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Roil Quekasm Aerospace Supremacy Craft

Roil Quekasm Aerospace Supremacy Craft

by Tim Wing

The Roil Quekasm was a dedicated air supremacy aerospace craft similar in design to the Roil Tiluvo Assault Corvette. Though the Roil Quekasm was designed later than the Roil Tiluvo, it never did manage to really replace it in the air to air combat role. This was due to the fact that, while it was in all ways superior in the air to air role, the Roil Tiluvo was still more than a match for all adversaries that the Robotech Masters were facing all the way through to the collapse of the empire. Because of this, and because the Roil Tiluvo was a true multi-role aerospace craft, the Roil Quekasm never saw as wide spread of use as its older brother. The Roil Quekasm was used in very limited numbers during the Second Robotech War. Most Roil Quekasm were assigned to the border fleets and to planetary garrisons where they saw use as high altitude interceptors.

The Roil Quekasm was about half the size and one eighth the weight of the Roil Tivulo. The Quekasm had a one-man crew and could not carry any cargo or troops. The Quekasm’s high thrust to weight ratio, large delta-V and its use of the Quimeliquola special inertia vector control system (the same used on Quimeliquola’s Queadluun-Rau female power armor) made it perhaps the best aerospace supremacy platform ever produced. To this day, it completely outclasses anything designed by humanity.

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 54 m over all.
  • Wing Span: 15.7 m over all.
  • Empty weight: 265 metric tons without fuel and cargo
  • Max takeoff weight: 370 metric tons maximum
  • Powerplant: 1.5 Gigawatt Zorrelev-99-Dirac protoculture-fueled Reflex furnace
  • Thrusters: 2 x Varrelev Tiralon fusion-plasma shock expansion thrusters
  • Anti-gravity system: 1 x Rotalsz anti-gravity pods
  • Attitude control system: Quimeliquola special inertia vector control system
  • Fuel capacity: 85 metric tons of reaction mass

Performance

  • Maximum speed: Mach 7.9
  • Delta-V: 25 kps
  • Max acceleration: 10 gees
  • Service ceiling: transatmospheric
  • Max thrust: 3.6 Mega Newtons

Armament

  • 2 x Makral Dassil 48 dual-mode particle cannons


 

Robotech (R) is the property of Harmony Gold. Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross (R) is the property of Big West Advertising, Tatsunoko Studio and Ammonite studio. This document is in no way intended to infringe upon their rights.

Original artwork by: Kogawa Tomonori, Hiroyuki Kitazume, Miyo Sonoda, Hiroshi Ogawa, Hirotoshi Ohkura and Takashi Ono

Content by Tim Wing

Copyright © 2017 Tim Wing

 

 

Daihatsu Charade (Sixth generation G13; 2008-2011)

Daihatsu Charade (Sixth generation G13; 2008-2011)

by Tim Wing

  • Manufacturer: Daihatsu
  • Production: 2007-2011
  • Class: Supermini
  • Layout: Rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive
  • Predecessor: Daihatsu Charade (Fifth generation G12; 2000-2007)

The Daihatsu Charade is a supermini car produced by the Japanese manufacturer Daihatsu from 1977 to 2011. It is considered by Daihatsu as a “large compact” car, to differentiate it from the smaller kei car compacts in its line-up, such as the Daihatsu Mira. The G13 Charade was Daihatsu’s first major departure from “normal configuration” automobiles. Since the car was designed form the outset to be electric, the passenger compartment was moved forward to make room for the battery pack in the rear. The batteries powered two electric motors in the middle axel. Since the G13 Charade was a pure electric, it was one of the few cars outside of military vehicles allowed to be operated on the UES Macross.


 

Robotech (R) is the property of Harmony Gold. The Super Dimension Fortress Macross (R) is the properties of Big West Advertising and Studio Nue. This document is in no way intended to infringe upon their rights.

Original artwork by: Shoji Kawamori, Miyatake Kazutaka, Haruhiko Mikimoto and Hidetaka Tenjin

Content by Tim Wing

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City King 5500 Commercial Truck

City King 5500 Commercial Truck

by Tim Wing

City King was a commercial truck company that was founded shortly after the war. They built light to medium commercial truck from 2014 until the Invid Invasion in 2031. The City King 5500 was a medium duty cab over chassis with a cargo capacity of 5200 kg. It was typically sold as a bare chassis, or as a box truck. Roll-off car carriers, tow trucks, utility boom trucks and armored trucks were also common variants. Many police departments used the armored car variant for their SWAT teams.

