Macross Valkyries Take to the Sky with Remote Control
posted on by Eric Stimson
Amateur model plane builder Hidechi admired the transforming airplanes called Valkyries from The Super Dimension Fortress Macross. He wanted to see them take flight... and so set out to make that happen, along with his friends at the plane model building team at e-RC.jp. They worked from scratch in their workshop over two months starting in late July and built two craft — Hikaru Ichijyō's VF-1J from the Vermillion Team and Roy Focker's VF-1S from the Skull Squadron.
The basic outline
Planks forming the fuselage
The wood veneer ribs
The hatches on the fuselage underside
The canopy cast
Tail wings added
Some final adjustments to ensure balance
And now it's a Valkyrie ready for takeoff!
Although the team were worried about their balance and stability in air and suffered a few failed attempts, the Valkyries finally did make it into the sky... and as importantly, landed safely too. The modelers now hope to show their achievement to Shōji Kawamori, the anime's mecha designer.