Reorganized some shelves while waiting for new arrivals. Here’s my 1/60 scale mecha lineup, featuring Macross, Dougram, Dorvack, Patlabor, Votoms, Gundam, and Mospeada. Basically, all of my favorite things. Click the top image for a bigger panorama.
Archive for the ‘Macross’ Tag
Pics of my shelves seem to have become pretty popular, so here’s an update including much better pics of my vinyl shelves, and the bottom shelf totally redone with my TF big-guns in anticipation of some new stuff coming! Right now I’m loving the Max Toy Co and glow display on my nightstand.
This big guy is a recast of an older WonderFest kit (I think!) of the Zentraedi Glaug officer’s battlepod from Super Dimensional Fortress: Macross. The Glaug is a tough design to render due to the spindly arms, and I had to use alot of pins on the parts to keep it stable. I actually finished this kit a year ago, but only finally took it back off the shelf to re-fix the arms the other day, and figured it was time to finally photograph it all finished. The decals were made by me in Photoshop, using a scan of the decal sheet from a 1/72 Glaug plastic kit (either an Arii kit or Imai I assume), printed on clear decal stock. This was the first time I made my own decals, and I’m pretty happy with how they came out… I think the clear backing worked really well with the gunship greys of the machine, and gave it a bit more subdued look, instead of totally bright stand out colors all over the mech. I replaced the antenna on the side of the cockpit with a piece cut from thin Plasticard. Painted with a couple of random Tamiya and Testor’s rattle cans I had on hand, and then detailed with acrylics and a brush. I did all those yellow stencils on the legs by hand, and it took a long time to get them to where I was happy with them. An oil wash and weathering pigments rounded out the package, along with clear red on silver for all the sensor lights.
My current shelf setup… a combination of real robots in scale and the vintage super robots I’ve been accumulating lately, along with some vinyls and vintage Transformers.
Nothing special, just a decent-res scan of the sticker sheet from the Yamato 1/60 Destroid Tomahawk toy. My plan is to eventually make a decal sheet for the toy using these graphics as a starting point.
The Tomahawk is one of the non-variable Destroid mecha from the original Super Dimensional Fortress: Macross. The Destroids are the second-string machines in the show after the variable VF-1 Valkyries, and are often shown on defense and meat-shield duties (or so it seems)!
This is a 1/72 scale garage kit of the Tomahawk. Out of the box this kit was meant to be static once assembled, but I did some hacking and slashing and gnashing of teeth and made it articulated with polycap and ball-type joint option sets and leftovers from Gundam models. The designer of the kit was astonished at how far I took his creation.
I finished the Tomahawk more recently than the Gundam MkII, after spending some time doing historical models (pics to follow)! I spend a great deal of effort trying to translate techniques from armor modeling to sci-fi and mecha, and this is one of my earlier successes. Paints are mainly Tamiya acrylics, with oil work and pigments added for effect. The WIP shots show some of what I did to improve the kit, and the little tank in some of the finished shots is an in-scale Tiger I.
The VF-1A is the most basic model of the VF-1 Valkyrie from SDFM. The 1A is easily identified by its single head laser. The most common troops received these brown valks, nicknamed the Cannon Fodder by fans, as all they ever seemed to do was die!
This is the Yamato 1/48 VF-1A CF release, with custom decals and a weathered paint job. I did this after the GBP custom, so it’s a little better, but I think the battle damage came out too overdone.
The GBP is a heavy armor set for the VF-1 Valkyrie from the original SDF:Macross. It’s used by Hikaru in his VF-1J in the anime, and grants the pilot a massive boost in protection and firepower at the cost of variability, altho it can be quick-ejected if needed.
Yamato is the premier maker of modern Macross toys. The 1/48 scale VF-1 was a marvel of toy design, able to achieve perfect variability without the ugly swing bar of the venerable Bandai/Takatoku 1/55 VF-1. The 1/48 VF-1 has been superseded by the new 1/60 VF-1 ver2, to coincide with the common 1/60 scale of all new Yamato releases. The VF-1J was my first 1/48, specifically in anticipation of a GBP set. When the GBP finally did come out, I purchased custom water slide decals for it and the VF-1J and did my first real toy custom, complete with panel lines, weathering, and the decals. I’ve learned alot since this custom, but it still holds up okay since the toy is so awesome.
The YF-19 is one of the two experimental Variable Fighters from Macross Plus, entered in competition with the YF-21 for the right to be the new standard VF. The YF-19 is piloted by Isamu Dyson, a hotheaded and reckless test pilot.
Hasegawa makes some of the finest molded aircraft models on the market… I found the 19 to be almost too finely molded. This kit sat half assembled for ages in my stash before I finally mustered myself and finished it around the same time I did the PG GP-01FB. I did the base with a premade wooden base that I varnished, and made the Mac+ marking from a glossy printed image. I found that Hase’s decals react poorly to decal setting solutions, and had to repair alot of the black markings with paint. I assembled the kit as the two-seat version from the end of the anime, and weathered it accordingly, if a bit heavy. The only problem is that when I applied the canopy is crazed over a bit… the moral of the story is to never use superglue to apply clear plastic parts.