Star Fleet Saturday has a habit now of occurring on the Saturday...
I already had a photo of this painting of Dai-X from prolific comic book artist; Lee Bradley on xbomber.co.uk.
Well, the original came up on eBay before Christmas, and now I have it, thanks to Dominique, and now the website has a better scan of it ...
Captain Pepe is taking no prisoners ...
I was reminded by a post on one of the Star Fleet groups that I had collected quite a few Star Fleet images from Japanese artist; U1timate, which he often likes to do around Christmas time.
X-Bomber | U1timate
Merry Christmas and here's to another year of Star Fleet Saturdays!
Star Fleet Saturday gets pushed on a Saturday this week, rather than Friday, for various important reasons.
The lovely painting from last week's instalment sold on Yahoo Auctions. I think it was bought over FromJapan, since I think I recognised the username and its feedback was very high for a normal, private individual.
This week, here's a great illustration of Dai-X from pixiv, by Japanese artist Rokugo Aono.
Well here's something new ...
This painting was done in 2004 by Maemura Kyotsu as part of a range of illustrations commissioned by Gentosha Comics.
The style reminds me a lot of the Toshio Okazaki illustrations for the Showa books, but maybe even finer.
In any case, the painting is being sold in Japan on Yahoo auctions:
Here's something a little different this week...
Twitter user 059100 had some pictures of him trying his Dynamite Action Dai-X (I found one of those on Yahoo Auctions Japan the other day) out in some toy vehicles, that are apparently from Kamen Rider. ;)
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I saw this shared by my friend and master model builder; David Sisson.
Without that, I would've never come across it.
This is a great video. If you watch to the end, you get a great look at the MEV, which is completely different to the Captain Scarlet MEV.
This intriguing vehicle is used about twice in the show; to my memory; and only briefly. The only close-up shots you get are from the side.
You can see here that the crane arm (with laser cannon) is rail-mounted, so it can travel to the front of the vehicle and pick something up in-front of the cockpit.
I remember that the gun on the crane arm is gobsmackingly powerful; creating absolute havoc among the enemy with only a few shots.
Also, you can see that the vehicle must come in two variants; one with caterpillar tracks as seen in "To Catch a Tiger" and then with skis, like you see here.
They must have a few of these machines on SpaceHawk, since the one that you see is marked as #4.
I like the space tank as well, with the rows of zeroids on either side, which would've presumably worked like phalanx guns for suppressing fire or missile interception.
These models have held up surprisingly-well, given that nearly 40 years have passed by.
Updated Nov 27, 2020, 10:45 AM
With the working from home extending on forever, I thought I needed a bigger chair.
So I went looking online, saw this one, and that was me finished.
I call it the hypnochair because you can stand and watch the light patterns for ages.
256 Booby Trap: Human Factor (Unused Cue) - YouTube
My friend Bruce shared this ace unused track by Ron Jones, that was done for the TNG episode; Booby Trap, which was a good and memorable episode from reasonably early in the series.
This version has a lot more power than the version that was used, and it stands up much better on its own but it might be that the final version fits the quiet tension of the show better.
In the scene where the finished version of this track was used, Picard schools his crew by manoeuvring the 642m Enterprise D through an asteroid field with practically no engine output; only a single burst from the impulse drive and a few corrections from the RCS thruster quads.
This was one way Picard was an absolute chief; something they completely forgot when they made the new Picard series.