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Menu Map

avatar Crash
2022.05.21

In the game, there has been for some time, an 'overview map', showing all the various solar systems in which the game takes place, but there is no way of accessing it in the compiled releases.
This is because it wasn't finished to the point where I was pleased enough to show it off.

Equally, it would've meant adding and re-arranging menu options, in order to access it, and it was hard to see how to shoe-horn it into the flow of the game's briefings and levels.

Now that the briefing screen's 'intra-solar system' map works in principle, I figured that the simplest, most streamlined thing is to make a scaled-down version of the overview map for the mission select menu screen.
That menu will still show the auto-generated thumbnail of the level itself, when the mission selector matrix is highlighted, but before that, when you click "Start", it will give you this little overview.
The white brackets (which need some embellishment) move to the corresponding solar system as you cycle through the levels.

Looking back, I guess the hidden map was at least the start of an earlier attempt at what's just been put into the mission briefing screen in the last version.

So ... not finished, but I wanted to show that I hadn't just released 0.84g and decided to stop for another while.
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v8.84g Released

avatar Crash
2022.05.20

It's done.  Use the link the right-hand column to download.

I tested it and it looks OK.  Let me know if anything seems off with it.
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Articulated, 3D-printed Dai-X - Updated

avatar Crash
2022.05.06

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Fan Artwork - IrresponsiblePics

avatar Crash
2022.05.04

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Breaking the coder's block ...

avatar Crash
2022.04.28

I don't want to release 0.84g until I have the 'planet map' thing in the briefing, which is something that I wanted to have in the game for a long time, so that the player would have an idea of 'where they were'.

Since the first chapter of missions takes place in the Simetra System, and the player returns there to defend it at the end of the game, it makes sense to kick off by starting to create a moving model of that solar system.

It wants a bit of fine-tuning, some overlay elements and some labels for the planets.
For level 1, it will get an animated path to indicate the location/course of the alliance fleet.
For level 2, it will have an overlay to represent the asteroid belt.

I think this is going to be quite cool.... if ... I can ever get it done.
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Smart watches

avatar Crash
2022.04.24

Little while ago, I noticed that my old G-Shock that fought alongside for 15 years started to get intermittent problems with its solar power.
It's been damaged and repaired lots of times and Casio no longer have spares to fix its module.

I 'invested' in a Microsoft band to take some pressure off it. Microsoft hasn't made these in years and the app was cancelled afterwards.  You can pick these up for £20 new on eBay.

You need to use a band unlocker app for Windows to activate these bands over USB cable to make them work now.
Once you do that, they're pretty sweet, even without Microsoft's app. 

I noticed as I re-watched Zentrix the other week that all the characters make heavy use of their smartwatches to communicate with eachother.
We went from 2003 when the show was made and they didn't exist to now where they're all-over.

At the same time, I went to feed the hens yesterday and this thing warned me that UV was high and gave you options for monitoring it.
That reminded me about Ninestein's 'Tim' smartwatch in Terrahawks, which tracked the level of toxins in the air given off by Sram's green alien blood.

In 2065, nobody will remark at Brains talking to his watch.
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Armoured Sylph

avatar Crash
2022.04.13

Happy Easter to all!
I doodled this while in a meeting.

The super pack for the Sylph increases the ship's range, resilience and firepower.
I figure that, additional to the super pack, two large missile containers could be attached to back of the ship, containing anti-ship missile missiles, rather than the anti-aircraft missiles normally stored in the internal bays.
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Infinity Magazine Article

avatar Crash
2022.03.29

When reviewing the front page updates, I remembered that I had added the specific pages from Infinity magazine's article on Star Fleet to a hidden directory on the site for safe-keeping.

Since some time has passed since the relevant issue was published in 2020, I figure nobody will mind me making the directory public.
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Keibunsha Encyclopedia 56th Edition

avatar Crash
2022.03.26

This arrived over FedEx the other day. There are 3 pages given over to Star Fleet, including one of the 32 colour pages.
I finished the scans.  Click on the image above to check them out.
I'm not sure what show features on the left of the above image.
The things in the upper-left remind me of Robotnik from Sonic the Hedgehog, but 10 years or-so earlier.

