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#1 Anthony Appleyard

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Posted 01 August 2010 - 02:21 AM

Does this gun belong in the Macross scenario, or Robotech, or Gundam, or what? What is it? I found it online as a CGI model for Poser (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poser). Its readme file called it a "V-Gun". It is about 4 feet 5 inches long; it was texture-mapped with 'U N SPACY' (http://en.wikipedia....wiki/U.N._Spacy) along each side in big uppercase.

When I found it I interpreted it as a raygun and named its 3 main parts from back to front "powerpack, reactor, ray generator".

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Posted 01 August 2010 - 02:32 AM

I made this Poser render of it being used :: but out-of-scenario. Here it makes short work of an enemy attempt at highly-armored spacesuits.

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Posted 01 August 2010 - 03:56 AM

The gun is of course the 'GU-11', 55mm gunpod used by the iconic VF-1 Valkyrie variable fighter, of Super Dimensional Fortress Macross fame.

It is a 55mm calbre, 3 barreled Gatling/Vulcan type cannon with an ammunition capacity of 200rds, that fires at a cyclic rate of 1,200 rounds per minute. The ammunition is stored in an internal helical type magazine that wraps around the barrels. The GU-11 gunpod is significantly larger than 4 feet 5 inches long, given that it is carried by a 12.68m tall robot.

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Posted 01 August 2010 - 05:58 AM

Was the Macross series written around pre-existing real toys (including this gun)?, like 'Transformers' and 'Gobots' were? (Wikipedia does not help here.)

Images of models:
http://upload.wikime...-Valkyrie-03.jp
Other images linked to from http://en.wikipedia....i/VF-1_Valkyrie

http://upload.wikime...e_Expo_2007.jpg
A man in VF-1 Valkyrie costume at Anime Expo 2007. VF-1 Valkyrie is a type of robot from the anime series Robotech and Macross.
Uploaded on Flickr on 8 July 2007; also at http://www.flickr.co...57600569532450/

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Posted 01 August 2010 - 12:39 PM

Was the Macross series written around pre-existing real toys (including this gun)?, like 'Transformers' and 'Gobots' were? (Wikipedia does not help here.)

Images of models:
http://upload.wikime...-Valkyrie-03.jp
Other images linked to from http://en.wikipedia....i/VF-1_Valkyrie

http://upload.wikime...e_Expo_2007.jpg
A man in VF-1 Valkyrie costume at Anime Expo 2007. VF-1 Valkyrie is a type of robot from the anime series Robotech and Macross.
Uploaded on Flickr on 8 July 2007; also at http://www.flickr.co...57600569532450/


It's definitely the original gattling from Macross the GU-11 dude ahhh. a classic.

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Posted 01 August 2010 - 07:36 PM

Was the Macross series written around pre-existing real toys (including this gun)?, like 'Transformers' and 'Gobots' were? (Wikipedia does not help here.)

Images of models:
http://upload.wikime...-Valkyrie-03.jp
Other images linked to from http://en.wikipedia....i/VF-1_Valkyrie

http://upload.wikime...e_Expo_2007.jpg
A man in VF-1 Valkyrie costume at Anime Expo 2007. VF-1 Valkyrie is a type of robot from the anime series Robotech and Macross.
Uploaded on Flickr on 8 July 2007; also at http://www.flickr.co...57600569532450/


No, the designs for Macross were created for the show. The VF-1 and GU-11 gunpod were designed by Shoji Kawamori. I'm not sure when the first toys for it were released, but it was definitely after the show started.

Actually, a Macross toy was taken and used for Transformers. The Super VF-1S was released as the G1 Autobot Jetfire.

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Posted 02 August 2010 - 01:37 AM

No, the designs for Macross were created for the show. The VF-1 and GU-11 gunpod were designed by Shoji Kawamori. I'm not sure when the first toys for it were released, but it was definitely after the show started.

Actually, a Macross toy was taken and used for Transformers. The Super VF-1S was released as the G1 Autobot Jetfire.


In the Jetfire model the GU-11 gun was reproduced as Jetfire's gun, but the model's tech specs called the gun a laser.

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Posted 02 August 2010 - 02:54 AM

In the Jetfire model the GU-11 gun was reproduced as Jetfire's gun, but the model's tech specs called the gun a laser.


Yes, I know. Properly, it was a 55mm gatling gun.

You should take a look around this site, you might enjoy some of the background info on the ships, destroids, and variable fighters. http://www.macross2.net/m3/m3.html (SDF Macross and Do You Remember Love? are the two with the VF-1)




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