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Translator's Note: The Gundam MSV Collection was published in February 1984 as the ninth volume in the Kodansha Pocket Card series. It consists of 56 reference cards bound together in a single book, each depicting a machine or personal emblem from the Mobile Suit Variation series. The format is similar to that of the MSV Collection File books published in 1999 and 2000.

Much of the information in the Gundam MSV Collection is duplicated in the Mobile Suit Variation books that were published in the following months. However, I haven't yet translated the mobile suit profiles from those books, so I've provided these shorter profiles as a substitute. These pocket cards also contain some unique material, and the book itself has never been reprinted, so the profiles also have some genuine historical value.

Credits

Mechanical Design: Kunio Okawara
Composition and Writing: Masahiro Oda
Shuichi Ishikawa

The following text is copyright © 1984 Kodansha.

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RX-78-1 Prototype Gundam

The Earth Federation Forces concentrated all their efforts to complete the RX-78 in order to resist the mobile suits of the Zeon forces. Although it was called a prototype, it embraced new technologies such as the core fighter and beam rifle, and was able to survive actual combat. A total of eight RX-78 units were produced. The name "Gundam" usually refers to the second of these, which was piloted by Ensign Amuro Ray during the war and yielded the greatest results of any Earth Federation Forces mobile suit.

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FA-78-1 Full Armor Gundam

In order to express the maximum combat capabilities of the RX-78, a plan was proposed to give it additional equipment such as easily attachable weapons, armor, and high mobility verniers. The plan was codenamed "FSWS," and the RX-78 with additional equipment was given the formal designation FA-78-1. However, just before the end of the war, the only RX-78 that had been introduced into combat was destroyed in the Battle of A Baoa Qu, and so this FSWS plan was canceled.

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RGC-80 GM Cannon

The RGC-80 borrowed the basic design of the RGM-79 GM, with reinforced leg armor and a rocket cannon installed. For the sake of mass production the RGC-80 used 60 percent of the RGM-79's parts, and it's often mistakenly regarded as a cannon type of the RGM-79, but it would be more proper to see it as a mass production model of the RX-77 Guncannon. By the end of the war, 48 RGC-80 units had been produced in the Earth Federation Forces factories at Jaburo, and all these machines were introduced into combat.

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RGC-80 GM Cannon (North American Front)

The combat deployment of the RGC-80 consisted of 14 units assigned to the Tianem and Revil fleets, 6 to the North American front, and 19 to the African front. The remaining 9 units were reportedly used to defend Jaburo. Of all the RGC-80 teams, the greatest results were produced by the units on the North American front. Zeon's North American forces, which had recently lost their commander but were otherwise undamaged, suffered a devastating blow from mixed teams of RGM-79 and RGC-80 units. In the history of the war between Zeon and the Federation, these battles should merit special mention, but they are relatively unknown.

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RX-77-3 Guncannon Heavy Weapons Type

While the role of RX-77 was limited to that of a medium range support mobile suit due to the details of its development, it was also used for research purposes afterwards. The RX-77-2 had been deployed in the battlefield as a forerunner to the RGC-80 GM Cannon, but a type with enhanced armament was also created for independent operation and for mass battle in formations of the same machine type. This was the RX-77-3. This type was later used as a beam cannon test machine, and several units underwent further improvements and were upgraded to the RX-77-4 type.

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RGM-79 GM Sniper Custom

Of the RGM-79 mobile suits, some were GM Sniper Custom units intended for experienced pilots. This GM was equipped with a visor, a high-thrust backpack, enhanced cooling units, and supplemental rockets on its legs. Its armament included a box beam saber attached to the right arm, a folding hand gun on the right hip, and a hand beam shotgun on the left leg. In addition to escorting carriers, this type was also used for close combat by special forces teams.

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RGM-79 GM Light Armor

The GM Light Armor was a variation of the RGM-79 that emphasized mobility and was designed to minimize weight. It was produced for experienced pilots who employed hit and run tactics when fighting space battles with beam weapons. Its armament was also simplified and lightweight, consisting only of a beam rifle that used the same type of Energy CAP as the Gundam, and a beam saber with a special nonskid coating on its grip section.

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TGM-79 GM Trainer

The Earth Federation Forces used both simulators and trainer machines to train their mobile suit pilots. This TGM-79 was used as a trainer mobile suit. The main change from the RGM-79 was the addition of an instructor's cockpit above the regular one, and there were essentially no external differences. However, because low-cost materials were used for the armor, it had little projectile resistance and was utterly unsuitable for real combat. Thus it could be used only for piloting practice and worker duties.

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RMV-1 Guntank II

Although its development had at one point been canceled, the RX-75 was redesigned to support mobile suit forces in ground combat, and entered mass production in the form of the RMV-1. This machine combined the advantages of a mobile suit and a fighting vehicle, and its main purpose was to attack enemy mobile suit forces with its massive firepower. Created exclusively for ground combat, it could almost be called a movable fortress version of the mobile suit, or a terrestrial mobile armor.

SP-W03 Space Pod

The SP-W03 was a small one-person space pod used for working in space. Equipped with a pair of manipulators and many powerful verniers, it was used for space colony construction and repair work. This pod was famous for its ease of operation, durability, and low breakdown rates, and was later used as the basis for the Earth Federation Forces' simplified mobile armor RB-79 Ball.

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MS-06S Char Aznable's Zaku II

The S type Zaku II was a minor variation of the F type produced in response to the demands of highly experienced pilots. The main point of improvement was a 30 percent increase in thruster engine output. It is said that roughly 100 machines were produced, and assigned mainly to unit commanders. Lieutenant Commander Char Aznable, known as the "Red Comet," was among the famous pilots of the S type, and his greatest exploits were accomplished while piloting this machine.

