Old school – NEW world

Bridging the gap . . .

Tag: Mecha

Polaroid app . . .

Just bought the Polaroid app Instant: Polaroid Instant Camera for my iPod Touch . . . O – M – G !! So AWESOME !!

Checkitout . . .


Lots of options text fingerprints vignette outdated film pack etc etc etc. AND you can import from yer camera roll . . . my old school summer crush has rolled into town . . . yeh!!


Fang of the Sun . . .

I ran across these photos of my old Fang of the Sun mecha . . . I built this one back in the 1980’s . . . bought 5 kits in Little Tokyo . . . 3 Bushman, a Roundfacer, and the Mackerel . . . All examples of combat armor before the overly detailed “gundam” became popular . . . I wasn’t a fan or devout model builder, I just liked the figures and the fact that they were well articulated for the time period . . . especially here in the U.S.

Old #5 . . . minus the top of the cockpit.


. . . a rear view of the combat armor.


Detail of the left arm and shoulder . . . I added the “hydraulic” lines . . . electrical wire from a dead laptop.


. . . and some extra details like patch plates on the leg and upper body.


. . . “battle damage” was added using a Dremel with a 1/8 inch drill bit.

Candid snap in the coleus . . .


. . . faux Polaroid . . .


I wish the Poladroid app worked on the iPad . . . hint . . . hint . . .

S.F.3.D. Fireball Original

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.


Instruction sheet

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 . . .


S.F.3.D. Original


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


Some detail


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.

Old School Rework

I had been planning on finishing my old S.F.3.D. Fireball that I bought back in 1982, but . . . I started feeling guilty about not repairing the Fang of the Sun “konbattama”, the Roundfacer, Mackerel, and the three Bushman mecha. I took the five relics to the shop this morning and spent the day disassembling, cleaning and reattaching broken parts. Looks like another two or three days before adding battle damage and repainting is complete. I proably wouldn’t have started this rework except that I recently viewed some really great diorama constructs and decided that I should clean-up the mecha and design a decent display for them.


Group photo before rework session


Mecha with parts to be restored


No. 5


Mackerel showing damage - missing tanks & hoses


Mackerel, close-up


Parts to be reattached


Seam clean-up


Lots of clean-up needed underneath


Roundfacer dismantle


No. 6 on the clean-up table



That’s it for today – I’ll post more photos Saturday or Sunday depending on how the repaint if coming along.

Here’s a link that has some very good information about the SF3D Kow Yokoyama originals and the Ma. K. Machinen Kreiger kits.
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