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VF-11MAXL Custom in Battroid Mode
VF-11MAXL Custom in GERWALK Mode
VF-11MAXL Custom in Fighter Mode
Speaker-Pod-Firing Launcher Pod (VF-11MAXL)
Shinsei Industry VF-11MAXL Thunderbolt Custom|
Equipment Type: UNS/UNSAF main variable fighter
Government: U.N. Spacy, U.N. Space Air Force
Manufacturer: Shinsei Industry
Operational Deployment: 2045
Accommodation: pilot only in Marty & Beck Mk11 ejection seat (entire canopy ejectable as an emergency escape pod)
Battroid Mode: height 11.24 meters
Fighter Mode: wingspan 11.2 meters; height 3.49 meters; length 15.48 meters
GERWALK Mode: wingspan 11.2 meters
Mass: empty 7.9 metric tons
Structure: space metal frame, energy converting armor
Power Plant: two Shinsei Industry/P&W/Roice FF-2099A Custom thermonuclear reaction turbine engines.
Propulsion: 41,500 kg [x g] x 2 (407.12 kN x 2); 2 x vertical two-dimensional vectored exhaust nozzles; 2 x dorsal auxiliary thruster pods; many x P&W HMM-7Y high-maneuverability vernier thrusters.
Thrust-to-weight ratio: (empty) 10.51
Fighter Mode: at 10,000 m Mach 4.1+; at 30,000+ m Mach 22.0+; max rate of climb at S/L 44,500 meters/minute
g limit: +27.0/- 16.0
Design Features: 3-mode variable transformation; variable geometry sweep (VG) wing; canard forward wing; vertical Take-off and landing (VTOL); supersonic cruise and maneuvering in region of Mach 4.1+ below the stratosphere; two-dimensional thrust vectoring; improved waist joint system; anti-projectile (bulletproof) shield; retractable two-piece canopy cover (for Battroid mode); enhanced navigational equipment; 4 x special equipment hard point stations for external Shinsei Industry space Super Part units; guitar sound stick control mounted on gimbal-and-joint system with throttle and options control slider for HOTAS; 2 x head-turret-mounted antennae; standard Sound Energy Conversion seat; high performance audio system and speaker system (mounted nose in Fighter/GERWALK, front torso in Battroid); lightup projector system (mounted nose in Fighter/GERWALK, front torso in Battroid; 2 x sound energy converters and 2 x sound aura amplification systems; option of Sound Booster unit (with hybrid sensors).
- Armament -
2 x fixed laser cannons, for emergency use only
1 x speaker-pod-shooting launcher pod featuring sensor, foregrip and stock magazine (mounted ventral fuselage in Fighter mode or in manipulator in GERWALK/Battroid modes)
1 x fixed fighter-carried pin-point barrier system
1 x standard bulletproof (anti-projectile) shield (mounted center rear dorsal fuselage in Fighter mode, mounted on arm in GERWALK/Battroid modes)
Bombs & Missiles:
4 x internal micro-missile launchers with many x Little Rock micro-missiles (mounted on forward dorsal engine nacelles, with exit ports)
2 x internal missile launchers with 12 x Little Rock micro-missiles (mounted in engines/lower legs, with bay doors)
chaff and flare dispenser system (mounted within either engine section)
Sound Booster unit (with hybrid sensors)
The VF-11MAXL Custom was the third variable fighter modified by the Macross 7 Special Technologies Group for deployment in Sound Force. The paramilitary unit consists of civilian singers/pilots from the rock band Fire Bomber utilizing modified valkyries to use Sound Energy against the Varauta Army of the Protodeviln. Mylene Flare Jenius is assigned the VF-11MAXL Custom modified with a unique guitar sound stick control mounted on gimbal-and-joint system with throttle and options control on slider for HOTAS control. Piloting this variable fighter Mylene participated in numerous sorties against Varauta forces along with Nekki Basara in the VF-19 Custom and Ray Lovelock and Veffidas Feaze in the VF-17T Custom.
The VF-11MAXL Custom is lightly armed, like most of the variable fighters modified for use in the Sound Force unit. The head cannon and gun pod were removed, leaving only four missile launchers in the dorsal/shoulder sections, two internal engine/leg launchers and two laser cannons. The primary weapon is a speaker-pod-firing launcher pod mounted on the ventral fuselage in fighter mode or in the manipulator in GERWALK and Battroid modes. Mylene uses this weapon to fire speaker pods into enemy mecha and transmit sound energy directly to the enemy pilots. The variable fighter is also equipped with a high performance audio system and speaker system (speaker units mounted nose in Fighter and GERWALK modes or front torsoin Battroid mode) and a lightup projector system. The VF-11MAXL has also been modified with enhanced engines and more powerful vernier thrusters for faster performance and greater maneuverability.
NOTE: The internal engine/leg missile bays are not part of the official specifications for the VF-11 Thunderbolt variable fighter and are thus designated semi-canon for purposes of the Macross Mecha Manual. Shoji Kawamori notes the animators working on the Macross 7 episode in which the leg bays first appeared had used a draft design of his that was not originally drawn for Macross 7. However, it should be noted Shoji Kawamori included the internal engine/leg missile bays as part of the official VF-11MAXL variant.
Debut: Macross 7, Episode 23
Pilot(s): Mylene Flare Jenius
Other appearances: Macross 7 The Galaxy is Calling Me.
Original mechanical designer: Shoji Kawamori
Information Courtesy of the Macross Compendium: www.macross.anime.net/wiki/Main_Page
Images From - Macross Perfect Memory and other macross books.
C. Wilson - Writer, Editor and Colorist.