Vinyl figures conquer the shelves! Phil Reed’s (from Battlegrip.com) gonna hate this update… he’s currently trying to keep himself from falling off the vinyl cliff, and here I am pushing just about every robot toy I own out of the way for more vinyl! I’ve got standard-sized Kaiju up the wazoo… I’ve got a separate space for unpainted M1 Kaiju, sort of as holding area for them, and then a Max Toy Co shelf, with more Neo Eyezons on the way, and an ‘everything else’ standard-sized shelf. On the bottom is the Real X Head shelf… I’ve been having alot of fun seeing all the different colorways out there… especially in the Chaos family. Of note are the two Mark Nagata handpaints, Toybot Studios Rock and Roll Kemur Seijin, the SDCC Goto-san painted Drazoran, M1 Lucky Bag Red Ultraman, and the awesome Superfest Kikaida paint-scheme Chaos Adult.
Edit: threw a fight pic on the end.
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.