After the Invid Invasion, it was common to see City King 5500 armored cars being used as impromptu personnel carriers, especially in urban environments. These trucks were also reasonably capable of light off-road duty (unpaved roads, uneven terrain, etc.).

  • Vehicle Type: Truck
  • Crew: One driver, two passengers. (Armored car can carry 10 armored soldiers and their gear in the cargo compartment.)
  • Max speed: 193 kph
  • Height: 2.8 m
  • Length: 7.6 m
  • Width: 2.3 m
  • Weight: 6000 kg.
  • Cargo: 5000 kg. in 4.8×2.1 m cargo area
  • Engine: GM Vortec 6.0L V8 gas engine, 5.2L I-4 4H turbocharged diesel or Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel engine with a 75.7 liter capacity
  • Range: 320 km

 


 

Robotech (R) is the property of Harmony Gold. Genesis Climber MOSPEADA (R) is the property of Fuji Television, Artmic Studio and Tatsunoko Production. This document is in no way intended to infringe upon their rights.

Original artwork by: Yoshitaka Amano, Shinji Aramaki and Hideki Kakinuma

Content by Tim Wing

Copyright © 2017 Tim Wing

 

 

Airdrome Airplanes Fokker D.VII Replica

Airdrome Airplanes Fokker D.VII Replica

by Tim Wing

Airdrome Airplanes’ replica of the Fokker D.VII was a popular kit plane in the pre-war period. The kit was available in 75% scale, 80% scale and full size. The Fokker was of aluminum tube & rivet construction, with modern aeronautical fabric used rather than the traditional linen and dope. The entire airframe was engineered using CAD design. The kit was relatively easy for a hobbyist to construct, with a claimed build time of 400 hours for the 75/80 variants and 550 hours for the full-size variant.

Several engine options were available. The small variants typically used an air-cooled Hirth F30 four cylinder, while the full size could accommodate anything from a Superior 360 to air cooled flat four, to PBS Velká Bíteš TP100 turboprop engine! Airdrome’s Fokker was known for its light and easy controls, and was considered by almost anyone who got behind the stick of one to be a joy to fly! These planes were common at airshows all the way up to the beginning of the First Robotech War. After the war, the blueprints were still available and several small manufacturers offered knock-offs of the kit (of varying levels of quality).

  • Equipment Type: combat airplane replica
  • Government: privately owned
  • Accommodation: pilot only
  • Original mechanical designer: Reinhold Platz
  • Wingspan 8.93 meters (full size)
  • Height 2.80 meters (full size)
  • Length 6.93 meters (full size)
  • Mass empty: 213 kg (80% size); 698 kg (full size)
  • Standard T-O: 350 kg (80% size); 850 kg (full size)
  • Power Plant: 1 × Hirth F30 110 HP (80% size); 1 x Superior 360 180 HP or 1 x PBS Velká Bíteš TP100 turboprop 241 HP (full size)
  • Stall speed: 55 kph (80% size)
  • Cruising speed: 150 kph (80% size)
  • Top speed: 168 kph (80% size); 186 kph (full size)
  • Rate of climb: 4.5 meters per second (80% size)


 

Want to build your own Fokker D-VII? Check out Airdrome Aeroplanes.

Robotech (R) is the property of Harmony Gold. The Super Dimension Fortress Macross (R) is the properties of Big West Advertising and Studio Nue. This document is in no way intended to infringe upon their rights.

Original artwork by: Shoji Kawamori, Miyatake Kazutaka, Haruhiko Mikimoto and Hidetaka Tenjin

Acknowledgement is extended to the work of Egan Loo and the Macross Compendium. Egan Loo is given all credit for all quotes and paraphrasing of the Macross Compendium that has been utilized in this publication. 

Images Courtesy of Chad Wilson (Marchly) and the Macross Mecha Manual. Chad Wilson is given all credit for all images from the Macross Mecha Manual that have been utilized in this publication. 

Content by Tim Wing

Copyright © 2017 Tim Wing

 

 

Engesa M-680 (EE-72) Multi-Purpose Medium Wheeled Utility Vehicle

Engesa M-680 (EE-72) Multi-Purpose Medium Wheeled Utility Vehicle

by Tim Wing

Attachments:

  • Engesa EE-72 reference file
  • Engesa EE-72 gallery

The Engesa M-680 was a military utility vehicle in the 1.5 ton cargo capacity range. Used primarily by the United Earth Defense Force (UEDF), the M-680 also was purchased in large numbers by the Federal Police of Brazil. The M-680 was primarily used by UEDF forces in the South American, as would be expected considering its country of origin. It was also used heavily by UEDF units in Africa and Australia.

