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  1. That Thor costume looks terrible.
  2. That looks amazing, I've always liked the look of the orbital launch platform for the valks, though it always seemed like a lot of effort to get a single valk into space. odd machine, great model
  3. Valks pick up closed circuit TV on their targeting computer pretty well. The monitor however makes 20 something women look like old ladies.
  4. I think the show was pretty adamant that the CF could NOT take this kind of punishment with out exploding catastrophically. NOT CANNON!!!
  5. Thanks fly4victory, I don't know why my searches failed to find those.
  6. I was just wondering what an excellent condition, opened/displayed, with box and all parts, undamaged 1/48 original low vis VF-1a would go for these days. I can't seem to find any auctions anywhere.
  7. I liked KickAss but it has some problems: The first half was great, it did a good job of poking fun at the cookie cutter superhero/comic book movie cliche's and I really enjoyed seeing someone from the real world try and mostly fail at being a super hero (heeere mr. bitey). And I liked how despite his ineffectiveness he was popular in the community. About halfway through though the tone shifts, and it BECOMES the unimaginative action/superhero/comic movie it was initially deconstructing. It was still fun and a lot of laughs, but it could have been so much more. The second half not living up to the first half is what disappointed me the most. Still a lot of fun though. Also HI MW, it's been a while.
  8. while i realize the importance of music in macross, jpop isn't really my thing, so the music is more or less all the same bubbly gross stuff no mater which i'm watching. I do like a few from SDF but the heavy use of synthesiser and digital music always puts me off.
  9. the gravity system uses plot-tonium to opperate. it works perfectly in all situations except for the times when it doesn't.
  10. it's amazing that so many of you have somehow missed one of the major keystones of macross, that it's not about how good you are, anyone can get killed any time in combat. your skill might have something to do with your kill count, but it doesn't have much to do with if you die or not. an ace can fly for 3 months, shoot down five enemies and then be killed in combat. a non-ace can fly for 3 months, kill 2 enemies and be killed in combat. they both survived exactly the same amount of time. Pilot skill means how well someone can control their plane, has nothing to do with combat skills, many fighters have proven that many things besides raw skill can get you out of hairy situations. also pilot skill having less effect in a lower performance machine is rediculous, if anything pilot skill means MORE in lower performance vehicles. a prop driven bi-plane cant make up for pilot error with raw thrust, or massive cannons. the pilot needs to size up the situation, prepair, plan, get good position, match mettle with his opponent. there are no heat seeking long range missles and explosive shells to use in a fokker, no 10:1 thrust weight ratios, no advanced avionics. ww1 pilots were' probably some of the best and bravest pilots our species will ever see, since the fighter pilot profession will most likely be obsolete in a few decades or lifetimes (what with the plane's capabilities so far out pacing the survivability of the pilot). IMHO hikaru gets himself into stupid situations like diving into a group of 10 zentradi and relying on them missing him, while he stands stationary and kills them all. that's not good piloting, but it is kills. He makes it out of these situations either on luck, or on simply being the protagonist of the show. maybe it's luck to prove a point in the show. roy was a great pilot (and not a blithering drunk all the time, that's a steriotype that gets over played) and he got killed, both by a random shot and by lack of good self preservation skills (and weird story telling). I realize it's nice to use kill count as a means to identify "great" pilots, it's a nice easy number to count, pin to a wall and compair to other numbers. but piloting skill is harder to quantify. What maneuvers could pilot A do that pilot B coudln't? if in the same plane who could do more g's? who could really lead the plane through the air? It's a tough call to make, especially since we're debating fictional characters in hugely varying styles/vehicles/quality productions/eras/etc. characters in these shows can kinda suffer from DragonballZ syndrom where they get more powerful arbitrarily depending on what the episode calls for. The pilots in Macross Frontier withstand G's that would atomize the very plane they're flying, let alone squish the pilot, how can the much more realistically animated mac plus and SDF characters compete? I feel like i'm rambling, but yeah, kill count doesn't = flying/pilot skills to me. combat flying is it's own beast.
  11. actualy, hikaru is SUPPOSEDLY an established stunt pilot, the only stunts i saw him perform was a dangerouns flythrough of a valkyrie high speed pass and a verticle rocket burn. maybe in the flying circus he wasn't so much a stunt pilot as a warm body to fly the dangerous parts of the show. "look hikaru, sit in the seat, when i tell you, fire the rockets, try not to die" one of the criteria is that feats of daring do need to be on screen, hikarus aerobatics are all mentioned but not seen. wether or not crashing planes is considered good piloting or not i guess can be a mater of debate. i'd also have to take exception to top aces rarely dieing in combat, i think they die just as often as anyone else. several top aces i can think of died in combat, several of the fling tigers, the red barron, the marine pilots that were killed defending midway, i'd have to research more, and i don't remember names. imagine how good hikaru would be if he'd just get his hair out of his face.
  12. there's so much good stuff to watch in the history of film, i don't really see why anyone would waste their time watching a remake of the A-team. /humbug
  13. Ok this is a little off topic, but after my above crack, i went to the Red Barrons wiki page out of curriosity. check out this line: So the best pilot in Germany who flew a bright red and white plane (the colors of miria's plane) was awarded a medal called the Blue Max? Btw also in the article, the tri-plane that Richthofen was so famous in was a Fokker. Since so much of macross's machinery is pulled from military history i think it's pretty safe to see the some connections there. You think it's just coincidence?
  14. luck isn't a skill.... My main justification is that Isamu is an idiot. If Max is akin to Manfred von Richthofen then that puts Isamu akin to a redilin deprived hyper active A.D.D. kid with too much sugar in his system and soaked in coffee. Max and Isamu both survived a lot of stuff, but for very.. very.. different reasons.
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