Category: Completed Works

Completed : Hasegawa 1/72 General Galaxy VF-22S Sturmvogel II

The Subject
The VF-22S Sturmvogel II is the mass production version of General Galaxy’s entry in Project Super Nova, the YF-21 ‘Omega One’. The YF-21’s brainwave control system was dropped and replaced with conventional controls. However, the active stealth and payload capabilites were retained. The VF-22S has been deployed by UN Spacy in limited numbers in the special operations force role.

Info from Macross Compendium

The Kit
This kit was my entry into Plamo’s WOOB 06: Do you remember Macross? groupbuild. I’m actually not eligible to win anything but what I joined to support the forum. As per WOOB rules, the kit was built OOB.

As an aside, the kit markings represent a variable fighter fielded by ‘SVF-124 Moon Shooters’, a squadron in the UN Spacy. It’s, as far as I know, a non-canon unit that Hasegawa has created to sell more kits. Lovely markings though.

Like all of Hasegawa’s Macross kits, this one allows me to build it in subassemblies. Due to the design of the mecha, there isn’t any major seamline that needs to be fixed which is nice. I did deviate from the instructions in some cases which I think worked better to reduce the need for seamline removal. I also decided to build the kit in a wheels up position as I find Macross kits look better this way. Hence, this becomes the first time I have finished a kit in an inflight configuration.

The colors used for this project:

  • Alclad II Jet Exhaust
  • Lifecolor UA008 Medium Gray
  • Model Master Acryl 4757 Neutral Gray
  • Tamiya X-23 Clear Blue
  • Tamiya X-25 Clear Green
  • Tamiya X-27 Clear Red
  • Vallejo Model Air 002 Yellow
  • Vallejo Model Air 047 US Gray
  • Vallejo Model Air 056 Black Gray
  • Vallejo Model Color 863 Gunmetal Gray
  • Vallejo Model Color 965 Prussian Blue

All in all, it was a pretty straightforward build although it won’t stand up to any competition-style scrutinizing. Some notes for posterity:

  • I need to find a more secure way of attaching the kit to the display stand
  • I ended up ruining the finishing on the exhaust because I tried both superglue and plastic cement to attach the petals to the housing. I ended up handpainting the parts where the original paint lifted. I should have tried using Gator Glue to attach the petals.
  • I originally wanted a clean finish with just straightforward panel lining but I ended up having to use the oil paint as a wash which toned down the finish. Luckily for me, it turned out well, albeit unintentionally. I still need to figure out how to do clean panel lining though.
  • This is the first time I used Future for anything else besides for dipping canopies. It’s very versatile, I think I’ll experiment it for other uses. Heh.
  • First time using Lifecolor and I like it although I prefer Vallejo’s squeeze bottle.
  • First time weathering a near black finish. It turned out OK but it’s always good to find out how to do it better.
  • First time not preshading a kit and it turned out quite well. Perhaps unless for special cases, I think I will stop preshading for 1/72 kits as my preshading can sometimes get quite heavy handed.
  • I need to be more careful with canopy masking.

End of the day though, it’s not too bad! I’m quite happy with how it turned out.

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Completed : Hasegawa 1/48 Lockheed Martin F-16C ‘414th CTS’

The Subject
The Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon (originally developed by General Dynamics) is a multirole jet fighter. It currently serves in no less than 25 nations, with over 4,400 aircraft built.

Commonly known as the ‘Viper’, it features innovations including a frameless, bubble canopy for better visibility, side-mounted control stick to ease control while under high g-forces, and reclined seat to reduce the effect of g-forces on the pilot. It is also the first fighter to be built to sustain 9-g turns.

The current 414th Composite Training Squadron (CTS) is a US Air Force unit based in Nevada. It is responsible for hosting Red Flag, Air Combat Command’s largest air training exercise. It is assigned to the 57th Wing’s Operation Group and currently flies F-16C Block 32s in the DACT (Dissimilar Air Combat Training) role.

The Kit
I actually finished this kit one day (December 3, 2008) short of the 3rd year anniversary of starting this project. It was supposed to be for a groupbuild I had with 3 friends of mine. But they have finished their kits way sooner than me heh. I’ve finally taken good pictures of my build so it’s finally up on the site.

Anyhow, I tried to replicate some of the features that Hasegawa left out in their what is now close to 20 year mold. These modifications include:

  • Resin ejection seat from Legend Productions
  • My good friend Gerald contributed a scratchbuilt oxygen tube in the cockpit (which can’t really be seen unless you peer into the canopy)
  • Scratchbuilt RWR sensors on the wings
  • Scratchbuilt AOA vanes on the nose
  • Scratchbuilt static dischargers on the wings, horizontal stabilizers and tailfin
  • TwoBob’s ‘Fighting Fulcrums’ decals

The build didn’t go as smoothly as I’d hoped though. In between starting and completion of the project, I had a kid, had 1 more coming, moved house twice and moved between countries once. And those aren’t even related to the build itself 🙂 .