The M-680 was an open top vehicle with light armor protection. Two different drive options were built. The M-680A1 used a traditional diesel sending power through a manual transmission to a four-wheel drive system with three locking differentials. The M-680A2 was powered by a hybrid electric drive system. On this variant, a 210 kw Mercedes-Benz turbo diesel powers a generator, which sends electric power to an electric motor at each hub.

 

  • Type: Family of 4×4 tactical trucks with 1.5-ton payload
  • Place of origin: Brazil
  • Service history: 2019–2031
  • Used by: United Earth Defense Force, Federal Police of Brazil
  • Produced: 2019-2031
  • No. built: 41,000 trucks
  • Weight 9,520 kg. (curb w/fuel); 1,380 kg (payload)
  • Crew: 2


 

Robotech (R) is the property of Harmony Gold. Genesis Climber MOSPEADA (R) is the property of Fuji Television, Artmic Studio and Tatsunoko Production. This document is in no way intended to infringe upon their rights.

Original artwork by: Yoshitaka Amano, Shinji Aramaki and Hideki Kakinuma

Content by Tim Wing

Copyright © 2017 Tim Wing

 

 

McDonnell Douglas A-4 Skyhawk Attack Aircraft

McDonnell Douglas A-4 Skyhawk Attack Aircraft

by Tim Wing

The McDonnell Douglas A-4 Skyhawk was a single seat subsonic carrier-capable attack aircraft developed for the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps in the early 1950s. The delta winged, single turbojet engined Skyhawk was designed and produced by Douglas Aircraft Company, and later by McDonnell Douglas. Though very old by the beginning of the Robotech era, it was still in use with the Argentine Air Force, the Israeli Self Defense (IDF) and the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) at the time of the SDF-1’s launch ceremony in 2009. After the end of the war, the A-4 continued to serve in the Argentine Air Force (and later the Merchant Republic), and saw use during the Malcontent Uprisings. The IDF also continued to fly the A-4 for a brief time after the end of the war, but retired the type in 2015.

  • Role: Attack aircraft
  • Manufacturer: McDonnell Douglas
  • Introduction: October 1956
  • Retired: US Marine Corps (1998), RNZAF (2011), IDF (2015), Argentinian Air Force/Merchant Republic Air Force (2024)
  • Produced: 1954–1979
  • Number built: 2,960

Variants

A-4K+ Kahu

The McDonnell Douglas A-4K+ Kahu was a major upgrade for the A-4 Skyhawk light bomber. In 1986, the Royal New Zealand Air Force initiated this project which included the installation of a Westinghouse AN/APG-66 radar optimized for maritime tracking, HOTAS controls and a ‘glass’ cockpit (2 large CRT screens), MIL-STD 1553B databus; Litton Industries LN-93 inertial navigation system, Ferranti 4510 wide-angle HUD, the Vinten airborne video recording system, the General Instruments ALR-66 radar warning receiver, and a Tracor ALR-39 chaff/flare dispenser. This type served with the RNZAF until the end of the First Robotech War, all examples being destroyed in the closing battle.

IAI A-4 Ayit

The IDF operated four variants of the A-4, starting in the sixties with the A-4H. Later variants included the A-4N, and two combat capable trainer variants, the TA-4F and TA-4J. In 2003, Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI) upgraded all surviving A-4s to A-4I standard (or TA-4I standard in the case of the two-seat variant). Upgrades were limited to an avionics refit, based on the systems in IAI’s Lavi fighter. The A-4I soldiered on in Israeli service until its retirement after the First Robotech War in 2016.

General Dynamics A-4AR Fightinghawk

The General Dynamics A-4AR Fightinghawk was a major upgrade of the McDonnell Douglas A-4M Skyhawk attack aircraft developed for the Argentine Air Force which entered service in 1998. The program was named Fightinghawk in recognition of the F-16 Fighting Falcon, which was the source of its new avionics. The upgrades included: Complete overhaul of the airframe, wiring looms and the Pratt & Whitney J52P-408A engine, installation of Douglas Escapac 1-G3 ejection seats, HGU-55/P helmets, Westinghouse/Northrop Grumman AN/APG-66V2 (ARG-1) radar, HOTAS controls and a ‘glass’ cockpit (2 CRT color screens), Sextant Avionique/Thales Avionics SHUD, two General Dynamics Information Systems AN/AYK-14 mission computers, Northrop AN/ALR-93 (V)1 Radar warning receiver, AN/ALQ-126B jammer, AN/ALQ-162 jammer, ALR-47 chaff/flare dispenser and IFF AN/APX-72.

