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Macross Quarter (Warship Mode)

Macross Quarter (Storm Attack Mode)

Macross Quarter 17 (Warship Mode)

Macross Quarter 17 (Storm Attack Mode)

Macross Quarter 23 (Warship Mode)

Macross Quarter 23 (Storm Attack Mode)

Macross Quarter Class Variable Space Carrier (Film Version)

Technical Data

Ship Type: variable attack space aircraft carrier
Government: Strategic Military Services (SMS)
Manufacturer: Hashuu Heavy Industrial Vessel Technical Research Institute, Shinsei Industry Vessel Design
Ship Class: Macross Quarter
Ship Name: Macross Quarter, launched unknown
Laid Down: December 2055 (construction begins)
Launch Date: June 2056 (core block launch date)
Commission Date: March 2057 (operation trials)
Number of Class Commissioned: Macross 17 (ship number 17), Macross 23 (ship number 23), Macross Frontier (ship number 25)
Complement: crew unknown
  • Warship (cruiser) Mode: overall, length 472 meters; width 178 meters; height 96 meters
  • Storm Attack (battle) Mode: overall, height 316 meters; width 164 meters; length 79.2 meters
  • Carrier ARMD-L: overall, length 254 meters
  • Gunship ARMD-R: overall, length 227 meters
  • Mobile-gun battery BASTER-L/BASTER-R: overall, length 129 meters
    Mass: inertia weight, operational 165,000 tons; overall weight 265,000 tons (152,000 tons, main body); Carrier ARMD-L overall weight 56,000 tons; Gunship ARMD-R overall weight 48,000 tons; Mobile-gun battery BASTER-L/BASTER-R gross weight 8,855 tons
    Structure: compound five-component structure consisting of the Central hull (main body and legs), port side aircraft carrier (ARMD-L), starboard side gunship (ARMD-R), back starboard-side mobile battery warship (BASTER-R), back port side mobile battery warship (BASTER-L); independent fold capable; heavy energy converting armor adopted to the bow of the gunship; gravitational field of 0.5G is formed on the flight deck; 3 x standard linear electromagnetic-type catapults (includes the angled deck)
    Power System: Reaction engine cluster
    Main Machinery: fold system cluster; 4 x main engine thrusters; gravity control system
    Countermeasures: pin-point barrier system
    Operation: deployment inside and outside atmosphere as well as underwater is possible; ARMD-L carrier can be used as a shield when pin-point barrier is expanded in addition to "Macross Attack" for close-quarter attack; ARMD-L can be stowed on the back when firing Buster cannon
  • 1 x Gunship (Gatling-type buster cannon, Macross Cannon)/Heavy Quantum Reaction Cannon; can be used when energy is supplied by Central hull; Rapid-fire is possible with lower output in addition to being used as melee weapon when combined with pin-point barrier (mounted within forward starboard section in Carrier mode, right arm in Storm Attack mode)
  • 10 x quarter cannon beam gun turrets for anti-aircraft defense (2 mounted amidships forward starboard (right shoulder); 2 mounted amidships forward port (left shoulder); 2 mounted amidships dorsal center (center torso); 1 mounted amidships rear starboard/1 port (upper legs); 1 mounted outboard starboard/1 port (lower legs)
  • 24 x quarter cannon beam gun turrets (Macross Quarter 17 ONLY, 24 guns in place of the standard 10) for anti-aircraft defense (3 mounted amidships forward starboard (right shoulder); 3 mounted amidships forward port (left shoulder); 2 mounted amidships dorsal center (center torso); 2 mounted amidships rear starboard/2 port (upper legs); 3 mounted outboard starboard/3 port (lower legs); 3 mounted inboard starboard/3 port (lower inner legs)
  • many other firearms including reaction weapons
  • Pin-point barrier
  • Craft and Mecha: approx. 60 ~ 80 units (VF-25F/G/S and RVF-25 variable fighters; VB-6 Konig Monster; Queadluun-Rhea; Destroid Cheyenne II); the Macross Quarter 23 had multiple VB-6 Konig Monsters