On the shipping label, it mentions "BILL SENDER".
How great would it be to work in shipping and have the name Bill Sender?
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Ruby 2

avatar Crash
2022.03.23

I finally got my printer working again to print the outline from Shonen Jump.

I intended to do a colour version of Ruby this way initially, by hand, but this way, we see the outputs of both methods.

I received the Kubunshu encyclopedia that has a little summary on X Bomber, but haven't scanned it yet.

At the same time, I won an auction on a Showa colouring book that I'd not seen before.
It's smaller than the others but has a unique cover.
You can see the photos from the listing and I'll scan it once I get my hands on it:
	Colouring Book C

You might notice that the Showa section has been made a bit more organised, so that people aren't trying to find things in a never-ending wall of images.
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Ruby

avatar Crash
2022.03.19

You might recognise this illustration as Ruby; the main character that gets added in the Shonen Jump X Bomber manga.
Unfortunately, she doesn't feature on the colour inside cover; nor any of the colour preview images on the outside cover or contents pages.
That means that we have no idea about her eye or hair colour etc.

Way I imagined it when reading the manga, was that she had blue eyes and strawberry blonde hair.

Anyway, I lifted this outline from p411 of the August 1980 Shonen Jump.

I would've coloured this by hand, except that my printer threw a red screen of death.
So, until I get it working, or I stump up the money for the Epson A3 ink tank photo printer that I want, I had to do it in Photoshop.

I think she came out quite well.  The hard lines and the anime illustration style remind me of the cutscenes to Zone 66, (which is a wonderful game, if you give it a little spin in DosBox).

I think I'm going to do a few different versions of this and have a play with the values.
The background is the moonbase reception hall, that someone was kind enough to provide an image of on twitter recently.

There is a story to that which can serve as a next week's Star Fleet Saturday.
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Simetra Defence Directorate Logo

avatar Crash
2022.03.18

I spent the evening playing with Photoshop's upscaling algorithms and reconstructing the Simetra Defence Directorate logo, which I made too small originally.
The new, "preserve details 2.0" option is really something.

Simetra is a small, mostly aquatic planet; colonised in 2749, that declared independence from Earth in 2874.
The planet is extremely rich in underwater minerals.

The defence directorate has been fighting the Alliance for decades.
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Forum Email Shakedown and Site Updates

avatar Crash
2022.03.15
It was clear that the SFXB email functionality wasn't doing what it should.
I reconfigured the email settings yesterday and made sure that it could send test emails, that it's contact page worked, and that we could register and activate a number of test users with various 3rd-party email accounts.
One thing to make sure of, though, is to check your spam folder for activation emails.

At the same time, I cleared up the site's homepage, removing the activity overview, since not as many different areas of the site are receiving updates currently.
I did some work on the Version History page for the game and improved the site's error handling.

Let me know if you see any areas where the site needs special attention/improvement.
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Alliance Astrofighter by Shinchan1st

avatar Crash
2022.03.11

It's a Star Fleet Friday ...
I found photos of a nice astrofighter model, made by twitter user; shinchan1st, yesterday.

I like the metallic paint finish.  The colour is real nice.  It could use that camoflage pattern that these things have, applying to it.
I think it might be based on the Mark model kit from Japan, which you can still get quite easily.
It looks very close to what's in the show, although maybe the cockpit bubble was a bit smaller.

Images have been added to Star Fleet > Fan Models page.
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Forum Update

avatar Crash
2022.03.01

The SFXB forum has been updated from 3.3.2 to 3.3.5, which broke it for a short while.
There were some issues with the templates, so I took the opportunity to find a better, more modern one and modify it again to make it a bit more Star Fleet-oriented.

At the same time, the board received some configuration changes.
More info: Site Changes
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French Bomber-X Comics

avatar Crash
2022.02.15

I got back to scanning the remainder of the first of the four volumes of the French Bomber-X comic books.