General characteristics (A-4AR Fighting Hawk)

  • Crew: 1 (2 in OA-4AR)
  • Length12.30 m
  • Wingspan: 8.38 m
  • Height: 4.57 m
  • Wing area: 24.15 m²
  • Empty weight: 4,900 kg
  • Loaded weight: 11,000 kg
  • Max. takeoff weight: 11,136 kg
  • Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney J52P-408A Turbojet, 50.0 kN

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 1080 km/h
  • Range: 3,220 km
  • Service ceiling: 12,880 m
  • Rate of climb: 43 m/s
  • Wing loading: 344.4 kg/m²
  • Thrust/weight: 0.51

Armament

  • Guns: 2× 20 mm (0.787 in) Colt Mk 12 cannon, 100 rounds/gun
  • Missiles: 2× AIM-9M Sidewinder, CITEFA AS-25K
  • Bombs: 9,900 lb (4,490 kg) on five external hardpoints


 

Bibliography:

Robotech (R) is the property of Harmony Gold. This document is in no way intended to infringe upon their rights.

Content by Tim Wing

Copyright © 2017 Tim Wing

 

 

Grumman F-14 Tomcat Fleet Defense Fighter gallery

 

Grumman F-14D Tomcat in UN Spacy service.


Gruman F-14S Tomcat.

 


Northrop/Grumman YFV-14A Tigercat II technology demonstrator.

 


Grumman F-14A Tomcat.


Robotech (R) is the property of Harmony Gold. The Super Dimension Fortress Macross (R) is the property of Big West Advertising and Studio Nue. This document is in no way intended to infringe upon their rights.

Original artwork by: Shoji Kawamori, Miyatake Kazutaka, Haruhiko Mikimoto and Hidetaka Tenjin. (Macross)

Acknowledgement is extended to the work of Egan Loo and the Macross Compendium. Egan Loo is given all credit for all quotes and paraphrasing of the Macross Compendium that has been utilized on Robotech Illustrated. 

Images Courtesy of Chad Wilson (Marchly) and the Macross Mecha Manual. Chad Wilson is given all credit for all images from the Macross Mecha Manual that have been utilized on Robotech Illustrated. 

Acknowledgement is also extended to Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen and Robert Morgenstern of the unofficial Robotech Reference Guide. Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen and Robert Morgenstern are given credit for all quotes and paraphrasing of the unofficial Robotech Reference Guide that has been utilized on Robotech Illustrated. 

Content by Tim Wing

Copyright © 2015 Tim Wing

 

 

Пистолет Макарова 9×18mm

PM Makarov 9×18mm pistol

by Tim Wing

The Makarov pistol or PM (Russian: Пистолет Макарова, Pistolet Makarova, literally Makarov’s Pistol) is a Russian semi-automatic pistol. Under the project leadership of Nikolay Fyodorovich Makarov, it became the Soviet Union’s standard military and police side arm from 1951 to 2023. Though it was supplanted by the LP Laser Pistol in the early twenties, it remained in service all the way to the Invid Invasion.

  • Type: Semi-automatic pistol
  • Place of origin: Soviet Union
  • Service history: 1951–2031
  • Designer: Nikolay Makarov
  • Manufacturer: Izhevsk Mechanical Plant (Soviet Union), Ernst Thaelmann (German Democratic Republic), Arsenal AD (Bulgaria), Norinco (China), Factory 626 (China)
  • Weight: 730 g
  • Cartridge: 9×18mm Makarov
  • Effective firing range: 50 meters
  • Feed system: 8-round detachable box magazine

The PM is a medium-size, straight-blowback-action, all-steel construction, frame-fixed barrel handgun. The 9×18mm cartridge is a practical cartridge in blowback-operated pistols; producing a respectable level of energy from a gun of moderate weight and size. The PM was heavy for its size by UEDF standards, largely because in a blowback pistol, the heavy slide provides greater inertia to delay opening of the breech until internal pressures have fallen to a safe level. Though heavy, the Makarov is widely regarded as particularly well balanced in its design elements.

The general layout and field-strip procedure of the Makarov pistol is similar to that of the Walther PPK. However, designer Makarov and his team drastically simplified the construction of the pistol, improving reliability and reducing the part count to an astonishing 27, not including the magazine. This allowed considerable ease of manufacture and servicing. All of the individual parts of the PM have been optimized for mass production, robustness and interchangeability, partially thanks to captured German tooling, technology, and machinery.

