Some people want to be like Wolverine, or Captain America, or Superman. I want to be like Adam Savage.
He’s a personal hero and a great source of inspiration for my creative drive. And in this TED talk (PLEASE give yourself 15 spare minutes to watch this talk) he talks about his process of obsessing over things and looking through, collecting and gathering as much information as possible about the thing he wants to create. I decided I would do the same thing with the YF-19.
So through the following months, as I was gaining experience in modelling in Blender I started getting myself a pretty decent amount of reference material.
Besides the Movie and the OVAs, I had three basic sources of information for the YF-19: The Hasegawa 1/48 scale model (which I own one but I haven’t got myself time apart to build it), the Arcadia 1/60 transformable toy, and CG models from people around the globe. I went to the usual image search sites, like Google Images, but also scrolled down Deviantart.com, Tumblr, Pinterest, Bing, the Macrossworld forums and tons other anime galleries. I got essential information about the plane, its dimensions, weight and thrust rate, color variants, versions and above all, the source material for the films, which is a bunch of amazing sketches and designs by the franchise senior designer, Shoji Kawamori.
Having armed myself with a pretty obsessive amount of information about this fictional anime fighter jet, I started modelling right away. Little would I know that there was a big difference between learning how to model something and learning how to model something right. But that’s a story for another time.