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Long time lurker, but I figured I would share.  Started in 2017 and put n hiatus for a couple of years until recently.  This will be build as a J model for now.

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Started back up in 2020

 

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These were stripped and redone, will take pictures later.

 

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The paint scheme is a light gray/med gray with a slight metallic sheen *fingers crossed*  Something like the paint scheme for a F-15C.

 

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The finalized paint scheme will look something like this.  Leaning towards Version 2.

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I like both version 1 and 2 - maybe a combination of both. The dark grey over the canopy with the overall bulk dark grey of V1?

How about a tri-coloured splinter scheme reminiscent of a Viggen or even something from World of Warships (by that, I mean using a similar pattern layout)?

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This looks really great. Nothing better than a VF-1 with an alternate paint scheme. I'm really interested in seeing how it turns out.

 

I kind of lean towards the lighter schemes where fast packs are used because it makes a nice contrast. But really you can't go wrong. I've seen some wild builds and they never look bad.

 

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I was liking the blue plastic right up to the point you covered it in black paint.

then I was going ????  then the gray primer ?????

 

so are going to use Light Ghost Gray and Dark Ghost Gray like on the F-14 , F-15 and F-18 ???

:thumbsup:

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The black is the primer (Vallejo Gloss Black primer), the gray is the first color.  There will be a darker gray along with it much like the F-15.  The gray may look lighter then you might expect due to the metallic sheen added to it and it lightens the colors.  If nothing else, this is a great practice for future builds! 🙂

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This kit was originally done by Imai back in the day and it was the only way to do a 1/72 Super Valkyrie for the longest time. It also builds A LOT faster than the Hasegawa kit (which is technically more accurate, but a pain in the you know what due to the numerous seams in it). Very nice job based on what I am seeing.

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Still working on this build, just have not had the chance to take any pictures.  The painting is more or less done minus touch ups and I am not putting the sub assemblies together.  Putting in the clear inserts is a pain!  Took about 45 minutes to do the wings since the clear parts kept shooting out into the wild unknown of my workbench.   Also still need to work on the stand to display this build as an inflight Valk.

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...and now the completed build.  Had some issues during the build, paint lifting up from the canopy rail.  Using Vallejo's Medal Medium for the first time and the first model to work on in years.  Not a bad build, but always looking to improve.  The base is temporary for now, might add this to a inflight Hasegawa VF-1 & VF-11 down the road.

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Looks awesome! Extra points because it's in my favourite pose: in-flight 

Those metal bits look good. I might have to try those on my mig-31

Great work and am looking forward to seeing your next build

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Sweeet!! Love them VF fighters... I did one with an alternative scheme as well., a bit similar to yours but dirtier 😛

how was the bandai compared to Hasegawa?

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I have yet to build the Hasegawa Valkyrie, but just looking at the sprues, the Hasegawa looks to be less of a headache in regards to putting the wings together and attaching to the main body.  That along makes things easier.

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19 hours ago, ulvdemon said:

I have yet to build the Hasegawa Valkyrie, but just looking at the sprues, the Hasegawa looks to be less of a headache in regards to putting the wings together and attaching to the main body.  That along makes things easier.

That area is easier, but there are so many other sub-assemblies on the Hasegawa kit that have more seams on them than what the Imai/Bandai kit has. I am about 85% through finishing one and the seam work has been a bit of a buzz kill. Plus, Hasegawa designed their kits with the landing gear down and it requires a bit of parts modification to build them gear up.

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