The first transformable Mobile Suit was launched in NoVVember.
About this creation
During his time as a Scion, the future pilot of Gundam Serenity destroyed all plans and data that existed that contained any information on the powerful Gundam. Or so he thought. At some point after the first-generation of Mobile Suits had been fielded by all of the superpower nations, a mysterious source "leaked" some incomplete blueprints of Gundam Serenity to the three superpowers. They used this "new" data to create their own Gundams.
The Western Hemisphere Alliance had just started fielding their "new" Sylphion Mobile Suits (by "new", the Operating System was overhauled so that normal pilots could pilot them, instead of SCIONs). The Alliance realized that they needed a Mobile Suit that could strike hard, fast, and withstand considerable more damage than a regular Mobile Suit.
The answer to this was the Gundam VicViper. The moveable frame concept that was experimented with on the WMS-004X was taken a step further with the addition of transformation.
Gundam VicViper's armament consists of two beam rifles, two beam sabers, and two head-mounted vulcan cannons. The lack of additional armament was to allow the new Gundam to be as light as possible.
The multiple thruster points allow for greater AMBAC control of the Gundam. Self-sustaining atmospheric flight is made possible due to the greater output that VicViper has over mass-produced Mobile Suits. However, its fission reactor pales in comparison to the output that Serenity has. The dual-core fission-fusion reactor of Serenity was not included within the leaked data.
"Viper Mode" allows for more forward velocity in both atmospheric and zero-gravity environments when compared to the humanoid forms of standard Mobile Suits. This second mode allows the VicViper to make fast hit-and-run attacks, turn around, and attack again.
The "Viper" shot.
The rear view of Viper Mode shows how the legs and feet also provide continuous thrust along with the wings, whereas in Mobile Suit Mode the legs provide thrust mainly in AMBAC support.
The underside of Viper Mode.
Mobile Suit mode.
The beam rifles, while in Mobile Suit Mode, can either be both held by one hand, or can split apart and be held separately. The hand holding the shield is able to hold either one or both beam rifles. Holding the shield and both rifles in one hand allows the other hand to operate a beam saber. This setup allows for both close- and long-range combat.
The pilot is shown inside the cockpit in Viper Mode.
The front of the torso is opened up while in Viper Mode to show the head.
In Mobile Suit Mode, the cockpit is inside the torso, like a normal Mobile Suit.
Well, this is my first VicViper for NoVVember. EVER! I had this idea for a while, but I just needed to make time and get around to it. I think that this is a good way to start off my VV making career. IF I make another one. This is kinda hard to top.
This was inspired by many sources. First off, the frame and beam rifles are of Mithryl Altaire's design. The overall look was inspired by Thomas Z's Zeta Gundam, specifically for how to do the legs and wing binders. However, my main inspiration was from the one and only Chris Roach and his many Legoformers. The idea of collapsing legs and having the head fold into the body really helped make this a reality. The transformation was also inspired by Zeta Gundam, Wing Gundam, and The Vic Viper LEV from Zone of the Enders.
For coloration, I wanted to keep it "traditional". However, I did not want to do the norm, either. So I replaced white with gray, light blue with dark blue, red with dark red, and yellow with gold. I think that it turned out pretty darn well.
As far as the transformation process, it works like this:
1) Collapse the legs and rotate the legs 180.
2) The torso folds open on both the front and back. Wings may have to be moved out of the way in the back.
3) Rotate the head and cockpit assembly.
4) Close up the torso.
5) Split the shield and beam rifles so that each hand is holding one of each, then rotate the arms "upwards".
6) Move wings and dorsal into position.
7) Go swooshing.
Quoting cyberfrank 2010
a suggestion; make a mech without fig, add a micro city as background scaled like Godzilla, make an epic combat scene stance with another mech, that would rock around the clock in my opinion.
That is a great idea, but I do not really build micro-scale mechas. I may do something with the modular buildings.
Quoting cyberfrank 2010
combining your super mech design with a viper a la transformer is a great concept, genius!
Thank you! I had the basic idea in my head, but making it actually work was the difficult part. I wanted it to act like Chris Roach's Legoformers where no parts have to be removed, aside from the rifles and shield (which I deem acceptable).