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VF-1S Strike Valkyrie / VF-1S Valkyrie / VF-1A Valkyrie / VF-4A Lightning III

“Nor law, nor duty bade me fight,
Nor public man, nor cheering crowds,
A lonely impulse of delight
Drove to this tumult in the clouds;
I balanced all, brought all to mind,
The years to come seemed waste of breath,
A waste of breath the years behind
In balance with this life, this death”

‘An Irish Airman Forsees His Death’
- W.B. Yeats, 1919


1:72 Bandai/IMAI Macross VF-1J Super Valkyrie
August 26th, 2017

This Bandai kit is a re-pop of the old IMAI Max-type VF-1J Super Valkyrie. Actually, it comes with parts to build this as a VF-1A, VF-1J, and a VF-1S, and can be built as a regular Valk or Super Valk. What I love about this kit is that you can build it in a regular Fighter mode or sweep the legs down for that pseudo-Gerwalk mode in which the legs are swept down but the arms remain retracted, which is my all-time favorite Valkyrie pose.

Here I have done a dry fit, held together with masking tape, to get a feel for how it comes together. Since I have been learning about model-lighting, I am making plans to light this. This kit has clear pieces for the navigation lights on the wingtips as well as wing lights, but the wing halves do not create a hollow space inside. Instead, I think I might leave the wings unlit and instead insert rapid flashing LEDs in the gunpod and the nose cannons (via fiber optics) to have this in-battle.

Lighting the fastpack thrusters will be very easy. Getting the foot thrusters lit would be rather difficult though, due to the limited space to work with. However, I think I can accomplish what I need to by creating a light tunnel inside with a translucent-drying resin clay called Sukeru-kun. By drying this clay with an LED inside of it like a light socket, the clay’s translucent properties will help refract the light to where it needs to go to shine outwards.

Eventually I will begin this lighting project and feature it on my YouTube channel.