I will try and make a start on volume 2 before long.

You might have noticed an issue with the site not displaying the descriptions of various content folders.
This was due to the security software having a major and unprovoked falling out with the PHP script of the website.
I found a really nice workaround for it and it's now working fine.
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Rain Song Chapter 8

avatar Crash
2022.02.08

Rain Song, after a number of years, has finally been updated with chapter 8.
Chapter 9 is on its way and is about half-way finished.

This chapter is quite a big one and was a little tricky, in that it connects a few things together.
Anyway, you find out one or two things in it.

These things can always use a bit more checking and editing, but I'd like to hear what people think about it
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Various bits of news ...

avatar Crash
2022.02.07

I found an interesting Japanese encyclopaedia of monster and sci-fi shows from 1980 that seems to have quite a bit about X Bomber.  We will see just how much, when it arrives.

I'm also going to resume work on scanning the French comic books so that we have a full set of scans on here.
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January Update

avatar Crash
2022.01.16

I had some work that ran aground a long time ago, cleaning up and improving some of the old sketches that went into production of the game.
I got that stuff finished on Friday night/Saturday.
Sometimes it's good to come back to something and attack it with a fresh perspective.

The following have been added:
	Alliance Minelayer
	Legtrax
	New Chicago City 1
	Simetra - Infinity Class Prototype
	Simetra - S60 Stinger

I notice that that there are some sketches that I added the 'X Project' sketchbook (which is a black Daler A3 sketchbook, into which, all X-Bomber sketches are pasted), that don't seem to have ever scanned.
When I get proper access to my office again, I will scan them out of there and add them to the site.
The ones I have in mind are a bigger illustration of the S60 Stinger Simetran fighter and an earlier illustration of the Alliance command carrier.  

I'm tidying up the website's filesystem and moving some content from the news database into the main site content, to make the site more of a browsable collection and less like a blog.
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Brad - Legtrax

avatar Crash
2022.01.07

It's Star Fleet and it's Friday!
Brad has finished work on Legtrax...
I chose this graphic for the front page because I really like the angle and the appearance of the engines.
You can find many more images on the SFXB forum and in the Star Fleet fan work area:
	Yet another X-Bomber 3d build
	Brad Smith - New Work


In other news, I downloaded and checked a full backup of the site, which is something that I should do more often.
The footprint of the site is about 24GB.

I've been working on chapters 8 and 9 of my Rain Song story that accompanies the game.
Also, I've been working on the sprites and damage effects for the battlecruiser in level 15 of the game.

I also contacted a number of translation companies for a quote to translate our scans of the Japanese manga, so that I could understand the story a bit better.
Machine translation of Japanese can be very hit-and-miss.
No-one's come back to me yet, so if you know of someone who might be able to help us, let me know.
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Matsukami - The Skull

avatar Crash
2022.01.04

I wanted to make sure that an image of Matsukami's remarkable new model of The Skull space sailing ship made it to the site's front page.
Check out the original forum thread here.
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December Update

avatar Crash
2021.12.29
I have also resumed work on my Rain Song Star Fleet fan story that ties in with the game.
Chapter 8 is starting to come together quite well.

At the same time, I have simplified the game content on the website and made it accessible under a single main menu option, rather than switching back-and-forth between "about" and "media".

Matsukami has finished an amazing model of the Skull.  Check it out on the SFXB Forum.
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Stingray Blu-ray

avatar Crash
2021.12.23

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TV-Kun Manga 6 of 6

avatar Crash
2021.11.30

The 6th (April 1981) TV-Kun manga came up for auction.

This issue lacks the concluding part of the manga that I was hoping for, but click through to find out what info it does have on Star Fleet.
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TV-Kun Manga 3 of 6

avatar Crash
2021.10.29

I have finished scanning the relevant pages from the January 1981 TV-Kun, which arrived last week.
This is another good instalment, as they all have been so far.

