Category Archives: Maschinen Krieger

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

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Neuspotter

Neuspotter
Neuspotter

Continuing my additions from the “back of the shelf” I thought I’d add this old kit which I first got a long, long time ago. It is a 1980’s era release of one of the odder kits from the SF3D range which was subsequently re-named as Maschinen Krieger when they were re-released more recently and this is the name that has stuck with all new releases.

Here is the background blurb for this kit:

In March 2883, the Shutoral National Defense Force ordered the Weapon Development Service to produce a high power driverless reconnaissance weapon. However, development and production were far behind time owing to a change for the worse of output of antigravity equipment. It was at the end of September, 2884 that the Shutoral forces actually began to produce the driverless reconnaissance weapon with fine computer, seeker, and senor for reconnaissance capacity and silence in moving by the front, and each forces demanded to arrange the new weapon. However, the number of production of P.K.A. was prior to that of Neuspotter. Therefore the actual arrangement of Neuspotters was limited to a few superior forces. 

So, through the bad translation from Japanese to English, this is basically a recon drone powered by an anti-grav drive.

The kit itself is 1:20 scale and used multi-media parts including brass etch.  It’s a lovely kit and if you’re a fan of the SF3D/Ma.K series it’s a must have. Unfortunately it has never been re-released and consequently is something of a rarity. Continue reading Neuspotter

Falke Part 1

The Falke has always been one of my must have kits for Ma.K. Unfortunately  there hadn’t been a plastic kit released and the only option was the excellent resin kit produced by Futch. However, this was expensive and generally not something I would go for. Earlier this year it was announced that there would be a change to the way Ma.K kits are licensed and that production of the Futch Falke would stop. I decided to take the plunge and get one before it disappeared totally and no other option would be available.

What we (or at least I) didn’t know was that just around the corner was an annoucement by Hasagawa that they would start to produce plastic kits and first on their list is the Falke. Typical!

So although I have probably paid over the odds for the resin version, compared to the eventual cost of the plastic one, I do have an excellent kit which may well be more accurate and actually closer to the original Kow version because it was built in the same way from the same kits.

Box of Bits
Box of Bits
Main Body
Main Body
Pods
Pods
Other Parts
Other Parts
Other Parts
Other Parts
Camo Card and Decals
Camo Card and Decals

One thing that I must mention is that when I went through the parts I came across a problem. The stablisers were both handed the same way, so it would be impossible to use them on opposite sides of the Falke. I contacted Futch about this and he sent a replacement pretty much instantly. And he was good enought to include a complete engine and another gattling gun as well. So I have some extras either for other builds or to add into a diorama setting. So kudos to Futch all round.

I started work on the cockpit area. One thing that became apparent to me was that the cockpit area opens up into the fuselage and the big gapto the side is apparent when you look into the cockpit. So I installed some firewalls to section it off. The little piece of square material is just to hid the point where it meets the base, as I will not be able to fill this in once the two halves are glued together because the seat needs to be in place at this point.

I installed the couple of detail pieces that come with the kit but also added a few more of my own invention. The cables have some boltdowns (some more to be added to the spring, but I think I’m going to add a second spring as well) and are glued into place.

Cockpit
Cockpit
Cockpit
Cockpit
Cockpit
Cockpit

Unfortunately all that work isn’t going to show much when it is full assembled:

Looking in
Looking in

Also had a little play adding the plumbing to the engine. Lead solder works much easier than the supplied wire (which is very stiff) but it is a little thick. I’m not entirely happy with this and will be reworking. By the way this is the replacement engine, which is in a different resin and a very slightly different design. So I suspect it is could be from the first run of the kit.

The cog is from something I took apart years ago and thought might be worth keeping.

This engine will be on a crane or stand so I will need to also detail up the rear of it as well, which is currently plain.

Engine
Engine
Engine
Engine

So as mentioned the Hasagawa kit came out not long afterwards.  Both kits have sat for some time in my model room without anything happening to them, and inspired by the work of MangaMax I decided to pull both kits out and have another go.

I started up with the plastic Hasagawa kit as I thought the plastic would be easier to work with than the resin.  After just an hour or so the pilot and the cockpit area were assembled, primed and pretty much painted.  So with some that momentum I turned to the resin one.  I had assembled this previously as can be seen above.  The firewalls of the Hasegawa kit were traced out and replicated in a ribbed plastic.  These were test fitted and do a great job of hiding the interior.  Wish I had thought of this previously.

The resin cockpit still needs a wash with oils to tone it down and blend it in.

Cockpits
Cockpits
Cockpits
Cockpits
Cockpits
Cockpits

More hopefully soon.

Hardboiled AFS

Got my Hardboiled AFS conversion kit yesterday from Francesco Benedettini on the MaK Forum. Amazing casting and looks like it will be a really nice build. Not your usual resin conversion set where you end up remaking half the bits and using a gallon of putty to make the rest fit.

Only 20 euros including delivery which I thought was excellent value as well.

Your can see Francesco’s own build of this on the MaK forum.

If I can do half as good a job as him I will be very happy.

Here are a few shots to show what you get.  There is a new torso and a new gun.  In addition there are several smaller pieces, which are cast onto a very thin wafer.

Hardboiled AFS Parts
Hardboiled AFS Parts
Hardboiled AFS Torso
Hardboiled AFS Torso
Hardboiled AFS Torso
Hardboiled AFS Torso

As you can see the casting is just superb. No flash, and pin sharp.