Another post I was meant to write over a month ago, before the world got turned upside down. This is the last post for the Macross build. What? That’s it?, you ask. Well, I was going to do the decals but these days I just don’t have the time to sit down and decal an entire macross kit, as much as I would have liked to. Also, I not longer have this Macross kit in my possession. After we filmed the Macross episode for Gunpla TV, one of my co-workers was so excited to see a built Macross kit that I just had to give it to him. He took it home a happy camper.
Anyways, when last you saw the Tornado Messiah I had finished the basic build so now it’s time to add the little things that make this kit what it is.
Using two of the same runner (which makes sense when you think about it) I set off to build the attachments to the wings.
I like this color for the afterburners (is that the correct term?) It stands out really well in contrast to the white and gray everywhere.
With those completed the next step involved some rather large pieces.
Just slide this piece into the grooves and..
Wings! Wings that go over wings.
I was rather surprised at how these work.
You slide them on overtop of the fighter’s wings and lock them into place with a small piece that slides into place from behind. It was here I realized that even though you assemble the basic kit with its wings, you never see them.
So the kit itself is finished, now for the weapons.
This section has you use a sticker. The fit is fine but anytime you use a sticker instead of another piece of plastic it comes off as looking tacky.
Add some smaller pieces…
Combined with its twin…
and mount this on the top of the kit.
I would like to take a moment here to mention that this connects onto the kit by a simple ball and socket and because of this it doesn’t really stay in place. It will pop off all the time and cause you some frustration.
Onto the rifle!
One small runner becomes
some small pieces.
which fit together to make a larger sections (just like everything else when it comes to models)
The barrel of the rifle actually slides forward.
Another small runner for the armor parts.
At first I thought it looked like an alligator, but after looking at it some more, I am going to change my opinion. Now I think it looks like a sperm whale.
The rifle is mounted onto the Macross kit’s Fighter form by this little piece of plastic.
It’s worth noting that Bandai gives you a few of these pieces. Not only do they hold the weapon in place, but they also hold the kit together (i.e. keeping the legs tucked in tight). The fit is very precise so if you haven’t got something in place correctly the supplied piece will cause you all sorts of trouble when you try to attach it.
But we’re not done! There’s one more thing the manual has you do.
I don’t even know what these are.
They attach (loosely) to the bottom of the wings.
That’s all the pictures I had taken of the Macross kit. I should have taken some while I was experimenting with the transformation but, in all honestly, that turned into more trial than treat and frustration set it very quickly. When I get angry I forget to take pictures.
My first Macross kit was definitely something out of my comfort zone, even though it was a Bandai kit, and really opened my eyes to the world outside of gundam. I should be grateful it’s Bandai, though. If this kit was designed by Kotobukiya I would have had even more things to frustrate me.