Hasegawa 1/72 VF-1J Valkyrie
|1600 yen when new (2000)
|Scott Van Aken
In the fictional Macross Japanese anime series and its English adaptation Robotech, the first mass-produced transforming aerospace fighter mecha is called the VF-1 Valkyrie. The VF-1 Valkyrie is referred to as a variable fighter in the series Macross, but this is changed to the term veritech fighter in the Robotech series.
The VF-1 was created between 1980, and 1982 by Japanese mecha designer Shoji Kawamori with contributions by his Studio Nue partner Kazutaka Miyatake. The VF-1 Valkyrie was to be the centerpiece mecha design for the anime series The Super Dimension Fortress Macross which aired between 1982, and 1983. The McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle and Grumman F-14 Tomcat with its variable-sweep wing design, served as the main design inspiration of the VF-1. When it came to naming "Valkyrie" was used as a tribute to the real world XB-70 Valkyrie, which was an experimental supersonic strategic bomber developed in the United States in the 1960s.Contrary to popular belief, the VF-1 was created entirely by Kawamori and Studio Nue, without any involvement from Harmony Gold USA or Carl Macek.
I'll leave it to you to google Macross to learn more about the series.
This particular kit is the VF-1J, a model used by team or squadron leaders. License-produced by Shinnakasu Heavy Industries. First model capable of using the GBP-1S Armored unit. Fitted with twin anti-aircraft laser cannons.
Instructions provide the usual well drawn construction steps (16) and Gunze paint references. There are two different color schemes. One is the box art plane and the other is one is either mostly red or mostly bright blue. All the various stripes on the wing and fuselage are provided, but on the red or blue one, you'll need to do some painting of things like the radome, and the large white areas on the main engine pods. The large decal sheet is quite nicely done and should work just fine.
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Thanks to Bill for this nice kit.
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