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WORLD WAR IV
The 1980s were a strange and wonderful time for science fiction. One of the lesser-known Sci-Fi properties that was created is Maschinen Krieger (Ma.K. for short). Japanese artist and sculptor Kow Yokoyama, editor Hiroshi Ichimura, and designer Kunitaka Imai made some amazing models as part of the Ma.K. universe.
They drew inspiration from World War I and II fighting vehicles and Sci-Fi movies of the era. Through sculpting and kit bashing, they created a line of unique and fun model kits.
The story of Ma.K. involves a nuclear World War IV and a bunch of awesome mechanized soldiers and vehicles. That’s really all the backstory I needed. It gets a little convoluted from there.
On display today is a Hasegawa 1/20 Scale Machinen Krieger Falke 'BomberCat'. It was built by user fombec6 at www.small-tracks.org. Even if you aren’t a fan of science fiction models, I think you’ll agree that the modifications he made to the jet engine and cockpit are noteworthy.
This level of detailing is possible through a mix of reference material and a feel for when you’ve added enough without going overboard. A small drill set, spare polystyrene, and small gauge wire help, too!
Because the original makers used lots of pieces from tank and airplane kits to make the original molds, this line is a great place to break out your spare pieces box (or boxes!).
TAKE YOUR SHOT
I built my first Ma.K. kit after burning out on 1/35 armor. Historically accurate builds are awesome but every once in a while, it's nice to build something that’s not going to be criticized for inaccuracies. These kits let you go wild. I built a Hasegawa 1/35 Nutcracker and painted it bright yellow! Why? Because I could!
If you are looking for a break from scribing panel lines and counting rivets (no offence to the rivet-counters out there!), I recommend trying out a kit from the Ma.K. line. If nothing else, it will be a great conversation piece on your shelf!
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