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RX-79[G]Ez-8 Gundam Ez8

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General and Technical Data

Model number: RX-79[G]Ez-8
Code name: Gundam Ez8
Unit type: ground combat mobile suit
Manufacturer: Earth Federation Forces
Operator: Earth Federation Forces
Rollout: UC 0079
First deployment: UC 0079
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso
Dimensions: head height 18.0 meters
Weight: empty 51.5 metric tons; max gross 71.7 metric tons
Armor materials: Luna Titanium alloy
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, output rated at 1,350 kW
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: 53,000 kg total
Performance: unknown
Equipment and design features: sensors, range 5,900 meters; optional parachute pack, can be mounted on backpack rack
Fixed armaments: 2 x 35mm machine gun, mounted in head; 12.7mm vulcan gun, mounted in chest; 2 x beam saber, stored in recharge racks in legs, hand-carried in use; improved short shield, mounted on either forearm
Optional hand armaments: 100mm machine gun, clip-fed, 2 spare clips stored on hip armor; beam rifle, powered by rechargeable energy cap

Technical and Historical Notes

As the Earth Federation Forces concentrated their manufacturing efforts on the production of their new mass produced RGM-79 GM units during the latter months of the One Year War, those mobile suits already fielded had to make do with what few materials were available. Since the RX-79[G] Gundam Ground Types were themselves built using spare parts, there were no more spare parts left to effect repairs to heavily damaged units, and field engineers had to literally rebuild mobile suits with whatever they could find. When Shiro Amada’s RX-79[G] was trashed in an attempt to stop Zeon’s prototype Apsaras II mobile armor in November UC 0079, the Kojima Battalion’s engineers and mechanics rebuilt his mobile suit with many improvised modifications.

The RX-79[G]Ez-8 Gundam Ez8 (short for “extra zero-eight”) retained the same beam sabers in the legs, as well as the standard RX-79[G] hand armaments. However, its other fixed weapons were changed out, with a pair of 35mm machine guns mounted in the head and a turret-mounted 12.7mm anti-personnel machine gun in the chest. The Ez8’s armor plating and placement was improved overall, and the traditional Gundam “V-fin” on the head was replaced with a sturdier communications antenna. The Ez8 retained the backpack equipment rack from the standard RX-79[G], allowing it to keep its ability to mount parachute packs or other field equipment options. In December, the Ez8 was heavily damaged during an attack on a secret Zeon base housing the development of the advanced Apsaras III mobile armor.

Miscellaneous Information

Pilot(s): Shiro Amada, Aina Sahalin
First appearance: Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th M.S. Team
Original mechanical designer: Kimitoshi Yamane

Lineart
rx-79g machine gun
100mm machine gun
rx-79g-beamrifle
Beam rifle
rx-79g-beamsaber
Beam saber
rx-79gez-8-head
Head
rx-79gez-8-leg
Leg
rx-79gez-8-parachutepack
Parachute pack
rx-79gez-8-shield
Short shield
rx-79gez-8-shoulder
Shoulder
rx-79gez-8-torso
Torso
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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