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  1. Anyone want to take a stab at translating the text that goes with the VF picture?
  2. Isn't a lot of the recent canon story credited to Ukyo Kodachi these days? (And as an old, old Ranma fan, that name still makes me snicker when I have to write it). Ukyo Kodachi was IIRC credited with both Frontier and The Ride, and IIRC Mac30 too? Don't remember if they were responsible for Delta though, though I do know Delta ran into extensive executive meddling. The one major thing that really would disappear with Kawamori are the VFs, he's the only one who's ever really been able to do those and make them look *good* in all three forms.
  3. As I just noted in the other thread: 1 - Larger delta wing with a spike (potentially enough to allow the mounting of VF-25 Super boosters?) 2 - Larger canard with a dogtooth 3 - Canopy has been redone, the new one lacks the separate windshield that was on the first generation VF-31s 4 - The sensor crystal things are repositioned, and there's now three on each side and one in the middle, for a total of seven 5 - The mission pod is different, with a longer stinger that protrudes aft of the engine nozzles (seen in the top and bottom view line art) 6 - The arm guns are much bigger, the new ones protrude past the leading edge of the wings 7 - The revised boosters don't just have winglets, they also lack the mounting bracket that was required to mount it overwing the way the originals did. They also either have slots or stripes on the light grey bits on each side. 8 - Forgot this one earlier - both Delta 03 and Delta 06 have a single head laser, Chuck's old machine had two. Delta 6, as far as I can tell, is identical to (new) Delta 3 aside from the paint job.
  4. I noticed that there's actually a lot that's different on the new Delta 03 and Delta 06 compared to older versions: 1 - The delta wing is bigger than the Kairos, and has a spike that someone pointed out might allow it to use VF-25 Super Parts. 2 - The canards are bigger and has a dog tooth. This was mentioned by someone else earlier, but it's on the list of changes. 3 - The canopy is different. The old one was a two-piece with a separate windscreen over the instrument panel, the new one is one with what looks like a different profile. 4 - The nose sensor cluster is different - the new one has three sensor crystals on each side plus one in the middle for seven total, and they're much closer to the canopy. 5 - The arm-mounted guns are bigger, by quite a bit. In the line art, the muzzles protrude past the leading edge of the wing - they decidedly don't on the original VF-31 models. 6 - Aside from the elimination of the mounting bracket on the boosters, they also have fins, and either slots or stripes on the light grey sections on the sides. 7 - The new mission pod is longer and has some sort of stinger. It also looked really strange in the few screengrabs from the trailer. Random observation - if the boosters attach using the same system as the Lilldrakens, that has some interesting implications - namely, that you might be able to mount VF-31 super boosters under the wings of for example the VF-171 or the VF-30.
  5. I think the issue with the Macross 7 stuff is that the hero units were very cartoony compared to anything else in the franchise, and the mass production machines not all that well loved. We've got a decent kit of the VF-11 (both B and C versions) and the VF-22, and IIRC you can make a convincing Fire Valkyrie out of the YF-19/VF-19A kit with some custom painting, so what's really left is Mylene's VF-11, the VF-17, the crank-wing VF-19 models (E/F IIRC?) and the Varauta fighters, which are pretty weird looking. It annoys me though that there's still no 1/72 VF-171, given that it was featured in both Frontier and Delta, and all three movies for those shows. It's the CF unit to end all CF units; and plain VFs have been shown to be amazingly popular as model kits (which is why more keep getting made); so why hasn't Hasegawa made one?
  6. Nice model so far, @Xigfrid. I don't think I'd ever want to attempt to make any of the Macross ships in 3D myself, mostly because of the scaling issues with the official stats compared to the feats seen on screen, since a lot of the ships simply don't have anywhere near the volume needed for the scenes as animated to make sense.... unless "Super Dimension Technology" means "we can make it bigger on the inside like a TARDIS!" and has since the beginning... (Relevant examples being how Macross City's main street, which looks longer than the actual ship's official length, fits into just the leg sections; how the Stargazer managed to squeeze in anything *else* on top of the 37 VFs it's seen launching, such as "engines" or "crew quarters"; where the "Queadluun-Rhea standing room" hangars are on the Macross Quarter's ARMD-L; the weird issue where we can visually scale the Aether to be at least 850-900 meters long based on the known size of the VF-31, but the whole Macross Elysium is shorter than that offically; and of course "where did they fit a *Monster* on the Asuka II?") It almost has me convinced that whoever makes the specs up for the chronicle are out to troll everyone.
  7. Honestly? Learn to love the glue and the paint. Bandai's various press-fit model kit lines are kind of limited - the model kit department's focus has always been and always will be Gundam, with Macross being a side project they devote some attention to every few years and then leave alone in between. There's not a single model kit line where you can build a complete collection of variants like you can with the DX toys, because there's no plastic VF-25A kit (at least not from Bandai), nor is there a VF-31A or VF-31E kit. And forget seeing anything not from the original series/DYRL, Frontier, or Delta, Bandai don't seem at all interested. Not for models at least. (Toys are a different story.) Hasegawa are glue-and-paint models, but the glue is nothing to be afraid of. I'm more scared of painting myself, because there's so much prepwork that has to be done right first before you can even start if you want a nice result. They also have a substantial number of kits from all over the continuity, and there's only a handful of subjects they *haven't* made yet, or that you can't make by swapping parts around between models. And they'll probably get around to those eventually, since the model kit line is never quite dormant. The other brands, I don't know enough about to really comment on, except that I know Wave has filled in some of the blanks in the Hasegawa lineup (like the VF-4), and it's apparently a nice, if expensive, kit.
