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Shortly before the outbreak of the Gryps Conflict, the Earth Federation Forces' Titans branch was hard at work developing its own mobile weapons in secret as part of its goal of subjugating the Earth Sphere. One of their earliest and more revolutionary designs was the RX-178 Gundam Mark II, based loosely on the well-known RX-78-2 Gundam from the One Year War. Although designed as a general purpose mobile suit, the Gundam Mark II was intended to be a highly capable unit under gravity and atmosphere - specifically, when fighting inside space colonies. Three prototype units were constructed at the Titans' base at the Gryps colonies, with plans to mass-produce the Mark II already in the works.

The main technical advancement introduced with the Mark II was the "movable frame" construction concept. Up until that point, almost all mobile suits were built on the "monocoque" construction concept - with the external armor serving as a "shell" that supported all of the thrusters, joints, hydraulics, fuel tanks, et cetera, that were stored inside. The movable frame concept turned this design philosophy around; the Gundam Mark II was built around a skeleton-like frame, with all thrusters, fuel tanks, weapons and so forth mounted on the frame, and minimal amounts of armor applied to those critical areas that needed protection. With the advent of portable beam weaponry, a mobile suit was typically destroyed with one or two well-placed shots regardless of its armor; therefore, it was decided that otherwise useless armor would be sacrificed for lighter weight - and thus greater speed and maneuverability. When word of the Mark II's development reached the underground Anti-Earth Union Group movement, its leaders decided to move openly to capture one of the prototype mobile suits. Not only would this serve to give the AEUG access to the movable frame technology, but it would allow them to openly prove to the entire Earth Sphere that the Titans - now developing new war technologies - had other plans for the otherwise independent-minded space colonists.

On March 2, UC 0087, AEUG Captain Quattro Bajeena (the incognito Zeon ace pilot Char Aznable of the One Year War) led a team of Rick Dias mobile suits into the Gryps II space colony to gather reconnaissance data and - if possible - capture one of the "black Gundams." Luck would be with Captain Quattro, as a young boy named Kamille Bidan would find himself in dire straights with the Titans... and being a mobile suit construction hobbyist, soon at the controls of one of the Gundams. With a newfound ally in the boy, Quattro would manage to capture all three Mark II prototypes. However, the Titans were not so willing to give up their prototypes, and the first days of the Gryps Conflict would focus on who would own the three mobile suits. In the end, the AEUG would come out the winner of the prizes: Unit 02 was heavily damaged in combat; Units 01 and 02 were disassembled and shipped off to the AEUG-supporting Anaheim Electronics Company's lunar factory for study; and Unit 03 would be repainted in a more traditional midnight-blue-on-white color scheme and remain in the hands of new AEUG recruit Kamille Bidan.

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Published: 6 years, 2 months ago
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1 year, 7 months ago
This is one of my favorite Gundam designs simply because everything needed for the Mobile Suit to look cool is already self contained within the actual MS instead of it having to rely on massive backpacks like it happens with a lot of the non-Universal Century spinoff shows. It further helps my appreciation for the design that I also have the 1/60 Perfect Grade kit (AEUG version) back when that line used to feature some amazingly detailed inner frames with tons of parts that moved in a very machine-like manner.
1 year, 7 months ago
I basically agree with everything you mentioned, as the MKII is a perfectly natural progression to the original RX-78 line. Also, major kudos to having a 1/60 perfect grade kit. kinda wish I had the kind of cash to pick up one, especially the perfect grade unicorn. ^^
1 year, 7 months ago
Funny you mentioned the RX-0 since I also bought the kit a couple years ago for around $250.00** dollars at a convention in Texas. Really wish the retailer also had the LED pack to really make it shine but still it's an awesome design with a lot of presence in the shelf:


Hope one day you can get one since they're pretty fun to build. ^_^
1 year, 7 months ago
very nice ^^ the most I have on my shelves are two arcadia VFs. A 1/60 VF-1S (Roy focker version) and a 1/60 YF-19. hoping to get the FAST pack attachments for the VF-1S at some point. (the VF-1s always looked better to me with the FAST packs)
1 year, 7 months ago
Cool collection. I don't have the 1/60 VF-1's but still have a 1/48 VF-2J Stealth variant (thing is almost as indestructible as the old 1/55's). Also have a 1/60 YF-19 that I got in Christmas 2006 with money from my first real job. It's a first production since despite some of the things I heard at the Macrossworld forums, I really wanted a YF-19 very badly. XD (then came the version 2.0 by Arcadia though that one despite all the goodies costs an eye, kidney and first born son, lol. Plus there's also the cheaper VF-19 Advance though finding one is pretty though, not to mention that current expenses leave me only the option of purchasing the 1/72 transforming models of the VF-1, VF-25, 31 and the Sv-262 Drakken III to get my Macross fix. XP)
1 year, 7 months ago
lol yeah, my two VFs are probably the most expensive thing I bought and with the prices of imports getting higher and higher these days it's hard to expand my collection. Still, I am pretty happy with em  though I do wish Arcadia would try and do up some more obscure macross mechas like maybe the VF-2S with the SAP pack or maybe some of the protodeviln VFs from macross 7. course I'd also be happy with maybe a revised version of the 1/60 YF-21 or VF-11 Thunderbolt ^^
1 year, 7 months ago
I remember that a company called Evolution gave it a shot at the VF-2's from Macross II, but sadly there are issues with QC and design since they're not Yamato/ Arcadia nor Experteen (small garage kit manufacturer that does make some obscure designs like the VF-5000). The 1/60 VF-11 is pretty much perfect and the only issue with it woukd be just the size of the tail fins, though getting those in the anime accurate size to go inside the legs is pretty hard given that the pre-Zero designs had lots of changes between modes due to them being 2-D drawings. I have the VF-22S and for that particular VF the issues are of the same nature, mainly the canopy armor that covers it in battroid and the gunpods which were supposed to be new and stored in the two underside panels (which basically integrated the FAST packs to the airframe) but for some reason even in the Macross 7 anime they just recycled the ones of the YF-21 from Mac +.

One thing I'd definitively want is for the VF's to be sold as 1/72 variable kits, which at the time are only limited to the main designs from SDF, Frontier and Delta. I just love how by building them, one gets to better appreciate the design and get a "wow!" factor that never gets old.
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