1/72 VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie Alto Custom [Completed model]
August 16, 2009 7 Comments
Well, VF-25F is completed so it’s time for the gallery of the finished model. While making photos I was testing new backround and camera settings and I hope that the final result isn’t so bad. But I have still a lot to learn if it goes about photography ^^
It’s time to write my final thoughts about this plamo. Since now I only collected gundam kits especially those from MG scale and this VF-25F was my first non-gundam kit. I have to say that it have beautiful design and is looking good in all of the three modes. But as much as I like it I have to be honest with myself and have to say that it has a few things that I do not like.
First one are the hands, they are made like for some of the 1/100 gundam kits (3 Pairs of Hands, one open, one grasping and one flat palmed) and if I pay 4,500¥ for a kit then I would like to have them made like for a MG kit…
Also decals provided with the kit aren’t the best, some of them don’t cover the entire area of the part what they should cover. Overall decals for the VF-25 are looking like we printed them ourselves on a colour copier. They really could done them better. Like all other decals for model kits , they are also quite fragile. That’s why the best would be to leave plamo in one mode since with every transformation the decals are little by little damaged by moving parts. You can of course apply top coat to protect them but still it’s quite risky that during trasformation something can be destroyed.
I was also having problems with stability of the Valkyrie in the gerwalk mode with the reached hands . It easily lose stability in this mode and I had to work a bit on the model so it could stand on his own legs. Maybe if the joints could be better then probably plamo would have no problems with stability in the gerwalk mode.
But the worst of thing is the problem with the gaps between shoulder plates, you can read about it at the end of the [WIP part2] .
Overall for 4500¥ I have expected to see a plamo that will be on the level of gundam MG kits and instead of that we get a VF-25 that have some elements on a level of MG kit and some on the level of 1\100 kits… Just look at the latest MG Zaku ver. 2.0 or other new MG kits, they are almost perfect and sometimes even cheaper then this Messiah Valkyrie. I know that I complain to much about this kit but it was released by Bandai, company that knows how to made great looking kits and this time I’m a bit disappointed about some aspects of the kit…
So, this is a good model (that will look even better after painting and the modification of certain parts) but it’s not without drawbacks…