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Re: The Latest Macross Information (AKA: Scoop!)
« Reply #30 on: December 23, 2015, 06:18:18 AM »
Great Mechanics G: 2015 Winter
Released: 2015.12.18

Macross/Kawamori Content

Macross Delta/Kawamori regular column (Listen to Mr. Kawamori!) (4 colour pages)
Both the VF-31 (Battroid & Fighter) and Sv-262 (Fighter only) appear, along with various screen shots, and comparisons between the VF-31 and YF-30.  There's also a section pointing out the appearance of the Macross Quarter ("Battle Class"), Rigaado, Guraaji, and Destroid Cheyenne.
I don't believe that any of the images are previously unreleased ones, but it's nice to have non-jpeg/non-screen grab images.

Scanlation: in the section comparing the YF-30 and the VF-31, it says something along the lines of: "Although the YF-30 has a transformation mechanism that is simpler than the VF-25, the VF-31 was planned with a simplified nose* revolution axis."  (Although the text refers to the aircraft's nose, the accompanying image is focused on the part (of the nose) that becomes the hip/torso assembly on the YF-30).

Image assessment: there appear to be 3 micro-missile launcher ports on each leg/engine nacelle on the VF-31.  There are a pair of things that look very similar to the fold-out guns on the VF-31 located behind the cockpit on the Sv-262 (where the head lasers are traditionally located).  It'll be interesting to see what those details are in Battroid mode (does the fuselage hump behind the cockpit become the head, like the VF-22, or is it composed of the parts that become the arms?).


Aquarion Rogosu (2x colour, 2x B&W pages)

Hasegawa 1/72 VF-25F/S Super Messiah (1/8 B&W page mini-review)

... and as Star Wars is wherever you look this Winter, it also makes an appearance in this magazine.

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Re: The Latest Macross Information (AKA: Scoop!)
« Reply #31 on: March 19, 2016, 01:41:48 PM »
Great Mechanics G: 2016 Spring
Released: 2016.03.18

Macross/Kawamori Content

6 pgs (all colour!) on Macross Delta, broken down into:

2 pgs: the VF-31 and some generic descriptions/stats, and the basics of the series (Vahl Syndrome, Delta Platoon, etc).
- interestingly the drones are referred to as "Multi Drones".  The following is interesting: "???????????" - Fold Wave Component amplification".

3 pgs: interview with Dir. Kawamori entitled "The Secrets Of The New Aircraft"
1 pg: colouring of Delta Platoon's VF-31

Almost all of the associated images have been previously released (shots from the preview episode, the VF-31 squadron colours and VF-31A design from the flyer, etc), but there is an extremely nice and clear image of a Drone/FAST Pack equipped Sv-262.  From it, and the accompanying text, I've gleaned the following about drones:
- they are 'unmanned aircraft' (text)
- have 4x micro-missile launchers.  The launchers are a different design than the one's on the VF-31 and other Valkyries, and may fire a larger sized missile.
- have a single, high-powered beam gun in the center of their dorsal surface (there is a huge heat sink there.  Coupled with the lack of a spent cartridge port...)

Alas, it's the same top/front 3/4 view as in all the other released material.  So, no clear shots of the rear/bottom, yet.



and... near the end of the book, in the B&W Hobby Planet section:

1 pg of Macross stuff
(sans 1/6 of the page devoted to a Freddy Mercury station of all things):
- Hasegawa 1/72 VF-25G Super Messiah (?4,000.  on sale now)
- Hi-Metal R HWR-00-MkII Destroid Monster (?25,000.  planned July release)
- Hi-Metal R Guraaji (?13,000.  planned May release)
- TomyTech 1/144 VF-1A/S sets (4x.  ?7,300 each.  Planned June release)
... and a blurb to check out the latest "Macross Delta" related products, and detailed information at the TomyTech webpage, with a CG image of what appears to be a VF-31 model kit (sorry, no linky.  Requires a QR Code reader).

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Re: The Latest Macross Information (AKA: Scoop!)
« Reply #32 on: March 20, 2016, 11:50:03 PM »
I swoon for the Sv-262!

