I thought it’d be interesting to take a look at some bootleg kits from Daban. They go for a fraction of the price of the originals so are they worth the savings? None withstanding the ethics of getting bootlegs, it’s a mixed bag.
They look OK from a distance but up close, flaws do appear particularly the Jegan ECOAS.
The fitting issues are more prominent on the Jegan with major gaps even after trimming the connectors. The neck also flops around.
The Base Jabber on the other hand, fits very well and is pretty much trouble-free.
Obviously, 2 kits aren’t big enough of a sample size to draw any concrete conclusions. But the Jegan will definitely require some elbow grease to fix the issues so I don’t think it’s worth the savings. On the other hand the Base Jabber is quite problem-free. I’m not planning to buy another Jegan kit just to see if the fit issues are different but it’s probably safe to say that problems depend on the kits you buy. Bootlegs are definitely an affordable option to use as parts for a diorama/vignette and perhaps for kitbashing though. So, YMMV.
Coming in March is one of the most iconic vehicle/mecha from the original Star Wars trilogy in a very manageable scale. It even comes in the napping option! Alas, no 1/144 Snowspeeder included to trip it.
Modelling News has a lot more details and pictures. Coming in March @ 4,536 JPY.
Oh, and Bandai is releasing a 1/12 Yoda too.
Media: Injection Plastic and Rubber
The New Rally Pawn is an update of the AFSSA E3C/E3CB Luna Pawn, which is the space variant of the land-based Armored Fighting Suit. The Rally Pawn addresses the main shortcomings of the Luna Pawn which are the relatively weak ceramic armor and lack of burners. Air circulation and motor efficiency are also improved. The nickname ‘Rally Pawn’ is in contrast to the original ‘Luna Pawn’, which has a reputation of being a one way ticket to the moon with little chance of coming back.
Info adapted from the back of the box
This kit is part of the wave (heh) of new releases by Wave Corporation when SF3D was revived as Maschinen Krieger ZbV 3000 (Ma.K in short) in the late 90s. While Wave reboxed some of the original Nitto molds, this is a new mold and is a 2015 rebox of the Luna Pawn which was released in 2006. It has new parts to build the (in-universe) upgraded Rally Pawn.
The parts are molded in pink. Yes. Really. They are also snapfit. While the original Nitto releases were multimedia affairs with copper wires, rubber and PE bits, Wave’s issues are all injection plastic with rubber used for the joints and hoses. It makes for a less detailed kit but in exchange it would make for a less fiddly build.
I don’t have a Luna Pawn kit to compare with but it looks like the parts for the Luna Pawn are all still in this box.
Right up front I have to say that it’s not really a snapfit kit in the vein of Bandai’s gunpla. Fitting isn’t great and there are noticeable seamlines when parts are joined together. Even snapping the parts together requires some finessing and I pretty much used cement on almost every part except the joints.
The joints themselves are made from a waxy rubber which resist any kind of painting. I decided to coat them with white glue to help with adhesion. It’s not a perfect solution as some of the glue peeled off. I’ll try something else for the next build.
Poseability is marginal. While not floppy, the joints aren’t meant for changing the kit pose repeatedly. But at least it’s not a static model.
Colors & Markings
I decided to go with a simple gray (Game Color Stonewall Grey) and blue (Game Air Sombre Grey) color scheme for this build and I went through my process in a previous post.
I have a general lack of skill in figure painting but I think it turned out OK. It helps that the visor covers most of the head though. I also scratched the visor with a buffing pad to add some wear and tear. As usual for me, markings are kept to a minimum.
Weathering-wise, I began with some sponge chipping and then added more by hand with various colors. Panel lining and wash (acrylic this time) was then added. I wasn’t very careful about this figuring that it’ll add more to the ‘wear and tear’ look. Last on was some dusting on the feet and the right hand with Tamiya Weathering Masters. This was my first time trying this product and it worked easily although it disappeared under a flat coat. I had to redo most of the dusting.
I decided to make a small vignette and for this build, I tried out air dry clay to add some volume to the groundwork. While it was drying I pressed the feet of the kit onto the clay to simulate some weight that’s acting on the ground. The rest of the groundwork was done the same way as on my Stormtrooper build. At the last minute though I remembered that the Rally Pawn was deployed for space use so I did a thick drybrushing of gray color on the base. I think it turned out well although I think the moon surface would be a more uniform gray.
In any case, I’m done. This is my first Ma.k kit and while the build quality isn’t great, I quite enjoyed it. I’ll definitely build more of these.
Number 1 of 2017
Next up on the workbench is another shelf queen from January 2011. Yep, 6 years. Unfortunately I’ve had to wipe my website late last year and I lost a lot of in-progress pictures of this build (Update: I have since recovered said content). Anyway, work continues with drilling a hole for the pole. I’ve had to put the hole off-center as the gunpod was in the way. Nothing too drastic though. The brass rod was then reinforced with epoxy putty in spots that can’t be seen from the outside.
Hasegawa typically designs its Macross kits to build in subassemblies. Usually it also means you can paint them up before putting everything together. This kit is no different but I decided to go with a more conventional build with this one so I put together most of the kit (like an aircraft kit) and will go from there.
My workmanship hasn’t been great for this build though. There are some obvious steps on the joints between the wings and the fuselage. Not sure if I can overcome these. Anyway, work continues.
Apparently Isamu Dyson from Macross Plus had a cameo in the second Macross Frontier movie (Macross F Sayonara no Tsubasa) and he flew in this upgraded VF-19. It’s designated as the VF-19EF Caliburn in official literature.
This looks to be a standard VF-19 with a combination of the original VF-19 and VF-25 Super Pack parts. Oh and Isamu seems to be flying for SMS now instead of the UN Spacy. It’s coming in March @ 4,536 JPY. I hope more pictures are forthcoming.
This is the first time I’m painting a large-scaled head. The results aren’t great (the irises aren’t the same size) but I think it’s quite OK for a first effort. Plus it will be hidden under a helmet and behind a visor. Everything was done by handpainting and filtered with washes.
Next up decals. I went easy on the markings after a round of gloss coat on the kit. The fitting of the kit isn’t great with big seamlines everywhere but the decals went on very nicely and reacted very well with Mark Softer.
I then added chipping by slowly handpainting with Game Color Black, Mig AMMO Medium Gunship Gray and Vallejo Light Gull Gray. I tried my best to be random about the chipping. Not sure I really pulled it off though.
Then I added washes and filter using Vallejo Black Model Wash. It doesn’t flow as well as an oil paint wash but it turned out OK for this build.
I then added some dusting on the feet and hands using Tamiya Weather Masters but the effect was toned down after a coat of matt varnish to seal everything up.
Final assembly is next with the visor and helmet and doing up a base.
Yep… it’s inevitable that Bandai would release this. It’s also inevitable that it’s going to be a P=Bandai exclusive. Looks like it will include a lot of weapons options and the new shield as it appeared in the Sega Dreamcast Game ‘Rise from the Ashes‘.
It’ll come in at 4,104 JPY in March. More pics on Tag hobby.
I thought I should get as much figure painting practice as I can so I decided to paint up this 1/72 pilot figure from Hasegawa to use as size comparison for my future builds.
Colors I used:
I then made a clear base made out of a blister pack. The figure is glued with white glue to the base which will dry transparent.
I think I’ll try to get a 1/72 scale WW2 figure painted too. Oh and also their 1/48 counterparts. Looks like much more practise ahead.
Don't mind the missing images on old posts. My server had to be rebooted and I pretty much lost a ton of content.