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RX-78GP01 Gundam GP01 Zephyranthes

 

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RX-78GP01 Gundam Zephyranthes

 

General and Technical Data

 

Model number: RX-78GP01
Code name: Gundam GP01 Zephyranthes
Unit type: prototype general purpose mobile suit
Manufacturer: Anaheim Electronics
Operator: Earth Federation Forces
Rollout: 29 September UC 0083
First deployment: 13 October UC 0083
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso with Core Block System using FF-XII Core Fighter-II
Dimensions: head height 18.0 meters
Weight: empty 39.7 metric tons; max gross 65.0 metric tons
Armor materials: Luna Titanium alloy
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, output rated at 1790 kW
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: 108000 kg total (2 x 42000 kg, 2 x 12000 kg)
Performance: 180-degree turn time 0.9 seconds
Fixed armaments: 2 x 60mm vulcan gun, mounted in head; 2 x A.E.Blash·XBR-L-83d/Du.02 beam saber, stored in recharge racks in backpack, hand-carried in use
Optional hand armaments: BOWA XBR-M-82-05H beam rifle, power rated at 1.5 MW, powered by replaceable e-pac, with mounted "jitte" beam saber blocking unit, 2 spare e-pacs stored in shield; 90 mm machine gun, clip-fed, 20 rounds per clip; RX·VSh-023F/S-04712 shield, can be optionally mounted on either forearm

 

Technical and Historical Notes

 

During its military reconstruction following the devastating One Year War, the Earth Federation Forces contract a private company, Anaheim Electronics, to develop a series of new Gundam-model mobile suits to serve as conceptual testbeds for new and improved mobile suit technology. The first of these new prototypes to come out of Anaheim's Von Braun City lunar factory is the RX-78GP01 Gundam GP01, code-named Zephyranthes. In terms of speed, weaponry and performance, the GP01 is still better than any mass-produced unit fielded by the Federation at the time. However, its basic design is nothing more than a slightly improved version of the original RX-78-2 Gundam prototype. Equipped with a Core Block System, the pilot can eject either the upper or lower halves of the mobile suit in an emergency, or eject from the mobile suit altogether in a new-and-improved FF-XII Core Fighter-II. Aside from the standard head vulcan guns, beam sabers and beam rifle, the GP01 features more up-to-date avionics and control systems, as well as a general increase in acceleration and maneuverability.

The GP01 and a second prototype, the RX-78GP02A Gundam GP02A Physalis, along with Anaheim systems engineer Nina Purpleton and her staff of technicians, are brought aboard the assault carrier Albion to be delivered to Earth for testing under full gravity. Arriving at Torrington Base in Australia for the field trials, the GP01 is put into actual combat sooner than expected: the GP02A, armed with a nuclear warhead, is hijacked by Zeon remnants led by Anavel Gato. Novice Federation pilot Kou Uraki commandeers the GP01 in a failed attempt to recover the stolen GP02A. However, Uraki's undeveloped piloting abilities allow him to push the GP01 beyond its expected performance levels, and Uraki is permanently assigned as the GP01's pilot while the Albion pursues the stolen GP02A across Earth and into space. Unfortunately, the GP01 is not properly calibrated for space, and is soon critically damaged during a space battle against Zeon's Cima Garahau. Shortly afterwards, the GP01 returns to Anaheim's lunar factory for rebuilding and upgrading into the RX-78GP01Fb Full Burnern type.

 

Miscellaneous Information

 

Pilot: Kou Uraki
Appearances: Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory; Mobile Suit Gundam: Lost War Chronicles; Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam Vs. Gundam; Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam Vs. Gundam Next; Mobile Suit Gundam 0083 Rebellion
Original mechanical designer: Shoji Kawamori

 

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Beam saber
BOWA XBR-M-82-05H beam rifle
Cockpit
Shield

 

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