1/100 YF-29 Durandal Valkyrie (Alto Custom)(Part 3-Final)

And now this little fella is done. I took more time than I expected since I ended up painting some areas instead of using clear stickers. I can only work 1 or 2 hours on this kit a day, so it’s quite a long time. Since I’m just a casual modeller, the result is far from perfect. But I did my best and satisfied with it. Lots of pictures after the jump, followed by rant and verdict.

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1/100 YF-29 Durandal Valkyrie (Alto Custom) (Interlude)

Unexpectedly, my work on YF-29 took longer time than I expected. This all because some stickers don’t work out well and I ended up have to paint some areas instead. It’s almost done now but will take 1-2 days more before I can post part 3 of the review. So now please enjoy an official art of YF-29 by Hidetaka Tenjin (click for larger image).

1/100 YF-29 Durandal Valkyrie (Alto Custom) (Part 2).

After done with cockpit area, let’s move on to another parts and then the actual build itself. First, I painted the intake fans of all 4 engines in gray. It’d be better to gave them metallic finish, maybe using silver as base and then using gray as second layer but I’m not in the mood for experiment. It’s damn hard work as it is, painting accurately inside those deep depressions. You can see for yourself the result, it’s still need a little cleaning.

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1/100 YF-29 Durandal Valkyrie (Alto Custom) (Part 1)

And so, a new project after a long time. I still have 2 MGs and 1 Kotobukiya SRWOG kits but somehow I got bored working on humanoid-type mecha model. But I don’t have the skill nor tools to handle “serious” project such as real life aircraft  model. So for me, this particular model from Bandai suit my needs. It’s an aircraft kit, but build like gunpla. Looks good enough out of the box, since it has a decent color separation just like Gundam HGs. And it’s really cheap. So basically, if 1/72 transformable Macross F model is MG, then this 1/100 is HG. Before we start, let me remind you one thing: THIS THING IS NOT TRANSFORMABLE. Heck, nothing moved in this kit. But it’s a nice display piece, with good surface details despite the size. Anyway, for those whose not familiar with this design, this YF-29 was only appeared on Macross Frontier 2nd movie: Sayonara no Tsubasa. This unit never appeared on TV series and so far not many facts about this unit is known. I’ll talk more about YF-29 on the last part but now, let’s focused on the kit itself.

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Revoltech Yamaguchi no.054 YF-21

I have this one for over a year actually, and yesterday I had sudden urge to play with it again. Revoltech will release its 100th entry by the time I write this so I think they are pretty popular and need no detailed explanation of what they are. All I can say is that they are small figures that fun to play with. They are made for dynamic posing, an opposite of Gundam Fix Figuration line that I reviewed before. Anyway, this is no 054 on Revoltech Yamaguchi line, YF-21 from Macross Plus. YF-21 is an experimental Variable Fighter (VF) that competes against YF-19 to become next generation VF for UN Spacy. For what happened to the competition, you can just watch Macross Plus. It’s a good anime, must see for any mecha or military enthusiasts.

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Macross II

Okay, so I just watched two first episodes of Macross II. Been meaning to do that for months but only had the time today. I’m too lazy to take screencap so to make this post less boring, I’ll just using the images I found by Googling. Yes, I’m a lazy bastard.

I know songs from Macross II from years ago, my favorite being ‘Banana Moon Love Song’ and ‘Hush of Million Years’. They both have 90’s J-Pop catchy goodness. Anyway, ‘Hush…’ turns out to be opening song. Cool. The OP sequence is cool too, the battle scene is blazingly fast and stylish. It gives me hope that this anime will be good.

The animation, considering that this is a early 90’s anime, looks great. Well, the early episodes at least.  But from the first scene, I can feel that it has choppy pacing and awful in storytelling. I think it’s even worse than Macross 7, but with less annoying main character. Still, Hibiki, our main man, is nowhere a likable character. I’ll hold my judgement until I watch all episodes.

Meanwhile, as for mecha…

We got sweet looking VF-2SS Valkyrie II. Looks cool and ‘modern’ enough for a VF that exist 80 years after VF-1 Valkyrie. Anyway, this is UN Spacy main VF for space use. For atmospheric use, they have VF-2JA which is less sexy. And wait till you see VF-2SS with SAP pack; wickedly cool.

I also noticed something that maybe less important and no one ever care about :

The helmet. Yeah, the pilot helmet in MII universe is unique, more like motorbike helmet than fighter jet pilot’s one. Since the face is mainly covered, it’s kinda hard to quickly recognize the pilot. Personalized helmet pattern might help but still, it’s not as easy as, say the one on Macross F.

Anyway, that’s it for now. I might write more, or maybe not. As for DX VF-25 and Arbalest reviews, I decided to take new photos so it will take a while.