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RGM-79SC GM Sniper Custom (Shimoda Team)

 

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MSV-R version

MSD version

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RGM-79SC GM Sniper Custom Shimoda Team

 

General and Technical Data

 

Model number: RGM-79SC
Code name: GM Sniper Custom (Shimoda Team)
Unit type: mass production general purpose mobile suit
Manufacturer: Earth Federation Forces
Operator: Earth Federation Forces
First deployment: UC 0079
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso
Dimensions: head height 18.0 meters
Weight: empty 51.7 metric tons; max gross weight unknown
Armor materials: titanium alloy
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, power output rating unknown
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: total output unknown
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown
Fixed armaments: 2 x 4-tube missile launcher, mounted on backpack over shoulders

Optional fixed armaments: box type beam saber unit, can be mounted on forearm, hand-carried in use
Optional hand armaments: R-4 beam rifle, powered by rechargeable energy cap, can be stored in storage rack on rear waist armor; beam spray gun; folding hand beam gun; Balzac 380mm rocket bazooka

 

Technical and Historical Notes

 

In the scramble to adapt its standard RGM-79 GM mobile suit for specialized roles during the latter days of the One Year War, the Earth Federation Forces create a high performance GM variant designed for skilled pilots. This variant was the RGM-79SC GM Sniper Custom, and it featured a higher output reactor to power a long-range beam rifle for sniper missions, as well as an optional fixed beam saber mounted a forearm for close combat, and external storage racks for other optional weapons. Extra thrusters were added to the legs as well as an improved booster backpack, giving the GM Sniper Custom speed and performance almost equal to the powerful RX-78-2 Gundam prototype. Due to the extra heat generated by this equipment, vents and cooling systems were added to the waist and legs. A "face guard" shield for the head's sensors was also added, providing additional protection for the GM Sniper Custom's sensors without hindering its ability to detect and acquire targets. GM Sniper Customs were assigned to highly skilled and experienced pilots who fine tuned their units to their own specifications, including the Shimoda team. Fielded during the battle to capture A Baoa Qu, the units used by the Shimoda team mounted a pair of 4-tube missile launchers that were adapted from a ground use weapon.

 

Miscellaneous Information

 

Appearances: MSV-R (Mobile Suit Variation R); Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin MSD (Mobile Suit Discovery)
Original mechanical designer(s): Kunio Okawara (MSV-R version); Hajime Katoki (Gundam: The Origin MSD version)

 

Lineart

 

Missile launchers

R-4 beam rifle

 

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