Model number: MSM-04
Code name: Acguy
Unit type: mass production amphibious mobile suit
Manufacturer: Zeonic Company
Operator(s): Principality of Zeon; civilians
Rollout: UC 0079
First deployment: 22 August UC 0079
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso (later refitted units equipped with panoramic monitor/linear seat cockpit)
Dimensions: head height 19.2 meters
Weight: empty 91.6 metric tons; max gross 129.0 metric tons
Armor materials: super hard steel alloy
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, output rated at 1,870 kW
Propulsion: hydrojet thrusters: 109,600 kg total
Performance: maximum water speed 53 knots
Equipment and design features: sensors, range 5,400 meters; interchangeable forearms
Fixed armaments: 4 x 105mm vulcan gun, mounted in head; 6-tube rocket launcher, mounted on forearm; mega particle cannon, mounted in forearm
Optional fixed armaments: machine gun, replaces mega particle cannon, mounted in forearm
Following the Zimmad Company’s first successful amphibious mobile suit, the MSM-03 Gogg, the Zeonic Company came back with its own original design. Using many internal parts from a standard MS-06F Zaku, the company produced the MSM-04 Acguy. Even with two Zaku powerplants, the heat signatures produced by the Acguy were relatively low compared to most other amphibious mobile suits from the One Year War. This lent the Acguy a stealthiness that made it perfect for covert operations. The Acguy’s armaments included head-mounted vulcan guns and rocket launchers in the left arm. What appeared to be more rocket launchers in the right arm were actually extendable claws. Topped off by a mega particle cannon, the right arm could also extend, making it a useful punching or striking weapon. This was the standard loadout, as the forearms were interchangeable. Thus, there were some Acguys with rocket launchers in the right arm. Some had machine guns instead of mega particle cannons, but were most likely just an in-field modification. Some Acguys deployed to Asia in UC 0080 by Zeon remnants used a variety of optional equipment, including a periscope with secondary monoeye and an arm-based scanning unit and visor for scanning an area’s topography.
Zeon ace pilot Char Aznable led a squadron of soldiers in Acguy mobile suits during a mission to destroy the mobile suit factory inside the Earth Federation Forces’ underground Jaburo base on November 30, UC 0079. Though the demolition mission was a failure, the Acguy proved its usefulness by allowing Char’s troops to successfully infiltrate the base undetected. Acguy units were also deployed to Southeast Asia. In UC 0080, Zeon remnants sent an Acguy squad under the command of Daryl Lorenz to Asia to pick up a spy gathering intelligence on the South Seas Alliance. However, the Acguy team drew attention to itself and was pulled into battle with the Alliance’s mobile suits.
Pilot(s): Craft, Ivanov, Akahana (aka Red Nose), Ramsey, Haman Karn, Uma Lightning
First appearance: Mobile Suit Gundam
Original mechanical designer(s): Kunio Okawara (Mobile Suit Gundam and MSV versions), Kimitoshi Yamane (08th M.S. Team version), Yasuo Ohtagaki (Gundam Thunderbolt manga version)
Ryoji Fujiwara (movie 1)
43 episodes; 3 compilation movies
Japan 04.07.1979 – 01.26.1980
U.S. 07.23.2001 – 09.12.2001
Japan 03.14.1981 – 03.13.1982
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