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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)


Speaker Pods
Shinsei Industry VF-11MAXL Thunderbolt Custom

Technical Data

Equipment Type: UNS/UNSAF main variable fighter
Government: U.N. Spacy, U.N. Space Air Force
Manufacturer: Shinsei Industry
Introduction: 2045
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: SWAG energy conversion 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)
  • Optional Armament:
  • Sound Booster unit (with hybrid sensors)

  • Description and History

    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.

    Production Notes

    Debut: Macross 7, Episode 23
    Pilot(s): Mylene Flare Jenius
    Other appearances: Macross 7 The Galaxy is Calling Me.
    Original mechanical designer: Shoji Kawamori

    Line Art

  • battroid mode rear view
  • battroid mode rear view (open missile bays)
  • battroid mode torso details
  • GERWALK mode multiple views
  • fighter mode multiple views #1
  • fighter mode multiple views #2
  • fighter mode (with speaker-pod-firing launcher pod) multiple views
  • fighter mode landing gear
  • fighter mode dorsal missile port details
  • internal missile bay
  • missile bay battroid mode
  • cockpit (battroid mode)
  • cockpit (fighter mode)
  • cockpit controls
  • speaker-pod-firing launcher pod details
  • mylene guvava hull art
  • Information Courtesy of the Macross Compendium:
    Images From - Macross 7 Animation Materials and other macross books
    C. Wilson - Writer, Editor and Colorist