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Re: The Latest Macross Information (AKA: Scoop!)
« Reply #33 on: June 18, 2016, 01:36:04 AM »
Great Mechanics G: 2016 Summer
Released: 2016.06.18

7 colour pages on "Macross Delta".  Highlights include:
- extensive details on the Sv-262Hs and Sv-262Ba Draken III.
- interview with Shoji Kawamori
- a note on the VF-9 Cutlass's transformation (connected to the Draken III's transformation)
- a bit on the Sv-262Hs Draken III Lildraken equipment
- a page on info about Windamia (and a decent section on the Sv-154 (that Windamia F-104 based Valkyrie)
- a comparison between the VF-31 Siegfried and the VF-31A Kairos + the VF-31 Super Pack
- a bit on Delta Platoon's VF-31 variants and Macross Elysion
- and definitions of the "Macross Delta" world's keywords (Umineko, etc)

In the Hobby Planet section, there's a whole B&W page dedicated to Macross, with:
- Hasegawa's 1/4000 SDF-1 Macross Storming Attacker "Movie Edition"
- Furea Vion (sp?) and Makina Nakajima (sp?) non-scale kits from Figure-rise Bust.
- Hi-metal R's VF-1A Valkrie
- Hi-metal R's HWR-00-MkII Destroid Monster (love the "escalator" to get into the cockpit!)

Finally, the "The Military & History" section (featuring real-world equipment) is featuring Saab - due to, you guessed it, the "activities of the Draken III in Macross Delta".

Awesome sauce.
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Re: The Latest Macross Information (AKA: Scoop!)
« Reply #34 on: June 18, 2016, 06:03:01 PM »

- Furea Vion (sp?) and Makina Nakajima (sp?) non-scale kits from Figure-rise Bust.

Freyja Wion.  MakiMaki was correct. Although whether Nakajima is reference to Ranka's VA or the mechanic in Macross Zero, I don't know.  Obviously, it also a reference to the plane, like everyone else in the series.

EDIT:  Come to think of it, Makina is a mechanic as well.
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Re: The Latest Macross Information (AKA: Scoop!)
« Reply #35 on: August 22, 2016, 07:17:02 AM »
Variable Fighter Master File VF-4 Lightning III

In short: even if you can't read Japanese, it's still chock full of excellent pictures.


Longer version: follows the basic layout of the previous entries in the VFMF series - and it is only about the VF-4 (with 2 pages on the "ARMD Revised" (you know, the one from DYRL, and they keep renaming in the VFMF series).


The initial pages are full of glossy full-colour pictures of the VF-4 loaded for bear.  Great, inspirational stuff.

Variants:

XVF-4: makes me feel vindicated about pointing out the 'mystery' VF on Pg 68 of "Macross Perfect Memory" is that VF and getting shot down for it. ;)

YVF-4 & VF-4 Siren: if memory serves, it's the model Hikaru was wooshing around in SDFM

VF-4A vs VF-4G Lightning III: most interestingly, the VF-4G is depicted as being slightly larger than the VF-4A.


In the head variant section, they present the variant heads in a new manner - not by model number, but by function (command, anti-air laser x1, Survey Fleet, anti-air laser x4 (S model), electronic warfare, and unmanned target(!)).The

VF-4A and G are also indicated as having slightly different hardpoints (in short, the A has an additional pair between the engine nacelles, and gun pods are mounted either inboard (A) or outboard (G).

In addition to going into detail on 'traditional' VF-1 armaments (RMS-1, UUM-7, etc), they give us a few new armaments.  Happily, they are more down to earth than some of the others presented in the VFMF series.  This time, we get:

AMM-3 Flechette - a proper designation of the VF-4's 'semi-conformal medium range missiles', with variants (super sonic, anti-radar, high-manoeuvrability, and anti-ship reaction weapon).

Howard GU-11C(P) Gun Pod - basically a version drawn to modern anime tastes

back to variants:

VF-A, B, C, D, E, F, G, S

VF-4D-AEW with radome

then there are "variations":

VF-4G Super Lightning (art is basically a cleaned version of the Large Booster here: http://monkeybacon.mywebcommunity.org/Stats/Statistics/VF-4/VF-4.php#OPTIONAL_SYSTEMS (lower half of image)

VF-4G Strike Lightning (basically the same as above, but the tip of one booster is a big double-barrel gun)

VF-4G Smart Lightning (the stripped down version in the upper half of that picture)

VF-4A Spiny Lightning (delta wings, immediately brings the VF-14 to mind).  Presented in two versions: standard, and one with big multi-missile launchers mounted above and below the wings.  Above are micro-missile launchers, below are anti-ship missile launchers.

VF-4BH - two-seater with a double cockpit like that on the Mil Mi-24)

VF-4W - forward (!) swept wings, with 2 versions (one has a pointy back end reminiscent of the VF-19, the other has a square rear end, like the VF-9)

VF-4A-HS - described as "hyper sonic agileness" - the delta wings on the VF-4A are swept back even further

Finally, there are a couple of picts of a VF-4 with VF-1 FAST packs mounted on the wings.

