1:100 Stonewell/Bellcom VF-1J (Block 5 with MLU update) “Valkyrie”; aircraft “ET 240” of the U.N. Spacy SVF-201 “Flying Shamrocks”; Magadan Air Base, late 2017 (modified ARII kit) - WiP
The kit and its assembly:
Well, once in a while I dig one of these vintage ARII kits out of the mecha pile and let the spirits flow. This one was a kind of mental distraction, after putting together eight models for the “RAF Centenary” group build at whatifmodelers.com – and it’s the realization of an idea I had maybe 20 years ago when I worked part-time at a painter. One day I came at a wholesale shop across a rattle can with RAL 1000 (Beigegrün), a kind of yellow-ish RAF Sky and one of the ugliest colors you can imagine beyond RLM02. But I thought “One day I’ll try to paint a VF-1 with THIS, and it will certainly not look bad…”.
Said and done, the VF-1J remained basically OOB but received some mods and updates. First of all, the kit was to be displayed in flight, with its wheels tucked up, so I added one of my home-made standard display stands to the gun pod.
Then the kit received, as a standard treatment, some characteristic blade antennae on the back and the nose which the kit simply lacks, due to the small scale and its simplicity.
Then came some cosmetic additions – partly canonical, partly fictional. The IRST fairing in front of the cockpit as well as the sensor mounted on the wing roots were inspired by official source material. The fairings on the lower legs are home-made and also inspired by authentic VF-1s, even though their shape is different. The RHAWS antennae at the tips of the fins are a similar case, improvised with styrene sheet and putty. The missile pods were scratched from leftover AMM-1 missile heads and styrene profile, for more ordnance and a more streamlined look than the OOB dozen of AMM-1s on the underwing pylons. Last but not least, the cockpit received an extended dashboard (filling the space between the pilot’s legs) and a pilot figure.