"I've said it before, and I'll say it again; Fox Primus' Howlrunner MOC is one of the best Star Wars MOCs on Mocpages, in my opinion. Not very strange then that I decided to make a copy of it, changing only the construction of the roof system, and some wings which better suit the 'original' Howlrunner in my opinion. It's a real looker, wouldn't fit bad in any other Science Fiction universe either, I guess..." -HJR
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Manufacturer Incom Corporation
Model I-7 Howlrunner
Length 11.4 meters
Width 7.8 meters
Height/depth 2.3 meters
Maximum acceleration 4,100 G
Maximum speed (atmosphere) 1,300 km/h
Hyperdrive system Optional
Power plant * Main power generator (1)
* Independent laser power generator (1)
Armament Laser cannons (2)
Crew Pilot (1)
Cargo capacity 80 kilograms
Consumables 2 days
"As I sat watching the howlrunners, the walls of the safari dome seemed to melt away. For a brief moment, I was part of the pack, hunting and howling with these magnificent predators. I have spent the rest of my life trying to recapture that feeling, from the cockpit of a starfighter." - Excerpt from The Anthropology of Engineering by Jo Ewsli
The I-7 Howlrunner was a short range attack starfighter originally employed by a dissident Imperial faction during the Galactic Civil War.
The Howlrunner was constructed around an aerodynamic fixed-wing structure. Two fins jutted out of the sides of the craft, meant to function as rudimentary maneuvering flaps. In spite of the rather simplistic design (or perhaps because of it), the Howlrunner was
superior in both space and atmosphere alike. Around 10 ABY, they cost 165,000 credits.
The controls had a small learning curve, ensuring that nearly any pilot with basic skills could control the craft—although only the most experienced could discover the true power of this starfighter. While the Howlrunner was faster than the Rebel T-65 X-wing starfighter or BTL Y-wing starfighter, it was woefully outpaced by some of the newer, more advanced ships, like the E-wing escort starfighter and the TIE/In starfighter.
The Howlrunner had a distinct advantage over the Empire's TIEs in that it possessed on onboard deflector shield generator. This protection, coupled with the starfighter's tiny proflie and low mass, made the Howlrunner a hard ship to destroy. However, the craft was not meant for long space battles or pitched one-on-one combat.
The pitifully weak twin laser cannons and pathetic targeting system (which was riddled with blind spots) made most attempts at dogfighting fruitless. In order to offset this weakness, the Empire hurled large amounts of Howlrunners at an enemy all at once, hoping that the sheer volume of fire would be too much for their targets.
The I-7 Howlrunner was originally conceived of and designed by starfighter engineer Jo Ewsli. After receiving an epiphany during a viewing of a pack of howlrunners, dangerous omnivores from the planet Kamar, Ewsli set out to create a spacecraft that emulated their unique predatory instincts. The creatures attacked in tight packs and were unyielding in their pursuit of prey, two abilities that Ewsli thought could be incorporated into a squadron with the right ships. In this vein, Ewsli unveiled a starfighter that, like its beastly namesake, had superb agility and unparalleled speed.
The Howlrunner was the first starfighter designed and mass produced by Incom Corporation after the fiasco that the X-wing became. The main point of building the Howlrunner in the first place was an attempt to divert attention from the company's failure to stop the abduction of the X-wing's schematics.
Although it was only a mediocre fighter at best, the Howlrunner was often seen at remote Imperial bases where its blinding speed allowed for rapid reconnaissance when necessary.
After the annihilation of most of the Galaxy's TIE/ln starfighters during the Galactic Civil War, the Howlrunner line escaped destruction and found itself becoming one of the prime starfighters in the fleets of the Imperial Remnant.
These craft continued to be used even after the Empire fractured and split into many warring factions. The Howlrunner was also used by the pilots of Saba Sebatyne's Wild Knights squadron, during the invasion by the extragalactic Yuuzhan Vong.
In the Second Corellian Insurrection, a number of them were in the Corellian Defense Force.
* Dark Empire (First appearance)
* Dark Empire II
* Empire's End
* Planet of Twilight
* Balance Point
* Star by Star
* Destiny's Way
* Dark Empire Sourcebook
* The Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels
* Starships of the Galaxy
* Coruscant and the Core Worlds
* The New Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels
Again much nicer than my undersized attempt. If you ever want to create a more detailed version than Dark Empire 2 has pictures of the landing gear and the cocpit, which does allow chaps to sit upright. I am wondering, where is the sensory array, it should be nere the front on the bottom.