Spent about 4 hours today working on my Fireball S.F.3.D. Space Type kit model, ca. 1981/82. The model is a 1/20 scale of a mechanized mobile armor suit.
S.F.3.D. Original - Fireball S.A.F.S. Space Type
There is a long history surrounding the S.F.3.D. kit models and their designer Kow Yokoyama.
This kit has been lurking about since its purchase in Little Tokyo like around 1981 or 1982; I also purchased another kit at the same time, a 1/48 scale Orguss Tank, that looks a lot like a transformer (more on this kit later).
Bottom of the kit box
The S.F.3.D. kit models are or were being produced by Wave in Japan, using the original S.F.3.D. molds. I’ve included two photographs of the sprus showing the NITTO and S.F.3.D. Origiinal brands.
I learned that it is not wise to paint the parts before assembling!!
WTF, what did I know – I realized my mistake after viewing photographs of completed Gundam “builds” that were posted on dannychoo.com. Thanks to the Gundam ota for the links and tutorials, all of which reminded me to pay more attention to detail, not just in building mecha, but in everyday activities as well.
Most photos show where I removed seamlines after I had painted the assembled pieces. getting too wordy, so I’ll let the captions do the talking . . .
Brand plate on spru
Feet, arms and a sense of scale
Part of the right leg
Upper left and right leg sections
Left leg partially assembled
I had forgotten how small in scale this mecha was . . .
Left leg assembled
Left hand, right leg
It's alive, alive . . .
After doing some additional research on Kow Yokoyama and the S.F.3.D. kit models for about an hour this evening, I decided to work on the Fireball again tomorrow.
Have a safe New Year.