One of the most amazing kits to come out of Yamato Toys, the 1/60 Perfect Transformation YF-21. I only found out about how awesome it was recently, after acquiring the toy, since I was always partial to the YF-19 of Isamu Dyson. The YF-21 and YF-19 came out in the Macross Plus OVA in the early 90’s and is the cannonical sequel to the Macross franchise as its production was helmed by Shoji Kawamori, famed mecha designer and co-creator of the Macross Franchise. My review of the 1/60 YF-21 can be found here.
In the movie, the YF-21 and YF-19 are two test crafts that are going up against each other in order to win the prize of being the next frontline fighter of the UN Spacy government. Interspaced between that mecha action are the usual ingredients for a Macross recipe series, a dash of love triangle and a healthy serving of great music.
Took me quite a while to translate the manual to English because of its length, 36 pages all-in-all. I’m assuming, since the YF-21 is theoretically the same as the VF-22, this manual can also be used to transform the 1/60 YF-22S Sturmvogel II Max version, 1/60 YF-22S Sturmvogel II Milia version and the 1/60 YF-22S Sturmvogel II Gamlin ver from Macross 7 that was released by Yamato Toys.
One thing I was surprised to find out was that the YF-21 can be configured in a “Limiter Release” mode. This is where the arms and legs are removed during Fighter mode. In the OVA, Guld Goa Bowman enabled the Limiter Release mode of the YF-21 in order to beat the X-9 Ghost unmanned fighter.