1/48 VF-1J/A Valkyrie Vermilion Squadron - Hasegawa

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Well, I'm back with another build! :D
This time it has wings and it is from one of my favourite animated sci-fi series, Robotech or also known as the Macross Saga/Series. These fighter jets transform in pilot controlled battle droids:eek::cool: - what more can you ask for?
Unfortunately this kit is only of the fighter jet variant, but its a mega cool kit in its own right. I purchased some extra PE bits for more detail. I think I'll have it on modern carrier deck base to simulate it taking off from the SDF-1 out in space....or something like thato_O

I have a 1/72 scale variant in the battle droid configuration, but this is for a later date and a mega 1/48 Super Strike Valkyrie, which too is for a later date.;)

I'll update later on with sprue pics and images of the box art.:smiling3:

Till later,

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What a pearl!!!!
I'm really interested to see what you do with it :smiling3:
 

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This is becoming a little nerve wracking as I haven't built a plane kit in 30yrs and not at the same level of detail!!:confused::confused::eek::eek:

Anyway, forwards and onwards we go!!:D

Started building and prepping and doing a bit of PE - Damn its small!:eek:
The HUD bracket is impressive, but as I said it is small, as well as the bracket on the air brake.
AB BRKT & MESH.JPG HUD BRKT.JPG

Started piecing other bits together, from the cockpit, upper fuselage with PE antenna and gun pod.
WIP 1.JPG
WIP 2.JPG
I have decided on doing the J variant, rather than the A version. Thanks to Scale Models for the Mr Color paints that I had ordered. I have never painted with this brand of paint before, so it will be interesting.
 

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Aaaahhh, summer draws nearer, the garage warms up, so work begins again.....

This is turning out to be quite a modular build which is interesting in its own way.

The cockpit is nearing completion:
cockpit shell.jpeg
cocpit innards.jpeg cockpit dry fit.jpeg

The cockpit isn't looking too bacd in the dry fit.

Also did a bit PE work and painting on the turbine intake & exhausts.
Turbines .jpeg

On wards and upwards (progressive resistance):smiling3:
 

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Thanks for the positive support!!

Here is some more bits and bobs...

WIP-6s.jpg WIP-8.JPG WIP-5.JPG WIP-3.JPG WIP-4.JPG

Well come got some base coat on and started spraying up other bits, so it's slowly coming together. I'm going to try my hand at pre-shading and other shading techniques - so lets hope I don't mess it up.:confused:
 

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This pre-shading malarkey is scaring me, but I am moving forward. Nothing ventured, nothing gained!:confused::eek::confused::eek:
Pre-shade 1.JPG Pre-shade 2.JPG
 

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Looking good mate, what does this shading malarkey do anyway?
Hi Scott, I've seen the results and I'm sold!! It does away with a single tone finish with pin washing and a bit of weathering - it literally brings the kite to life. I've been watching a video on youtube video 15 onwards , this guy (he is incredible) shows pre-shading, bleaching, post shading, pin washing etc on a 1/48 F-14 Tomcat.
 

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Hi Scott, I've seen the results and I'm sold!! It does away with a single tone finish with pin washing and a bit of weathering - it literally brings the kite to life. I've been watching a video on youtube video 15 onwards , this guy (he is incredible) shows pre-shading, bleaching, post shading, pin washing etc on a 1/48 F-14 Tomcat.
Sweet, thanks bud hes awesome I am following them on youtube now lol
 

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Well the paint is going on - pre shading + bleaching + post shading. I must say I do like this Mr. Color paint. Its a bit of drawn out process, but i think its paying divident.

Have a look and tell me what you think - personally I think it is a huge step up from a uniform finish.

PS+B+PS 1.jpeg PS+B+PS 2.jpeg PS+B+PS 3.jpeg PS+B+PS 4.jpeg
Thanks for looking!!

Gavin
 
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