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  1. Seto Kaiba

    The Newbie and Short Questions thread

    Nope. His last mentioned assignment was the "outer space special science force" in 2039 October. The specific model Isamu wore is said to be the standard model used by the (New) UN Forces c.2040. IIRC there's something in Master File about earlier marks of that suit being white instead of blue, but that's not official setting material. It's marked up in the line art as a sensor system in the line art, so it's probably supposed to be a polarized cover like the ones on the YF-19, YF-21, etc. As to what kind, probably the VF-11's FLIR cameras, LIDAR array, and optical sensors like the similar hybrid sensor clusters on the aforementioned VFs and their successors. The VF-11 Master File, if it's written properly, may clear that up somewhat. The animation generally represents it as an opaque panel though.
  2. I've just finished the latest episode of The Price of Smiles. The Price of Smiles is clearly aiming for both Macross's "both sides are good people" and Universal Century Gundam-style dark and depressing... and so far, they've got the Gundam side down pat. A little too well, I think. It's going to be really difficult to see any of the Empire of Grandiga's soldiers as sympathetic after this though. Stella, who the OP makes out to be the new main character in the wake of Joshua's death, crosses a few lines that you generally don't get to come back from in a show like this. So... the Imperial Army murders a bunch of dudes and our new leading lady has enough psychological problems to make Sousuke Sagara look like a model of mental health. We're clearly meant to think of these enemy soldiers as sympathetic, but it's kinda hard to when they have very little problem with blowing up a town (implied to kill a bunch of civilians on top of the soldiers they murder to plant the bombs). If I wasn't cheering for the Kingdom of Soliel before, I sure as hell am now. They at least seem to fight with something resembling morals.
  3. Seto Kaiba

    The Newbie and Short Questions thread

    The Texas Instruments/Raytheon AGM-88 HARM was originally designed with a passive radar homing system with home-on-jam capability to defeat noise jamming. The later AGM-88E AARGM upgrade added GPS and inertial guidance systems as well as an EHF active radar homing system for terminal guidance in the event that the target moves or attempts to shut its radar down before the missile reaches it. Quite frankly, I'm on the side of "looks good" over 100% accuracy. For the classic TV VF-1J, the red accents on the missiles will really pop against the white airframe.
  4. At time of writing, they have 2 years and 55 days before the term of Harmony Gold USA's license ends and the rights revert back to Tatsunoko Production's control. If it were a simple case of money owed, it would be one thing... but you're missing a LOT of important context that completely turns your premise upside-down. That sum that Tatsunoko "owes" is an arbitration order to pay Harmony Gold's court costs and attorney fees. Tatsunoko is refusing to pay that sum, in order to lure Harmony Gold back to court to overturn the arbitration's findings. Why? Because Tatsunoko hasn't abandoned its contention that Harmony Gold is skimming off the top of royalties owed to them for home video sales, streaming of the animation, and merchandising. They want to overturn that arbitration's findings and secure a judgement against HG for money they contend HG owes them. They aren't exactly on good terms. Then, of course, there was that sidebar argument in the arbitration where Harmony Gold claimed that its use (with permission) of Tatsunoko's IP made it owner of that IP and that they could continue using it after the license expired. Tatsunoko had to deliver a pointed reminder that 1. copyright law doesn't work that way, 2. they don't appreciate Harmony Gold falsely claiming ownership of their property, and 3. Harmony Gold's rights expire 14 March 2021. Mind you, Tatsunoko Production itself is "under new management". When Nippon TV bought a majority stake in them back in '14, they made it clear they want to maintain tighter control over Tatsunoko's catalog. Tatsunoko has also been on much better terms with Big West, and would throw Harmony Gold to the wolves in a heartbeat in exchange for a cut of the Macross sequel profits (a cut they so aredently desire that they went to court twice unsuccessfully trying to get a piece last decade). So, yeah... Tatsunoko owes Harmony Gold some money (for now). But, by the same token, Tatsunoko sincerely believes that HG has been (and still is) systematically stealing royalties owed to them for the Robotech license. They've seen Harmony Gold make false claims of ownership of Tatsunoko's property as part of a legal proceeding. Their new management wants to keep licensees on a short leash and is courting Big West. They took pains to draw a line under the fact that Harmony Gold's license expires 14th March 2021 and that all rights revert back to them at that point. Where renewal of the Robotech is concerned, as a magic 8-ball might say... "Outlook not so good". HG generally doesn't even acknowledge the anniversaries of the source material behind Robotech, let alone celebrate them.
  5. That would probably be prohibitively small... at 1/100 scale it'd be about 2 1/3 inches tall in Battle Sniper mode (61mm if we're scaling from Imai's 1/32 scale plans). About 1.5x as tall as a Lego minifigure or 2/3 the height of a typical GI Joe. (A bit less than half as tall as a HiMetal R destroid.)
  6. Seto Kaiba

