Thursday, September 24, 2009

How to Disengage the Hip joint of your 1/60 Yamato VF-1

Found this on the Yamato website. Its a little tutorial on how to disengage the metal hip joint from its housing in the nose of the Macross 1/60 VF-1 series made by Yamato Toys. Be sure to check out the video on the page as well for a real live demo. One should also take note of the position of the cockpit since it can be moved up or down and also limits the movement of the hip joint.

This tutorial starts from page 22 frame 6 of the manual and is taken from a different angle
How to Disengage the Hip joint of your 1/60 Yamato VF-1

Move the legs to match the angle and position of the photo below
How to Disengage the Hip joint of your 1/60 Yamato VF-1

Push the legs up diagonally, matching the arrow in the photo below.
How to Disengage the Hip joint of your 1/60 Yamato VF-1

With that motion the legs should come off.
How to Disengage the Hip joint of your 1/60 Yamato VF-1

Shot of the hip joint out of the nose housing
How to Disengage the Hip joint of your 1/60 Yamato VF-1

The tutorial also calls for the user to take note of the angles of the parts in these photos.
How to Disengage the Hip joint of your 1/60 Yamato VF-1: Take not of the angle

When I got my Yamato 1/60 Hikaru Ichijo VF-1S and transformed it for the first time I really had a hard time disengaging the hip joint. I felt that I only got lucky in being able to disengage it without really understanding what I had done. I usually spent about a few minutes on this and only till I read this did I understand fully what should be done. Which was just really adjusting the angle of the legs to a position that it can push out the hip joint from the housing.