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MS-07B-3 Gouf Custom

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General and Technical Data

Model number: MS-07B-3
Code name: Gouf Custom
Unit type: mass production ground combat mobile suit
Manufacturer: Zeonic Company
Operator: Principality of Zeon
Rollout: UC 0079
First deployment: UC 0079
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso
Dimensions: head height 18.2 meters
Weight: empty 58.5 metric tons; max gross 77.6 metric tons
Armor materials: super hard steel alloy
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, output rated at 1,034 kW
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: 40,700 kg total
Performance: unknown
Equipment and design features: sensors, range 3,600 meters
Fixed armaments: heat wire, retractable, superheated slicing/grappling/shocking weapon, mounted in right forearm
Optional fixed armaments: 3-barrel 35mm machine gun, clip-fed, mounts on left forearm; Gatling shield, mounts 75mm Gatling gun, drum-and-belt fed; heat saber, battery powered, stored in Gatling shield, hand-carried in use

Technical and Historical Notes

Intended to be a replacement for the aging MS-06JC Zaku II (J Type), the ground combat MS-07B Gouf proved effective in close combat, but was limited by its lack of long-range weapons. Production of the Gouf was soon halted when the Zimmad Company produced the popular ground-skimming MS-09 Dom. However, some pilots preferred the Gouf, and limited development of that model continued at Side 3. A flight-capable Gouf was finally perfected in the form of the MS-07H-8, and parts from that model were used to produce a high-performance upgrade of the standard ground model. This high-performance upgrade was called the MS-07B-3 Gouf Custom, which had the same capabilities as its MS-07B predecessor but enabled it to be more effective in long-range combat. The original 5-fingered machine gun left hand was replaced by a normal manipulator hand, and instead a 3-barrel 35mm machine gun was mounted on the left forearm. The original thick tentacle heat rod, somewhat limited in length, was replaced with a magnetic grappler mounted on a thin cable, allowing the right forearm to store a much greater length of heat wire and giving the weapon a much greater reach. Another major improvement was the option of a 75mm Gatling gun on its shield, which could be ejected at a moment’s notice when the heavy weapon ran out of ammo or became a burden in close combat. The Gouf Custom proved to be an excellent unit, with one of these rare mobile suits operated by Norris Packard out of Zeon’s Southeast Asian research base. Two units were also used by the Midnight Fenrir team at the assault on Jaburo and later at the defense of the California Base.

Miscellaneous Information

Pilot(s): Norris Packard, Lou Roya, Manning
Original mechanical designer: Hajime Katoki (08th M.S. Team version)

Lineart
ms-07b-3-machinegun
3-barrel 35mm machine gun
ms-07b-3-hatch
Cockpit hatch
ms-07b-3-gatlingshield
Gatling shield
ms-07b-3-heatrod
Heat rod
ms-07b-3-heatsaber
Heat saber
Gundam: The 08th M.S. Team Info


Director(s):
Takeyuki Kanda
Umanosuke Iida

Writer(s):
Akira Okeya
Hiroaki Kitajima

Mechanical Designer(s):
Kunio Okawara
Hajime Katoki
Kimitoshi Yamane

Character Designer(s):
Toshihiro Kawamoto
Tomoaki Kado

Musical Composer:
Kouhei Tanaka

Video Release:
Japan 01.25.1996 – 07.25.1999
U.S. 07.03.2001 – 01.22.2002

Theatrical Release:
Japan 08.01.1998

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