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MBF-P01 Gundam Astray Gold Frame

 

mbf-p01

 

General and Technical Data

 

Model number: MBF-P01
Code name:
Gundam Astray Gold Frame
Unit type:
prototype general purpose mobile suit
Manufacturer: Morgenroete, Inc
Operator: Orb Union
Rollout: 10 January C.E. 70
First deployment: 25 January C.E. 71
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso
Dimensions: head height 17.53 meters
Weight: max gross weight 49.8 metric tons
Armor materials: unknown
Powerplant: ultracompact energy battery, power output rating unknown
Propulsion: unknown
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown
Fixed armaments: 2 x "Igelstellung" 75mm multi-barrel CIWS, fire-linked, mounted on head; 2 x beam saber, power rating unknown, mounted on shoulders, hand-carried in use
Optional hand armaments: Type 71 beam rifle, power rating unknown; shield; hyper bazooka

 

Technical and Historical Notes

 

When the Earth Alliance begins a project to build its own mobile suits, the initial work is done in conjunction with the Morgenroete research facility on the Orb space colony Heliopolis. While Orb assists in the research, they have an ulterior motive: steal the data from the Alliance to build their own mobile suits. From the stolen data, Orb constructs five prototype Gundam Astray units. While Orb is able to copy the Alliance's beam saber and beam rifle technology, they are unable to duplicate the Phase Shift armor and compensate by making the Astrays light and maneuverable. As with the Alliance suits, the Astrays are equipped with hand plugs to exchange energy and data with its carried weapons. Though the Alliance and Orb use different hand plugs, the Gold Frame is equipped with both types, making it possible to use Alliance weapons.

 

The development of the Astray project is interrupted when ZAFT attacks Heliopolis on January 25, C.E. 71. Orb desires to keep the Astray project secret and destroys the Astray factory, but a Coordinator named Rondo Ghina Sahaku is determined to save the units and personally takes control of the Gold Frame. Rondo escapes from Heliopolis using a large bazooka designed for the GAT-X102 Duel Gundam, but the Gold Frame's right arm is damaged because it's not properly calibrated for use with the bazooka. Rondo jettisons the damaged arm, which is later found by MBF-P02 Red Frame pilot Lowe Guele. After escaping Heliopolis, Rondo uses the Gold Frame in battle against Lowe on several occasions. During atmospheric entry, the Gold Frame's head is damaged. It is then taken to Orb's Morgenroete facility, where it's upgraded to the MBF-P01-Re<AMATU> Gundam Astray Gold Frame Amatsu.

 

Miscellaneous Information

 

Pilot: Rondo Ghina Sahaku
Appearances: Mobile Suit Gundam SEED ASTRAY; Mobile Suit Gundam SEED X ASTRAY; Mobile Suit Gundam SEED ASTRAY R; Mobile Suit Gundam SEED: Never-Ending Tomorrow
Original mechanical designer: Junichi Akutsu

 

Lineart

 

Beam saber
Shield
Type 71 beam rifle

 

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