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MS-05B Zaku I

 

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Standard version (Mobile Suit Gundam)

Topp custom unit (08th M.S. Team)

Equipped with G-2 gas warhead

(08th M.S. Team)

Erik Blanke colors (Battlefield Record UC 0081)

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MS-05B Zaku I

 

General and Technical Data

 

Model number: MS-05B
Code name: Zaku I
Unit type: mass production general purpose mobile suit
Manufacturer: Zeonic Company
Operator(s): Principality of Zeon; civilians
Rollout: October UC 0077
First deployment: UC 0077
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso
Dimensions: head height 17.5 meters
Weight: empty 50.3 metric tons; max gross 65.0 metric tons
Armor materials: super hard steel alloy
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, output rated at 899 kW
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: 40700 kg total (2 x 19500 kg, 2 x 850 kg)
Performance: 180-degree turn time 2.9 seconds; maximum ground running speed 120 km/h
Equipment and design features: sensors, range 2900 meters
Fixed armaments: none
Optional hand armaments: 105mm machine gun, drum-fed, 100 rounds per drum, spare drums can be stored on waist armor racks; ZMP-47D/120mm machine gun, drum-fed, 100 rounds per drum, spare drums can be stored on waist armor racks; H&L-SB21K/280mmA-N Zaku bazooka, 4 round magazine, can be stored on rack on rear waist armor; heat hawk Type3, battery powered, can be stored on waist armor racks; G-3 nerve gas grenade launcher

 

Technical and Historical Notes

 

Introduced in UC 0077, the MS-05B Zaku I is the Principality of Zeon's first true mass production mobile suit. Although designed as a front line combat unit, the Zaku I is soon replaced by the improved MS-06F Zaku II as the mainstay of Zeon's mobile suit forces. Early during the One Year War of UC 0079, most Zaku Is are relegated to menial construction and supply duties, although a few continue to serve in combat roles. During the war's opening days, Zaku Is are also used in other combat-related work roles, such gassing of colony populations, attaching booster engines to space colonies to hurtle them towards Earth, and so on. It isn't until the last months of the war that Zeon, desperate after facing losses in Operation Odessa and Operation Star One, move the old Zaku Is back to the front lines to reinforce their faltering main forces. Several units even see combat on Earth when the Midnight Fenrir team fights in defense of the California Base. After the war, Zeon remnants short on mobile suits and supplies continue to use the Zaku I as late as UC 0081.

 

Miscellaneous Information

 

Pilot(s): Gadem, Topp, Gabby Hazard, Matt Austin, Lee Swagar, Manning, Gaia, Ortega, Mash, Erik Blanke, Hilde Nietzsche, Greenberger
Appearances: Mobile Suit Gundam; Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th M.S. Team; Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ; Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story: MS Generation; Mobile Suit Gundam in UC 0099: Moon Crisis; Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story: The Blue Destiny; Mobile Suit Gundam: Federation VS Zeon DX; Mobile Suit Gundam: Journey to Jaburo; Mobile Suit Gundam: Lost War Chronicles; Mobile Suit Gundam 0079: Zeonic Front; Mobile Suit Gundam: Encounters in Space; Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO: The Hidden One Year War; Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO 603; Mobile Suit Gundam: Target in Sight; Mobile Suit Gundam: Pilot's Locus; Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO: Apocalypse 0079; Mobile Suit Gundam: Spirits of Zeon ~Dual Stars of Carnage~; Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO 2: The Gravity Front; Mobile Suit Gundam Battlefield Record UC 0081; Mobile Suit Gundam U.C. HARDGRAPH Iron Mustang; Mobile Suit Gundam: We're Federation Hooligans!!; Mobile Suit Gundam: Operation Troy; Mobile Suit Gundam MSV-R: Legend of the Universal Century Heroes; Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story: Space Beyond the Blaze; Gundam Legacy; Mobile Suit Gundam Katana: Bond of the Battlefield UC 0084; Mobile Suit Gundam MSV-R: The Return of Johnny Ridden; Mobile Suit Gundam: The Blue Destiny
Original mechanical designer(s): Kunio Okawara (Mobile Suit Gundam version), Kimitoshi Yamane (08th M.S. Team versions)

 

Lineart

 

ZMP-47D/120mm machine gun (Mobile Suit Gundam version)
Heat hawk Type3 (Mobile Suit Gundam version)
280mm Zaku bazooka (Mobile Suit Gundam version)
ZMP-47D/120mm machine gun (08th M.S. Team version)
Heat hawk Type3 (08th M.S. Team version)

 

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