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  1. Picked up the Monthly Hobby Japan Jul. 2024 issue yesterday. The attached Macross Valkyrie Picture Book is a definite must have—for new collectors as well as those with a substantial collection. In general, it is organized as: 1/2 to 1 page with the series name, synopsis, and key/main characters, and then multiple pages of the series' Valkyries. Reasons to get it: covers all Valkyries from SDFM to the latest Delta movie. Valkyrie stats (especially for the Delta Valkyries—I don't think I've seen stats for the VF-31AX Armoured Kairos in print before, and this book has them) Frustrations: no VF-4G Battroid image. Odd as they include the Max and Miria colours AND the VF-14 from the Sega Saturn Macross M3, as well as the YF-25 (another Valkyrie with limited stats) and the YF-30 from Macross 30. Maybe they couldn't get the license for the VF-X games? (The VA-3M is also 'missing', though the book does have the VA-3C Kai from Macross 7 Dynamite.) no stats for the Sv-303 (blanks or "armaments: details unknown") Surprises: a substantial section on the Macross II Valkyries the Macross II VF-XS in all 3 modes The inclusion of the VF-XS makes this more than worthwhile for collectors—I've only ever seen images of it in scans of an extremely rare anime magazine posted by a MW member a couple of years ago. Nice to have it in print.
  2. In short, yes, it was loosely based on the Sea Dart. About 15 years ago, I came up with my own interpretation of what the VF-5 would look like based on the little information we have on it (single engine, based on the Sea-Dart, water landing capable, etc.): https://www.deviantart.com/studiootaking/art/VF-5-Go-Title-Page-136613604 https://www.deviantart.com/studiootaking/art/VF-5-Go-Pages-01-and-02-128200177 https://www.deviantart.com/studiootaking/art/VF-5-Go-Pages-03-and-04-128725540
  3. If memory serves, there's nothing that specifically states that the YF-21 doesn't have wing hardpoints. As it and the VF-19 are based on the YF-22 and YF-23, I think it's safe to say that the YF-21 is just like the real world VF-22: it can mount things under the wings, however doing so degrades performance—reduced stealthiness, no shapechanging wings, and reduced kinematic performance. As it is a model kit, my only input is: rule of cool—more missiles are always better.
  4. It's a common problem with machine translation. The workaround is—in the translation site of your choice*: 1) translate individual sentences, and if that doesn't work, 2) break the sentences into sections (e.g. break at a comma [,]). It's super annoying, but that's the way it is... * DeepL is my current go-to site. However, Google Translate should be sufficient most of the time.
  5. They don't. Long story short, the canon VFs in Plus and Frontier were outperforming the Macross II Valkyries in all aspects (speed, manoeuvrability, firepower, etc., etc., etc.) If anything, the Macross II Valkyries arguably fit in (capability-wise) somewhere between the VF-11/VF-14, and the VF-17.
  6. It's the "Nyan-Nyan" Chinese restaurant delivery box—a nice visual pun for the ad, as both Minmei and Ranka worked there. 😉 Maybe these delivery boxes are just in Japan... anyhow, a real world example: (the 2 and 3 level ones are "sold out" at this particular manufacturer) https://shop.nakao-alumi.jp/products/出前箱-n-103
  7. I concur that it's a fan-made item, as I can't see any logos or other markings on it, along with the ruff-cuts on the edges of the clear plastic.
  8. The closest I've seen here* is "cooking paper", which is apparently 'baking paper' or 'parchment paper' overseas. Would that work better? E.g.: https://www.yodobashi.com/product/100000001001678587/?gad1=&gad2=x&gad3=&gad4=&gad5=17180694156410001960&gad6=&gad_source=1&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIzoSO-uSGhQMVA9ZMAh1u5QTmEAQYAiABEgJGO_D_BwE&xfr=pla * also live in Japan
  9. I was looking through the Great Mechanics G 2023 Winter article on Mospeada, and they mentioned something about the HBT power cells cause some time of intense reaction when used by the mecha in the 1st and 2nd wave—and it's that reaction that the Invit are detecting. The stealth version in the 3rd wave are using some type of system that masks or reduces the intensity of that reaction, which 'hides' them from the Invit sensors. So Mospeada stealth fighters are not so much 'stealthy' (in the real world sense), but more like have additional shielding and/or use the HBT power cells more efficiently (in a way that doesn't produce an externally detectable energy signature).