 


 

Bibliography:

Robotech (R) is the property of Harmony Gold. The Super Dimension Fortress Macross (R) is the properties of Big West Advertising and Studio Nue. This document is in no way intended to infringe upon their rights.

Original artwork by: Shoji Kawamori, Miyatake Kazutaka, Haruhiko Mikimoto and Hidetaka Tenjin

Content by Tim Wing

Copyright © 2017 Tim Wing

 

 

РКК Энергия Гага́рин Корабль для перевозки тяжелого челнока

RSC Energia Yuri Gagarin-class ship to ship heavy shuttle

by Tim Wing

The Gagarin-class heavy shuttle was a joint venture between the Soviet Union’s RSC Energia and Lockheed in the United States. It was a heavy ship to ship shuttle, with no atmospheric capabilities. The Gagarin-class was a common sight around the L-5 manufacturing facility on the Moon prior to the outbreak of the First Robotech War. After the war, the Gagarin-class fell out of use with the UN Spacy, but continued to be manufactured by RSC Energia for the Soviet Strategic Rocket Forces. The Gagarin-class was still in service as of the end of the Second Robotech War.

Several variants were produced from 2005 through 2023. Of these, there was a general-purpose cargo shuttle and passenger shuttle. Later, post war variants included electronic warfare variants, reaction mass tankers, a single VIP shuttle and several long-range patrol gunboats. The patrol gunboats were the only variants to be armed.

 


 

Robotech (R) is the property of Harmony Gold. The Super Dimension Fortress Macross (R) is the properties of Big West Advertising and Studio Nue. This document is in no way intended to infringe upon their rights.

Original artwork by: Shoji Kawamori, Miyatake Kazutaka, Haruhiko Mikimoto and Hidetaka Tenjin

Content by Tim Wing

Copyright © 2017 Tim Wing

 

 

Малые противолодочные корабли проекта 1124 (Альбатрос)

 

Project 1124 Albatros-class Anti-submarine Corvette

by Tim Wing

The Albatros-class (UEDF reporting name: Grisha) was a series of small anti-submarine corvettes built by the Soviet Union between 1970 and 1990. All Albatros-class ships were around 70 meters long with a displacement in the 1,000-ton range. These ships had a limited range and were used only in coastal waters. They were equipped with a variety of ASW weapons and an SA-N-4 surface-to-air missile launcher. The Albatros-class was the mainstay of Soviet coastal anti-submarine warfare until the end of the First Robotech War. After the war, the Albatros-class was slowly phased out in favor of newer boats. Those Albatros-class boats that did survive the war were eventually transferred to the Cuban Navy.

Characteristics

  • Name: Grisha-class
  • Builders: Zelenodol’sk Zavod, Kazan, Komsomolsk, Leninskaya Kuznitsa, Kiev, Zaliv Zavod 532, Kerch, Ukraine
  • Operators: Soviet Navy, Cuban Navy
  • Succeeded by: Steregushchy class

General characteristics

  • Type: Anti-submarine corvette
  • Displacement: 1,070 tons full load
  • Length: 71.6 m
  • Beam: 9.8 m
  • Draught: 3.7 m
  • Propulsion: 3 shaft, 2 M-507A cruise diesels, 20,000 shp, (2 shafts); 1 boost gas turbine, 18,000 shp, (1 shaft)
  • Speed: 63 kph
  • Range: 7,400 km at 19 kph
  • Complement: 60
  • Sensors and processing systems: 1 x Don-2 navigation radar, 1 x Strut Curve air/surface search radar, 1 x Pop Group SA-N-4 fire control radar, 1 x Muff Cob AK-257 fire control radar, 1 x Bull Nose low-frequency hull-mounted sonar, 1 x Elk Tail medium-frequency through-hull dipping sonar
  • Electronic warfare & decoys: 1 x Bizan-4B suite with Watch Dog intercept
  • Armament: 1 x twin SA-N-4 Gecko surface-to-air missile launcher (20 missiles), 1 x twin 57mm 70-caliber AK-257 dual purpose guns, 2 x RBU-6000 anti-submarine rocket launchers (96 rockets), 2 x twin 533 mm torpedo tubes, 2 x depth charge racks (12 depth charges), Up to 18 mines in place of depth charges

 

 


 

Bibliography:

Robotech (R) is the property of Harmony Gold. The Super Dimension Fortress Macross (R) is the properties of Big West Advertising and Studio Nue. This document is in no way intended to infringe upon their rights.

Original artwork by: Shoji Kawamori, Miyatake Kazutaka, Haruhiko Mikimoto and Hidetaka Tenjin

Content by Tim Wing

Copyright © 2017 Tim Wing