Jasmine Model 1/72 Valkyrie Kit First Look
|Date of Review||June 2014||Manufacturer||Jasmine Model|
|Kit Number||202001||Primary Media||Photo-etch|
|Pros||Interesting photo-etched skeleton airframe display||Cons||Nothing noted|
|Skill Level||Experienced||MSRP (USD)||$139.00|
Here is another interesting product from Jasmine Model. This is a photo-etched kit of the Macross VF-1 Valkyrie skeleton. The kit is 1/72 scale and goes together with some simple cutting, folding, and a touch of cyano here and there. The kit has a nicely illustrated instruction book printed in color to show where to cut, where to fold, and which piece slips into which slot along the airframe assembly. This release is designed for display in flight mode, not GERWALK nor Battroid modes.
The kit comes on three frets of photo-etched parts plus a set of gray-molded plastic parts representing the landing gear, ejection seat, and engines. According to the specs, this kit consists of 154 parts which will require patience and careful bending and folding to build-up the airframe. As complex as this kit looks, when you take a step at a time using the well-illustrated instructions, the project is really rather straightforward.
Jasmine Model did a really nice job of creating a photo-etched airframe that requires just a little more folding than assembly and should be a relatively quick build. This will make into a very nice display model for your desk or display case. This looks like the next-generation Tomcat with thrust vectoring for pitch, an single seat and retains the variable geometry wings for greater aerodynamic flexibility. It will definitely get curious looks sitting on your desk or on your shelf.
My sincere thanks to Jasmine Model for this review sample!