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PF-04U Cosmo-Corsair Protean Space Fighter
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Published: June 7, 2016
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The first working PF-04U Cosmo-Corsair Protean fighters during test flights near Saturn's moon Enceladus circa late 2077.  The S.S.S.-Broadsword is in the distance, and was the first Iapetus class Destroyer-Carrier ship to carry PF-04U fighters.

NOTE: This transformable fighter is from the Nexus Arcana series of science fiction novels.  All copyright is reserved.  Please do not use this image without written permission from the author.  Thank you.

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thormemesonHobbyist Digital Artist
Neat
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Kodai-OkudaProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you. :)
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thormemesonHobbyist Digital Artist
Hey Spacebattleship Yamato made the ME262 and Ju88 into star fighters.
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Kodai-OkudaProfessional Digital Artist
Yes they did, and I will not lie, SBY was an influence (among others) on me.
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Hello:
 An almost real-world airplane in space? this makes me think of the AGACS helicopters from the Southern Cross anime (or Robotech season2) :D . But while my previous sentence might sound a bit evil, the truth is that the AGACs kicked some serious butts, so I am betting these Protean Space Fighters will do that too ;) .
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Kodai-OkudaProfessional Digital Artist
Hi ChileTrek,

Yes, I wanted to use an actual USMC/USNAVY World War II plane as the basis for the "space-to-planet" type of planetary assault space fighters.  Since the design needed to be highly maneuverable rather than fast I wanted to use proven designs that were high-maneuverability.  
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Hello:
 I can imagine someone would actually try that, I mean, if the design was a proven one and the systems fit in there, then why spend more time designing an exterior? I cannot blame some people feeling nostalgic, or maybe a living descendant from the World War II. I think it works cool, specially since the design will also be useful in atmospheres aswell.
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Kodai-OkudaProfessional Digital Artist
This is the plane that inspired my approach for the Space Marine Protean fighters in Nexus Arcana.

www.military.com/daily-news/20…

 The Space Marines need high-maneuverability craft, and the classic World War II, and Korean War airframes are excellent for dogfighting, while the sleek "delta" airframe is better suited to interception and surface to orbit high-speed flight.  This is why the PA-03 Shinden was made.  The PA (Protean Aerospace) designation is for defensive fighters intended to fend off invaders, while the PF (Protean Fighter) designation is for variable fighters intended to attack/invade a planet.  Unlike Macross, or Gundam, I do not see how any one variable fighter could fill the various mission requirements of planetary, space, and interplanetary combat.  A fighter like an Alpha would fit the PF designation, while the VF-01 Valkyre would be a PA, the Zeta Gundam would be a PS (Protean Space fighter) whereas the Delta Gundam would be more of a PI (Protean Interceptor).
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Hello:
 Nice aircraft :) . Thanks for the link.

 Maybe some animes like Macross try to get all eggs in one basket so they will not have to design too many new fighters for every new series they make and just to focus in those used by the protagonists and those used by the cannon-fodder UN Spacy pilots... poor guys XD .

 I do like how you use known designs from series to give an idea of what to expect from the the forces you are creating (I specially like that you mentioned the Alpha :) ). And surely the crews of those carriers will have a lot of fun when they need to go from one mission specific to the next :D .
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Kodai-OkudaProfessional Digital Artist
Hi ChileTrek,

NO problem.  Glad you like that aircraft.

Macross 7 had a lot of different variable fighter designs (despite having an awful storyline), so I don't think it is a matter of having too many fighters.  I think it is just more the style of Kawamori and Studio Nue.

I thought using known designs might help explain the purpose (in general) of each Protean mecha. :)
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Hello:
 It is a great design :) .

 But still, they did have tons of other designs from that same era (2040s) that they never used, like the VA-3 Invader type bomber ( www.macross2.net/m3/macrossplu… ). But you are right, it must be the style of them, maybe adding much more would make some younger viewers confussed or something?.

 And that works indeed, that is why I was happy to see your analogies with known franchises :) .
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Kodai-OkudaProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you, Chiletrek.

Macross does have a lot of unused designs, and I think that has more to do with Kawamori's desire to make these designs.  He--like me--is passionate about them, so there are probably more VFs than the storyline of Macross can handle in any of the anime. :)
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Remember the Black Sheep squadron?
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Yes I do remember that show.  I don't remember the specific episodes--kind of like rat-patrol--but I vaguely remember the series.  VMA-214 was a real USMC squadron from World War II, that I remember. :)
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