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RB-79K Ball Type K

 

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08th M.S. Team version

Apocalypse 0079 version

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RB-79K Ball Type K

 

General and Technical Data

 

Model number: RB-79K
Code name: Ball Type K
Unit type: mobile pod
Manufacturer: Earth Federation Forces
Operator: Earth Federation Forces
Rollout: UC 0079
First deployment: UC 0079
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in body
Dimensions: unknown
Weight: unknown
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, power output rating unknown
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: total output unknown

Performance: unknown
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown; rocket-guided grappling wench, mounted on body
Fixed armaments: 2 x 180mm cannon, mounted on body

 

Technical and Historical Notes

 

As the Earth Federation Forces' Operation V scrambles to get their first mobile suit prototypes operational and begin mass production, a stopgap is needed to counter the Principality of Zeon's mobile suit forces. During the stalemate of the middle months of the One Year War, civilian-model SP-W03 Mobile Pod space construction pods are converted into RB-79 Ball combat units, armed with a 180mm recoilless cannon. Although this is the standard armament for the Ball, several weapons variations appear in different fronts of the war. One variant is the RB-79K Ball Type K, which is armed with a pair of cannons in place of the single one. The Type K is also equipped with larger manipulator arms and a rocket-guided cable wench for grappling objects and targets. One Ball pilot, Shiro Amada, becomes famous for using the normally hopelessly-outclassed Ball to defeat a high-performance MS-06RD-4 Zaku II RD-4 Type prototype operating in Earth orbit on 6 October UC 0079.

 

Miscellaneous Information

 

Pilot: Shiro Amada
Appearances: Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th M.S. Team; Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO: Apocalypse 0079
Original mechanical designer: Hajime Katoki

 

Lineart

 

Cockpit
Wench

 

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