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Esbeliben Reguld Battle Pod|
Equipment Type: one-man tactical pod
Manufacturer: Esbeliben 4432369th Zentradi Fully-automated Weapons factory
Accommodation: pilot only
Dimensions: height 15.12 meters
Mass: total mass 37.0 metric tons
Power Plant: 1 x 1.3 GGV class Esbeliben thermonuclear reaction furnace
Propulsion: 2 x booster thrusters; approx 12 x vernier thrusters
2 x medium-bore electron beam guns
2 x small-bore anti-personnel cannons (mounted on main fuselage)
2 x small-bore laser anti-aircraft guns (mounted aft)
Simple, efficient and reliable, the Esbeliben Reguld is the standard mass production mecha of the Zentradi Army. Produced in staggering numbers to fill the need for an all-purpose mecha, this battle pod
accommodates a single Zentradi soldier in a compact cockpit and is capable of operating in space or on a planet's surface. In space, the Reguld makes use of two booster engines and numerous vernier thrusters to propel itself at very high speeds, capable of engaging and maintaining pace with the UN Spacy's VF-1 variable fighter. Within an atmosphere, the Reguld is largely limited to ground combat but retains high speed and maneuverability. Armed with a variety of direct-fire energy weapons and anti-personnel/anti-aircraft guns, the Reguld is capable of engaging both air and ground units. The Reguld is also capable of high, thruster-assisted leaping that allows the pod to cover long distances and engage low flying aircraft. On land, the Reguld is surprisingly fast, capable of closing with the VF-1 variable fighter in GERWALK flight (though likely unable to maintain pace at full GERWALK velocity).
The Reguld saw much use during Space War I in repeated engagements against the forces of the UN Spacy, but its lack of versatility against superior mecha often resulted in average effectiveness. Several variants were seen in the war, typically with additional equipment to mount missile launchers or modified with electronic warfare equipment for ECM and reconnaissance roles. Possessing minimal defensive features, the Reguld is a simple weapon that performs best in large numbers and when supported by other mecha such as Fighter Pods.
Debut: Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Episode 2
Pilot(s): Hikaru Ichijo, Hayao Kakizaki, Maximilian Jenius, Misa Hayase, Oigul, Moruk Laplamiz, Roli Dosel, Konda Bromco, Warera Nantes
Other Appearances: Super Dimension Fortress Macross The Movie: Do You Remember Love?
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