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    Bandai DX VF-31

    Lol, absolutely cracks me up. I hadn't even thought about the Gerwalk mode issues to tell you the truth, but I think you're spot on. LMAO. Interesting U turn here in the discussion. I was going more for aesthetics in this discussion, but it is interesting the points you bring up about whether a valkyrie would actually function. More from above, my point was never about how a valkyrie would function in real life. While it's an interesting brain teaser in my more idle moments whether an F-15 could actually transform mid-flight without breaking apart in a spectacular fireball, I think we can all agree (at least I hope I can) that this whole concept of a plane transforming into a crab-like gerwalk mode and thence into a robot is pure mindbending rubbish that never happen in real life, at least not in any practical sense on the battlefield and in the air. We are dealing with pure fantasy here, and a lovely one at that. Not, as Shizuka's posts seem to suggest, with root concept engineering principals and whether or not any of the cartoons would find purchase in an engineering classroom. My point is wholly aesthetic, and that is all. Call me shallow. Call me an aesthete. Call me what you will, but when I say that I think that the YF-29 is an underrated masterpiece, it's not because I think the USAF Is well on its way to building one to fight the Chinese. It's because I think it is an absolutely gorgeous valkyrie. Does it have the same love and production values as the YF-31? No. Clearly, bandai was giving more credence to the designs and spending more time with them in the factory. But truth be told, that doesn't change the fact that the YF-29 just looks better. Those flaring wings. The boosters and missile compartments that look mean and menacing and bad a.f. The whole thing is just a beast in my mind. The same with the VF-19. I think you nailed it when you said that Omega Supreme just looks good with those railroads on its back, like a nice wing spread. And oh, that reminds me. I couldn't agree more with your assessment that the Wing Gundam Zero is the silliest ever conceived if one looks at it strictly from the standpoint of a functional war machine. It would be destroyed in a second. But man! What a beauty? In my own personal opinion, it is by far the best gundam that Bandai has produced so far precisely because of its beauty. Which lie mainly in those wings and the expressiveness of those poses. I know I'm running up against the fan nerd-dom here, which finds safe refuge in the more mechanistic aspects of the toy designs, perhaps harking back to their childhoods when they would play with an erector set, legos and playdo. And maybe many of them have grown up to be engineers, where such concepts find purchase in their daily lives and dominate their thinking in ways that many of us can't fathom. In fact I'd be willing to say that's the case with Shizuka, with her MIT pedigree. But for me, it's all about the beauty. First and foremost, and last out the door. Let the last breath of the broken Gundam Take its lonely wings to the verdant heavens. So go my thoughts after, run aplomb With dreams of splendor matched only by madmen. -MM
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    Bandai DX VF-31

    Appreciate the thought that may have been put behind the shape of the wings on both the 31 and 25's. Not sure that was actually the case, but if it was, that's cool. To me though, it's still a poor design choice. And that's the point, design versus engineering. At least in my world. The engineers make the architect's vision happen in the real world. And so the bandai toymakers make Kawamori's designs happen in the "make believe" one. But it's the initial design that's totally flawed as far as I'm concerned. No amount of engineering is going to solve that problem when the thing is designed to have wings that look like the back of a praying mantis. I hate saying this, because macross fans are always so preening and well wishing -as the internet is generally I guess, but especially so when you get these self-anointed specialty groups like nerd heaven or something. I know I risk the wrath of the Macross community by daring to criticize a Kawamori design, but let's face it, you can rank them, and as far as the 31 is concerned, it had to be said.
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    BANDAI DX YF-19!!

    VF-31 is by far the worst offender in my mind. They took it to the next level.
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    Bandai DX VF-31

    Something I posted in another section. It belongs here: Um, really? The VF-31 has the single biggest design flaw of all the valks. A huge backpack. It looks like a butterfly. Ever notice the promo pics never show it from the side? Because it looks truly awful. The plane is beautiful, true. But valkyrie design is a delicate balance between all three modes, jet, fighter, and yes, even gerwalk mode. But it's definitely NOT a slavish devotion to one mode at the sacrifice of all the others, with cherry on top engineering to make it seem more lovelier than it is. I do love the VF-31's jet mode. It's by far one of the most elegant designs. And the engineering is superb. No doubt about it. But they could never figure out where to put those wings. I mean like, at all. It just hangs there intrepidly into space as if it's not the embarrassment to Bandai's legacy of quality design work that it is. When it comes to the dance of all three modes, I'd say the VF-1 still does it best. Flat and behind the back no questions asked. The YF-19 does a pretty good job, and a novel one too, putting them on the sides of the legs. The overlooked YF-29 does a pretty good job as well. The flaring menace of those upside down wings makes it look like a cobra. And the flare of all those missiles on the legs and shoulders, like a King Cobra. But the poor old VF-31, it's skinny, awkward, and frankly looks like a praying mantis. The bug look of the new valks is something I can't get over. And I honestly don't understand why people have so completely overlooked the VF-31's design flaw. Maybe it's just blind allegiance to a master artist developing his craft. And I agree there's no doubt he's moved it forward, as he inevitably does being the master craftsman that he is. But I put the VF-31 more along the lines of an evolution in valkyrie design, not a revolution, and certainly not a landmark valkyrie. Not the way, say, the VF-1 was, or even the YF-29, which in my mind is an overlooked masterpiece.
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    BANDAI DX YF-19!!

