1/72 VF-1A/S Valkyrie (Hikaru Ichijo) Available From HobbyLink Japan Hlj.com
Here’s a look at some of the parts, and all 3 modes now that it’s all put together.
Here’s the tools I used. Glue is needed in a couple places on the body, and for the figures.
I put on the most noticeable water slides for the pictures, and figured I’d put the rest on after and then topcoat. But doing the transformation took a bit of a toll on some of them as you’ll see.
Empty plates are always fun, because they lead to fun layouts like these.
Very well done in terms of plate planning. One leg = one half of the plate.
The legs bend well enough when they’re not connected. The way this hips split at the top is intriguing.
Lots of connectors, 2 extra fixed position hands, and Lynn Minmay is somewhat recognizable in 1/72 scale. You can choose what angle to glue her left arm on.
With just a few water slides on, and a fair bit of time spent on lining, the overall effect is very pleasing. The proportions look fantastic, and it would look good on any shelf next to models of real fighter planes I think.
With the tail section swung forward.
Looks as it should, with some weight issues that can be overcome with patience.
Is there anyone out there that would consider buying three kits to show off this mode in addition to the other two?
With the lining, water slides, and shiny stickers on, he’s looking very good in terms of anime accuracy, while still keeping the proportions modern.
A height comparison with my Crossbone X0, due to their shared love of the skull and crossbones.
When it’s in Battroid mode though, don’t expect any stability. The shoulder connectors that keep the chest in place fall out easily.
The hips will collapse fairly often out from the nosecone, but surprisingly do a decent job of staying in place when it’s standing in place on the ground.
Be careful before you topcoat!
Swap the heads off for the VF-1A if you want it to look less humanoid, and more like a security camera.
The hands fold in neatly to the forearms, but overall feel skinny as expected. They move relatively well, but do catch in a few places when you try to position them.
Will going aerial help with the loose seeming hips? The connector won’t fill you with confidence when you attach it.
And the loose hips don’t lie. Going aerial doesn’t increase the posability, it just makes them dangle like wet noodles.
The hands do a poor job of keeping the fingers in place, and holding the weapon, but the colors work well.
Two hand poses work, and help keep the Gunpod up.
Though the legs are a bit awkward on the ground, they still work, and maintain a pose while the weight of the body pushes down and keeps them relatively stable.
Ah, space fighter planes are always fun!
The salute hand is a nice touch.
Pro 1: A lot of effort went into getting things right, from the package to the manual and seals.
Pro 2: When lined and with seals added, looks great, thanks to the perfect proportions.
Pro 3: The fighter mode looks fantastic, and may just have stolen the show from the Battroid for me.
Con 1: You have to like lining and lots of decals to bring out his best look.
Con 2: The transformation is tricky, and will be frustrating.
Con 3: Very flimsy when in Battroid mode.
Overall: Due to the fun build and overall great looks in all three modes, if you’re a fan of Macross I think this will please you greatly to put on your shelf.
Finally, he will fall down, but you’ll pick him up again, because he looks so good! But eventually will it end up back in the awesome fighter mode?
Thanks for reading everyone!
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