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  1. 14 hours ago, Seto Kaiba said:

    Essentially, yes.

    There's not much point in using visual camouflage intended to defeat the human eye when VFs and battlepods do their detection, range-finding, and aiming with powerful radar, infrared, laser, LIDAR, and optical camera systems that are all far more potent and precise than the Mk.I Eyeball.

    But especially in space, where any VF that doesn't have strong external light source nearby shining on it is going to be illuminated primarily by its running lights and formation lights like in this shot from Super Dimension Fortress Macross Ep6 "Daedalus Attack".  That's Hikaru's VF-1J, btw... which is gloss white with red trim.

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    Bah, the minute Roy finds out the Zentradi have liquor rations he'd go full MAKE LOVE NOT WAR.

     

    Yes, Major Roy Focker was the Commander of the Air Group aboard the Macross.

    Macross is a bit old-fashioned about the CAG title/position, though.  Instead of being an administrative-only position for an officer promoted out of squadron command, it's a title held by the most senior serving squadron leader among the ship's embarked squadrons as it was in World War II.  The CAG is effectively the department head for the ship's aircraft and reports directly to the captain.  The CAG doesn't command all the aircraft during operations though, that's normally handled through the various flight controllers, the forward air controllers, and so on.

     

    As indicated previously, the visible differences between variants is pretty minor and profoundly unlikely to have any real implications for the survivability of a unit's commanding officer.  They're only easy to tell apart when they're standing still in Battroid mode, which they generally do not do in combat, and if you know what you're looking for.

    The chain of command being what it is, even the loss of a squadron leader is more an inconvenience than a crippling blow.

    The New UN Forces generally doesn't bother with dedicated command variants, because it's cheaper to have one common variant for all pilots.  The VF-1's the only main fighter that was known to have a command variant.  The 2nd Gen VF-4 and VF-5000 didn't, nor did the 3rd Gen VF-11, the 4th Gen VF-19 1st Mass Production Type (VF-19A-E), the 4th Gen VF-171, or 5th Gen VF-24.  Command variants only reliably show up in VFs intended for niche operations like special forces units (VF-17, VF-19 2nd Mass Production Type, etc.) or in the isolated case of the Macross Frontier fleet's 5th Gen main VF (VF-25), though it's not clear if they actually use the VF-25S as such or just have everyone in the NUNS operating the VF-25A/C type.  The VF-31 follows the central NUNS model of having one variant for everyone.

    So, the above picture is a lot like night fighting? And okay, if the differences in heads and colour are quite minor to the point where the CDR might not be singled out unless if they know where to look at the typical engagement speeds , that what's the point of the VF-25G aka that sniper VF?

  2. 5 hours ago, pengbuzz said:

    Which means they could paint themselves like an ice cream truck and it wouldn't matter.

    *imagines Roy, Hikaru, Kakizaki and Max all slowly trudging through space, their valks blaring some insipid ice-cream truck music*

    Roy: "Come get yer free ice cream, you Zentraedi mother..."

    Seriously though, in Roy's case, he was the CAG, which meant he pretty much was in charge of all the valks, correct? Or did I misfire n this?

    Yes, the CAG is in charge of the planes attached inside a carrier such as the SDF-1. 

    Command variants of VFs might make sense for the Windermereans due to their chivalry thing but for the UNS/NUNS or the SMS PMC , it does not as it makes officers more obvious as targets. A VF may be peanuts when it is lost, but an officer represents  a major cost in terms of investment when he/she is killed or captured.

  3. 46 minutes ago, no3Ljm said:

    But would it really matter in-universe? I mean, that's what happened between Roy and Ivanov in Macross Plus. They recognized each other thru the emblem in the fighter. So taking down the leader would mean disorienting the rest of the squad. Is that correct?

     

    Yep. While the differences in heads would not be obvious at the speeds of a typical Macross engagement, colours should be more visible. 

  4. While it's a common trope in anime for mechs to have custom variants for the heroes and commanders to distinguish them from the grunts, what are the in universe reasons for variable fighters having specialised variants for commanders of air groups and squadron leaders? Would'nt it make them a easier target and result in loss of specialist personnel?

  5. On 11/30/2020 at 11:10 PM, Marzan said:

    Basara's VF-19 Excalibur Custom. I could be crew chief and roadie at the same time and service that sweet guitar control scheme.

    You would hate that guitar control scheme. That thing is a pain in the butt to service because it is so different from conventional VF controls. Not to mention earning the wrath of Basara if you accidentally botch the maintenance. 

  6. On 9/25/2020 at 11:13 PM, Mommar said:

    My Grandpa was a Chief Master Sargent and retired from the Air Force in the early 70's after being an F4 specialist.  He used to RAIL against engineers who were supposedly so smart they could design some fancy flying contraption but didn't have the intelligence to figure out how to make anything accessible.

    Fascinating stories about driving out into Nazi controlled North African desert to salvage parts from downed planes so they could maintain flying the P-38's doing bombing runs on Southern Italy.

    To quote the designer of the PPSH SMG, "It is very easy to do complex things, but to keep things simple, that's very difficult."  I sometimes appreciate the engineering genius of Russian military hardware because they make their stuff easy to repair with easily accessible compartments.

    Speaking of which and back to the topic of VF and maintaining them, I wonder if the VF-19 is loathed by crew chiefs and their ground crews. That high performance has a tendency to wear down parts faster.

     

     

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