OK, so when I was a kid, Macross or (Robotech as the bastardized US version was titled) was the end-all be-all TV show for me. Great story, great characters, awesome artwork and amazing battle scenes? Check, check, check!
The coolest part were the transforming mecha that went from fighter plane mode to humanoid shape, piloted by the brave pilots of the SDF-1 Macross. What I wouldn’t give to have one of those, right?
Well, we’re still pretty far from designing a transforming plane, but these two designer/builders actually made a RC model version that can actually fly. Originally based on the Grumman F-14 Tomcat, the Valkyrie modifications from the anime weren’t necessarily aerodynamically sound in the real world. I’m not sure how long it took them to design and build the versions that were actually able to fly, but they are damn impressive.
Of course the obvious question is how long will it take until someone makes a flying version that can transform too?
Forbes has a brief article hereFollow bernardfok