Model number: RX-78GP03sb
Code name: Gundam “Dendrobium Stamen” Type B
Unit type: prototype assault use mobile suit
Manufacturer: Anaheim Electronics
Operator: Earth Federation Forces
Rollout: 4 October UC 0083
First deployment: 22 April A-UC 0083
Accommodation: pilot only, in panoramic monitor/linear seat cockpit in torso
Dimensions: overall height 18.2 meters; head height 18.0 meters
Weight: empty 41.6 metric tons; max gross 70.0 metric tons
Armor materials: gundarium alloy
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, output rated at 2000 kW
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: 2 x 40000 kg, 2 x 42000 kg, 2 x 12000 kg
Performance: maximum thruster acceleration 2.69 G; 180-degree turn time 0.8 seconds
Equipment and design features: 2 x extending manipulator arm, mounted in forearms, used to retrieve hand weapons from RX-78GP03 Gundam “Dendrobium Orchis” (When in use) weapons container pods; docking binder backpack for docking with RX-78GP03 Gundam “Dendrobium Orchis”; standard backpack and panoramic monitor/linear seat cockpit block inside torso
Fixed armaments: 2 x beam saber, stored in recharge racks in backpack docking binders, hand-carried in use
Optional fixed armaments: standard shield, mounted on either forearm
Optional hand armaments: XBR-BOWA M-82A beam rifle, power rated at 1.5 MW, powered by replaceable e-pac, with mounted “jitte” beam saber blocking unit, 4 spare e-pacs stored in standard shield; folding bazooka, clip-fed, 6 rounds in clip plus 1 round in chamber; classified as a hyper bazooka.
Deployment Notes and History
During the last weeks of the One Year War, several Zeon battalions abandoned Side 3 during its final defense, fleeing toward the outer rim of the Earth Sphere. The next two years were spent in hiding. While the colonies began to regain some of their freedom, the Zeon remnant sought each other out and banded together under the flag of Colonel William Donnelly and Ace Pilot, Commander Hugh Wolfgram. In August of A-UC 0082, this new Zeon threat, dubbed the “Phoenix Corps”, quickly established a foothold in the far colonies, and before the Earth Federation could react properly, begun waging an unrelenting guerrilla war against the un-expecting EFSF fleet.
To combat this threat, the EFSF contracted with Anaheim Electronics to produce not one, but four prototype Gundam class Mobile Suits, designed after the RX-78 line that proved so successful during the One Year War. As the RX-78-2 stood as a icon of OYW, so too did the Earth Federation hope that these four new Gundams would strike uncertainty and fear within the “Phoenix Corps”
During the second half of A-UC March, 0083, Anaheim had finished putting the last touches on the Gundam prototypes and shipped them aboard the Refit Pegasus class carrier the Autumn Fire to Jaburo for inspection and testing. During this time, a special ops force was sent from a secret Zeon base in North America to once again attempt to capture the EFSF HQ in Jaburo. The assault proved unsuccessful after Captain Rick Taylor piloted the GP02C, defending both the Autumn Fire and Jaburo Base with the help of the stationed forces.
One week later, the Autumn Fire was dispatched with all four Prototype Gundam units on board and tasked with tracking down the Pheonix Corp squadrons stationed on Earth. This mission first led to the costal city of Houston, Texas in the US. The Autumn fire began engaging with the enemy near the outskirts of the city, but as the Zeonic MS began to fall back to the protection and cover of the buildings, the Autumn Fire had no choice but to launch its own MS in pursuit. Captain Taylor and the GP02C were launched with a pair of test-bed RGM-79 Powered GMs, and Lieutenant Roger “Bullseye” Lister piloting the GP03sb launched to sortie with a RGM-79SP Sniper custom and RX-77D Mass Produced Guncannon in tow. Captain Taylor and his unit were ambushed and quickly pinned down leaving Lt. Lister and his men to fend for themselves.
The GP03 received a baptism by fire, as the number of Pheonix Corp MS hidden within the city limits were far more than expected. Armed with both a XBR-BOWA M-82A beam rifle and the Folding Bazooka, Lt. Lister quickly pushed the assuault relying on back up from his squad to keep his back safe. While the GP03 was mainly designed for zero gravity space use, the tail vernier stabilizer system allowed the Gundam to move quite fast in the Earth’s gravity and, out classing the enemy Zaku and Dom units, began to steadily push the Pheonix corp forces back. Just as the battle began to turn favorably, the Zeon Ace, Commander Wolfgram appeared in his custom High Mobility Zaku 2 F2. Surprising Lister’s squad, he managed to shoot down the MP Guncannon, and cut the leg of the GM Sniper out from under it with a modified beam saber. Engaging the GP03, the much more experienced Commander Wolfgram managed to get the upper hand, damaging the GP03 and nearly dispatching it before a single shot from the RX-78GP04 G, piloted by Lt. Commander Cable pierced the right shoulder for the HM Zaku II F2. Lt. Lister survived the battle but the GP03 would require repairs before I could see field action again.
This was a partial collaboration with EpicMena’s Gunpla Corner. It ended up being a Blue and Red version of the GP03, however, my version is included in the A-UC GP project as well. Decals, both water slide and metal are from Samuel Decals – only the best will do! Finally, these pictures were taken not only with my new camera (which is part of my new iPhone) but also in my new office/studio/workshop. I’m pretty pleased with how it all turned out.
Next up is the GP01fb or GP04 G, I’m not sure which.