  8. The pattern is basically the other way around - if the model kit doesn't come out first, it doesn't come out period. As far as I can tell, not a single one of the DX toys has been released before the model kit of the same subject. Also, unlike the DX toy line, where releases are always on the one to two per year schedule, the model kit lineup tends to release with much shorter intervals so long as Bandai remain interested. As soon as they stop announcing new kits, the line is pretty much dead until there's new animated material to make kits from.
  9. Are you sure your numbers are correct here? I don't have the book myself, but the picture from the pages you're appearing to refer to is labeled "SYF-31-4~7, 2067", implying that the breakdown is: SYF-31-4 = SYF-31S = VF-31S (Arad) SYF-31-5 = SYF-31F = VF-31F (Messer) SYF-31-6 = SYF-31E = VF-31E (Chuck) SYF-31-7 = SYF-31C = VF-31C (Mirage) With the next page going on with: SYF-31-8 = SYF-31J = VF-31J (Hayate) SYF-31-9 = SYF-31J = VF-31J #2 (Hayate) There's also a color plate showing SYF-31-7 in a low visibility scheme with Delta 04 markings, and SYF-31-3 is shown wearing NUNS colors and is stated in the color plate to be based at New Edwards on Eden. Weirdly, the SYF-31-4 drawing has different outer wings than the VF-31S drawing, and both have single-laser heads. I get the idea that according to the book, VF-31S refers to *all* production forward-swept, FF-3001/FC2-engined versions, and VF-31A to all the delta-winged, FF-3001A versions. Edit: Weird crap is going on here, because I just now noticed that it appears the description for the SYF-31-4 says it was converted into the SYF-31E... I'd pretty much call that a correction of an obvious oversight personally, as the lack of outer wing hardpoints on the VF-31A made little sense to me in the first place. Basically every other VF except the VF-22 and VF-27 (which were exceptional in all sorts of other ways as well) have had multiple hardpoints under each wing, and not having them made the VF-31A the worst strike platform in ages.
  10. Very nice execution! I kind of wish the VE-11 had a ventral sensor fin like the VE-1, RVF-25 and RVF-171 though, it just looks a little top heavy without one, but that's not a fault of yours.
  11. I've built three of the VF-25 kits, and one VF-31. First of all, general issues with all the kits: 1. The stickers suck. If you don't get them on exactly where you want them and you have to peel them off and try again, they're not going to stay put. 2. The water slide decals suck *worse*. They're thick, hard and fragile, and they're dithered rather than solid color. Invest in a bottle of Mr Mark Softner, you will need it. 3. The landing gear sucks. The legs are too thick, the wheels are too small, they're molded very simplistically and they're molded in *dark gray*, rather than the white they're supposed to be in. They're just generally ugly. 4. No matter whether you're using the stickers or the decals, you need to apply a fair amount of them during assembly, so choose first, before starting construction. For the VF-25 kits in particular: 1. The shoulder construction is really really fragile, and will most likely be the first thing to break unfixably, as the worst pieces are ABS and can't be glued back together once they break. Transforming the kit too many times *will* cause some of the ABS parts to wear out, as it involves rotating a styrene peg in a thin ABS cuff for 180 degrees every time you transform the kit. Stick to a mode, and if it's on where the arms are out, stick to a pose. 2. The fully collapsed leg is strong enough to hold up on its own in fighter mode. But only the plain VF-25 uses the fully collapsed thigh, the others bend the leg down and then back up again which causes the joint to not support the leg's weight. Not a big deal on the Tornado or Armored, as they have tabs for the legs, but the Super VF-25 lacks the tabs. The only way of displaying the Super VF-25 in fighter mode is on its landing gear. 3. Both the Armored and Tornado packs are really solid in any mode, but *heavy*. Especially the Armored. Don't expect them to do well in Gerwalk, where none of the joints in the entire kit are completely locked, and thus not subject to gravity-induced movement. For the VF-31: 1. None of the parts so far look anywhere near as fragile as the VF-25 bits, and the parts lock together really really well in fighter mode, however... 2. I have as yet been unable to fully transform my VF-31, and I'm unwilling to push it further due to getting stress marks on one of the big ABS pieces in the core of the fighter. Also, bits pop off really easily during transformation - not just wings and fins, but the chest plate is also often not there due to going on vacation to visit the Carpet Monster.
  12. It was mentioned in an interview that Kawamori made the canards on the Kairos one size bigger to correct for the center of lift being further back on the non-FSW version. It's somewhere on Sketchley's site IIRC.
  13. I can't find my intuos pen, what's it saying about the VF-31A?
  14. They never made a -25A, and they basically would only have needed to mold a VF-25G in tan instead of blue and ship it with a gatling gunpod to deliver one of those. Oh, and a new decal sheet. As I think I've said before in the thread, a superficial conversion of the VF-31J to a VF-31A involves seven pieces of polystyrene (upper and lower outer wing halves and canards x 2, plus a helmeted pilot figure) unless there's something going on with the head in which case you'd need a few more parts. A completely accurate VF-31A with missiles instead of multidrones? That would require replacing the core ABS parts of the lower leg. Also, based on parts breakdown, every VF-31 kit will have the parts to make an FSW version, as the upper and lower wing panels aren't molded in a section of runner that can be dummied out easily.
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