Shinsei Industry VF-19F/S Excalibur

(aka Blazer Valkyrie)

VF-19S firing missiles

Mekton Zeta play stats


Fighter

MECHA PROFILE
Name                    Weight          Cost
VF-19F/S Excalibur      8.6t            2018.8 (2115 for VF-19S)

MECHA PLAY STATS
Configuration   MV  MR  Land MA     Flight MA         VF-19S
Battroid        -0      7 (78mph)   60 (Mach 10)      72 (Mach 14.6)
Gerwalk         -0      7 (78mph)   93 (Mach 24.7)    111 (Mach 35.6)
Fighter         -0      ---------   124 (Mach 44.6)   148 (Mach 64)

Flight in Atmosphere:
                                    10,000 m          30,000 m
Battroid                            20 (672 mph)      20 (672 mph)
Gerwalk                             21 (753 mph)      21 (753 mph)
Fighter                             46 (Mach 5.7)     94 (Mach 25.2)

MANEUVER POOL  +66%             MAIN SYSTEMS
                                Power Plant XS: 1
MECHA COMBAT SKILLS             Plant split between LL, RL
Mecha Piloting  +MR=            Desert, space, reentry protection
Mecha Fighting  +MR=            Transform: fighter, hybrid, efficient
Mecha Melee     +MR=            +2 MV Verniers
Mecha Gunnery   +MR=            ACE +33% MP
Mecha Missiles  +MR=            Stealth
                                Cloak (all but Mag. rfrct, no visual cloak)

    COMMAND ARMOR, ARMOR, AND SERVOS
ServoModule CA-SP   CA-DC   CA-AbC  SP  DC  AbC Kills   Add+
Torso                               6   4       12
Head                                4   4       5
Left Arm                            4   4       6       +1
Right Arm                           4   4       6       +1
Left Leg                            6   4       7       +2
Right Leg                           6   4       7       +2
Left Wing                           3   4       5
Right Wing                          3   4       5

MOVEMENT SYSTEMS                SENSORS
Movement System Loc Kills       Sensors Main    Backup
L. Thrst (30MA) LL  0           Loc     Torso   Head
R. Thrst (30MA) LL  0           Range   20km    1km
Note: 36MA each in VF-19S       Comm    1800km  300km
                                Kills   2       2
                                Notes
                                
                        ARMAMENT
Weapon          WA  Range   Damage  Shots   Kills   Loc Notes
Left Hand       +0  Melee   1+1K    na      1       LA  Quick, Handy
Right Hand      +0  Melee   1+1K    na      1       RA  Quick, Handy
AA Laser        +1  5       2K      inf.    2       H   BV3
(4 sm. AA Laser +1  3       2K      inf.    2       H   all laser crosslnk)
L. Wing Laser   +1  7       3K      inf.    3       LW  BV3, w. guns cross-
R. Wing Laser   +1  7       3K      inf.    3       RW  BV3, w. guns linked
L. Mssl Lnchr   +1  20      8K      6       3       LL  Seek: 2, Skill 9+
R. Mssl Lnchr   +1  20      8K      6       3       RL  same, missiles link
GU-15 gun pod   +1  6       3K              3       1-H BV6, Phalanx Var.
 AP Tracer ammo +2          AP      10      4           AP, Tracer
 2 extra clips  +2          AP      10      4           AP, Tracer
Note: The four small AA lasers are only found on the VF-19S.

        SUBASSEMBLIES
Cockpit     # Crew  Type    Enc.    Options
Torse       1       Screen  Canopy  Escape Pod
Subassemblies                       Loc     Kills
Liftwire                            T
Antitheft Code Lock                 T
Spotlights                          H
Storage Module                      T
Weapon Mount (for gun in fighter)   T
Wing Hardpoints (one each)          LW/RW

        SHIELDING
Shield      DA  SP  DC  AbC Loc     Notes
Standard    -3  6   4       LA
Reactive    +0  8           T       Offensive, doesn’t reset

FAST Pack

Weight +3t, Cost +138

Configuration   MV  MR  Land MA     Flight MA
Battroid        -0      7 (78mph)   74  (Mach 15.4)
Gerwalk         -0      7 (78mph)   114 (Mach 37.6)
Fighter         -0      ---------   152 (Mach 67.5)

