Kit preview of BanDai's Valkyrie Weapons Set

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Valkyrie Weapons Set Preview

By John Lester - images & text © 2001

Scale: 1/72
Parts: 76 injection molded styrene
Instructions: Illustrated assembly guide, plus paint/markings and load-out guide; all Japanese
Decals: Waterslide
Molding Quality: 10 - it doesn't get better than this
Detail: 9 - crisp, fine engraving (maybe too fine)
Accuracy: 9 - looks the part
MSRP: 1000 JPY (~$8.30 USD as of 11/2001) available from HobbyLink Japan
Overall Rating: 7 - great for the Valkyrie or your own kitbashing project

[Box art]

Airplane modelers have grumbled for years about Hasegawa's penchant for not including underwing stores or figures with their airplanes. Now it's our turn.

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^ Placement and marking guide

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^ A small decal sheet is provided

Image: Sample sprue

They've done it again, this time for the 1/72 scale series of VF-1 Valkyries they released this year. This set includes the normal underwing ordnance seen on Valkyries in the TV series and OVAs, and provides enough parts to completely equip two models.

The set consists of two identical sprues that give one a total of:

  • Four UUM-7 Micro Missile Pods
  • Six RMS-1 Reactor Bombs
  • Four AMM-1 Missile racks and
  • Two seated pilot figures.

Molding and detail is as near to perfect as one can expect from one of the premiere injection-molded model manufacturers in business today. I literally can't find anything wrong with the parts in the box I bought.


OK, I hate that one has to buy the weapons separate from the kit - but to be fair, that's a sound business strategy on Hasegawa's part. The ordnance definitely enhances the look of the model, in my book: I like my models to be packing heat. Recommended to those who feel likewise.

Hasegawa has also produced a photo-etched detail set to accompany the kits. That's overkill, in my opinion, but you may feel differently. You can check it out here.

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