Mar 16, 2012

Minmei Guard - Blast from the past

An older (2008) custom I did resurfaced yesterday in the MacrossWorld "for sale" forums. The seller placed a $1,000 price tag for the piece and sold it within the same day! Here's a little info in regards to the piece that many pple probably do not know:

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I suppose the official title for the piece should be "Thunder Hammer - Minmei Guard edition". The entire concept does not exist in any cartoon/manga form. The mecha itself is from an old 80's anime series called "Macross", aka "Robotech" in the US. The armor design was created by a Japanese professional modeler (KOUICHI HATAKEYAMA) in the late 90's for a 3-4 page article in a hobby magazine. It was a one-off piece scratch built onto a 1/72 scale Macross model kit. 

Inside story:

In 08' a good friend of mine from the Macrossworld community approached me with the idea of having the "Thunder Hammer" armor recreated for the 1/48 scale Yamato Macross toy. It took roughly 2-2.5 months to complete the prototype. Molds were made and duplicates cast/sold there after. The Minmei Guard you see here was a one-off custom.

The re-creation of the armor was a difficult task. The only reference available were pics from a magazine. Thus, structural details and visual angles were extremely limited. The 1/48 Valkyrie I used compared to the 1/72 scale the modeler in the magazine used were very different in proportions as well.  This had huge effects on the armor and often created a chain reaction of inaccuracy. IMHO, hitting the exact proportion is critical in recreating a piece of any kind. If the shoulders look too big or small compared to the original, it's going to create an odd and generic look/feel.

Here's the link to the original thread for the project:


  1. Thanks because of this valuable piece of writing. I undoubtedly enjoyed experiencing it and definitely will definitely speak about it with everyone. I just ordered these consoles at PIJ! I’m excited! I’m going to have these in week!

  2. Beautiful piece! The new owner must be pretty lucky to have it =]

  3. It was mine. And those pictures are mine. I enjoyed it. But It was sitting in a case and I figured someone else could enjoy it. I bought it for $1200. A bargain for Rohby's work. The armor alone is $600 without the paint job. A custom painted Valkyrie of that caliber goes for about $600. So custom assembled and matching painted armor is a steal at $1200.