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  1. I think Jammer (of Jammer's reviews) touched on the main problem in almost every single episode review: the show seemed to bend over backwards to have some kind of plot twist to set up a cliffhanger—no matter how crazy or at what cost (E.g. characterization or jumping over plot points). How much of the blame for that falls on Secret Hideout? How much on CBS? How much on the binge-watching audiences with short attention spans that the streaming services are supposedly marketed at?
  2. Very good points. There's another visual design aesthetic going on in the OT and PT. In short, the OT has an industrial, mass produced, sharp angels thing. As you've touched on the visual design aesthetic for the PT, I'll mention the imagery: art deco, 1920's design. George Lucas is also a car man. So, there's that influence going on, too (if the OT is the boxy 70's and 80's cars, then the PT is referencing the sleeker and rounder shaps of the 50's and 60's cars). The visual aesthetic is also going on in "Solo". In "The Art of Solo" they mention how Eps.IV has a 70's look and feel, so they tried to give Solo a 60's look and feel. I think that hits the nail on the head. The only thing I can add is that the majority of the neat new (old) stuff was introduced in Eps VII. Nothing really stands out in VIII or IX...
  3. You're referring to surface mail, right? No issues per se, but it's best to have a healthy awareness of the time involved: When I was sending stuff to/from Japan to Vancouver (or vice-versa), it took about a month to cross the Pacific. There appeared to be about 1 boat per month, as shipping time would vary between 30 to 60 days. During busy times (Christmas), that 30 to 60 day time frame could balloon up to 4 months, depending on how bad your luck is. Now that scenario is sending from point of entry to point of entry (Osaka to Vancouver). If you're in the USA, the points of entry on the Pacific Coast probably have similar time frames (E.g. Seattle, LA). However, if you're not near one of those port cities, then it's going to take even longer. I suspect that there are more freighters plying between Japan and the USA than Japan and Canada, however with the Covid-19 thing happening, I'm tempted to say that the aforementioned busy time is currently the "best case" scenario...
  4. Short version: EVERY Variable Fighter can attain orbit unassisted. However, the question shifts to "What is orbit?" and "What can they do after attaining orbit?" With the VF-1, it is portrayed as reaching what amounts to LEO (Low Earth Orbit)—more likely what is now defined as a VLEO (Very Low Earth Orbit). Thereafter, it only has enough fuel to get to a mothership and land. The VF-1 requires an external launch booster to reach higher orbits (perhaps a medium to high LEO up to a low MEO [Medium Earth Orbit]). The YF-19, on the other hand, can not only reach orbit (for the purposes of this discussion, let's define that as all of LEO and the lower part of MEO), AND is able to undertake combat operations—or, in the case of M+, undertake an almost day-long Fold to Earth, penetrate the orbital defences, and then battle in not one, but 2 dog fights. (Note that VFs have basically unlimited range within an atmosphere, so only the YF-19's action in space count toward answering "What can it do after attaining orbit?")
  5. Note that Japan Post is basically a privatized company*. It is also in direct competition with Yamato Shipping for such things as domestic mail. So, those are other things keeping prices down and promoting efficiency in general. * of course the original (non-privatized) Japan Post was also incredibly efficient to begin with.
  6. Near as I can tell, the "face" differs in three places: ① chin line, ② visor shape, and ③ temples. In all three, it looks like the one in Hikaru's colours is more square and with sharper angles (esp. chin/jaw), and the one in Fokker's colours is rounder with softer angles (or curves). As Seito has said, there is no difference in the line art. However, there is a difference in the quality of the animation. Maybe they're just reproducing the differences from that?
  7. Is that the VFMF: VF-1S Roy Fokker book? If so, Amazon Japan has been listing Jul. 22, 2020 for quite a while now. https://www.amazon.co.jp/ヴァリアブルファイター・マスターファイル-VF-1S-ロイ・フォッカー・スペシャル-GA-Graphic/dp/4815605297/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=VF-1&qid=1593182488&s=books&sr=1-1
  8. Well, everyone is clamouring for sequels to their favourite Macross series. In a way, this lets Kawamori-san off the hook, while still being able to creatively do whatever he wants. Also, Macross F was basically designed around callbacks to previous Macross series (E.g. Miss Macross Frontier, Pineapple salad cake). Isamu's 3-second cameo is basically the ultimate version of that. Not to mention that the VF-19 was supposed to be the next fighter, and many fans were surprised (and disappointed?) when it was replaced by the VF-171. So there's also a bit of "and this is what it would've been like" going on, too.
  9. There's always play-by-post. It's nowhere near as fast as in-person, but scheduling a session is no longer a problem. That said, those responsibilities rear their ugly heads even in PBP RPGing...
  10. Apparently (if the VFMF books are to be believed) the VF-1 still does fine against the Zentrādi. So, I'm quite certain that the VF-19 would be flying loops around their Mobile Weapons and doing what it was designed to do: cutting the head off of the snake.
  11. There's no hard and fast numbers available. However, the general description is that even with FAST Packs, the VF-1 is basically only a short range fighter in space. In publications like Variable Fighter Master File we even get a description that the VF-4 was adopted as a long-range interceptor, and the VF-1 is basically a close-in defence craft. There's also something in the VFMF book about the VF-1's basically having to coast part of the way to the target during the battle in Saturn's rings, and they had to wait for the SDF-1 to come to them to land—as they didn't have enough fuel to make the return trip (keep in mind that those VF-1's didn't have FAST packs).
  12. With the thermonuclear turbine reaction engines: yes. Technically it's described as "reactant". Variable Fighter Master File indicates that the booster packs use a hydrogen-oxygen slush for fuel. However, that's not what the thermonuclear engines use—one book in the series indicates that a long duration unmanned test space flight (think decades) uses specially modified engines that can generate plasma with hydrogen. However, its huge fuel tank (lifted from the Space Shuttle) contains separate tanks with hydrogen and "reactant".
  13. Macross Zero has a scene where the pilot tags incoming targets with eye movements before firing the gun pod and head lasers. Presumably something similar is happening with the micro-missiles. As for the quantity... RPGers have worked under the assumption that each missile launcher has a rate of fire (how many missiles can be fired per launcher per unit of time). However, that doesn't exactly describe what we see in all examples from the various series. So, my best guess at the moment is that it is like the firing selector on automatic firearms: single shot, burst (3–5 or whatever), continuous fire until trigger released—per missiles launcher.
  14. Rodavan, that scan is from Variable Fighter Master File, and that book series is anything but canon. Aside from the stealth configuration of the panel lines/joints/etc, the shape of such things as the hump behind the canopy and the engine nozzles are quite different from what the OP is asking for. Aztek, as the VF-1X isn't visually substantially different from the initial VF-1, you could get away with using the original lineart from SDFM or DYRL. However, if you're looking specifically for materials related to the Bandai DX 1/48 VF-1X, they might be exceedingly hard to come by... Fingers crossed that someone who owns one will be able to enlighten us if the packaging came with anything!
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