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  1. Hint: those aren't older VFs as they were when they were newly produced. Think of them as something akin to the '60's hot rod version of the Model T. With the VF-1, we know one of them was upgraded with thermonuclear burst turbine engines. Definitely not stock.
  2. Thanks for the plug. Bolt, for Earth/Solar System specifically, see: http://sdfyodogawa.mywebcommunity.org/Stats/Locations/Earth.php Note: anything from the Official Macross Setting is in green (so, just skim and scan until you find green text). Text in steel-blue comes from the VFMF books, etc.
  3. I'm not defending the books logic. I'm just pointing out what the book said. As per the book: it's something about the VF-1 being a really low threat level, and is used in a capacity to prevent the escalation of a conflict between belligerents. As for the non New Unified Forces (Emigrant Planets, poorer fleets, etc.), it all comes down to cost. The book even agrees on the point that the VF-1 isn't the best VF out there, however, it's still really good at what it was designed to do (intercept and battle Zentradi Mobile Weapons in regional conflicts). And it fleshes that point out with those aforementioned remote, cash-strapped worlds (etc.) being able to afford either a handful of the latest VFs OR an air force's worth of VF-1's. Again, I totally agree that the logic makes less sense for the Earth defensive fleet. However, it's pretty sound for the remote planets. I also really like the point they make where the VF-1 is overbuilt, and in someways, sturdier than more modern VFs (echoing the RL design ideology of skyscrapers, past to present.) Isn't that essentially what the VF-1Z constitutes? It appears you've neglected to consider the mission role from that exaggerated response. Here's the line about the Super Tucano from that article that could be applied just as equally to the VF-1 in the 2060's: "was designed to be a low-cost system operated in low-threat environments." Perhaps it would be more relevant if I asked: Why has the US Airforce been using antique propeller driven aircraft to fight ISIS? They have the F/A-18F, the F-35, the F-22, yet they've brought Bronco's out of retirement for that fight.
  4. Again, something to be taken with a grain of salt. Yes, they were frontline main fighters, but only on remote emigrant planets. While emigrant fleets, the Earth defensive units, etc., used them in a frontline capacity, the book implies that they were one squadron (or was it only half a squadron?) out of hundreds (perhaps thousands) of squadrons of more modern VFs. Perhaps the closest real world example is the modern propeller driven attack craft - the Embraer EMB 314 Super Tucano: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Embraer_EMB_314_Super_Tucano Weren't those upgrades apparently done in the late 2010's?
  5. In short, they demonstrate a high angle of attack (AOA)—or the ability to fly & shoot at opponents at up to 60° from the direction of flight. Compare to an AOA of 20° for most aircraft, and the up-to 45-50° AOA of other supermaneuverable fighters.
  6. "Officially" everything you said—except the parts about the FAST Pack shape—has been going on for decades. For example, there's the VF-1X in MDM:VF-X and it's sequel VF-X2. The VF-1X++ from MtR. The anime has also been getting into the act with the VT-1C in MD7, and the VF-1EX in MD. * Technically, VFMF:VF-1 Battroid Valkyrie contends that only a "few" of those VF-1 were from the original production runs. So, Seto's "kept in service" comment should be interpreted as "continually replaced with newly produced models".
  7. The parts of it that I've translated are available here: http://sdfyodogawa.mywebcommunity.org/OTdengekihobby.php#2011 Just like Seto, the remaining parts are on the "to do list". :lol:
  8. Re wing pods: Sv-51 (illegible) micro-missile pods re gun pod: "gun pod" re nose: something about the internals being shared with the "C-29 Monitor" cockpit: I can't make it out exactly, but it's something along the lines of for Windermerians, or for training Windermerians. Tail: I can't make anything out other than it's about the tail
  9. As a rear shot hasn't been released, it's hard to say with certainty, but it's probably just like the Sv-262: the exhaust of the two separate engines are pumped out of the one nozzle. At the very least, it's consistent with the design ques from their only other known fighter.
  10. Yes, here: http://sdfyodogawa.mywebcommunity.org/Stats/index.php (when in doubt, check the website in my info under my avatar) EDIT: fixed all the links in this topic to the right one
  11. Well, it wasn't just the SV-51, but the VF-0 also had fuel capacity problems (but that's more to do with them using conventional—jet fuel burning—engines). Regarding the Sv-262: I think the reduced fuel capacity is more to do with underscoring the technology or performance gap between them and the hero Valkyries (which are themselves, not quite as cutting-edge as the VF-25/27/29 of MF). Nevertheless, the reduced fuel capacity only comes into play outside of an atmosphere, as even the VF-1 (which has a notoriously low fuel capacity) can fly for something like a month on a single fuel load—in the atmosphere.
  12. Definitely. If I'm not mistaken, that's a Hankyu train, and the Macross the Art exhibition was being held at the Osamu Tezuka Museum in Takarazuka—a terminal station on one of the Hankyu lines.
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