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VF-17T Custom in Heavy Battroid Mode

VF-17T Custom in GERWALK Mode

VF-17T Custom in Fighter Mode

VF-17T Custom Fighter profile schematic

Speaker-pod-shooting launcher pod

Internal Micro-Missiles

Speaker Pods

VF-17T Custom equipped with Speaker Pod Gamma
General Galaxy VF-17T Nightmare Custom

Technical Data

Equipment Type: UNS special operations custom variable fighter and heavy battroid
Government: U.N. Spacy
Manufacturer: General Galaxy
Introduction: 2045
Operational Deployment: 2045
Accommodation: pilot plus passenger in pressurized canopy featuring seven framed flat-plate windows
  • Heavy Battroid Mode: height 15.65 meters (top of head)
  • Fighter Mode: wingspan 14.18 meters; height 3.68 meters; length 16.13 meters
  • GERWALK Mode: wingspan 14.18 meters
  • Mass: empty 12.20 metric tons
    Structure: SWAG energy conversion armor
    Power Plant: two Shinnakasu Heavy Industry/P&W/Roice FF-2100X Custom thermonuclear turbine engines
    Propulsion: 59,500 kg [x g] x 2 (583.70 kN x 2); 2 x horizontal two-dimensional vectored exhaust nozzles; 30+ x P&W HMM-6D high-maneuverability vernier thrusters (mounted in triple clusters)
    Thrust-to-weight ratio: (empty) 9.75
  • Fighter Mode: at 10,000 m Mach 4.0+; at 30,000+ m Mach 21+; rate of climb at S/L 42,000 meters/minute
  • g limit: +33.5/-18.0
    Design Features: 3-mode variable transformation; vertical take-off and landing (VTOL); variable geometry sweep (VG) wing (featuring sawtooth delta wing in standard cruising configuration); wrap-around imaging monitor screens (for use in Battroid mode); passive stealth system; two-dimensional (horizontal) thrust vectoring; keyboard sound stick control mounted on gimbal-and-joint system with throttle and options control slider for HOTAS; sound plate system in passenger seat; option of Sound Booster unit
    - Armament -
  • 2 x fixed internal laser cannons, for emergency use only
  • 1 x speaker-pod-shooting launcher pod, featuring retractable handle and fore grip, folding stock, muzzle sensors and strap (mounted in ventral fuselage in Fighter/GERWALK mode with an exit port and stealth covers, ejectable from lower leg to be used in arm manipulator Heavy Battroid mode)
  • Bombs & Missiles:
  • 4 x internal micro-missile launchers (mounted left/right of dorsal main fuselage with two launcher ports each)
  • Optional Armament:
  • 2 x underwing mountings for Gun Pod Gamma (designated Sigma during development) with 1 x pin-point-barrier-penetrator-equipped Speaker Pod Gamma (stowed underwing on VF-17T Nightmare Custom)
  • 1 x Spiritia absorption pod

  • Description and History

    Ray Lovelock was approached by the UN Forces to once again serve in the military after his retirement under distressing circumstances. Ray accepted the unique proposal and became involved in Operation M, commanded by Macross 7 Captain Maximillian Jenius. Originally involving only two members (Lovelock himself and Nekki Basara) the initial mandate of Operation M involved the deployment of only one customized VF-19 variable fighter, piloted by Basara. Later in 2045, the paramilitary unit Sound Force was established and Ray Lovelock was assigned to his own variable fighter, a custom VF-17T valkyrie. The Special Technologies Group onboard the Macross 7 extensively modified a two-seater VF-17T with an internal sound system and more powerful engines. Ray Lovelock would pilot this VF-17T Custom into combat along side Sound Force, with Veffidas Feaze as copilot.

    The VF-17T Custom is primarily deployed as a Sound Energy variable fighter. The VF-17T Custom is not a direct combat unit (similar to the VF-19 Custom) and as such carries only two laser cannons and four micro-missile launchers for emergency use only. The primary offensive weapon is a speaker-pod-shooting launcher pod (mounted with exit port in ventral fuselage/lower legs, ejecting from lower leg section into manipulator for Heavy Battroid mode). These armor-penetrating speaker pods can pierce through the hull of enemy mecha and transmit audio from the Sound Energy Converting system oboard the VF-17T Custom directly to the enemy pilots. Ray Lovelock and Veffidas Feaze, as part of the rock music band Fire Bomber, participated in numerous sorties with the Sound Force unit. Along with Nekki Basara in the VF-19 Custom and Mylene Jenius in the VF-11MAXL Sound Force could muster incredible amounts of sound energy for use against the Varauta Army as they fought valiantly in the Protodeviln War.

    Production Notes

    Debut: Macross 7, Episode 23
    Pilot(s): Ray Lovelock, Veffidas Feaze
    Other appearances: Macross 7 The Galaxy is Calling Me
    Original mechanical designer: Shoji Kawamori

    Line Art

  • battroid mode rear view
  • battroid mode side view
  • GERWALK mode rear view
  • fighter mode multiple views #1
  • fighter mode multiple views #2
  • cockpit forward view
  • cockpit rear view
  • cockpit copilot seat
  • Information Courtesy of the Macross Compendium:
    Images From - Macross 7 Animation Materials and other macross books
    C. Wilson - Writer, Editor and Colorist