As I touched on in the update from yesterday, Matsukami has printed himself an astrofighter carrier (and astrofighter to go with it), based on Brad Smith's 3D models, from a few years ago.
Hop onto the forum for more info:
Re: Yet another X-Bomber 3d build
I especially like the weathering on the astrofighter's engine parts.
The relevant 3D models can be downloaded, for free, here:
Astrofighter | Carrier
I found this interesting image a while ago, from twitter user; Sayabu.
It looks to be some of the original Go Nagai drawings and storyboards for X Bomber. I like the illustration of the laser pistol in the upper-right corner.
According to the uploader, these had been sitting in his attic for some years.
Matsukami has added some great images of his 3D printed astrofighter carrier (and astrofighter) to the forum:
Re: Yet another X-Bomber 3d build
I will do a separate, fuller front page summary on it, soon.
I added some new, really nice fan artworks from Japanese twitter users; uei4989p and Nopple_1000 to the fan artwork gallery:
In other news, the third instalment of the TV-Kun manga is about to get shipped from the buyee.com warehouse.
It'll be going over FedEx, so it should be here before very long.
I also had some spare funds this month, so I ordered the Blu-rays of a sci-fi anime called Yukikaze; which, from what I've seen, is a tiny bit like UFO; only Japanese. It has really impressive and realistic air combat scenes with futuristic aircraft.
I'll give the whole series a watch and see about putting up some screenshots from the Blu-rays.
While we're waiting for this new issue of TV-Kun to arrive at buyee.com's depot, I wanna say thanks to the Star Fleet X-Bomber group on facebook...
I thought I would check on them the other day and, despite the fact that the website has had not many updates over the last few months, they must have been checking back on us often and had info from the site shared there that'd only been up a couple of days.
I'm really happy that people are sharing info from the site and carrying it further than the site can reach by itself.
I would've gone on and given them some encouragement but Facebook is awful and I'm not registering another account.
Anyone heading that way though, let them know I'm wishing them all the best.
Star Fleet X-Bomber | Facebook
At the same time, I was looking on twitter and Japanese users were posting content from the site on there.
Ironic that the Japanese users are posting content from a UK site about the Japanese show. The circle is complete.
Anyway, all the best for now, everyone. If you want anything adding to the site or you're having difficulty finding something, let me know on the email or the forum, and I'll see what I can do.
I received this issue of TV-Kun some time ago (back in May) but encountered quite some difficulty, then, managing a really good scan of the Dai-X cutaway, since a lot of the image disappears into the spine of the book.
Anyway, I revisited the process, since I had the February (4th) issue to scan as well.
Not many comic pages in this issue, but it does contain some of the most famous of the colour features.
The February 1981 (4th) issue of TV-Kun showed up about this time last month, having spent 75 days on the seven seas.
Perhaps they decided to send it on the Ever Given.
I wasn't aware that the shipping option that I was choosing was going to send it in a shipping container from Japan rather than on a plane like normal, otherwise, I would've chosen another one.
Anyway, it's here and it's scanned and you can see my various remarks at the top of the page (click the image).
I don't expect to find the January (3rd) and April (6th) issues anytime soon.
I have been looking quite intently for some time and none of them are showing up. So I am presenting what I do have in the remaining logical order.
Update - [ 2021.09.13 ]
I said today that I didn't expect to find the January or April 1981 issues of TV-Kun any time soon.
I checked again in the usual places and found neither, so I had to try something else and I checked Mercari over buyee.com, which I have not actually used to buy anything in the past.
Anyway, we got a bit lucky and it looks as though we have the January issue, which will hopefully be on its long journey soon.
Scanning and editing on the third and last instalment of the Shonen Jump X Bomber manga is complete.
That's that side of the project rounded off.
I am keeping an eye open for the two missing instalments of TV-Kun needed for the manga but I'm not hopeful about them materialising anytime soon, since I've not found them despite searching regularly for quite some time.
In the meantime, I will scan the two instalments that I do have, that are not yet on the website and people can fill in the blanks as best they can.
There we go! There's part 2 of the Shonen Jump manga scanned and uploaded.
I will try to scan the third and last instalment this week.
Update - [ 2021.09.04 ]
I've started off scanning and editing part 3. A few more evenings and the Shonen Jump side of the manga scanning project should be done.
I did not expect to have the Shonen Jump bit done before TV-Kun, since I started with TV-Kun, but the Shonen Jump instalments were significantly easier to find; not amazingly easy to get all three, but still a lot easier.
I am thinking of getting someone to translate these so that we know what the characters are saying, and don't just have the illustrations to go off.
If anyone knows anything about doing that, maybe you could shoot me an email, or better still, let us know on the SFXB forum.
I've started scanning the second instalment of the Shonen Jump X-Bomber manga.
I think I'm about half-way done. I need a few more nights to run the scans and edit the outputs.
This part is where the fur really starts to fly with the space battles.
Update - [ 2021.09.03 ]
All pages of part 2 are scanned and the editing is almost done.
Here we go! The scanning is complete. I will try and get the second one done in the next week or two.
Hi, it's been a while since there was any update ...
We've been working on a few crucial things at our end.
One thing that was hanging up the X Bomber manga scanning project was the fact that one shipment from Japan was hugely delayed.
I chose a different shipping option that looked reasonable at the time and after 2-and-a-half-months, it's arrived in the UK.
The shipment contains the first instalment of the Shonen Jump manga. I already have the second one, and the third (and last) is in the warehouse in Japan.
