Raptor

From the Back of the Shelf: Ma.K Raptor


Another old kit which I’ve never posted about, the 1:16 scale Ma.K. Raptor.  This is a different scale to the normal Ma.K. kits which are 1:20 (so slightly smaller than this).  This one is all resin and at the time of innocence that I got this (from eBay) it hadn’t crossed my mind that it would be anything odd.  Well turns out this is a recast of an original which seemed to only be available at Wonderfest in Japan.

Raptor
Raptor

The suit is split (along the midline) so it’s shown empty and there is some nice detail inside.

Raptor
Raptor

The pistons were made out of some electrical cable with the insulation partly removed.  Never 100% happy with this and should have gone with brass tubing of various sizes. The tubing is wire wrapped in a very fine brass wire, rather than the more standard springs.

Raptor
Raptor

The figure was a 1:16 Tamiya one (tank crew or something).  He looked at bit odd though (the face just isn’t right and it distracted from the suit which I’m very happy with) and in the end I decided to remove him.  The Raptor is currently displayed on a different base with some jerrycans and equipment boxes, and without the figure.

Raptor
Raptor

The painting was a lot of masking and stippled latex mask to get a graduated broken up effect.  Plenty of washes followed into the creases etc to give some depth to it all.

Raptor
Raptor

Took a while for me to actually display this anywhere (in terms of shows) as the parts seemed to want to explode at the drop of a hat, and despite being pinned and glued it was constantly losing an arm or foot.

Raptor
Raptor

So even though this turned out to be a recast it ended up being a nice display piece.

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