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MSA-005 Methuss

 

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Mobile suit mode

Mobile armor mode

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MSA-005 Methuss

 

General and Technical Data

 

Model number: MSA-005
Code name: Methuss
Unit type: prototype attack use transformable mobile suit
Manufacturer: Anaheim Electronics
Operator: AEUG (Anti-Earth Union Group)
First deployment: UC 0087
Accommodation: pilot only, in panoramic monitor/linear seat cockpit in torso
Dimensions: mobile suit mode: overall height 26.0 meters, head height 18.1 meters; mobile armor mode: overall length 21.8 meters, overall height 6.2 meters
Weight: empty 27.8 metric tons; max gross 52.4 metric tons; mass ratio 1.45
Armor materials: Gundarium alloy
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, output rated at 1640 kW
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: 77000 kg total (3 x 18600 kg, 2 x 10600 kg); vernier thrusters/apogee motors: 12
Equipment and design features: sensors, range 11300 meters
Fixed armaments: 2 x arm beam gun, power rated at 2.0 MW, mounted on forearms; 6 x beam saber, power rated at 0.5 MW, stored in recharge racks in forearms, hand-carried in use

 

Technical and Historical Notes

 

As the Anti-Earth Union Group commissions Anaheim Electronics to develop and construct its next-generation wave of mobile suits under the "Project Zeta" flag, one of the early test prototype units built is the MSA-005 Methuss. This mobile suit is the AEUG's first true transformable mobile suit, as it is used to test the feasibility of the transformation systems that would later be used in the MSZ-006 Zeta Gundam. Capable of transforming into a space fighter-like mobile armor form, the Methuss is quite fast and agile in its mobile armor form. However, its mobile suit mode is lacking in combat abilities, as its weaponry is limited to a pair of fixed beam guns on its forearms and a set of beam sabers for close combat. It is quite possible that the Methuss, being simply a test unit for its transformation systems, is never truly intended for combat. However, the unit is delivered to the AEUG's flagship Argama and assigned to Reccoa Londe and later pilot trainee Fa Yuiry, who manages to master her mobile suit and survive the Gryps Conflict plaguing the Earth Sphere. This often comes at a high cost to the Methuss itself, as it is frequently trashed or heavily damaged during combat. Fortunately for the AEUG, the Methuss is easy to repair, allowing it to be returned to the field in very little time. Anaheim later creates an upgraded version of the Methuss, the MSA-005S Methuss Kai. The original Methuss posted to the Argama manages to survive the Gryps Conflict, but is heavily damaged and retired during the early days of the subsequent First Neo Zeon War.

 

Miscellaneous Information

 

Pilot(s): Fa Yuiry, Reccoa Londe, Katz Kobayashi, Torres
Appearances: Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam; Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ; Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam Vs. Gundam; Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam Vs. Gundam Next; Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ Side Story: Mirage of Zeon; Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs.; Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs. Full Boost; Gundam MS Graphica; Gundam Versus
Original mechanical designer: Bishal Design (principal design), Studio Kemu (cleanup)

 

Lineart

 

Arm beam gun
Beam saber
Cockpit hatch

 

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