The "ARMD Class Space Carrier [Revised]" also gets in on the action, with 3 variants presented in addition to the 'stock' model ("Float" (water landing), Zentradi, and a tri-bodied extended one).

As usual, the book has way more Fighter picts than GERWALK or Battroid, but that's OK, as the amount and variety of hardware hanging off it in most of those pictures more than makes up for it.
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Re: The Latest Macross Information (AKA: Scoop!)
« Reply #36 on: August 23, 2016, 12:04:11 AM »
Addendum to the preceding post:

Scanlation:

VF-4 Siren: apparently 240 were produced (if I'm reading it right, it's for 4 months commencing in Nov. 2010).

VF-4A Lightning III: apparently development begins in Jun. 2011, and production from 2012, with the C and D models from 2014.

VF-4G: apparently the prototype is produced in Nov. 2014, and production is from 2020 (or when the VF-4A~ line stops).

 

Re: engines

The book also elaborates on the 3rd type of main engine that I've come across: the within-wing ramjet engine.  The book indicates that its introduced from the VF-4G, and refers to it as a "within wing internal thruster", and uses ram pressure from the sub-intake at the front of the wing - along with a basic description of a ramjet engine (!) [but as they go on to indicate that it can be used in Battroid, albeit at greatly reduced performance levels (basically becoming a regular rocket motor), let's not get too nit-picky on them not referring to it as a ramjet per se].

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Re: The Latest Macross Information (AKA: Scoop!)
« Reply #37 on: October 16, 2016, 06:26:54 AM »
Great Mechanics G: 2016 Autumn
Released: 2016.09.17

10 colour pages on "Macross Delta".  Highlights include:
- 2 pgs "Protoculture and the Brisingamen Globular Cluster"
- 3 pgs Q&A on the series with Mr. Kawamori
- 3 pgs Q&A with Mr. Chiba, with definitions of Delta keywords in the upper half of the last 2 pages.
- 2 pgs "Post AVF Project VF Genealogy" (that'd by the YF-19 to VF-31 Siegfried by way of the YF-24 Evolution), with a row along the bottom on the 'Sv Works Series' (all 3 of them...).

In the Hobby Planet section, there's a whole B&W page dedicated to Macross, with:
- Hi-Metal R VF-1J Super VF
- Figure-rise Bust Mikumi
- Gimix (Tomytec) VF-31J
- Bandai Mecha Collection SDF/C-108 Macross Elysion
- Wave VF-4 Lightning III
- Gimix (Tomytec) Sv-262Hs
and at the bottom, the "Macross Modellers Latest News": the Hasegawa RVF-25 and Sv-262Hs.
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Re: The Latest Macross Information (AKA: Scoop!)
« Reply #38 on: March 27, 2017, 03:42:51 AM »
Great Mechanics G: 2017 Spring
Released: 2017.03.18

In short, no Macross coverage.  Though, there is a big article on the upcoming Yamato 2202.  Of note is the English subtitle for that new series: "Starblazers" (not present in the Yamato 2199 title).

In 'Macross-y' news, there's:
4 B&W pgs interview with Kawamori-san - the return of his feature article "Listen To Kawamori-san!".  This time, the topic is "Overseas Work".  The two accompanying picture sets are noteworthy:
- Japan Tours Festival 2017 in France.
- the transforming 1:9 VF-1S at the Beijing Comicon.

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Re: The Latest Macross Information (AKA: Scoop!)
« Reply #39 on: January 01, 2018, 05:58:06 AM »
Happy new year!

It's been a busy year, and in cleaning up my desk, I found I haven't provided pocket reviews of the following!

Great Mechanics G: 2017 Summer

Released: 2017.06.17

In short, no Macross coverage.  Though, there is a big article on Yamato 2202.

Alas, there isn't even any 'Macross-y' news!





Great Mechanics G: 2017 Summer
Released: 2017.06.17

In short, no Macross coverage.

Faintly 'Macross-y', the article "The Setting" features some of Kawamori san's designs for Eurika 7.





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Re: The Latest Macross Information (AKA: Scoop!)
« Reply #40 on: April 16, 2018, 01:34:38 AM »
Can't believe this is still going. It's been a hot minute (decade) since I was last on here.

News! Macross the First REBOOT! read it here: https://cycomi.com/title.php?title_id=83

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Re: The Latest Macross Information (AKA: Scoop!)
« Reply #41 on: June 06, 2018, 01:49:42 AM »
Heron, in spite of some MAJOR personal hurdles, including having no income and my wife leaving me and becoming homeless until family took me in, I am determined to keep this website going.