There’s a long seamline all the way down from the intake to the exhaust. Sigh.
Some work needed to be done to close the rear landing gear doors. As mentioned before, it’s clear Hasegawa means for this kit to have the landing gear down. I added some plastic card to the inside of the gearbay so the doors won’t fall in.
Then I use some more plastic card to act as a bridge to join the two halves together. I also cut off the gear door actuators.
A bit of sanding to shape and elbow grease later, the doors are in. Some more sanding required but it’s not too bad.
Urgh… many many injection pin marks. Some in crazy places.
Like below. What were you thinking Hasegawa? 😛
Some badly molded parts too. Nothing that putty can’t fixed though.
Pin marks inside the intake is a typically Hasegawa thing.
Simple to fix but annoying.
Some of the parts will actually be hidden. So hidden that I won’t need to paint it. So it’s here for posterity :D.
Handpainting time! First up the ejection seat which is pretty straightforward. Black with OD cushion.
I decided to give the pilot a tan flightsuit like what US pilots wear now in the Middle East. Bright helmet and shoulder pads though. Just because… 🙂
The center console is next. Since the VF-0C will be in-flight, the MFDs will be on so I painted them a bright green. Will be adding a drop of Future floor polish on each MFD to make them really glossy.
For Plamo’s annual WOOB competition, the theme this year is Do You Remember Macross. I’ve been honored to be asked to be a judge apparently because Iâ€™m a Macross fanboy haha!
I actually have two other ongoing WIPs that can be considered for WOOB, but what the heck, I decided to add another one. 🙂 Any excuse to take another kit out of my stash. This one is Hasegawa’s VF-0C Phoenix. None of them will be eligible for any prizes of course.
This time I’m trying something different. I’m building as many subassemblies as possible and then painting all of them in one shot. Let’s see how that goes. With this approach, I got quite a bit of construction done in 2.5 hours.
Ejection seat. Made up of 3 parts. No belts but it will be covered by the pilot.
Pilot. Interestingly, the box comes with 2 of these. 2 seats too. Guess they didn’t bother to rebox from the VF-0D release.
Cockpit. I decided to cement this down to the lower fuselage upfront.
Gun and arms. Simple affairs but ugly seamlines abound.
Head. Half of the head will be hidden but it’s nice they included the whole thing.
Upper fuselage. I deviated from the instructions which call for the nose and rear fuselage to be first assembled separately before joining together. My way will allow me to reduce the chances of a step or gap on the joint between the nose and rear fuselage.
Stores. The kit gave me options for the underwing weapons. I decided to go with the HAIM-95A (which look like external fuel tanks) and keep the GH-28A rocket pods for another VF-0. Besides, there will already be a pair of GH-28s overwing.
Wings. These are big delta-wings with all the flaps and slats already attached. Would have been cool if they were separate though. I also added the weapons pylons here.
Front landing gear. I model all Macross fighters with their gear up but it’s clear Hasegawa intended for the landing gear to be posed down so some work needs to be done to close them up properly. Lots of wrestling with parts and sanding down for them to fit semi-properly here. Definitely needs some cleanup later.
Leslie Nielsen has died and the world is less funny somehow. I of course, know him as Lt. Frank Drebin from the Naked Gun series. Years later, I realized he was also in Airplane! where as Dr. Rumack he uttered his most famous line:
Rumack: Can you fly this plane, and land it?
Ted Striker: Surely you can’t be serious.
Rumack: I am serious… and don’t call me Shirley.
Ahhh… classic. Good laughs too. Thanks Mr. Nielsen! Godspeed.