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  1. The movie does indeed have addition scenes, and the pacing ifs far better than the OVA in my opinion, and I don't think they ever dubbed it, but the original voice acting was far superior I think. I'd certainly call it the far superior version, the only thing I'd change about it would be to includethe opening fight scene, but then again the way they introduce Isamu is far different and really works for his character. I think it's a good 10 minutes into the movie before he's introduced. We meet Sharon and Myung first, then Guld, and Isamu last.
  2. Fantastic trade completed with erikos0311, We both came out winners on this one!
  3. Yeah I'd love to take a look at that for sure, I've got a good idea how I'm going to work it already but it's good to see other methods for sure and see if they're better than mine.
  4. Looks great, though it seems the shield is popping out a little. I found it rather tricky because you have to tinker quite a bit with the angle of the arms, but once you get it right the shield will sit fully flush on the back of the fighter and look nearly seamless.
  5. Much appreciated Mr. March, I've been combing through your site already for references and have found lots of useful images for this project. I think at this point I've grabbed every image that exists of this thing on the internet in fact haha!
  6. Thanks for the encouragement. I figured I'd add it to the workshop section once I actually have something physical in hand to work on, for now everything is still just digital.
  7. To begin, some background, because this is going to be a very personal journey for me, so bear with me here. I was a little young for Macross, I was born in '84, and didn't discover Macross until '89 or so, when my dad took me to a video store and I saw a copy of Clash of the Bionoids (so unlike most North Americans, I found Macross before Robotech). I was so blown away by it that I, of course, wanted toys, but none were available to me. My dad was a draftsman, and had been teaching me various things about his job from a very young age, so, with his help, I started putting together plans for a toy of my own from watching the movie over and over again, in fact, I swear with the rental costs (the owner of the video store wouldn't sell the tape to my dad) every single weekend he must have bought that video 20 times over. From there, I went to my grandpa's house, he had been a tradesman for decades and had a very well setup workshop in his shed outside. I spent months, every weekend, going over to his house and together we built a very rudimentary, fully transformable VF-1S out of balsa wood. From there on together my dad, my grandpa and I would build other transforming toys together, it was a fantastic bonding experience for 3 generations of a family to all use our individual skills to create something. Unfortunately, my dad passed away when I was young and my grandpa a few years ago. Just recently it came time for me to sell my grandparents house, and one of the toughest parts was walking through that shed again where we had spent so much time working and getting it all ready for the sale. While going through his belongings I found stacks of sheets for plans for toys that we built together or planned to. It kind of inspired me in the same way I was as a kid. There's no 1/60 VF-2SS out there, and I want to make one for myself. So, do I have the skills required to do it? Maybe, maybe. I've been building plastic models since I was a kid, my dad taught me a lot about drafting and plans, taking something from a small sketch to a real, physical object. In addition, I've been working with CAD and 3D design programs for nearly 20 years now, and I know my skills up to the task of creating this in conceptual space. It's going to be getting it working in real life that'll be my challenge. I've got a big library of Macross toys from both Arcadia and Bandai, as well as a number of official and third party Transformers to use as reference, and as I collect for my own personal satisfaction rather than value or resale, I've taken most of them apart at some point just to see how they work. We'll see how it goes, but I think I can do it. So, step 1 is figuring out the mechanics of this. I've begun with a basic, blocked out 3D model. The proportions I've based on some orthographic diagrams I found of the Valkyrie in fighter mode, then I've rearranged them into a Battroid shape along the engineering I have planned for transformation. My challenge next will be re-proportioning the components so that it looks good in all modes. From there I'll go back and re-work the hidden mechanics to fit the corrected shape. Next will be creating the production shape and breaking down the parts. After that, I'm going to get a prototype 3D printed, sand and assemble, make adjustments as needed and continue with that stage until I'm content with the product. From there it's just on to painting and I should be good. Before you ask, no, this is not up for sale or mass production (though if it turns out well I might make a few extra copies for myself) as I don't even want to begin thinking about the legal issues involved in this, it's just a fun project for myself. So, now that we've all read a small novel, wish me luck! Oh, and thanks Dad and Grampa! (Oh and give me a break on this thing, I was like 6 years old...) So, here's my first test shots, I've blocked out the basic shapes involved here, based on the proportions I found in some orthographic views of the Valkyrie in fighter mode. Unfortunately, they're not true orthos, as the details don't exactly line up between angles, so I've had to compromise on a few details. This is essentially to see where I need to adjust proportions to create a pleasing shape in all modes, so ignore the fact that it's ugly and un-detailed. The coloured bits are just placeholders where some additional engineering will be needed to be hidden somewhere within the figure, so ignore them. Already I notice that the proportions on the limbs are going to be tweaked, along with the backpack. Surprisingly enough though, the wings actually work well with the size they are in fighter mode, while I find with the VF-1 the wings come in much larger than they should be on Battroid, so that's lucky.
