Wave 1/100 VF-1 Battroid

October 26, 2019 at 16:12 | Posted in Other scales | 1 Comment
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Introduction:
This is a non-transforming VF-1 Battroid kit by Wave. It says [Multiplex] on the box, which means that you can choose to build either one of these variants: VF-1A, J, or S. Apparently Wave previously made separate kits of those three variants. The only differences between them are the head and color scheme, shown below:


Wave also makes a non-transforming 1/100 VF-1 Fighter mode kit. There’s no VF-1 Gerwalk mode kit, but you can build one by combining parts from the Fighter and Battroid kits. For this build, I went for the VF-1J variant, the one with the white & red stripe color scheme.

Materials & methods:
This kit is made up of white plastic, with a few grey and clear parts. As alluded to earlier, you can build three types of heads corresponding to the different variants.
Also included in the kit is a sheet of waterslide decals with markings for each variant.
As I was snap-fitting, I was a bit surprised to see some parts were undergated, because they’re usually associated with metallic coated kits.
There were several parts with obvious seam lines, namely the forearms, thighs, knee joints, and the gun. Speaking of which, the gun grip and the trigger hand is molded in one piece of white plastic.

Because of the way the kit was designed, the knee and thighs were required a bit more planning. It went something like this:
Fix seam lines on the knee joints -> paint knee joints -> mask knee joints -> attach to thighs -> fix seam lines on the thighs.
The rest of the parts were less problematic. All parts were sprayed with grey surfacer, and then preshading lines were added using german gray. Colors used were as follows:
Feet, knees, intake vents: Gaianotes gunmetal
White parts: White + a bit of orange yellow
Gun: Mr Color FS36118
Red parts: Red + a bit of orange yellow
Black parts: Gaianotes pure black
I decided against using the included waterslide decals for the red and black parts and instead went for the painting & masking route. There were some parts that needed to be directly paint brushed, like the aforementioned gun grip, and some details at the wing tips. Once painting was done, I applied panel lines using grey enamel, applied decals, and finished with flat topcoat.

Results:

The range of motion is quite limited: only 90 degrees for the elbows and knees. But the leg can bend forwards a little bit, which can look slightly awkward.

The gun comes with a strap made of soft rubber-like material. There is a stand included, but no base to attach it to. Also comes with two open palms.

Due to the limited range of movement, there’s not many poses I can make.

In terms of size, it’s about the same with a typical HG 1/144 scale Gunpla.

Discussion:
My overall impression of this 1/100 VF-1 Battroid kit is that it’s akin to a HG kit from 10 years ago. The poses you can make are kind of limited, plenty of obvious seam lines, and painting is definitely required.
In other words, a lot of effort is needed to make it look good. Although articulation is not that great, I think the proportions are better than the fully transforming kits, like Bandai’s 1/72 VF-1. So at the very least it looks good just in a standing pose.
In summary, this kit consumed a lot more effort than I initially anticipated, and the overall quality is lagging behind Hasegawa & Bandai’s offerings. With a price around 3,000 yen, it’s also a bit pricey. The only thing that it’s got going are the nice level of surface details and good body proportions. Not recommended for beginners.

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  1. Awesome work man brings back so many memories
    Which VF-1 kit would you recommend?


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