It also contains the February 1981 (fourth) instalment of the TV-Kun manga.
After that, all I need is the January and April instalments from TV-Kun, and to get the last instalment of Shonen Jump shipped, and that should be all the materials for the project assembled.
Update [ 2021.08.27 ]
I have started scanning the first instalment of the Shonen Jump manga.
The third and last one has apparently been delivered at home today.
The issues are quite dense with about 30 pages each, so it'll take some time to complete.
Here's an update on Brad's LegTrax model. I'm really looking forward to seeing it getting finished.
Click the image above to see the latest on the forum.
Also in my latest care package from Japan is a full set of mint, retail Japanese Zentrix DVDs.
It is difficult to express in words how pleased I am to get a hold of all of these; especially in such good condition, and retail discs, rather than the rental ones.
I was really lucky to find it, because I've seen sets of a-bit-used rental copies go for more than double the amount.
So that's a nice win, and one project on the site that I can bring to conclusion.
X Bomber Manga Scanning Projects
The Televi Kun manga scanning project ran a bit aground, as I haven't been able to find the 3rd (Jan 1981) or 6th (April 1981) issue, despite searching for them for some time.
Issues 4 and 5 are either here, or are on the way.
I plan to scan and editorialise them a bit all-together, and in the proper order, otherwise the result might be a bit disjointed.
So, since I was having trouble progressing that, I turned my attention to the other X Bomber manga by Naoki Kamohara.
That manga features in the 1980 Shonen Jump issues 6-8.
These were a bit less hard to find, (and also significantly cheaper). In theory, I now own all 3 ...
#6 is still on a boat somewhere. #8 is at the warehouse.
Lucky 7 is the first to arrive.
Twitter users in Japan have been a bit more active lately and I found two great artworks for the fan artwork folder:
- Kia_asamiya - X-Bomber and Dai-X (pictured)
- Nopple_1000 - Dai-X
In other news, I am working on a few other projects, but it may take some time to see the results, since the necessary materials are held back by huge shipping delays from Japan.
Star Fleet Project Omega - Future Echoes Prologue
Jiraiya aka Zordon has created a terrific trailer for a Star Fleet audio drama that he wants to make.
I was really amazed at how well produced it is and how great the voices are.
It's only one guy doing it and I was absolutely stunned.
SFXB 2021 Review
Andy Thomas; creator of SFXB, has done a really fantastic video that looks back over the last 20 years of SFXB and Star Fleet fandom.
xbomber.co.uk gets a mention here-and-there as well, which is real nice.
This is a historical video that looks back over how Star Fleet fandom has evolved in the UK, so I have uploaded a version to this site for safe keeping.
It's been brilliant knowing Andy through our Star Fleet endeavours.
He is one of the best guys I've ever known.
2021.05.29 - There was a bit of a delay in uploading this. The last several weeks have been a bit tough.
I am working back, filling in the missing weeks of Star Fleet Saturday ...
Sorry for the lack of a Star Fleet Saturday, last week ...
Brad Smith Dai-X
As you can see, Brad is doing fantastic work on 3D-modelling LegTrax.
You can find more images and give him encouragement on the forum.
I'm currently scanning the March 1981 issue of TV-Kun, which contains an interesting instalment of the X-Bomber manga.
The February issue is sitting in a warehouse in Japan, waiting to be shipped.
The January and April ones; the two that I'm missing, aren't showing up anywhere currently but they should show up eventually.
I did have good luck with my Zentrix project...
A few weeks ago, I wrote that I wasn't sure that I'd ever find the last 3 volumes of the Japanese Zentrix DVDs.
Then, a set of ex-rental copies; volumes 3-6 appeared, where the price was exorbitant but was steadily coming down.
I checked on FROM JAPAN one day and a full set of 6 retail copies appeared; in great-looking condition for very substantially less.
Since I didn't expect to see nearly as good an offer in the future, I bagged it and, hopefully, we should be getting that part of the site completed before too long.
Star Fleet Saturday didn't take much time to prepare this week, since the scanning of the second instalment of Televi-Kun had already been done last weekend.
So, enjoy what's turning out to be quite an interesting project.
In the last few weeks, the site has had a few other improvements.
The media system will use the new HTML5 video and audio tags to play mp4 videos as well as audio files without people leaving the page or opening a new tab. That seems to work pretty well.
The website can also handle webp images, although it doesn't perform any server-side resizing, since this new Google format is pointless, and hopefully, it won't catch on.
There are quite a few additions to the Star Fleet area of the site:
Publications - X-Bomber Super Manual
Toys and Merchandise
Star Fleet Saturday was a bit delayed this week...
I finished scanning the first instalment of the Televi-Kun X Bomber manga and full-colour feature, that were published in November 1980.
It's been a bit of a tricky process getting to this point, since the books themselves are not that easy to obtain, and not that easy to scan, as it turns out, either.
Anyway, out of the six instalments, I've managed to track down four in total and I'm working on the other two.
I may not manage it, but I will try to scan the second; December, instalment next week.
At the same time, the site has undergone quite a few other updates and additions. I'll write a little update, summarising those at some point.
It took me a long time to find it, but here's the third out of the six volumes of Zentrix DVDs released in Japan.
This one was in a red box, which I seem to remember, indicates that it was a retail copy, rather than a rental one.
It's taken me about 2 years to get this far but, hopefully, I'll eventually manage to get the rest.
I saw volumes 3-6 as a set on Mercari but I can't justify the £400+ cost for the three that I still need.
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