Vintage GunPla & Sci-Fi Models
In GERWALK (Ground Effective Reinforcement of Winged Armament with Locomotive Knee-joint) mode (called “Guardian Mode” in Robotech), the VF-1 looks like the nose and wings of a fighter plane stuck on “chicken walker” legs with two arms. The legs are formed by the aircraft’s engines and intakes, bent down and forward. The arms are stored between the engines in fighter mode and fold out to the sides, reaching around from behind the legs. In GERWALK mode, the gun pod is held by the fighter’s manipulator “hands” and acts in all respects as a very large automatic rifle. This mode is the intermediate one which was originally intended to simply allow the craft to land in a combat zone with a maximum of defensive ability. However, many pilots soon realized that this mode’s considerable maneuverability combined with its speed made it formidable in low level aerial combat as well as when making flanking maneuvers on the ground, and most took advantage of these characteristics for such situations. Valkyrie pilots also have the option to deploy the legs alone, leaving the arms in storage.
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