#8 John Moscato
As per my post on Macrossworld forums, please find enclosed three diagrams (2 sketches, and one vector drawing.)
The diagrams denote my take on the Valkyrie hip-joint design as I would envision it for a future model or large toy *ahem* design.
As you can clearly see, I've opted to maintain the "swingbar"option, but as opposed to having this on the side of the aircraft, which is a terrible eye-sore, I've combined it into the Leading Edge eXtension to minimise its visibility.
The design is as close as I could get to Kawamori-san's interpretation, and I think it's quite feasible as a toy. The only drawback to this option is that the LEX would have to be thick enough to thread a durable enough screw/hinge point, and as you can surely denote, the whole design isn't quite as "tonka tough" as the old Takatoku design, but would work quite well on a toy aimed at more mature collectors.
Anyhoo, that's my nickel & dime approach. Please let me know what you think either way.
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