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Yamato’s Macross 1/60 VE-1 Elint Seeker

In the Macross:  Do You Remember Love? movie, we get a 3-second glimpse of a rather strange veritech fighter, starting at 12 minutes and 35 seconds.

3 seconds of the VE-1 Elint Seeker!

"The enemy ship is approaching at a course of one-oh-seven."

Yes!  It’s the VE-1 Elint Seeker (Elint = Electronic Signals Intelligence).  Yamato finally re-released the VE-1 in the second 1/60 generation of veritechs, and she’s a beauty!

ve1_front_view

Here’s a view from the side:

Side View of VE-1

Side View of VE-1

And here’s a view from the back of the fighter:

VE-1 Rear View

VE-1 Rear View

Eye-Catching Box and Great Packaging!

The VE-1 comes in a large box, but it doesn’t have the cover flap like a lot of other Yamato veritechs!

ve1_box_front_view

ve1_box_rear_view

The box has the same thickness as the other VF-1S/J’s that come with Super Parts, but is thinner than the normal VF-1A box.

ve1_box_compared_with_vf1a_box

The VE-1 comes in two plastic trays, one that holds the fighter and accessories, and a second tray that holds the armor and the radar dome.

ve1_plastic_trays

Of course, there’s an instruction manual (20 pages, with black-and-white pictures of a VE-1 with an incomplete paint scheme) and a sticker sheet.  The only stickers I applied were the eye-looking ones on the sides of the boosters.

VE-1 Manual and Sticker Sheet

VE-1 Manual and Sticker Sheet

The Neat Stuff about the VE-1

The mold looks very similar to the VT-1 Super Ostrich:  the VE-1 has a similar backpack (tail fins do not fold over each other, but instead, the entire backpack just flips over), the cockpit is a two-person-seater, and the boosters are short and stubby.

Here’s a closeup of the two pilot figures:

ve1_pilots

Now here are some really neat items on the VE-1.

Arm-mounted sensor/radar

Arm-mounted communications relay co-antennae equipped NR-SL-E3

The Squid-like Head

The Squid-like Head

Double red-tipped wingtip

Double red-tipped wingtip

Arm-mounted camera

Arm-mounted high-frequency/very-high-frequency/very-low frequency antennae equipped NR-SR-E3

Booster-mounted microphone(?)

Booster-mounted side surveillance radar system

Be Careful with Handling!

The VE-1 is quite bulky with all these neat accessories.  Make sure you’re careful handling the VE-1 because the right-arm-mounted antennae is a piece of thin plastic, and the left-arm-mounted communications relay co-antennae has four little plastic rods sticking out on each end, and on the bottom, there are two thin, long plastic rods.  Finally, because the relay co-antennae on the left arm hangs downward, I think you really need a Macross display stand to prop the VE-1 up.

Since the VE-1 in the Macross movie is in fighter mode, I’m leaving mine in fighter mode.  If you’d like to see what the VE-1 looks like in Gerwalk and Battloid mode, check it out at Hobby Link Japan:  http://www.hlj.com/product/YMT00127

For more information on the VE-1’s equipment, see the Macross Mecha Manual.

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