So I never watched any of these cartoons. In fact, I'm 45 and have have never in my life watched any anime whatsoever. It is as foreign to me as the instructions are in the kit I am building.
My best pal has a birthday at the end of the month. I wanted to give him something special, and I heard him talking about his favorite show while growing up. He said it was "Space jets that transformed into robots and saved the day when Rick Hunter's pop-singer girlfriend got kidnapped by intergalactic aliens".
I did some research and found it was this 'Macross'...thing.
I bought this kit from Japan ($24 delivered) and with nothing but box art and the instruction sheets (in Japanese) to go on, I started building.
OK, I did watch some clips of the show on YouTube, and looked at some comic cels. That being said I still don't have a clue as to what I'm doing on the paint. Are they shiny? Are they beat-up and rusty? Do they have blaster marks on them like X-Wing fighters? I don't know...so I chose to do it in a typical faded-panel jet-scheme that I'll spray with a gloss top coat.
This kit was tooled in like '84 and released back in 1990 (I think) and the engineering shows. While the pieces went together ok (it's not a snap kit), the mold lines and seams were just horrendous. I achieved a new level of sanding-Zen getting this ready for paint.
I primed it with Tamiya extra fine grey, and then preshaded with Nato black on all of the panel lines and recesses, then highlighted with flat white. I laid down a very light coat of IJN grey (of course!) then sealed it with Tamiya clear. It's drying now, and will next get decals (there's over 100) then another seal before I do the feet and joints and intakes, then weathering.
I did the visor (supplied in clear plastic) using a technique I stole from painting scope screens in cockpits. I use a clear fluorescent green, mixed with a luminescent powder on the backside of the clear part. It gives the impression of "glowing" green and I like it. Looking back on the build, it would have been easy as heck to add a single LED in there, but I'm a lazy modeler sometimes.
Overall, I am really enjoying building something "other than normal." I got this far just in one weekend, and like being able to use my imagination and just traipse around the outside of the box. I have enjoyed it so much in fact, that I bought a couple more Gundam kits that I plan on painting up in tank colors and weathering the heck out of!
Here's what I have so far:
The original box (I cut out the cover, and have it framed as the base for the finished kit)
Not a clue...
I achieved Zen, then primed it
Base coat applied over the black and white
More to come later this week!