Minvera from "Crusher Joe" (1983)
About the Design
Of all the spacecraft to emerge from Japan’s “Crusher Joe” animated series, the Minerva – the hero’s personal starship – was by far the most credible. With a lifting body-like airframe, the ship looked like it could actually fly in an atmosphere. Those big-ass engines looked capable of boosting the Minerva into deep space as well.
About the Kit
Takara of Japan produced a whole slew of “Crusher Joe” models in the mid-1980s, many of which are still available on the collector’s market. The Minerva was produced in both a small scale and a large scale; this is the large-scale version, and its engineering is excellent. The model also comes with a tiny Type 2 fighter escort.
The model was built from an original issue.