I remember that show. I did enjoy it but you knew they were going to win once they shot of the big gun.
Here in the States the English dubbed version is called Starblazers...was it called that down under too? And yeah! The Wave Motion Gun is the gun to end all guns (George Lucas mentioned in an interview once that the Death Star gun was inspired by the Yamato gun)
$4? That is very good value for such a brilliant little kit. Are there by any chance a Japanese retailer selling such kits to international customers?
$4 is indeed a great value for such an excellent model...all the "Mecha Colle" kits in this series of models are only $4 in Japan...there are numerous Japanese retailers who sell them, Ami Ami is a good source. Most of these small kits are also made as much larger (and more expensive) 1/1000 scale Yamato kits as well.
. Not a fan of the design, but that's an issue with the source material rather than the mini - looks too much like a seafaring ship for me. I think that was a part of the back story about the secret creation of the ship. I think it started its life as a sea-going ship?
"Fuggit" can educate us I guess.
Yep! Abecedar has a good memory :cheers
The Yamato was the lead ship in her class of Battleships in the Imperial Japanese Navy of WW2...to this day she is the biggest Battleship ever built in the world, and widely considered as the most beautiful Battleship design as well:
In the Space Cruiser Yamato story, Earth has been bombed into an atomic wasteland by the alien Gamilas ("Gamilon" in English). All of the Earths oceans had dried up, exposing numerous shipwrecks, including the wreck of the WW2 Yamato.
The Earth Defense Forces rebuilt the Yamato into a spaceship, in order to hide it from the Gamilas forces, basically built it in plain sight of the enemy.
This may seem a bit odd to us Westerners, but it helps to view it in the context of Japanese culture.
Everybody in Japan knows the story...during WW2 the Yamato's final mission was it was sent out on a one way suicide mission to fight the American fleet at Okinawa, it was literally only given enough fuel for a one way journey because the Japanese high command knew it would not survive. The entire crew of 3332 men were told it was a kamikaze suicide mission, and they could request transfer if they wished. None of them did, and more than 3000 died when it was sunk.
So iconic is the Yamato in Japanese culture that there are numerous Yamato museums, including this massive 1/10 scale museum model:
What a model, what a lovely model!
A Yamato museum:
In fact the #1 grossing movie of all time in Japan was a war movie of the Yamato produced last year (what makes that so interesting is the fact that it's a war
movie, which are not popular at all in pacifist Japan nowadays)...the lifesize sets used had more than one million visitors during the shooting of the movie:
Anyways, back to the model ;)
I decided to make some small water line decal markings on the back hull, just like in the show. I basically cut small strips of white decal and applied them individually with tweezers
The wave motion engine 'glow' was painted in as well
And all finished :)
Nice work, got any others to show off?
Thank you :)
And yes, more to show off :hat off
Another model in the same small kit series, the Gatlantis Comet Empire ship "Lasceax". In the original 70's show this ship was called the "Goland"...I prefer that name so that's what I'm going to call it.
Packaged in the same small 5 inch box, the kit has 4 sprues of parts
As with all Bandai models, the parts are molded with ZERO mold lines or flash...beautiful details as well
This shows the commitment that Japanese model manufacturers make to the quality of their models...the sprues are molded with large protective 'walls' around thin pointed parts that could otherwise break easily:
Another interesting CAD design is how these parts fit together on the conical tips (everything is 'snap' together)
Some of you asked me how I painted in the panel lines with enamel paints...so here you go:
Thin the enamel paint with a bit of enamel paint thinner and just paint it on, no worries if it's sloppy
Then use a Q-Tip cotton tip, dampen it with some thinner (not soaking! just damp)
And then just gently wipe away the excess paint, it leaves the paint in the panel lines perfectly. Much better than using washes.
Same method done on the upper section of the hull
Before and after