    Robotech by Titan Comics

    "You idiots! These aren't them! You've drawn their stunt doubles!" I swear, the ideas we come up with poking fun at the comic sound way more fun and interesting than the comic we're actually getting.
  7. They'd have to go to the animation, most likely. Southern Cross has a lamentable shortage of line art printed at any size... let alone good, clear front and side views. They could, I suppose, use the old Imai model kit plans for reference at least for Battle Sniper mode. The first iteration was even in the same scale as this intended toy.
  8. Seto Kaiba

    The Newbie and Short Questions thread

    For what it's worth, you're actually not that far off. The more detailed art from later Macross shows like Macross Zero and Macross Frontier does suggest the UN Forces and New UN Forces adhere to an ordnance color coding system similar to the one used by the US Armed Forces... complete with a few gaffes in Macross Zero where it's clear the reference photographs the artists were working from were showing dummy ammunition (based on their color banding). It seems to be used for warhead type, at least. That said, art from the same period for the AMM-1 generally depicts it as plain white with a single black band (possibly marking it out as an anti-armor warhead, though the official description suggests it's an anti-armor blast-fragmentation type). Guidance is a stickier wicket. Most missiles in the Macross universe use hybrid guidance systems due to the prevalence of powerful OTM-based ECM and active radar stealth tech on variable fighters. The AMM-1A Arrow is noted to use a combination of ECCM-supported active radar homing, passive imaging infrared homing, and optical contrast seeker guidance systems to guide itself onto its target. VFs by their very nature being inclined to high maneuverability, semi-active homing is vanishingly rare except on bombs since it necessitates a firing aircraft stay relatively in line with the missile.
  9. Seto Kaiba

    Robotech by Titan Comics

    Accidental progress still counts as progress, right?
  10. Seto Kaiba

    Robotech by Titan Comics

    That's just the universal order reasserting itself. Just as nature abhors a vacuum, Robotech abhors quality in any form. Hey, Robotech made enormous strides in their handling of female characters in the last ten years. The female characters are actually realistically proportioned this time around... you don't see any of the bad pornstar boob jobs the Waltrips loved to draw on every female character, and you see some variation in body types instead of Tommy Yune's insistence on drawing every woman with an identical pornstar body and in a skintight catsuit.
  11. About 2 1/2 inches tall in robot mode...
  12. Seto Kaiba

    The Newbie and Short Questions thread

    The AMM-1 has appeared in three distinct color variants in the animation. One that's plain white with a black stripe on the nose, one with a red band around the vernier belt, and one that has a red nose and red tail. Hikaru's VF-1J is variously shown with all three versions at one point or other, but the plain white version is the one used most often in the art and animation (probably due to it being the easiest to draw). Macross Chronicle and Master File both use the plain white version, as does Tenjin's art.
  13. Seto Kaiba

    Robotech by Titan Comics

    Maybe that's next issue's big reveal, they've hired Boris Vallejo.
  14. ... it really is, but without the edgelord BS and pretentious music. Pretty sure that's called "being a natural badass". Roy's natural aptitude for flying led to him being a high-scoring ace in the Unification Wars... with 180 victories under his belt during the war, it'd be hard to argue he wasn't already a killing machine before he got his hands on a VF. (For reference, the top scoring ace of the supersonic jet era in the real world is Giora Epstein of the Israeli Air Force, with 17 confirmed victories.) Granted, but most of the fiddly aspects of maneuvering on the ground are handled by the VF-0's/VF-1's ANGIRAS integrated airframe management and control AI rather than the pilot himself (or herself). It's still basically point-and-click. That's well after how Roy learned to be a pilot, and more overlapping with SDF Macross Ep33... which was after D.D. defected to the Alliance. With 180 kills, Roy was already pretty ruthlessly effective before he ever set foot in a VF. If you read it, you'll want to forget it all over again. It. Was. TERRIBLE. But you can see them whenever you want... so why miss them when you can just pay them a visit? His bio in Zero suggests it was probably after he and Aries Turner broke up in college that he became a stunt pilot in the Ichijo family's flying circus... since his breakup with Aries is indicated to be what essentially turned him from a serious young man into a drinking, carousing womanizer and risk-taker. IIRC there was something in the original Super Dimension Fortress Macross about Roy having had a falling-out or something with Hikaru's father over his decision to join the military and having reneged on his promise to return to the flying circus after the Unification Wars ended.
  15. Seto Kaiba

    Robotech by Titan Comics

    The more I read about this nonsense, the more I'm convinced they have no actual plan for this series. It really feels like there's some kind of bar bet going on here where they're trying to see how many soap opera twists they can fit into this comic before it gets canned.
  16. Seto Kaiba

    Robotech by Titan Comics

    Is it just me, or is he a ginger Thor?
  17. Not sure it'd be all that interesting... As far as we know, the university he was attending was attacked somehow during the Unification Wars and he joined the military. Ivanov was his instructor at flight school. Then it's just him potting MiM-31s and older MiGs in a F203 for a while until he's tapped to serve as a test pilot on the VF-X-1 program in '07 and then seconded to model conversion training out there on the CVN-99 Asuka II in '08. There wouldn't be any VFs in it unless it got far enough to overlap the flashback episode of SDF Macross. (I may be somewhat against the idea because I've seen The Series That Must Not Be Named's attempt at it, and it was hilariously terrible. They made him into a combination of Chuck Norris and Crocodile Dundee memes.)
  18. Seto Kaiba

