Wave 1/72 SDR-04 Mk.XII Destroid Phalanx


KIT #: MC-73
PRICE: 7040 yen
DECALS: Several options
REVIEWER: Dan Lee
NOTES:

HISTORY

In the Macross universe, the Destroid Phalanx Mech was part of the defensive force of the SDF-1.  Itís main firepower was based on two SAM launchers carrying 11 SAMs each.  It could fire them in single, multiple or all of them in fire blossom mode (which is a now TV trope.)

 

In the Macross series, Phalanxes didnít have a long combat life as they were usually destroyed in devastating manner by Zentraadi forces in other words, the Red Shirts of Macross.  The Phalanx looks like a couple of Long Range Fire Support Battlemechs from the BattleTech World which is not surprising as the folks at FASA licensed several designs from Harmony Gold.  The relationship between them later turned acrimonious leading to several prominent mechs being removed from the BattleTech universe altogether or mentioned but without any drawings.

 

Info from Macross Wiki

This space close-in defense Destroid type was hurriedly developed during SDF-1 Macross's year-long maiden voyage. Searchlight pivots 90 degrees up or down. A model equipped with gatling guns in the head and other variations exists but the large majority of the Phalanx were equipped with missiles. This unit specialized in close defense and space operations is designed to be a simple structure depending on a thermonuclear power system and simplification of the targeting and delivery system of the guided armaments. As a result, this system could be mass-produced even inside Macross and substituted for the Defender's deployment because of the complexity of that system. A disadvantage is said when the drive is shorter when using the thermonuclear propulsion nozzles. Because it used the MBR-04's ambulatory system, the hip and leg structure is common with the Tomahawk and Defender. The upper body is newly manufactured neglecting silliness, with a simple core structure equipped with weapons, a search device, and propulsion system. Combat operation capability decreased substantially when it exhausted it missiles.

THE KIT

This kit from WAVE is one of the more expensive 1/72 scale kits Iíve seen, but I can see why as it is quite detailed and the parts look very well done as well as the fact that this is a limited run kit mainly for the Japanese market where it seems limited run is still designed with Tamiya like precision and eye popping cost.

 

The parts come on several sprues of tan plastic, several sprues of similar material to used in Tamiya polycaps for the limb joints and one sprue of clear.  There is minimal flash and the parts have very good detail.

CONSTRUCTION

 

I followed the instructions to assemble the various sub assemblies (including the interior) together with the exception of those parts that were to be a different color to make painting less of a headache.  There are some seams on the arms and legs that needed to be sanded and filled.  I waited for a week (or ten thanks to my new job) for the glue to cure to eliminate those annoying phantom seams.  A little bit of CA glue and the Tamiya equivalent of Mr Surfacer was used as filler.  The scratches were removed using micromesh sanding pads and polishing cloths.

COLORS & MARKINGS

Painting

I painted the sub assemblies with Tamiya dark grey and flat black in the same manner that armor modelers do with vehicles.  Once it was dry I masked off the various leg joints and sprayed on two thin coats of Tamiya Desert Yellow which was the base color for most of the parts.

 

The interior of the search light filled head was painted silver and the missile bay doors were painted RAF Dark Green.  The warheads of the missiles were painted white then gloss red as per instructions.

 

Once the paint was dry, the various parts were sprayed with Tamiya gloss for the decals.

 

Decals

I used the markings for the Mech on the box.  The kit decals were of excellent quality and only really needed MicroSol and MicroSet to make them settle down onto the detail.  Once dry, the model was wiped down with a wet cloth to remove the excess decal solution.

 

Weathering and Final Coat

I had assembled the model at this point, minus the clear parts, when I started the weathering.  I used a watercolor mix of Burnt Sienna and Black for the panel lines and pinwashes.  The excess was wiped away using wetted Q-tips.

 

I decided to spray some thinned (2:1 thinner to paint ratio) Panzer Yellow for some post shading and dirt effects. Once done, I sprayed everything with Vallejo Flat Varnish.

FINAL CONSTRUCTION

 

Considering that all the major sub assemblies were attached using polycaps, final assembly was a breeze.  The most fiddly steps of assembly were adding the missiles to the missile bays and the missile bays to the arms.

 

I had broken off both aerials removing them from the sprues so I replaced them with thin steel wire (glued on with CA glue.) Finally, I attached the clear bits to the legs and to the searchlight head using white glue.

CONCLUSIONS

 

The WAVE Destroid Phalanx makes a very nice model.  Everything came together fairly quickly and the paint job was not complicated.  Recommended for beginners to advanced modelers with the caveat based on the price of the model that you should be a fan of Macross or really want one (I am both.)  I have to admit this is the first thing I bought with my first paycheck from my new job. 

Dan Lee

February 2014

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