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Macross Quarter (Warship Mode)

Macross Quarter (Storm Attack Mode)

Macross Quarter Class Variable Space Carrier

Technical Data

Ship Type: variable attack space aircraft carrier
Government: Strategic Military Services (SMS)
Manufacturer: Yaesu Heavy Industries, L.A.I. Corporation
Ship Class: Macross Quarter
Ship Name: Macross Quarter, launched unknown
Launch Date: unknown
Commission Date: unknown
Number of Class Commissioned: unknown
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)
  • many other firearms including reaction weapons
  • Pin-point barrier
  • Craft and Mecha: maximum of 80 units (VF-25F, VF-25G, VF-25S and RVF-25 variable fighters; VB-6 Konig Monster; Queadluun-Rhea; Destroid Cheyenne II)

    Description and History

    The variable multi-purpose stealth space combat mobile aircraft carrier Macross Quarter is the operational base of the Strategic Military Services (S.M.S.) within the Macross Frontier colony fleet. Although one-quarter the size of the current Macross Class warships (being equivalent to a 400m-class vessel typical of regular carriers) the Macross Quarter can transform from a warship (cruiser mode) to storm-attacker mode (battle mode) for close-combat. The Macross Quarter boasts the mobility and combat performance of a fighter even though it is the size of mid-scale warships.

    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.

    The Macross Frontier fleet's Yaesu Heavy Industries and the L.A.I. Corporation took charge of design and construction of a concept for a "relatively small and excellent maneuverability variable attack space aircraft carrier". The Macross Quarter was built in Macross Frontier's dock and when handed over to the S.M.S. upon completion, it was moored to a special pier on Island 1's port side. The vessel functioned as a central command and graveyard facility of S.M.S. Originally the Macross Quarter was registered as a "Special Duty Operation Warship" and when incorporated into the New UN Spacy it became designated "Small Mobile Combat Aircraft Carrier". At the request of the Executive Office of the President and with permission of the New UN military headquarters, the Macross Quarter sortied for the Macross Galaxy Rescue Operation on 1st of May 2059. Thereafter, the ship was deployed for anti-Vajra combat following a complete overhaul of the radar system.

    Production Notes

    Debut: Macross Frontier, Episode 6
    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: none
    Original mechanical designer: Junya Ishigaki

    Line Art

  • Macross Quarter Attack Mode line art
  • Macross Quarter Carrier Mode Ventral view
  • Macross Quarter docked with Macross 25 Island
  • Information Courtesy of the Macross Compendium:
    Images From - Macross Chronicle and other macross books
    C. Wilson - Writer, Editor and Colorist