, 2013, 7:42 AM
Are those bombs/missiles pre-shaded? Looks like it from the pic.

Yeah, I've been doing some subtle pre shading here and there on this project.

thwalker13
September 6, 2013, 7:53 AM
It's looking good man. Keep up the great work.

Brotzmann
September 7, 2013, 11:01 PM
I did a little more painting on the strike parts. Prime, paint, clear coat, and repeat. I feel like that's what I've been doing.
http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b575/Brotzmann/vf5/7e810bf95b0ce0da5deac0d11557868e_zps4c839545.jpg

thwalker13
September 7, 2013, 11:44 PM
Parts are looking good man. I'm rather anxious to see this striker parts on the kit.

Dlinker
September 8, 2013, 2:20 PM
Ah, you painted the ordinance mounts. Interested to see how they match with the warheads themselves. I didn't paint the mounts on mine at all.

Brotzmann
September 8, 2013, 8:45 PM
Still painting...
http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b575/Brotzmann/vf5/bb672b5ed9a32937f6aae03d6efb725b_zps352a36b9.jpg

Wiz33
September 9, 2013, 12:32 AM
Really looking good. I need to get home and get back to working on my kits.

Brotzmann
September 10, 2013, 9:54 PM
I'm finishing up painting and started putting decals on the painted and clear coated pieces the last 2 nights.
http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b575/Brotzmann/vf5/747f1eb959be5e7c2a9a820f46d67f2c_zps3bf5b506.jpg

Dlinker
September 11, 2013, 1:43 AM
Yep, definitely shinier than mine, haha. Looks spectacular, especially those verniers/thrusters. The pre-shading on the bombs is also rather lovely.

Any difficulty with the smalll red text decals?

thwalker13
September 11, 2013, 7:45 AM
Wow man. Great job. The decals are looking great along with those thrusters. Excellent job on the pre-shading as well.

Wiz33
September 11, 2013, 11:32 AM
Drool!!!!!!

outamyhead
September 11, 2013, 6:22 PM
Looks good, can't wait to see it all mounted to the Valkyrie.

Brotzmann
September 15, 2013, 4:50 PM
Well, I've been working to finish up and I thnk I'm there. Too bad this hacker asshat is stealing the show. Hopefully these pictures do it some justice. I'll be updating my SD WIP here but my main kit will be the HLJ contest so I'll be posting there for that.
http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b575/Brotzmann/vf5/6953dd9538ba8d31f725219271bfb07b_zps12656b64.jpg
http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b575/Brotzmann/vf5/a437f8c15add0ea6466980071ac0bcdd_zpsc4c08284.jpg
http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b575/Brotzmann/vf5/52b99ca6af4bd6e8ca1c5098232ca9f1_zps099158a6.jpg
http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b575/Brotzmann/vf5/e51327801d768f5dd38bcf74cbe9aa12_zpsb0ff28f2.jpg
http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b575/Brotzmann/vf5/bc194dc5cb47e1c075248c4fee0e6b65_zpsc3b07754.jpg
http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b575/Brotzmann/vf5/5c6fcb984a344064aad4bee4202d8f15_zpsf36e553b.jpg

Bossguy
September 15, 2013, 5:09 PM
THAT is amazing. So very beautiful.

Dlinker
September 15, 2013, 6:26 PM
Oooh, that looks mighty impressive. What sticks out the most for me are the big thrusters on the Strike Packs. What metallic did you use for it?

We'll see later in the week if mine looks just as swell, haha.

thwalker13
September 15, 2013, 7:13 PM
That is super impressive sir. Amazing work. The striker pack looks very very cool. Those huge boosters look great, that metallic red is a big hit in my book. Does the top part rotate?

Wiz33
September 15, 2013, 7:55 PM
Very nice finished product. Gives me something to aim for when I get to building mine.

Brotzmann
September 15, 2013, 8:50 PM
Thanks!

@DLinker
I used Alcad chrome on the thrusters. It has become my go to shiny silver color. I sprayed Tamiya clear red on the inside for the metallic red.

@Thwalker
The top parts don't really rotate, they are on pegs that push into the side of the fighter. The canon barrel does tilt up and down a bit.

Dlinker
September 15, 2013, 10:17 PM
Aha, I see now. An excellent choice and it further cements my decision to do a similar candy coat on an upcoming kit. Any issue with the Strike Parts not connecting snugly?

Jfl0
September 17, 2013, 3:00 AM
I know I'm a week late, but DROOL.

Brotzmann
September 17, 2013, 8:48 AM
I know I'm a week late, but DROOL.

Thanks JflO and welcome back btw.

@ Dlinker-
The strike parts are mostly firmly attached. The only parts that pop out from time to time are the two big gun/thruster units that push in the side of the tail. They aren't too bad but they do pop out if you mess around with them too much. Overall I can't complain.

Wiz33
September 17, 2013, 1:51 PM
A lot of people was trashing this kit on the Macross forum and that got me a bit worried. It seems like they are over-reacting after all.

Dlinker
September 17, 2013, 3:31 PM
It's certainly not as solid as one would expect. If I were to compare it to my 1/72 Ozma VF-25S, the VF-1 is much more finicky, loose, and complicated.

For example, the legs have a couple of panels to raise before you can transform to accommodate Fighter Mode or Battroid Mode, but they can be hard to raise up to allow movement. When in Battroid Mode, there is nothing locking the upper torso together with the back part so it's always loose. The arm pegs that connect to the body are too short, causing them to fall off rather often.