  10. While it's great that this magazine is recently featuring Macross, Mospeada, etc. again, it's also disheartening reading the headlines: "Macross 7: Listen to my song for the first time in 30 years!", or Great Mechanics G Winter 2023's "40th Anniversary of the broadcast of Mospeada". Not reminding the readership of their age would be better, no? 😭
  11. I've just looked through all four books in that doujinshi series, and the Environment Battleship doesn't appear. There are 4 versions of the Medium Sized Gun Destroyer in the publication. I've translated the text for the 'standard' version, and bits of the two UNS versions on my site* (I'm not bothering with the no-main gun 'standard' version for obvious reasons...). Only the first UNS version has any dates mentioned in its write-up (produced from 2010~2030, with 32 produced in total). The second UNS version doesn't have any dates or total numbers at all—perhaps it's the 2060 version mentioned on the Pixiv account? They are both apparently newly built for the UNS. The UNS modifed version of Buritai's ship appears in silhouette at the back of the Zentradi book (along with Macross II's Macross Cannon!) in an article titled 統合政府で計画または建造されたゼントラーディ軍系の艦艇 (Zentraedi military vessels planned or built by the Unified Government). It's description is brief, but the gist of it is: newly built ships, 1/10 the weight of the original version, uses standardized UNS equipment, improved firepower, mobility, etc., but has weaker armour (literally 'reduced bullet resistance'). * http://sdfyodogawa.mywebcommunity.org/Stats/Statistics/ZentraadiShips/MediumGunboat.php
  12. Hmmm... I don't recall seeing the Battleship Environment Ship conversion in those doujinshi. Maybe it was added for the Pixiv version? Nevertheless, I'll look through them again. If memory serves, the UN converted Nupetiet Vergnitzs does appear, but only in silhouette, only in passing, and its in one of the magazines dedicated to the UN Spacy.
  13. Nothing comes to mind about the Zentradi ships being unable to make longer trips. Perhaps that stems from a convolution of 'not being able to make comparatively longish individual space folds' and 'not being that fast when making a space fold' (the apparently speedest ship is the Varota High Speed Raiding Cruiser). It makes perfect sense that the surviving (captured) Zentradi ships would be used to secure routes, as well as play a role in escorting the emigrant fleets. One thing to keep in mind is that despite their size to us humans, the Zentradi ships aren't that large for the giant Zentradi. As you pointed out, it's only the largest that would work as Emigrant ships. Multiple Buritai's ships appeared in an escort fleet in Macross 7 (official). Battleships Of The Galaxy Book 3: Zentrādi Military Vessels doesn't elaborate on an emigrant ship version of that class. However, it does provide an alternative "Environment Ship" specification of the Landing Ship. I've translated that doujinshi's description here (not official): http://sdfyodogawa.mywebcommunity.org/Stats/Statistics/ZentraadiShips/LandingShip.php#Environment Even though it's not part of the official setting, it does raise the possibility that a refurbished Kirutora Keruēru could be used as the main ship in a smaller Emigrant Fleet.
  14. Yes. One of the more notable ones I know of is in Star Wars (Empire Strikes Back): the pilot of a snow speeder is 'cheated' (as written on the production drawings) to the left so that the over-the-shoulder camera sees more of the cockpit panels as well as outside the canopy. In other words, the actor was squeezed up against one side of the canopy to get the shot. It's highly likely that the same thing is happening with Airwolf, especially as they were produced around the same time.
  15. The mecha that appeared in the "Macross Chronicle Mechanic Other*" pages are a bit of a grey area. One gets the impression that they were included because that magazine had both access to the designs and wanted to be completionists when it came to Kawamori Shoji's and Kazutaka Miyatake's Macross related artwork. The Quadoran-Nona isn't the only thing to crop up from the Saturn/PS1 DYRL game: the Meltrandi Assault Plunder Ship and Zentradi Jamming Station also get a write-up: http://sdfyodogawa.mywebcommunity.org/MCRmechanic/Other06aHatchetAnnabellaLasiodora.php#reverse Those three vehicles make a bit of sense, because that game is essentially an embellishment of the TV series and movie. However, the page with the VF-X-7, Ghost Valkyrie, VF-X-11, VA-X-3, V-BR-2, and Stampede Valkyrie is much more confusing. None of them are apparently part of the official setting! 🤷‍♂️ http://sdfyodogawa.mywebcommunity.org/MCRmechanic/Other09Astampedvalkyrie.php * http://sdfyodogawa.mywebcommunity.org/MCRmechanic/MCRmechanic.php#Other
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