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Star Fleet Saturday 2-08 2020.11.20



Here's a scan from one of the magazines that I got from Japan, last week.
It's interesting that they headed up a 1997 article on the works of Go Nagai with a huge CGI Dai-X.

You can find the lossless version, plus a couple more details here:
http://xbomber.co.uk/?dir=Star+Fleet%2FArticles+and+Scans%2FB-Club

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Earth Final Conflict Re-watch 2020.11.17

I'm going to watch Earth Final Conflict through again.
It's been many years since I struggled through all 5 seasons of it.
But the series does have a lot of really excellent weapons and equipment...
The skrill bio guns, the below Beretta 92F with an under-slung attachment and illuminated ammo counter ...
The pull-out global link communicator is another great idea, which makes me think of the flexies from Andromeda.
I noticed as well that the character; Augur has a great wrist-mounted, full-colour portable computer; a bit like a Psion or Nokia communicator.
I seem to remember that this show gets extremely wild and crazy after the first season, but we'll see again how it goes ...

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Sketchbook - USS Donald J Trump 2020.11.16



Here's a bit of inspiration for us on a Monday morning;
... a ship that the ASDB refers to as 'The Beast'.

The saucer section detaches as a separate ship, with its own nav deflector and warp engines tucked in underneath, and can perform a planetary landing.
The ship has 3 shuttlebays and is armed with type XII phasers, a limited magazine of transphasic torpedoes, as well as a full complement of quantum torpedoes; giving it vastly more firepower than a starbase or planetary defence array.
The triple hull is protected with adaptive shields and a self-replicating ablative armour. 

The engineering hull has two giant, horizontal warp cores and a further, miniaturised warp core is located on the saucer section.

With a length of over 900 metres, I wanted this ship to bridge the gap between the Sovereign and Galaxy class ships, and re-introduce all the holodecks, cetacean ops and science/exploration/humanitarian elements that seemed to be removed from the Sovereign class, while retaining all the agility and firepower.

Meanwhile, the ship has 32 holodecks, which can run any program, but the default program is always golf.
There are 2,000 gold-pressed latinum, self-cleaning toilets onboard.

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Star Fleet Saturday 2-07 2020.11.13



Here's a lovely illustration of the Dai-X by Japanese artist; Shiba, which I found on Pixiv.

I got two Japanese magazines with some material on X Bomber delivered today, along with an old copy of the UK Fantastic Films magazine, which covers the show.
It'll take me a while to scan the relevant bits but we should have some updates for xbomber.co.uk soon.

At the same time, I managed to get the November and December 1980 instalments of TV-Kun magazine, featuring the first two of the six parts of one of the Japanese X Bomber manga stories.
They're sitting in a warehouse in Tokyo, but they are legally mine. I had a chance to get instalments 3 and 6 from the same seller this week but I was deluged with work and it completely slipped my mind to snipe them.

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Sketchbook - Scout Warbird 2020.10.31

 

It's another old thing that I found and coloured;
I think it was supposed to be a Romulan ship; half-way in size between the TNG scoutship and the Nemesis Warbird.
I have a couple of other Romulan ships here:
http://xbomber.co.uk/?dir=Other%2FSketchbook

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Star Fleet Saturday 2-05 2020.10.30



It has been quite a week.  Here is Dai-X, floating in space.
He must be having an upside-down nap - his eyes aren't lit up anyway. 🙂
I saw this on twitter, from user; mattarhythm_com.
Really nice job

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Sketchbook - Space Pirates 2020.10.24



I think I drew these little pirate ships as enemies for the stardart that I scanned back in May.
Search > Stardart

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Bomber X Comic Book Ship Sprites 2020.10.19

There we go...
I'll try and get the behaviours programmed for these this week ...

Thanks to Matsu Kami for the reference photos, which saved me from digging out the relevant issues from my vast trove of Star Fleet material.

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Poster Framing 2020.10.17



I got my pictures back from the framing shop behind the Chantry in Morpeth.  The guy there's very good.

I see that the Eric Chu Terrahawks one is now available again on the Anderson store, (but not in the original size).
Mine had a bit of a crease in one corner when it arrived, so I found a mint one on eBay.

The red one is from Japan, advertising the PS2 game based on the Chinese CGI anime show; Zentrix, which is a really lovely TV series.

The black one shows all the principal vehicles used in the Japanese-made Gerry Anderson show; Firestorm, which is also one of my favourites.

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Star Fleet Saturday 2-03 2020.10.16

I was trying to pick up some of the six issues of Televi-Kun that contain X Bomber articles and instalments of the manga.
Unfortunately, I timed that right around the 40th anniversary of X Bomber appearing on television in Japan.

People were bidding *insane* money and the fact I was using a bidding proxy didn't seem to help me either.
Anyway, I cost them a lot of money by bidding and saved myself a lot of money by losing.

What was quite annoying was that you then saw the people who'd won the auction putting images of the exact same item on Twitter.
Here's kyano13neo with some images of Lamia and Makara, as well as a two cool alien ... what-even-are-those? ... monsters, fighting the Dai-X.

I saw an interview with Go Nagai, where he explained that he'd wanted to have giant monster and robot battles in the show, but I guess the budget and length of the series didn't stretch to it.

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