There is one instalment, that I haven't been able to find yet, which is the last of the six issues with Star Fleet features.
A few 1981 issues have surfaced just now, but not the April one.
I will keep looking and, when it shows up, I will make sure that it doesn't escape.

I did see one guy the other week on twitter in Japan, who had bought one of these TV-Kun issues.  Infact, it might've been this one.  He mentioned that it would be a great idea for someone to collect all six of them, which is a stunning idea.
It would be easier to do if they stopped buying them, just so they can photograph a single page on their phone and put it on twitter.
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Matsukami 3D Printed Astrofighter Carrier

avatar Crash
2021.10.17

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
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October 2021 Update

avatar Crash
2021.10.16

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:
	Fan Artworks

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.
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Share and Enjoy :)

avatar Crash
2021.09.15
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.
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TV Kun Manga 5 of 6

avatar Crash
2021.09.14

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.
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TV-Kun Manga 4 of 6

avatar Crash
2021.09.13

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.
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Shonen Jump Manga 3 of 3

avatar Crash
2021.09.11

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.
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Shonen Jump Manga 2 of 3

avatar Crash
2021.09.04

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.
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Shonen Jump Manga 1 of 3

avatar Crash
2021.08.31

Here we go!  The scanning is complete.  I will try and get the second one done in the next week or two.
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X Bomber Manga Update

avatar Crash
2021.08.10
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.
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Star Fleet Saturday 2-33

avatar Crash
2021.07.29

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.
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Zentrix - Japanese DVDs - Collection Complete

avatar Crash
2021.07.12

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.
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Star Fleet Saturday 2-32

avatar Crash
2021.07.10

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.
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Star Fleet Saturday 2-31

avatar Crash
2021.06.26

Fan Artwork

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.
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Star Fleet Saturday 2-30

avatar Crash
2021.06.12


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.
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Star Fleet Saturday 2-29

avatar Crash
2021.05.29


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.
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Star Fleet Saturday 2-27

avatar Crash
2021.05.07
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
	VHS Tapes
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Star Fleet Saturday 2-24

avatar Crash
2021.04.16

The Star Fleet fan work area has undergone some remodeling.
I wanted to get rid of the separation between models and artwork for artists that needed their own folder. Sometimes, artists would have done illustrations and models or sculptures and it made no sense to split those into two separate folders.
Artists with their own folder are now all grouped together therefore:
	Fan Artworks - Contributors A-Z

At the same time, the fan stories page was a useful guide to which contributors had written stories; better than sifting through individual folders.

So, the fan stories page is unchanged, and the fan artwork and fan models pages are still there to display content that's not organised into folders by artist.

There are also three new additions to the artwork folder:
 - Lee, Shiro and Hercules by _108
 - Makara by akunotsubo
 - Orion and Makara by womanimel (shown above)
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Star Fleet Saturday 2-23

avatar Crash
2021.04.09

Uploaded a number of new items into the Fan Artwork folder:
 - Dai-X and others by bludgeon3
 - Dai-X and Shiro by nakaR6 (shown above)
 - Dai-X by yakitetuiro
 - Lamia by watari_saburo
 - Makara by jamescorcoran78
 - Princess Keeli and Dai-X by 3D12aRfHh5pUTZV
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Recent Site Upgrades

avatar Crash
2021.04.05
Site Janitor Note:
I have been tidying.  Please check out the site info page for more info about site search and updates to the news subsystem.

Image Upload   [ 2021.03.09 | 16:46 ]
Behind the scenes, I added an image uploader and resizer, to make adding site updates quicker and easier and to get away from the problem of linking to content in the site's main content directories, where the file and directory paths can sometimes be subject to change.

Next Episode ...
Lastly, I finally binned my facebook account. If you'd like to contact me to make any suggestions about the site, don't hesitate. Use the link over on the right.
Alternatively, drop us a line on the SFXB Forum.