    Um, really? The VF-31 has the single biggest design flaw of all the valks. A huge backpack. It looks like a butterfly. Ever notice the promo pics never show it from the side? Because it looks truly awful. The plane is beautiful, true. But valkyrie design is a delicate balance between all three modes, jet, fighter, and yes, even gerwalk mode. But it's definitely NOT a slavish devotion to one mode at the sacrifice of all the others, with cherry on top engineering to make it seem more lovelier than it is. I do love the VF-31's jet mode. It's by far one of the most elegant designs. And the engineering is superb. No doubt about it. But they could never figure out where to put those wings. I mean like, at all. It just hangs there intrepidly into space as if it's not the embarrassment to Bandai's legacy of quality design work that it is. When it comes to the dance of all three modes, I'd say the VF-1 still does it best. Flat and behind the back no questions asked. The YF-19 does a pretty good job, and a novel one too, putting them on the sides of the legs. The overlooked YF-29 does a pretty good job as well. The flaring menace of those upside down wings makes it look like a cobra. And the flare of all those missiles on the legs and shoulders, like a King Cobra. But the poor old VF-31, it's skinny, awkward, and frankly looks like a praying mantis. The bug look of the new valks is something I can't get over. And I honestly don't understand why people have so completely overlooked the VF-31's design flaw. Maybe it's just blind allegiance to a master artist developing his craft. And I agree there's no doubt he's moved it forward, as he inevitably does being the master craftsman that he is. But I put the VF-31 more along the lines of an evolution in valkyrie design, not a revolution, and certainly not a landmark valkyrie. Not the way, say, the VF-1 was, or even the YF-29, which in my mind is an overlooked masterpiece.
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    Hi-Metal R

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    1/48+fp's, 1/60+fp's, 1/72, 1/2k, 1/3k,1/100 and now 1/144

    Yea I figured you would Lolicon.
  8. MacrossMania

    1/48+fp's, 1/60+fp's, 1/72, 1/2k, 1/3k,1/100 and now 1/144

    I just wanted to see what you'd say. I like getting a rise out of people.
  9. MacrossMania

    1/48+fp's, 1/60+fp's, 1/72, 1/2k, 1/3k,1/100 and now 1/144

    yea, so I was actually kidding on that. But if you're interested, there's this fantastic place called ebay where people of all kinds get together to hawk their wares. it's a veritable wonderland of egalitarian trade. here's a little promo for you.
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    1/48+fp's, 1/60+fp's, 1/72, 1/2k, 1/3k,1/100 and now 1/144

    yea so my collection is worthless now. i think i'll throw it all out
  11. MacrossMania

    BANDAI DX YF-19!!

    Just got mine in the mail today and I'm like... It's the supercharged anime look to the robot mode that's by far the best thing about it. Nobody's managed to achieve that level of faithfulness to the anime look of the robot while at the same time achieve the sleek modern design of the aircraft. Anime magic brought to life. Unparallelled in my opinion.
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    DX Chogokin VF-1J

    Me all day long.
  13. MacrossMania

    BANDAI DX YF-19!!

    AmiAmi is a store? I thought everything just existed in the ethereal firmament of the internet void.
  14. MacrossMania

    DX Chogokin VF-1J

    I don't think anything is going to be quite as durable as the 1/55. They're much more focused on high end toy making with all the attention to detail. The paint job, antennae, fins etc. will always be a drag on it.
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    DX Chogokin VF-1J

    They're doing the smart thing here. Fine tuning their engineering in the smaller HMR line first, and then graduating to the 1/48, perfecting that line, and then (hopefully!) moving on to the 1/35 line. And that teaser we got way back when. I mentioned this on another thread - that HMR was just a testbed for the 1/48, and "everyone" laughed at me. They all thought I was crazy to suggest that the technology learned on a smaller scale could somehow be imported to the larger scale. But it makes perfect sense to me, and this just proves it. Thank you for the validation.
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