Sunday, October 19, 2008
I received this package on Friday, and had been looking forward to getting it. These Imai Destroid kits in 1/72 have been offered at close to US$100 on eBay so I have been trying to hold out for a Bandai re-release for quite a while. I saw one for sale at a price that I considered reasonable, so went ahead an bought it.
Upon opening the kit, I was filled with a sense of nostalgia. I purchased my first Imai Macross kits back in high school. I think they were only US$8 or US$9 then, but it seemed like quite a bit of money. I wonder if the glue still works?
After stroking the plastic a little, and scanning the sprues, I started to build some of the parts. First were the hands.
Then the shoulders. Unfortunately, the doors to the missle pods are molded shut.
The locator pins for parts 49-50 and 51-52 will have to be cut off for this to be aligned correctly.
The crossbars at the rear of the shoulders should be glued only after dry-fitting the inserts. If you cut off the pins to glue these parts, they will be a little off, and the inserts will not sit properly in their positions. Some filing and will be necessary as well.
This kit has moved to the front of the queue for me, and everything else will have to wait for a while.