Fully transformable VF-19 Excalibur as seen in Macross 7. Attachable Fast Pack coming soon...
About this creation
[Background Description from http://www.steelfalcon.com/Macross/vf19.shtml]
The VF-19 Excalibur is the production-line version of Shinsei Industries' YF-19 AVF Prototype which won the Project Super Nova design contest of 2040. Although destined to eventually replace the aging VF-11 Thunderbolt as the main variable fighter for the UN Spacy, distribution to date has been slow due to production costs and initial bugs with the new design. Currently the Excalibur is being used as a special forces fighter for UN Spacy deep-space missions and colonization fleets, with usually at most 3-6 VF-19s assigned per fleet on an initial evaluation basis. Because of this the rare VFs are usually only piloted by the best and brightest pilots, similar to the status enjoyed by the VF-17 Nightmare. As the design gains more combat experience and the remaining flaws are worked out, the VF-19 will gradually phase out and replace the VF-11 as the main fighter of the UN Spacy.
Several design changes have taken place since the YF-19 was selected as the winner of Project Super Nova. The FF-2500E engines in the prototype were replaced with newer FF-2550J thermonuclear turbine engines that could provide 17% more thrust than the earlier versions, and the P&W HMM-6J thrusters were upgraded to P&W HMM-7 units for increased maneuverability. Later, the VF-19F variation was released by Shinsei which replaced the forward canard wings with an extra bank of maneuvering thrusters for better performance in space, and also redesigned the entire wing structure of the craft. The wing lasers and GU-15 gun pod were kept as the main weapons for the VF-19 (all versions), but the Bifors medium range missiles were replaced with two banks of 24 high-maneuverability mini-missiles that are more suited for close-range high-speed mecha combat. Finally, the entire head unit was redesigned on the VF-19F and S versions, and a group of four variable-beam lasers were added to complement the single head pulse laser on the VF-19S model. The VF-19 is of course fully compatible with the Super Nova Fold Booster and can execute individual folds like its prototype predecessor could. The Excalibur is still produced in two versions, with the VF-19A being optimized for use in planetary atmospheres or orbit-based planetary assaults, and the VF-19F and S optimized for space combat.
[About My Lego Model]
Based off my original YF-19 design, this is the probably my final refinement and I'm quite happy with it. I welcome feedback and suggestions for improvement. I personally think the arms could use a redesign and the wings don't look quite right in Battroid mode but they are the best I could come up with.
As with my YF-19 all parts of the model with rotate/swing/move in order to transform, no detaching or reattaching parts is necessary with 2 exceptions. The gun pod obviously must be removed from the hand and snapped onto the bottom in fighter mode, and unlike the YF-19 I added two detachable vent covers for the engine air-intakes.
Expect to see a Super-VF19 with the NR-BP-19 FastPack add on when I complete it.
I'd like to thank xman3 on Brickshelf for getting me into making Lego Macross fighters to begin with. While most of my YF-19/VF-19 is entirely original, I have to credit him for the basic leg design which I got from his VF-1.