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Hasegawa 1/48 VF-1S Strike Valkyrie


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My bench has been jammed full of 1/32 aircraft builds (my regular choice of libation) so I decided to mix it up a bit and switch gears from 4 engine heavies. At least temporarily.

 

I've got a few Valkyrie kits in the stash, mostly Hasegawa 1/72 kits but also a couple of their 1/48 ones. There's also the Max Factory 1/20 release that I'm hoping to start later this year. 

 

So the 1/48 Strike Valkyrie seemed like a nice warm up build for big brother. Here's the kit in question:

 

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Sprues are in two colours plus clear. Here's the blue ones which are dedicated to the Strike bits. 

 

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The airframe parts are in white. 

 

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I started with filling many of the ejector  pin marks in the visible areas. I had to full some a couple times to get them flush. 

 

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Carl

 

 

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I then started working on making several sub-assmblies. 

 

Intakes/upper legs 

 

 

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Lower fuselage and swing wing pivots. 

 

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FAST pack armour/boosters for the legs. 

 

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Leg thrusters. 

 

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I missed documenting the forward fuselage assembly but that was pretty straightforward. Same for the lower legs/engine nacelles. 

 

Here's some of the various sub-assmblies laid out. 

 

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I then started on the detail painting. I'm basically following the instructions for all of this. 

 

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There's also the vernier cones that need to be painted black. I used a circle template to mask those off. 

 

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Here's the FAST packs after removing all the masking tape. 

 

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The upper legs were next. 

 

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On the Strike Valkyrie, the upper packs have one with a twin beam cannon and the other has missle launchers in the front. Hasegawa has really added quite a bit of detail into these kits. 

 

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The missle pod nose even had individual missiles to be added before you close things up. 

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You can just see them in the assembled one on the right. 

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Here's the assembled upper boosters along with the legs/engine nacelles. 

 

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A quick mock-up.

 

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I'm slowly working on all the decals for the kit. 

There's a lot of them. Even for places you'll never see, like the vertical tails:

 

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Which then get folded over...

 

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..and installed upside down. 

 

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More progress on the decals. 

 

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Stickers actually which is typical of Bandai. Whoops, wrong Strike Valkyrie.:lol:

 

Here's the right one. 

 

 

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I finally glued the legs and arms to the fuselage. 

 

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Flipping it over, I then attached the backpack (? I never knew what they called this part). 

 

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With that on, I've added the FAST packs. 

 

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On 5/24/2022 at 9:48 AM, JamesP said:

Those SD Valkyries are surprising good and fully transform.

 

Considering their age, they're definitely not bad. Bandai did a reissue last year of them and I grabbed both sets. 

 

 

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Finishing up all the small bits and I finally added the gun pod. 

 

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Upright, I just need need to add a few more decals to call it finished. 

 

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42 minutes ago, Thom216 said:

Awesome! Love those Macross kits. I don't have any 1/48, as 1/72 is my 'jet scale,' but that bigger kit must be a hoot to put together!

Thanks! Compared to their 1/72 Valkyrie kits, the 1/48 one has quite a bit more detail to it. 

 

I usually build 1/32 aircraft but have been considering down sizing to 1/48 for my jets. Having a 1/32 Lanc and B-24 on the bench at the same time takes a lot of real estate.  Even if it's just their fuselages at the moment. 

 

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On 5/26/2022 at 9:39 PM, Thom216 said:

Looks like you're about to start a boneyard! Which looks awesome.

Lol, no boneyard. Just the pile of stalled projects. 

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Ok, I finally got the Strike Valkyrie done. The last few decals and details bits are on now. 

 

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Overall, it went together nicely and was a great distraction from my B-24 and Lanc builds. Once those are done and I learn how to do lighting, the 1/20 Strike Valkyrie will hit the bench. 

 

Thanks to everyone who dropped by.

 

Carl

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On 6/1/2022 at 8:23 AM, FG2Si said:

Ok, I finally got the Strike Valkyrie done. The last few decals and details bits are on now. 

 

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Overall, it went together nicely and was a great distraction from my B-24 and Lanc builds. Once those are done and I learn how to do lighting, the 1/20 Strike Valkyrie will hit the bench. 

 

Thanks to everyone who dropped by.

 

Carl

Outstanding build! I just received the same kit, shopping for photoetch bling for some additional touches.

 

PS: 1/20m you have the big PlayMax kit? I've been wanting one but they're hard to find, and the price jumped considerably. I should have bought one when they first hit the market.

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11 minutes ago, HadesOmega said:

Outstanding build! I just received the same kit, shopping for photoetch bling for some additional touches.

 

PS: 1/20m you have the big PlayMax kit? I've been wanting one but they're hard to find, and the price jumped considerably. I should have bought one when they first hit the market.

 

Thanks! Hasegawa makes a PE set and Jasmine models makes one too I believe. 

 

Yes, I've got the Max Factory kit as well as the decal set that came out for it. The moment I saw it listed I ordered one. It's the biggest box in my stash and will certainly be the largest model I've got. 

 

Carl

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