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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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