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  1. So, does this agreement mean that a non-Japan based company like Kitz Concept now has access to the Macross Plus or Macross 7 property (for merchandises) by negotiating through HG? It doesn't seem like it but just wondering.
  2. The F-35 can trace its roots all the way back to the Common Affordable Lightweight Fighter (CALF) project whose goal from the beginning was to develop a VTOL fighter that can meet the needs of the USMC and RN. The CALF project then merged with the Joint Advanced Strike Technology (JAST) project and then transformed to the JSF project. Not to mention that the biggest compromise to the F-35 airframe is the need to insert the VTOL tech. And while I think the Navy's infatuation with twin-engines is a bit ridiculous (considering they've used sngle-engine jets before without major issues and mode
  3. One could almost argue that the F-35 is a Marine Corps design that both the air force and navy had to adopt - since the STOVL requirement was a core element of the JSF project from the beginning.
  4. There's no guarantee that this so-called "F-36" is going to be lower cost or lower maintenance. This imaginary jet looks to be an all new airframe (with only a superficial resemblance to the F-16XL) instead of being an evolution of an existing fully matured airframe like the F-15EX. Add in things like a new engine, new software, and some new tech that appears in the future, I can see purchase and maintenance costs ballooning. In anycase, I don't see the rationale for spending a massive amount of money to develop and field an aircraft that in the end looks to be no better than the F-15EX or
  5. Currently watching Didn't I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life. A stupid/silly isekai anime that parodies its own genre and plays with all the tropes to great comedic effect. A number of anime in-jokes too. Though I wonder if some of the younger viewers can catch the Photon Energy Barrier in-joke. Totally enjoying this series (so far).
  6. In my case, I've sold off all of my Yamato/Arcadia/Bandai 1/60, 1/55, 1/48 toys in order to concentrate on 1/72 scale. I've collected a few HMRs but purged most of the VF-1s. Will hold on to the VF-2, VF-4, and destroids but they may go next. I am first and foremost a military aircraft fan and so I build/collect mainly in 1/72 or 1/144 scale. I purchased KC's first release VF-1S and thought it was OK. But decided to hold back on further purchases until KC fixes the gunpod clearance issue when sitting on the landing gears. (this detail is important to me). For now, I'll stick to bui
  7. S14's website is here: http://s14.shop-pro.jp/ The Sukhois are long out of print. The AC-130 was available at top-gun.jp until just a few days ago. I managed to get one myself. There's one on Ebay right now. The price is very high but close to what you'd have to pay if you were using a proxy buyer in Japan. If you're thinking about getting S14's Tomcats models, be aware that they are slightly off-scale.
  8. SOLD For sale. Sentinel RIOBOT AFC-01H MOSPEADA LEGIOSS TYPE: ETA Condition: Brand new. Never opened. Price: US$289 Free shipping to buyers in continental US. Sorry, but I will not ship this item outside of US and Canada (But will make an exception if you are a member of MWF with 1000+ posts). Item will ship from New York with tracking number. Payment by Paypal please. Please add 4% Payal fee or use friends&family option. If interested, please PM me. Thank you.
  9. If any of you guys are getting the M0 F-14 and are new to diecast aircraft models, be aware that some of the small bits and pieces are not going to fit as smoothly as say things on Yamato/Arcadia/Bandai models. The glove pylons on Calibre Wings models are particularly iffy. Sometimes they fit fine, other times it's a total pain in the a$$. When it's bad, some filing and glue is likely going to be needed. If glue is needed, I recommend using Elmer's white glue (apply and wait a day). Elmer's glue isn't permanent and won't attack the paint (also cleans easy with a wet cloth). Also, Cal
  10. In the video, the guy says that the kit is around 80 parts total and so, experienced kit builders could probably build it up in about an hour. Also, release date hopefully sometime before the weather gets warm next year. Looking at the prototype, the lower legs area is an improvement over the Hasegawa. Also I like the size of the landing gear wheels. Something that is way too small in both the Bandai and Hasegawa 1/72 kits. I'm definitely getting a few.
  11. By now I assume HG has gotten word of this model. If you're correct, then I think there's good possibility that this model becomes vaporware (as it hasn't been released yet). It wouldn't be the first time a diecast model company had to pull an announced model due to rights issues.
  12. But that's assuming HG has an issue with what CW is doing... Just wondering, but if the final product does not contain any M0 references (though presently it does), would there still be a case due to what it was promoted as? Would there still be a case if it was just an F-14 in low-vis colors with UN Spacy logos (assuming the logo use was Ok'd by HG)?
  13. It's has some dark themes, but the overall atmosphere is decidedly not gritty IMHO. Especially when compared to Gundam 0083 which came out the same year. Though, to be fair, how one defines "gritty" is subjective. I don't understand the Gundam staff thing. Director Kenichi Yatagai isn't really a Gundam guy nor is series composer Sukehiro Tomita. The only big name Gundam guy I know in the credits is Fujita Kazumi but his job was mecha designer.
  14. I agree with most of what Seto wrote but I have to disagree with Macross II as being gritty. It's got the optimism, music, and the love triangle.
  15. I've always used Humbrol's enamel for flat black. Model Master enamel for silver (though this is going bye-bye as well).
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