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.

Zeta Gundam Head Display Base

October 28, 2015 at 13:44 | Posted in Other scales | 1 Comment
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I decided to take a break from my Zeon Remnants Project and build something different. I chose the smallest box from my stack of backlogged kits and it turned out to be the Zeta Head Display Base. It was included with the Gundam Ace comic some years back. I put off building it because I couldn’t decide what color scheme to go for. Some color variations like Amuro colors, Red Zeta & Titans colors were considered, but I finally settled for the Grey Zeta color scheme.

Grey Zeta is actually a misnomer, since the color scheme is mostly orange-yellow. I used the MG Grey Zeta (P-Bandai) as a reference, but with some minor changes. On the back of the antenna there are some empty gaps. I could’ve filled them with putty but I felt it wasn’t worth the effort. After priming with dark-grey surfacer, I painted the head as follows:

  • Face, horns: light gull grey
  • Forehead, chest verniers: german grey
  • Inside neck: dark gray (2)
  • Head armor & body: orange-yellow + off white (airbrushed)

For the eyes and head sensor, I attached Hasegawa mirror finish stickers and handpainted clear green and clear blue on them. The stand was left unpainted. What follows is standard procedure: panel-lining, decals & flat topcoat.

This was a relatively simple project; it took me an extended weekend to finish it. Most of it was just masking and waiting for paint to dry. So here’s the final result:

zetahead_19

Gundam Origin Head Display Base

September 24, 2014 at 18:05 | Posted in Other scales | Leave a comment
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This head display base came with the October 20111 issue of Gundam Ace magazine. It’s based on the RX-78-2 design from the manga Mobile Suit Gundam : The Origin. The whole thing came as white plastic, so painting is necessary. I didn’t modify anything except for sharpening the v-fin.

After priming the entire thing with dark grey surfacer, proceeded to paint it with Full Armor Gundam colors, i.e green, orange-yellow and gray. The internal part that made up the vulcan cannons and side vents were painted with gunmetal. For the eyes and camera sensors, I attached a reflective sheet (Hasegawa Mirror Finish) and handpainted clear yellow for the eyes and clear blue for the sensor. After adding some decals I finished it off with flat topcoat.

From my personal viewpoint, I don’t find this Gundam Origin head very ‘handsome’. My favorite RX-78 head design has to be the ver. Ka. Another disappointing thing is that it doesn’t come with a stand. There’s two holes at the back but I’m not sure if it is compatible with existing stands. Anyway, it will make a good paperweight.

 

 

 

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