Flight in Atmosphere:
                                    10,000 m          30,000 m
Battroid                            20 (672 mph)      20 (672 mph)
Gerwalk                             21 (753 mph)      21 (753 mph)
Fighter                             21 (753 mph)      21 (753 mph)

MAIN SYSTEMS
Space protection
Transform: fighter, hybrid, efficient
+3 MV Verniers

    COMMAND ARMOR, ARMOR, AND SERVOS
ServoModule CA-SP   CA-DC   CA-AbC  SP  DC  AbC Kills   Add+
Left Pod                            3   2       0
Right Pod                           3   2       0
Left Leg    1       2
Right Leg   1       2

MOVEMENT SYSTEMS
Movement System Loc Kills
L. Pod (7 MA)   LP
R. Pod (7 MA)   RP

                        ARMAMENT
Weapon          WA  Range   Damage  Shots   Kills   Loc Notes
HMMM Mk. 6      +0  11      4K      8       2       LP  all missiles linked
HMMM Mk. 6      +0  11      4K      8       2       LP  all missiles linked
HMMM Mk. 6      +0  11      4K      8       2       RP  all missiles linked
HMMM Mk. 6      +0  11      4K      8       2       RP  all missiles linked
Chaff/Flare     +0  na      1K      20      1       LCA Countermissiles
Chaff/Flare     +0  na      1K      20      1       RCA chaff/flares linked

Fold Booster

Weight +1t, Cost +726.2

MAIN SYSTEMS
Lightspeed drive

    COMMAND ARMOR, ARMOR, AND SERVOS
ServoModule CA-SP   CA-DC   CA-AbC  SP  DC  AbC Kills   Add+
Fold Booster Pod                    1   2       0
Left Leg    1       2
Right Leg   1       2

                        ARMAMENT
Weapon          WA  Range   Damage  Shots   Kills   Loc Notes
Chaff/Flare     +0  na      1K      20      1       LCA Countermissiles
Chaff/Flare     +0  na      1K      20      1       RCA chaff/flares linked

VF-19S fighter mode

Roleplaying Notes

Specs for the Excalibur are available from Egan Loo’s Macross Compendium.

The VF-19s have lower speeds for use in atmosphere from ground to 10,000 meters and from 10,000 to 30,000 meters. The flight MA reflects speeds possible from 30,000 meters to space. The structure of the fighter simply can’t stand up to any more speed in the atmosphere.

The wing lasers may only be fired in fighter and GERWALK modes. In Battroid mode they are positioned in the “waist” area pointing up, and would probably hit the arms if fired.

There is a FAST Pack available for the Excalibur which can be used either in space or in an atmosphere. However, these are almost never used – throughout the Protodeviln War, they were only used on two occasions.

The conformal fuel tanks used with the FAST Pack and the fold booster are actually the same thing. Unlike the booster pods, the fuel tanks may be carried during atmospheric reentry.

The booster pods for a FAST Pack or fold booster render the active stealth system inoperative. As long as they are attached, the Excalibur can be detected normally. The conformal fuel tanks are protected by the active stealth system, however.

Although the Excalibur does have wing hardpoints, these are very rarely used in practice. The wing hardpoints are apparently employed to carry heavy ordnance for strikes against fixed targets.

The VF-19s assigned to Emerald Force are seen throughout the latter episodes of Macross 7. Emerald Force has two VF-19Fs and one VF-19S, assigned to Docker-Tai-i.

Design Notes

The speed for this fighter is based on its ability to fly into orbit. In Mekton Zeta, that’s speed 109. I then boosted it a bit so that it would be noticably faster at full throttle than a VF-11 with SRBs. This does produce a somewhat higher speed than the printed material gives it. I recommend using the lower atmospheric speeds, which match the maximum speed listed in Macross Plus: This is Animation.

The fold booster is capable of moving up to 40 tons. This is considerably more than is needed for a fighter, although the extra capacity does come in handy in Macross 7.

There are also several design issues common to all variable fighters.