The FAB.003 Nuclear Heat- Voltage Metal Wear Venu suit is a full resin kit with a scaling of 1/20 which fits to all of the third party figurines such as; Brickworks and Saito Heels collection. The kit has 22 parts and come in a cardboard box. These kits are getting rare and have a reasonable price tag of 15,500¥ or 110 pounds. I have acquired 2, one from Saito heel himself on pre order and one from my suppliers. They can maybe be found at Yellow Submarine, but in general are becoming gold dust. There is a mention that this kit will be out of production once they are bought out.
The origin of the kit can be found in one the Ma.k books which reference this kit and was Kow’s concept designs. Saito san revamped it and made it in a resin version as the original was made in the early days of Nitto. Taking notes from Saito’s website and own personal comments he mentions “His 80’s and 90’s design had a strong awareness of the design during that “era”. I personally think that the design line is closer to Robot Battle V than Ma.k”.
The general design follows early diving suits from the period of the late 1800’s. The organic shapes are clearly seen in the cross genre of sci fi. The kit has a top hatch section that can be exposed with the pilot in the cockpit. This is achieved with a small hinge bracket which can be swapped out to have the kit fully closed. In my opinion both options look amazing, and for those wanting to expose cockpit details, this kit will excite you with an array of dials on the control panel. In my piece I want to use a variety of metals, mainly coppers and silvers to pay tribute to the old school diver suits.
The front section has five lights of which one of them is hollowed out. I did some Pintrest research before thinking of which design and color scheme would work best. As I was pondering over a multitude of possible schemes. I felt those sections would look rather nice with lenses to give some focal point to front end. The clear parts are made by a brilliant Japanese company called HIQ parts who make some incredible upgrades. The sizes were 5 to 6mm and I applied with PVA glue around the edges.
The parts do need some work as to be expected with a resin kit. Using a sharp blade and some sand paper, the parts can be cleaned very easily. The pilot can be painted separately and added at the end of the build, but I did have issues fitting the pilot back in. I would suggest maybe sanding down the sections of his arms by maybe 3mm. I sadly scratched some paint on putting him in there, but a simple touch up rectified that. The arm and hands can be attached separately which I would recommend doing, as I dropped mine a few times and the fingers had snapped, and I had to super glue them back on. The top shoulder section does have pinned holes for placement, but you can replace by using brass rods (pinning) for extra strength.
After priming with surfacer and getting to the painting stage. I found some areas of the kit were difficult to paint. Mainly the joint covers underneath the main body. This can be avoided with lower armour plate, part (6), added later. This could be said with the cockpit section, part (4). If you’re wanting a nice, detailed finish on the dials and instruments then I would suggest adding this later. Overall the Venusuit is a delight to build and any modeler with basic skills can build it without any issues. Airbrushing which is just a personal thing I do when doing Ma.k kits gives plenty of options for modulation or doing pre shading. But, if you’re wanting that Kow Yokoyama aesthetic, by all means get the hand brushes out and feel the inner Bob Ross in you. As I mentioned before, the Ma.k series gives the modeler a massive creative range. I choose an orange theme with the breaking up of color using white. The issue I had with choosing orange was that I would more than likely lose any rust streaking effects. I had to use the MIG oil brush dark brown color and thin out with thinner to counterbalance this. Prior to that, my filters by Mr.Hobby called Mr. Weathering Color gave a nice dirty but clean finish. Ma.k kits are specifically meant to be weathered heavily and require some nice skill sets to achieve this. It depends on the modeler to decide the final look and what overall look you want to achieve. With some prior techniques, mainly from the armour builders, these Ma.k kits are a pure joy to work on. The last little add ons are the piping sections which are 2mm. Wave corporation who make these kits also supply a vast range of goods, metal pipes, coils, clear parts and so forth. These small details really make the kit stand out and give some extra dynamics.