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Raymond Tse has a passion for photography, models, and shmups, and the recent photoset on his Tumblr is the perfect combination of the three.

If I'm not mistaken, it's one of the Sky Girls versions of the iconic Vic Viper that we're looking at. Not that it really matters of course (please excuse the shameless attempt at flexing my Gradius knowledge).

At any rate, the images are beautiful. What makes them truly captivating, in my humble opinion, is the fact that we're seeing Konami's classic spacecraft against a cloudy backdrop, not some starry field like always.

It's the same, almost shocking sensation, as when we first saw the Enterprise D enter earth's atmosphere (before immediately crashing) at the end of Star Trek Generations. Or something like that.

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[via Kotaku]