I have a mountain of new stuff to share on the site.
Over the next few weeks, I'll be tidying a few things up and trying to get those added.
Then I'll be going back to the game itself to see if we can finally get that finished.
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Star Fleet Easter Saturday 2-22

avatar Crash
2021.04.03

I tidied my Star Fleet Saturday folder out a bit and made a few additions to the site...
I found some additional images of Matsukami's X-Bomber model from prinzemathieu on deviantArt:
	Matsu Kami - X-Bomber

I added two images of some nice 3D-printed models of PPA and Qonto (from Sankukai) by twitter user; gooo_yaaar:
	Fan Work - Models

I made a correction in regard to the 1993 poster that, on closer inspection, was for the Japanese laserdisc release rather than the soundtrack LP.
	Laser Disc and DVD Sets
I added the seller photos, for completeness, for that, plus the B-club magazine, that arrived a while back.
	B-Club
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Star Fleet Saturday 2-21

avatar Crash
2021.03.26

I tidied all Star Fleet-related artwork from pixiv into its own folder and added, amongst other things, this nice painting by Kiriho.

The contents of other Japanese artists' folders have also been expanded/updated:
	PLC and YmiscY
	U1timate
	Dacotu

Edit [ 2021.03.28 ]
The below galleries have also been updated and expanded with new images:
	grim1978
	mrpranny
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US VHS Tapes - (Lots!)

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2021.02.27


Wow, I really hit the motherlode here!
Lots of copies of all 8 volumes of the US VHS tapes of Star Fleet.

I think I'm right in saying that, these are the source material for the original SFXB website, and are where all the still images and videos on the site came from, before the DVDs were released in 2009.

I did give everyone else in the group first refusal, but Andy seemed to be running short of space, so I will look after them.

I'm running a Star Fleet museum now; every DVD release, laserdiscs, endless publications from all over the world; and now VHS. 😉
I guess the site is the same in a way.
I remember years ago, that a friend of mine passed on the laserdiscs and 2004 Japanese DVDs when he went travelling.
I don't know how he got them in the days before Rinkya and FromJapan.

I will get these scanned in because the covers are a really interesting impression of the show; a bit like the French comic books.
At the moment, I have absolutely masses of material from Japan and elsewhere to scan and add to the site.

Thanks very much Andy!
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Captain Hunt

avatar Crash
2021.02.18


So Facebook has now banned the actor who played Captain Hunt in Andromeda...

When I watched all of Andromeda right-the-way-thru at University, I realised that, despite the show itself being crazy, the answer to "Which starship captain's better; Kirk or Picard?" was actually "Hunt", because he combined all the qualities of both.

On the one hand, Hunt was the inspirational leader and swashbuckling, womanising starship captain.
On the other, he was the disciplined military strategist, diplomat and idealist.

At the same time, he could also be very sarcastic and flippant; almost to the point of being arrogant, which oddly made him even more likeable.

Nobody could've been cast better in the role.
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Combined Update

avatar Crash
2021.01.31

Migration Away from Facebook
I've been busy migrating all the content that I put on facebook onto the website.
This has taken me about a fortnight but the process is now finished.

The website's hosting has also just been renewed for another 3 years (and 6 months for free).

Doctoku's AI Upscaling Project
On the SFXB Forum, user Doctoku has created a 720p AI-upscaled version of the first episode of the original X Bomber Japanese version of Star Fleet:
	SFXB Forum thread
	Google Drive direct link

SFXB Forum Issues
At the same time, I learned that newly-registered users on the SFXB Forum were having problems accessing the forum.
This problem in the forum's database has been fixed with a bit of SQL trickery, but it means that we had trouble with spam users who registered over the past months who were then able to disrupt the forum with spam messages as well.

I've pruned all spam users from the forum, along with any of their messages.
I've also tightened up the registration requirements and added a number of spam mail domains to the blocklist.

Lastly, after a recent upgrade, there were problems with the 'breadcrumb' navigation. That's now been fixed.

Fan Artwork
I added a much cleaner and better version of Japanese artist Shiina's Star Fleet illustration to the Fan Artworks section of the site.
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Sketchbook - Battle of Starbase 17

avatar Crash
2021.01.01


Captain Pepe is taking no prisoners ...
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