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Zephyr's Compass

A blog about writing, photography, and everything in between.

Vocaloid – Hatsune Miku – 1/8 – VN02 (Max Factory)

August 19th, 2012

Looking around the internet, chances are you’ve probably stumbled upon something that you just have to have. I’ve had my share of those… and the Miku VN02 was one of them. I mean, there was just something about it that just oozed awesomeness. The futuristic, sleek design. The bright green that’s amazingly flashy, yet not overly so, nor to the point where it detracts from the rest of the design. It’s just a great figure. Never mind that I’m  generally not interested in anything relating to Vocaloids. The VN02 was something I just had to have. Sadly though, it was long, long sold out by the time I found it. There were still some on Amazon and other sites, but yeah, as expected, were exorbitantly priced as a result. Anyway, long story short… I managed to acquire one the other day via a friend (Many thanks!). And well, it’s time to share the wealth a bit with some pictures and a quick review.

Figure Focus – Almecha KOS-MOS Ver. 4 by Alter

June 3rd, 2012

Another spectacular addition to the Almecha line by Alter. Loads of weapons and accessories, great figure stability/balance, even have magnets in the box itself to keep it closed. The rigid hair gets a little in the way sometimes, but no real big. Was discounted to 4900 yen on Amiami recently, but now sold out.
EDIT: Fixed some image loading issues on the “click-to-view” pictures.


Anatomy of a Model Kit: 1/72 Macross Frontier VF-27γ (BANDAI)

June 1st, 2012

Bandai released this beauty as part of their Macross Frontier 1/72 kit line way back in 2009. Some old pics of the process in building the kit and some small details about the time it took etc. I’m only an amateur model kit builder using basic tools like Tamiya Sprue Cutters and the stickers rather than decals, but figured that this’d be a nice topic to write a quick post on regardless.

Box Art: (Normal + Special Ranka Back Art)

  • Managed to snag one of the early runs with the special Ranka valkyrie artwork on the back.