Some inaccuracy and mistakes remain due to various reasons:

  • No reinforcement plates on the fuselage
  • Wrong placement of the checkerboard band on the tailfin (TwoBobs’ instructions were wrong and I didn’t research first… sigh…)
  • Two decals (the numbers on the nose) went missing
  • The placement of the plane number on the base of the tailfin is wrong (again, I based on the TwoBobs instructions)
  • I had to guesstimate some of the camouflage demarcations (yup, TwoBobs again)
  • My oil wash looks a bit heavy handed in hindsight
  • In my hurry to finish, I left a fingerprint near the ‘eject’ decal on the left side of the fuselage. I think I didn’t wait long enough for the flat coat to dry before handling the kit
  • A friend pointed out that I forgot to attach an air scoop on the base of each side of the tailfin. Found out the base F-16N doesn’t have it so the instructions didn’t reflect them. Not enough research on my part
  • I also missed painting the wingtip and tailfin lights
  • I need to figure out a way to reduce the amount of dust that landed on the kit

Lessons learned. Still, I thoroughly enjoyed this build as I find Aggressor schemes to be very distinctive (though challenging) and will look good among the normal dreary greys of modern aircraft. Certainly won’t be my last colorful aircraft.

I entered this kit into the 7th Jakarta Miniature Model Expo and Competition organized by Peter & Partner. It was put under the 1/48 Aircraft (Advanced) category and didn’t win. But it served as a good lesson for future entries into the competition.

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Completed : Bandai HGUC 1/144 RGM-79 GM

The Subject
The RGM-79 GM is The Earth Federation’s first mass production Mobile Suit. The GM was developed using the test data collected from the prototype RX-78 Gundam and various other experimental Mobile Suits. The GM is basically a very simplified version of the Gundam. To cut costs, the core block system and one beam saber was removed. Standard Titanium Alloy was used as armor for the GM instead of the stronger Luna Titanium used by the Gundam. The beam rifle was also replaced with a short ranged beam spray gun or a standard ammunition firing machine gun.

The mass production capacity of the Federation basically churned out hundreds of GMs in a few short months and these were quickly introduced to the fronts, thus ensuring the Federation’s victory in the One Year War.

The Kit
This is my first kit done only with spraypaint. Some mods done to improve the proportions, including lengthening the arms and the legs. The end result is a very tall (about half a head taller than the standard kit) and lithe-looking kit. List of mods include: Visor on head and slight reshaping of whole head

  • Covered up the obvious peg holes for the shield on the backpack and arms with minus molds
  • Extended arms, thighs and legs
  • Changed the angle of the waist peg for better posing
  • Modded the leg joints so it can pose better
  • Extended the feet

Very mild weathering was done. And not done very well I must say. The panel lining’s very roughly done. Need to find a better way of doing it actually. No drybrushing at all. I wanted to get it out of the way before it started to bog me down hehe.

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Completed : Bandai HGUC 1/144 RGM-79G GM Command

The Mecha
The RGM-79G GM Command is the result of the Federation’s refined manufacturing processes and is built on a modified RGM-79 GM frame with added thrusters for maneuvaribility. The RGM-79G is primarily tasked with colony defense. Manufacturing costs are high for this variant and production for this type is extremely limited.

The Kit
This kit was done as part of Project WOOB. The rules state that the kit has to be built fully out-of-the box only without any modifications. So I decided to give the kit a custom camouflage.

The camouflage was done by handbrushing, which is a first for me. It didn’t turn out as I’d imagine, but it didn’t look half bad. I have also continued the cheesecake decal on the shield of this kit, just as I did in my Powered GM. Maybe it’ll become my signature, who knows.

My entry actually won the Silver Medal, to my utter surprise. It’s the first contest I joined and the first time I’ve won anything. Incidentally, this kit was done in between the birth of my son so hopefully, I can show it to him someday when he’s old enough. Here’s to more good things to come!

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Completed : Bandai MG 1/100 PGM-79 Powered GM

The Mecha
The PGM-79 Powered GM variant of the RGM-79C was developed by the Federation R&D division as a testbed for an enhanced backpack that provided very powerful thrust and acceleration. With this enhancement, the legs were mounted with improved shocked absorbers.

Outwardly, the PGM-79 looks to be more heavily armored than the standard RGM-79C. However, that is not the case as the bulkiness was mainly due to the mounting of the backpack control systems and further improvements to the structure of the RGM-79C frame.

At least 3 units were tested with this modification in the Torrington base facility in Australia in UC 0083.

The Kit
The Powered GM is my favorite GM variant from the Gundam universe, so needless to say, it is also the first ever Master Grade Gundam kit I did. This was also to be my first ever kit that I have extensively modified in addition to a kitbash with an aftermarket set of parts. In this case, it’s a conversion set from Akohobby.

And what an experience. Since I couldn’t leave well enough alone, I decided to modify the kit to suit my tastes. And the changes kept coming:

  • New brass rod antennae on the head
  • Shield from the GM Quel/Custom kit
  • Grenade launcher attachment for the rifle
  • Grenade pack with 3 grenades on the right hip
  • An extra part to help the PGM bend forward on its waist
  • A custom open palm made out of 3 different hands
  • My own take on ver.Ka feet

All in all, a very satisfying job.

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