  8. I just hope they re-release the 1/3000 DYRL version again. I really have no interest in the TV version, and the secondary market for the DYRL version is insanely overpriced.
  9. They're there as far as I can tell, take a look at the arm on the right side of the picture and then up and to the left of it, from camera's point of view.
  10. V2 VF-25S and V2 VF-25S Ozma Armoured Parts http://ekizo.mandarake.co.jp/shop/en/item_s-824685.html http://ekizo.mandarake.co.jp/shop/en/item_s-982792.html
  11. The 0B and 0C are indeed Hasegawa creations. One is a two seater VF-0A and the other is a single seater VF-0D
  12. Hmm, I already have a 0S (exploded shoulders and all), and I'm in the market for a Shin 0A with the ghost booster, so I'll definitely pick a 0A up at least. I've got a 0D on preorder so we'll see how that turns out and if it's good enough I'll replace my old 0S with a new one I'll pull the trigger on that too. I'm quite excited actually, now Arcadia just needs to re-release the VF-1 FAST packs...
  13. You know, I could kind of see that making sense actually. The other two are hero valks, so I think there may be a bit more demand from collectors for something that's complete with a box, while all of these come without box. The CF, on the other hand, for a lot of people is just a shelf filler, so collectors may be more willing to accept it without the box. Just a theory, at least.
  14. I've had a similar problem myself before. The way I fixed it was to over-rotate the fuselage further backwards after flipping the back plate up, then pushing the neck plate up further. Hope that helps.
  15. Wow that's a lot of responses in my inbox haha. I'll be responding to PMs today. To answer a frequently asked question though: I have: A Yamato 1/60 VF-1A Max (V2) DYRL Weathered version, still in box, bought from Mandarake, I haven't opened it except to inspect and it looks good. There is some very minor damage to the box, which I can provide photos of if requested. I am looking for: A Yamato 1/60 VF-1A Max (V2) DYRL Non-weathered version, in box. I don't care if it's used or been displayed as long as there is no damage or discolouring. Likely I'll be choosing who gets it based on whoever has the best trade offer, as well as distance from Vancouver, Canada to keep shipping costs low. Cheers!
  16. Well, I ordered myself a VF-1A Max DYRL custom from Mandarake, and when it arrived, to my surprise, it was the weathering edition. It's a beautiful piece, but unfortunately all of my other valks are the regular type, and I don't think it'll fit in my collection. I'm looking to see if anyone has a regular, non-weathered Max VF-1A they may be willing to trade. Unfortunately my wanted list is pretty small other than that, so I'm sorry ahead of time if I reject any offers coming in. Cheers!
  17. Haha sorry I'm not collecting TV valks at the moment, maybe later! Good luck with your sale!
  18. Aw, I got so excited for a second, but then saw "TV" and not "DYRL" . He's the last VF-1 I need to complete my DYRL collection (Well, and an SDF-1 and Queadluun-Rau, but Valkyrie wise)
  19. While for new molds I'd love to see the VF-2SS, I know it's unlikely to happen. I do really hope they reissue some of Yamato's old molds though, I could use a couple more super sets to match the white on my Arcadia valks, and a 1/3000 DYRL Macross rerelease would make my year.
  20. I've done my best to peruse through this thread and check out reviews but I'd like to hear a second opinion. I'm considering grabbing one of these, my Frontier collection doesn't seem complete without a cannon fodder valk (I dunno, I just like having CFs from each series) and I've got enough 25s to definitely not want the 25A, honestly how terrible is this release? I know about the triangles breaking, is it like a full on falling off the figure kind of break or just a little crack? Does it hinder transformation or articulation? And how noticeable is it? Also I saw one review on youtube where the leg just snapped right off, has anyone else had this problem? Last but not least, do you think there's any chance of Bandai doing a reissue with these problems fixed?
  21. I was really on the fence with this one at first, I'm still not so sure about the wings in Battroid mode and whether all that weight from the super packs will make it a floppy mess, but I figure at the worst I can still display it in fighter mode to represent Isamu's cameo in Frontier
  22. I've never seen that site before. Anyone used them?
  23. There's also the possibility that immediately after the war there wasn't the manufacturing capability to continue the Megaroad-class, so they numbered Britai's ship the SDF-3, then later as recovery happened, they decided to re-classify Britai's ship and reserve the SDF prefix for the Megaroad-class and subsequent colony ships. It wouldn't be the first time in history that a ship had been renumbered.
  24. For my own part, I was rather confused when reading this thread at first. I've only recently begun reading about Macross recently, but previous to that it had been years since I had even looked into the lore of Macross. When I saw this, my reaction was "Of course Britai's ship was the SDF-3, wasn't that said a long time ago?" I can't say where I got this notion in my head, but it's been there for quite a long time.
  25. Oh thanks, I didn't even know that. Much appreciated guys!
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