I understand this is a model kit and not a toy so these can all be solved, but it's still something to deal with, especially on a kit that should have modern design and engineering.

Brotzmann
September 17, 2013, 3:50 PM
A lot of people was trashing this kit on the Macross forum and that got me a bit worried. It seems like they are over-reacting after all.

Yeah, I think I know the Macross forum you're talking about. I was lurking around there for a time but never joined. People on that forum were very negative about this kit. Quite a few people were attacking the looks of the kit but I think it's really cool looking. I don't come from a plane model background like some of those people. It seems like a lot of those people complaining think of Bandai as more of a sci-fi toy model company so they were disappointed it wasn't produced by Hasegawa or other companies that produce aircraft models. With the thinking that a company that does aircraft models will produce something with better realism, detail, and quality. I really disagreed with some members assessment of Bandai. I'm not sure that some of the people commenting on quality of Bandai kits have ever built one. I'd like to know how many people complaining actually built the kit. I hear enough complaining at work so all the whining made me not want to join the Macross forum. People expect perfection these days, I don't think it's perfect but I had fun and that's all that matters to me.

Brotzmann
September 17, 2013, 3:55 PM
It's certainly not as solid as one would expect. If I were to compare it to my 1/72 Ozma VF-25S, the VF-1 is much more finicky, loose, and complicated.

For example, the legs have a couple of panels to raise before you can transform to accommodate Fighter Mode or Battroid Mode, but they can be hard to raise up to allow movement. When in Battroid Mode, there is nothing locking the upper torso together with the back part so it's always loose. The arm pegs that connect to the body are too short, causing them to fall off rather often.

I understand this is a model kit and not a toy so these can all be solved, but it's still something to deal with, especially on a kit that should have modern design and engineering.

Yeah, I will admit I expected more from this kit as far as the engineering/design of the transformation of it. I plan on leaving it in fighter mode for display until I get the urge to transform it. It was my first Macross kit and a little break from Gundam. I don't regret buying it even though it's not perfect

thwalker13
September 17, 2013, 4:34 PM
I've built a few model planes, not very many. And honestly I find the Fighter mode to be more appealing than the Battroid Mode. Now, I know nothing about Macross. Never seen the show or books. I don't even know if there is a show or books to go with the models. But honestly if I got the urge to build a plane. I wouldn't be opposed to getting this one or the 30th Anniversary model that HLJ has been sporting about. I think they look cool. Granted it'd probably never see MS form.

Wiz33
September 17, 2013, 4:57 PM
Yea, that's the forum I was at. The thing is. Yes Hasegawa probably does make better/more detail/more accurate Macross kits. Only one problem, none of the them transforms. That said. I'm looking forward to their 1/72 VF-25F in Nov and the 1/48 VF-1S/A Strike/Super Valkyrie Skull Platoon in Dec.

Dlinker
September 17, 2013, 5:32 PM
I think this one is a good balance of providing more or less accurate looks like the Hasegawa models while still retaining the simplicity in terms of build process of a Bandai kit. I've read reviews of the Hasegawa VF-1 kits and they sound like difficult and very time-consuming kits. If someone was looking to build a VF-1, but doesn't have the skill or time to attempt the Hasegawa version, this one is available.

Like Brotzmann, I did this kit as a break from Gundam kits and to challenge myself. It didn't disappoint in that regard and I learned a whole bunch of new things. Would I build another one? Probably not, but I'm cherishing the one I'm finishing now.

And yeah, Macross fans are incredibly demanding. Maybe even too demanding.

Brotzmann
December 3, 2013, 1:51 PM
I have completed my kits for the HLJ contest so I can finally post here again.
I wish I had started taking pictures of this kit earlier. I have been working on it off and on for the last 4 months. It's the Megaman aka Rockman Kotobukiya kit. I'm making it for my bro in law who's a big MM fan. He'll sit down and beat the early NES titles within an hour, seriously. I like the MM series but it's pretty tough. Anyhow, this will be an Xmas gift for him. I almost want to keep this guy for myself since it's looking so cool. I painted all the parts, did a coat of future, and now I've done about 3 coats of Alcad matte finish. I wish I had earlier pics because I actually have done a lot of work getting rid of seams.
http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b575/Brotzmann/Megaman/5d923c351796be7a61423bca733dea71_zps4d59e36a.jpg
http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b575/Brotzmann/Megaman/25a0d52ad72fe724812ecc1cfe8fdc4b_zps7035626a.jpg
http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b575/Brotzmann/Megaman/9abb857646a250f955c2df51b9b39c67_zps92f5a2a2.jpg

ChapelMkII
December 3, 2013, 2:10 PM
I own this kit as well, and I can see the amount of work you put it into it. I must say, it's mind-blowing! O.O

Removing all the seams was indeed some impressive work, but I'm more curious to know the amount of work that went into keeping the joints from rubbing together, especially the shoulders. I've been meaning to strip mine and start over, so I'm curious at what kind of uphill battle I have against me.

Dlinker
December 3, 2013, 3:07 PM
Seamline removal looks great on these. Everything looks smooth and round, haha.

Squee
December 3, 2013, 9:02 PM
Great shade choices for the blues!

B6Drew
December 3, 2013, 10:10 PM
man that looks really great!