The Delta-7B was manufactured by Kuat Systems Engineering, and initially saw use as Delta-7's were lost in battle. The main difference between the Delta-7B and its predecessor the Delta-7, was a relocation of the astromech socket from the port (left) side of the starfighter, to just in front of the cockpit. This, along with a slightly-enlarged center-hull, would allow for a full-size astromech droid to be used instead of the truncated units—such as the R4-P or the R3-D—seen in the earlier-model Delta-7. Also like the Delta-7, the Delta-7B had 4 twin laser-cannons (2 above the "triangular"-shaped hull, and 2 right below the "upper" cannons, on the underside of the hull). It also typically depended on other spacecraft or an external hyperdrive ring for faster-than-light travel.
Anakin Skywalker flew at least one yellow and gray Delta-7B that was damaged during the Battle of Bothawui and later recovered. The fighter was also present for the Battle of Ryloth, and Skywalker later piloted the vessel during the Battle of Malastare, where it was seemingly destroyed by a monstrous Zillo Beast. Usually flying alongside as his wingmate was Ahsoka Tano, who used a red, green, and white Delta-7B.
Saesee Tiin piloted a Delta-7B during a mission to rescue a group of prisoners being held on Lola Sayu. It had the same hull graphic design as Ahsoka Tano's Delta-7B, just with a different color scheme.
Mace Windu flew his Delta-7B with his astromech R8-B7 to check on the wreckage of the Endurance. When the bounty hunters came looking for Windu's body, R2-D2 took Windu's fighter to Coruscant to replay a message.
Behind the scenes
The Hasbro toy version can split in two parts, with the pilot section heavily resembling the Eta-2 Actis-class interceptor.
- LEGO Star Wars: The Quest for R2-D2
- LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
- LEGO Star Wars: The Padawan Menace
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- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic UK 6.24
- The Essential Guide to Warfare
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Masters of the Force