A couple of random finds

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New deviantArt find and UFO site

Postby Crash » Fri Oct 20, 2017 2:06 pm

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This was from a French artist; DenXVII on deviantArt. Is very cool and I was glad to see it.
The style is unlike much of the rest of the artist's work which is also very good.

While I was re-arranging the links page a bit, I checked to see that some of the links were still valid etc. and I came to
the UFO Series website, which I really love.
It really is the definitive site. It is for UFO what SFXB and the Star Fleet Wikia are for Star Fleet but at the same time, it's so minimalist which fits the series so well.
http://ufoseries.com/

Anyway, on the news page, I found this website that had all the comic book scans from magazines etc. which are really well done and beautiful.
http://ufocomics.co.uk/
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X-Bomber Image Megahaul

Postby Crash » Wed Oct 25, 2017 3:56 pm

There are some very interesting new things on the Japanese twitter for X-Bomber:
https://twitter.com/hashtag/%EF%BD%98%E ... 0%E3%83%BC
In particular, there are lots of images of the papercraft Dai-X by user; Akama Akama.

I also came across this really good Japanese blog:
https://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/gontyack/13017612.html


I'm having a download/upload-fest and here are some new media folders:

Fan Work
http://www.xbomber.co.uk/?dir=Star Flee ... kama Akama
http://www.xbomber.co.uk/?dir=Star Flee ... ks/Dancers

Scans
http://xbomber.co.uk/?dir=Star%20Fleet/ ... ra%20Naoki
http://xbomber.co.uk/?dir=Star%20Fleet/ ... wa%20Books

The Scans and Merch folders have also received reinforcements.
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Re: A couple of random finds

Postby AndyThomas » Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:53 am

I shall have to have a look at those, did you translate X-Bomber into the Japanese to find those posts? I'm using Twitter to try and promote the Lego set a bit but it ain't easy. Still, it's doing better than the first version in terms of numbers vs time so I can't complain and this'll give me a few other accounts to go at, assuming they get the idea...
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Robot Girls Z and new scanning material

Postby Crash » Mon Oct 30, 2017 1:46 pm

I came across something in Google Images (I think it might have been the papercraft Dai-X, which I only had a couple of pictures of before), which then fed me on to Twitter.

I'm keeping an eye on something else from Japan which should make good scanning for the website but it has quite a few days before it ends.


Edit:
I saw somewhere as well that there is this "Robot Girls Z" TV show which is made by Toei Animation and Dynamic Planning, which are familiar names that were behind X-Bomber.

So, it's Japanese and it's full of cute female characters styled after various giant robots from the studios' other productions.
Anyway, in September, they announced some new characters for this show, including X-San, (it has nothing to do with fibrechannel or iSCSI) who is based on our Dai-X.

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Further Edit:
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/X-BOMBER-the ... 7675.l2557
There we go, hopefully that should make some good scanning when it arrives, now that it's legally mine and PayPal's.
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Showa X-Bomber books

Postby Crash » Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:46 pm

My various Showa books seem to be getting closer. They're heading to the Tyneside mail centre.
I'm looking forward to scanning those.

Edit:... And Wednesday morning; they seem to have reached the depot in Ashington.

Edit: Went and got these on Thursday morning from the post depot. They were pretty surprised that I was there to pay the duty and collect before they'd had a chance to put the grey card through my door.


I originally understood that this was the cover from a storybook:
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This image came from Pinterest. Their image quality is usually terrible.

It is in fact the back cover of a really lovely A5ish-sized notebook that came with the story book. I had all kinds of things to do yesterday and this is the first scan that I finished.
This is as the scanner rendered it:
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Here it is with some enhancement:
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... Don't worry, there's lots more to come soon.
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Showa Colouring Book - Wave 1

Postby Crash » Sun Nov 19, 2017 11:47 am

The front cover of one of (at least 2 produced) colouring books:
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... and again with some optimisation:
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And now for the first 4 out of thiry-odd pages (This is gonna take a bit longer than I thought but I think these images are really nice for kids and might trigger some inspiration):
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Once I'm finished scanning the existing stuff, I'm going to see about getting the other colouring book because it has another really great cover image and the images inside seem to all be different as well.
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Showa Colouring Book - Wave 2

Postby Crash » Sun Nov 19, 2017 7:41 pm

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If you check out the following page, you can see that there are still plenty more uploaded.
http://www.xbomber.co.uk/?dir=Star Flee ... howa Books

xbomber.co.uk doesn't seem able to thumbnail the 16-onwards images because these are all double-page ones which are over 4000 pixels across.
The SLIR image resizer seems to have trouble with that.

I shot an email across the to developer of that script to see if the limitation is native to SLIR.
If it is, I can think of using some newer scripts that are more actively being developed, instead.
If not, maybe our hosts can help me out with tweaking the PHP configuration on the site.
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Showa Colouring Book - Wave 3

Postby Crash » Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:49 am

Here are some more. I'll see if I can finish scanning in the rest today.

Edit: I did contact the developer for SLIR as well as my hosting company about the problem resizing images over 4000 pixels in width/height.
They seem to think that it's due to memory usage limitations on PHP.
My hosts tried bumping the limit up a couple of times but the problem is still there.

I did suggest removing the limit entirely, if only for a minute, and testing whether one of the big images could be resized. We'll see what they come back with.

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Showa Colouring Book - Wave 4

Postby Crash » Tue Nov 21, 2017 5:59 pm

I especially like the way Lee is drawn really hung-over-looking in the one below.
Maybe he has bad migraines. Who am I to judge?

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Showa Colouring Book - Wave 5

Postby Crash » Wed Nov 22, 2017 11:18 am

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