    Robotech by Titan Comics

    Go home Titan Comics, you're drunk.
  19. The Spartas didn't have that much anime magic in its transformation... which was, by standards of the day, fairly straightforward and toy-friendly. ... it's being funded through a Kickstarter? Well, this should be amusing. AFAIK HG was forbidding crowdfunding of all types. Strange Machine Games publicly stated the terms of their license forbade crowdfunding when they picked up the RPG license. If it works out like previous Robotech Kickstarters, at least we won't have to worry about build quality or the lack thereof.
  20. Seto Kaiba

    Macross Books

    Just got an e-mail informing me that the book ahead of the VF-11 Master File in the publication queue (the M9 Gernsback Master File) got pushed back a month from mid-January to late February... seems a safe bet the VF-11 Master File also got pushed back.
  21. Seto Kaiba

    Star Trek: Discovery

    One can only hope. Starfleet has produced some real moral mutants over the years, but nothing that compares to Burnham. Mark Jameson, Erik Pressman, Benjamin Maxwell, Michael Eddington, and Thomas Riker all had fairly well-considered reasons for doing the things they did. Jameson took the only available way out of a hostage negotiation and tried to salvage and re-balance the situation by arming the opposition just as well as he had the hostage-takers. Pressman was a man who saw a major and unaddressed strategic weakness that'd already cost the lives of innumerable Starfleet officers and civilians over the course of almost 200 years and sought to remedy it. Maxwell may have been motivated by untreated (possibly undiagnosed) PTSD, but he was also bang-on correct that Cardassia was gearing up to attack the Federation's borders. Eddington defected to the Maquis and organized the theft of industrial replicators in the name of protecting the colonist populations in the DMZ who'd effectively been abandoned by the Federation and forced to fend for themselves under the threat of attack by military-backed Cardassian hostiles in the DMZ. Same deal for Thomas Riker. Michael Burnham betrayed her principles seemingly on the spur of the moment because her captain refused to commit an act of unprovoked aggression (y'know, an act of war) based on nothing more than a secondhand anecdote about how the Vulcans used to do things under the Romulan-influenced leadership of the paranoid and xenophobic Vulcan High Command and the advice of an officer who was obviously emotionally compromised (and possibly mentally as well, considering she'd nearly died from having her DNA denatured by cosmic radiation some hours earlier, which can't be good for one's brain chemistry). Even the Gabriel Lorca of the mirror universe seems like a saner and stabler individual until he's back in the mirror universe and is outed as mirror Lorca.
  22. Seto Kaiba

    Star Trek: Section 31

    Yeah, it really seems to me like they'd be a lot happier writing for Battlestar Galactica or a similar dystopian series. Deep Space Nine did a pretty good job showing the external and internal conflicts... from the attempted coup by a member of the Starfleet brass to the Dominion and Klingon Wars. Mind you, Star Trek was designed to be an optimistic future. The Federation IS a force for good because of what it stands for: the desire for peaceful coexistence, nonviolent conflict resolution, scientific and intellectual endeavor, and a fundamental respect for the diversity of life in all its myriad forms. It's worth preserving precisely because of what it stands for. It's not perfect, but it's an enormous aspirational step up from what we have today. That aspirational aspect of it was, as they say, the point. It's not propaganda, in-universe or otherwise... the Federation is meant to be emblematic of what we could achieve if we got our sh*t together as a species. The kind of xenophobia and general bigotry on display in Discovery is about as far from Gene's vision as it's possible to get. "Getting dirty" does not fundamentally entail compromising one's principles... which was, amusingly enough, the late realization had by Burnham at the end of Discovery's first season. Starfleet might have to occasionally bust heads to preserve truth, justice, and freedom in the galaxy... but by golly they'll bust heads with the utmost civility and to the bare minimum necessary to get the job done because those busted heads are people too. As a point of order, said frontier generally wasn't part of the Federation (yet). Sisko gave a better summation of it with the "Saints in Paradise" speech from "The Maquis"... but, then again, the colonies out in the DMZ and Bajor were also technically NOT part of the Federation ("yet" in the case of Bajor). The Federation is a pseudo-utopia, so most of the space adventure takes place beyond utopia's borders. She was, frankly, quite good as the prime universe Georgeau... to the extent that she was essentially the only character on the show who seemed to realize how a Starfleet officer should behave.
  23. Next stop, the entire text of the light novel's first chapter!
  24. Seto Kaiba

    Star Trek: Section 31

    Pass... I'm thoroughly sick of seeing the current CBS staff try to turn Star Trek into Warhammer 40,000.
  25. I kinda wanna see how far they can take it. Like, give us a Sengoku period drama with the title Let your rapidity be that of the wind, your gentleness that of the forest. In raiding and plundering be like fire, be immovable like a mountain. and sensibly abbreviate it Fuurinkazan.
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