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VF-17T Nightmare Custom

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General and Technical Data

Model number: VF-17T
Code name: Nightmare Custom
Unit type: custom variable fighter
Manufacturer(s): General Galaxy; Macross 7 Project M Special Technologies Group
Operator: U.N. Spacy
Rollout: AD 2045
First deployment: AD 2045
Accommodation: pilot and passenger, in standard canopy-style cockpit
Dimensions: overall height 15.65 meters (Heavy Battroid mode), overall height 3.68 meters (Fighter mode); overall length 16.13 meters (Fighter mode); wingspan 14.18 meters (Fighter mode)
Weight: empty 12.2 metric tons; max gross unknown
Armor materials: SWAG energy conversion armor
Powerplant: 2 x Shinsei Industry/P&W/Roice FF-2100X custom thermonuclear reaction turbine engine, power output rating unknown
Propulsion: 2 x 59,500 kg (2 x 583.7 kN); 2 x horizontal two-dimensional vectored exhaust nozzle; 2 x dorsal auxiliary thruster pod; 30+ x P&W HMM-6D high maneuverability vernier thruster
Performance: Fighter mode: maximum level atmospheric speed at 10,000 meters: Mach 4.0+, maximum level atmospheric speed at 30,000+ meters: Mach 21+
Thrust-to-weight ratio: empty 9.75
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown; keyboard sound stick control system; sound plate system; optional Sound Booster unit
Fixed armaments: 2 x fixed internal laser cannon; 4 x internal micro-missile launcher; speaker-firing launcher pod
Optional fixed armaments: Speaker Pod Gamma, mounted under main body in Fighter mode
Optional hand armaments: Spiritia absorption pod

Technical and Historical Notes

After Fire Bomber lead singer Basara Nekki’s music proved to have an effect on the brainwashed Varauta pilots, the U.N. Spacy forces in the Macross 7 fleet created the independent civilian unit Sound Force and provided customized variable fighters to Basara’s bandmates. One such unit was the VF-17T Nightmare Custom, a heavily modified two-seater piloted by keyboardist Ray Lovelock and drummer Veffidas Feaze. Like the other custom units in Sound Force, the VF-17T featured a unique control scheme. Ray served as the primary pilot using keyboard-based controls, but the cockpit also included a built-in drum kit for Veffidas. In keeping with the mission of Sound Force, the VF-17T was a non-combat unit equipped with a launcher pod that could fire speaker pods capable of penetrating the armor of Varauta mecha. However, it was armed with laser cannons and micro-missiles for emergency use. The VF-17T could also equip an optional sound booster to extend its range, along with the powerful Speaker Pod Gamma. Ray and Veffidas piloted the VF-17T through the end of the Protodeviln War in 2046 and continued to use it one year later.

Miscellaneous Information

Pilot(s): Ray Lovelock, Veffidas Feaze
First appearance: Macross 7
Original mechanical designer: Shoji Kawamori

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Director:
Tetsuro Amino

Writer(s):
Sukehiro Tomita
Minto Hajime

Mechanical Designer(s):
Shoji Kawamori
Kazutaka Miyatake
Hiroshi Ogawa
Munehori Nawa
Meijo Maeda

Character Designer:
Haruhiko Mikimoto

Musical Composer:
Fire Bomber

Airdates:
Japan 10.16.1994 – 09.24.1995

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