Unlike more recent Macross kits, the VF-1 kit has quite a few obvious seamlines that require filling. The joint between the nose and the fuselage in particular required some sanding down and re-scribing. It took awhile but it’s time to put paint to plastic!
First on as usual is a basecoat of Tamiya Flat Black.
I then added a marble coat with Tamiya Flat White.
I decided to go with a very light gray for the main body so I sprayed a translucent coat of Model Air Pale Gray Blue.
The 2nd color would be a darker gray so I masked off all the required areas.
The darker gray is Model Air Aggressor Grey and… I didn’t like the results. It looks too much like the F-16 color scheme and I wanted a lighter gray for the main color.
I decided to repaint so I masked off the dark gray areas.
I then added a marble coat again with Tamiya Flat Black.
For the second go, I went with Mecha Color White Grey with a few drops of Model Air Aggressor Grey. Remembering that everything will be toned down under the various layers of weathering I tried to keep the finish patchier and looking like I had a lousy airbrush session.
As is usual with the VF-1, the nose will be white. I used Model Air Insignia White for it.
Also typical for the VF-1 is a black anti-glare panel and a band between the nose and the fuselage. Instead of faffing with decals, I masked these off and sprayed Model Air Dark Panzer Grey. Note the accidental spot of black on the nose.
And of course, I also managed to spatter some Vallejo Airbrush Cleaner on the other side of the nose. The spots were buffed down then painted over.
Anyway, a two feet away check and I think the colors look right now.
So I went ahead and painted the rest of the parts. To add some color I painted the wingtips orange. I also painted the head unit orange to add some interest to the bottom. Let’s just call these the squadron colors. It took a while to mask and paint the various parts as I also dealt with various bleeding and overspray.
The GAF Telelens is a solid piece of resin. Checking photos online, it’s pretty much all gray. Luckily Macross is a work of fiction so I can get away with adding some variation so I decided to paint the 3 panels that have cameras behind them. I went with a mix of Model Air Metallic Silver tinted with Model Color Transparent Green. These were painted over a base of Tamiya Gloss Black which I hoped will add additional glossiness.
The stores were also painted with the pylons following the VF-1’s main body color. The Stormshadows were painted Model Air Pale Grey Blue with Model Air Insignia White for the noses. The AMM-1 missiles were Tamiya Flat White with masked and sprayed nose bands in Model Air Dark Panzer Grey.
So this took longer than usual (again) but onwards to finishing this thing.