by Raymond Nikel
Scale: 1/165 (ish)
This is a Star Blazers/Space Battleship Yamato Cosmo Tiger II. For those of you who did not grow up seeing this in US syndication I'm sorry, as a kid this show was extremely cool. Unfortunately, you can never go back.
I picked this Bandai kit up several years and several moves ago at a comic book store in Arlington, Texas along with a Cosmo Zero, and promptly lost it. Over time I forgot I had it. When I saw the new contest I dug the Cosmo Zero out of a box in my model closet. I re-discovered this while digging for supplies to build the Cosmo Zero; neat find. I forgot how small it is. No scale stated, but based on the 1/100 Bandai Cosmo Zero review on this web site, 1/100 builds to about 7 inches. The Cosmo Zero scales out around 1/165 at 4 and a quarter inches. Assuming the Cosmo Zero and Cosmo Tiger II are the same scale this one should scale out somewhere around 1/165 too.
No decals were provided. I used an airbrush with Tamiya paints I had sitting around thinned with Mr. Color Thinner. This required much masking because the entire hull only had two pieces, a top and bottom. There are no landing gear doors designed into this kit.
I painted the Cosmo Tiger II with more of the cartoon look of the show. I still pre-shaded, but gloss coated the fuselage. Look at the pre-shading picture; it is next to a Cosmo Zero.
This was a fun project that took 7 days from Saturday to Saturday, in October 2010. I worked a little every day after work. This finished much better than I expected.