    Description and History

    The Macross Quarter class of ships are variable multi-purpose stealth space combat mobile aircraft carriers built in the mid-scale size for space vessels. The Quarter can transform from a warship (cruiser mode) to storm-attacker mode (battle mode) and possesses high mobility and combat performance even though it is the size of mid-scale warship. Hashuu Heavy Industrial Vessel Technical Research Institute and Shinsei Industry Vessel Design Headquarters on the planet Eden collaborated on the Macross Quarter design. Construction of the initial test type ship was conducted at the planet Eden Factory Satellite group. The Macross Quarter-class ship deployed to the Macross Frontier fleet began construction December 2055, had its core block launched June 2056, and began practical operation trials in March 2057. This version of the Macross Quarter features quarter cannon beam gun turrets that have been completely redesigned.

    The Macross Quarter is a compound vessel consisting of five warships. The central hull consists of the main body and legs. The forward port side aircraft carrier is designated ARMD-L while the starboard side gunship is designated ARMD-R. The rear starboard-side mobile battery warship is BASTER-R and the rear port side mobile battery warship is BASTER-L. These design mechanisms were aimed at simplifying the transformation. Since each unit carries its own reaction engine and fold engine they can be deployed as independent warships or a fleet. The Macross Quarter has the capabilities of an aircraft carrier/amphibious assault ship, close-quarter combat capabilities through transformation to storm attack mode and can carry a maximum of 80 variable fighters and Destroids. The Gatling-type buster cannon - which can be used as a Heavy Quantum Reaction gun - is suitable for heavy anti-ship combat. In addition to a high output reaction engine cluster, the Macross Quarter has the overall performance worthy of the "Macross" name despite being within the small, 400m-class of carriers. These impressive capabilties do not come cheap as contracting the Macross Quarter costs 120 million credits for those that wish to hire its services. NOTE: The valuation of the fictional credit currency in Macross is most likely based upon the Japanese yen so a Japanese audience can relate. As such, North American fans may not understand this context and forget the Japanese yen to the U.S. dollar is roughly a 100 to 1 exchange. As such, the hiring cost for the Macross Quarter is perhaps more accurately expressed as 1.2 million "credits" for western audiences.

    Like all ships of the line, the Macross Quarter is a mass produced vessel found in many New UN Spacy fleets. Most notably, the Macross 17 and Macross 23 fleets included a Macross Quarter class ship each with a distinctive hull. The Macross Quarter from the Macross 23 Fleet has a blue and silver hull but is otherwise said to be almost identical to the Macross Frontier Fleet's Quarter in terms of onboard equipment (though multiple VB-6 Konig Monster units have been deployed aboard). The Macross Quarter from the Macross 17 Fleet has a sand-colored desert camouflage hull but - unlike the standard class configuration - the Macross Quarter 17 is armed with 24 "Quarter Cannon" beam gun turrets instead of only 10.

    Production Notes

    Debut: Macross Frontier The Movie: Itsuwari no Utahime (The False Songstress)
    Crew: Colonel Jeffrey Wilder (captain), Ozuma Lee, Canaria Berstein, Henry Gilliam, Bobby Margot, Catherine Glass, Monica Lang, Lam Hoa, Mena Roshan, Alto Saotome, Mikhail Buran/Michael Blanc, Luca Angeloni, Klan Klang, Raramia Rerenia, Nene Rora
    Other appearances: Macross Frontier The Movie: Sayonara no Tsubasa (The Wings of Goodbye; the Macross Quarter 17 and 23 appear only in this film)
    Original mechanical designer: Junya Ishigaki

    Line Art

  • Macross Quarter artwork
  • Macross Quarter 17 and 23 artwork #1
  • Macross Quarter 17 and 23 artwork #2
  • Information Courtesy of the Macross Compendium:
    Images From - Macross Chronicle and other macross books
    C. Wilson - Writer, Editor and Colorist