One of the best kits I have builded:
Finaly I finished the 1/72 SV-51 by Hasegawa. A huge and amazing kit, definetly an eye catcher, not only because of the size and missiles but the complexity and eye poping acents on the silhouette, a beautifull kit with very few problems that are to be expected from a hasegawa model.
First Ill tell you the mistakes I made on this one, they were heartbraking and on the final stages, first, the silvering on the decals, I didnt gloss coated because i've never had this problem before, ive had some silvering on just a few decals, but in this kit almost all waterslides have silvering, honestly I dont know why I didn't had this poroblem before...
I like teh colour scheme that I chose, I think a more complicated scheme will make ot look less agresive, but the german gray with flat black looks awesome and stealthy to me.
Hasegawa packs this babys with the kit that makes it look even more agressive.
the red accent "lights" break the monotony of the gray, one minor thing is that at the front of the canoppy where the three accents are, hasegawa only gives you the central clear piece the ones on the sides have to be painted, I dont know why they did that.
If you are carefull enough youll have very few problems gluing the pieces together, with very little sanding
Another minor thing is that the vector nozles can't be moved, they need to be glued in one of the two options abailable.
As you can see this one is a good chunk bigger than all the valkires. It makes the VF-27 look like a harmless kite.
Definelty this is a piece of beauty.
Great detail everywhere you look
For my finel thoughts this kit is amazing, definetly not easy, it has the perfect mixture of complicated, looks and fit, as always Hasegawa could work a little on hiding were the pieces are glued, but with a fit this great youll have little problem hiding those areas with a little sanding, they could have inluded the three red pieces at the front of the conopy, for some weird reason they didn't, thsi one has no moving piueces after it's finished but theese are minor complaits with a kit that puors awesomness, all the panel lines look sharp and amazing, youll encounter very few problems with the assembly, definetly a plastic mpodel that its worth of your time and money.