I have lately been re watching Macross 2 and figure I do up another on of my personal faves, this time I did up the VF-2S with the SAP packs and I gotta say it certainly looks more intimidating with them then without.
i have to totally agree with EVAUnit4A! Until Macross Frontier came along with the VF-25, 27 and the YF-29 designs, this VF-2SS series along with the VF-2JS and the Metal Siren really is the frontier of valkyrie designs. i was once obsessed with the VF-2SS SAP Pack, i drew one myself, but didn't scan it... i'll try to upload it.
...Any Valkyrie with a SAP/FAST Pack looks more intimidating than without.
For as much as Macross fans decry "M-II", I really liked a lot of the designs. I find the VF-2SS to be the most fluid and worthy successor to the original VF-1s compared to all later designs; the VF-11C is a close second.
yep big and nasty here is a link to it's payload. [link]
this is the introduction on it and some basic info
VTF-2SSU Fighter/ Tactical Grenade Box Protector System – 5S
Overview: The T.G.B.P.S.-5S is a multi-role specialist, designed to deliver a punishing amount of damage at various ranges. Its primary role is that of a starship boarder… i.e. boarding a rogue Zentran ship and fighting its crew in close quarters. It’s equipped with 2 double-barreled “buster” rifles, these weapons are a newly developed pulse-particle cannon, 4 shoulder mounted rapid-fire energy guns, 2 forearm mounted plasma cannons, 2 2F-SS gunpods stored in a flip out holster in each outer leg, 2 plasma swords in the forearm, And a large variety of missiles.
Development: The T.G.B.P.S.-5S was created during the Marduk invasion of Earth in 2089. It was supposed to fill in the role of a heavy assault unit, but its numbers were to few to have any real impact on the war. Plus because of the weight of the weapons & armor it was discovered that the standard VF-2SS couldn’t maneuver very well, nor could it move very well either, this project would have dead-ended right there if not for a Dr. Ian Stovavich. He proposed to the U.N. Spacy his modified VF-2SS upgrade. The upgrade included newer engines, heavier armor, new variable-fire pulse lasers, heavy-duty electro-magnetic “hydraulics”, a newer combat computer to handle more AAB’s and other various components. The proposal was accepted (the U.N. Spacy was very desperate for anything to help win the war) and within a couple of days 6 VF-2SS’ were overhauled into the new “Tactical Fighter”. The VTF-2SSU or Upgraders as they were also called, the VTF had increased armor, speed, and other modifications that made this war machine a cutting edge marvel, and allowed it to exceed at its role spectacularly. The down side of the upgrade was, it slightly increased the size of the fighters and increased their weight as well. These upgraded valkyries proved their worth in the war destroying nearly a thousand mecha and soldiers for each of the upgraded 2SS’. Unfortunately Dr. Stovavich never lived to see their success. He, along with many others had been killed in the war; however his dream lives on in over 500 Variable Tactical Fighters and their T.G.B.P.S.-5S armor kits.
Post Marduk War History: The year is now 2101, and it’s been 12 years since the invasion of the Marduk in 2089. The U.N. Spacy has recently considering mothballing the entire 2SS line of Valkyries. Because the Metal Siren is after all its successor, and many of these Upgrades serve on deep space patrol ships and other colonial expedition fleets. After 32 years of service the 2SS is becoming obsolete as far as the U.N. Spacy is concerned, the day of the venerable 2SS series is on a VERY short list of days. As for the upgraded or “Plus” model, it is expected to continue on, in the U.N. Spacy arsenal for another 20 to 45 years, and many will eventually be scrapped, or stripped down and sent to museums around the various colonies, well at least the ones that survive intact. At least 5 have already seen the “Bone Yard” a storage and scrap facility out in the North American wastes. There are some rumors that at least 1 or 2 of these have ended up in the hands of private collectors.
The Future: The future for this fighter is so uncertain at this time, but since there are so many VTF’s out there they will remain in service for quite some time. The U.N. Spacy Command has been considering upgrading the entire aging 2SS fleet to the 2SS-U to give this old workhorse fighter a new lease on life. After all the modifications and upgrades are cheaper than a Metal Siren. And who knows maybe at last earth can finally rest and give up the pursuit of war. Maybe the human race and their Zentran, Meltran, and Marduk allies will finally live up to the dreams of the proto-cultures. The races of the first star faring people that created the Zentran and the Meltran race to hunt down the Inspection Army Forces that rebelled and eventually led to the crash of the SDF-1. Crashing on earth, and allowing the humans to branch out into the stars. To become a fledgling galactic power, to go out into deep space to settle on other worlds, and get human kind out there. The Variable Fighter’s design is so useful and flexible that it should be at the side of humanity forever more and maybe the VFT-2SSU will there in some form or another.