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MS-06FS Garma Zabi's Zaku II

Captain Garma Zabi, the commander of the Earth Attack Force that was organized for Zeon's invasion of Earth, brought the MS-06FS that he had previously piloted with him to Earth. However, on Earth Captain Garma mainly used vehicles such as the Gaw attack carrier and the Dopp, so it was not widely known that he had a personal mobile suit as well. The Captain's Zaku was said to be a custom type for high-ranking generals, based on the F type.

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MS-06F Dozle Zabi's Zaku II

It is well known that Vice Admiral Dozle Zabi, commander of Zeon's Mobile Assault Force, frequently entered combat under the pretext of performing battlefield inspections. On these occasions, Vice Admiral Dozle piloted a custom type of MS-06F. Its cockpit capacity was expanded to fit the Vice Admiral's body, and four-spiked armor was installed on both shoulders. It is unknown whether any other modifications were made. Its only armament was a specially made large heat hawk, and records indicate that it used no other weapons.

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MS-06F Zaku II with Minelayer Pod

Thanks to its excellent overall balance, the MS-06F was equipped with many option units and used as a testbed for developing variations. During the first half of the war, small formations of F types equipped with this optional minelayer pod laid countless mines along Earth Federation Forces space routes. Although no precise battle results survive, the routes of the Federation Forces' space warships changed substantially after these mines were laid, so it is believed that they had a considerable effect.

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MS-06R-1 Zaku II

This MS-06R was an MS-06F which had been redesigned to create a type with even higher mobility. The enhancements to its verniers were accompanied by modifications to its back and legs. Although the silhouette of the completed R type resembled that of the F type, its internal mechanisms ultimately made it a completely different mobile suit from the previous MS-06 series. It also proved difficult to operate, and because it could only be used by highly experienced pilots, relatively few units were produced.

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MS-06R-1A Shin Matsunaga's Zaku II

The MS-06R-1A was a version of the R-1 type which was easier to supply with fuel in the battlefield, thanks to its cartridge-style supplemental fuel tanks. Various improvements were also made to the armor and cockpit in order to increase pilot survival rates. Lieutenant Shin Matsunaga, known as the "White Wolf of Solomon," was among the pilots who used the R-1A type. Lieutenant Matsunaga also served as an escort to Vice Admiral Dozle during his battlefield inspections, and his white and grey R-1A unit became an object of fear for the Federation Forces.

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MS-06R-1A Black Tri-Stars Zaku II

The most famous of all the units which used the R type was the special forces team known as the "Black Tri-Stars," led by Ensign A Gaia. These famous pilots, who were among the few who had been continually active since the outbreak of the war, used the R-1A type for its good acceleration performance. Many Earth Federation Forces space warships were destroyed by their lethal "Jetstream Attack," in which their three mobile suits attacked as one. Their most famous achievement was the capture of General Revil of the Earth Federation Forces during the Battle of Loum.

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MS-06R-2 Johnny Ridden's Zaku II

The R-2 type created in the last stage of the war was based on the R-1A, with various design changes such as new armor materials, increased fuel capacity, and reinforced leg armor. However, since the MS-06 type itself had reached the limits of its performance, only four units were produced. Lieutenant Commander Johnny Ridden was one of the ace pilots who used this R-2 type. Lieutenant Commander Ridden's machine was colored red with black accents, and as a result it was often mistaken for that of Lieutenant Commander Char.

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MS-06K Zaku Cannon

The MS-06K was developed in response to demands for a more mobile anti-air defense system as part of Zeon's invasion of Earth. Based on the J type Zaku II, it was equipped with an all-round monitor eye and a single explosive-propelled 180mm cannon on its right shoulder. This cannon was integrated into the backpack, and the machine could be made to function like a J type by replacing its backpack. Supplemental thrusters were also installed in its legs to help increase its mobility.

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MS-06K Ian Graden's Zaku Cannon

The development of the K type took place at the California Base in North America. Because its mass balance problems could not be resolved, its production run ended with a total of nine prototype units, but all these machines were introduced into combat in North America. The normal K type had a single short-range communication antenna on its head, but the machine used by Lieutenant Junior Grade Ian Graden had two antennas and was known as the Rabbit Type. In the event of mass battle against other mobile suits, this type could also carry detachable "big guns" on its backpack.

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MS-06D Zaku Desert Type (Pink Panther)

The MS-06D was a mobile suit developed for use on the African front. It was based on the J type, and during its development its basic output was increased, its weight reduced, and its armor modified. All its equipment was carefully reconsidered, and its fighting strength was greatly increased compared to that of the J type. A total of 114 units of the D type were produced, all of which were deployed on the African front. It enjoyed a good reputation among its pilots and served as an excellent substitute for the MS-09 Dom, which was deployed only in small numbers.

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MS-06D Zaku Desert Type (Caracal)

Of the units to which the MS-06D was assigned, the two which produced the greatest results were the "Pink Panther" and "Caracal" units. It is reported that the D types tested in combat by the Caracal Corps were of the Double Antenna Type, whose head was equipped with two short-range communication antennas. Among the team's ace pilots was Lieutenant Commander Roy Greenwood, who switched from the MS-06D to the MS-09 Dom in the last stage of the war, and continued to bedevil the Earth Federation Forces until the end of the conflict.

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MS-06M Zaku Marine Type

At an early point the Zeon forces, realizing the need to conduct operations in the oceans that covered 70 percent of the Earth's surface, began a project to adapt the MS-06 for underwater combat. Although the Zaku was highly airtight in space, the development of a waterproof version progressed very slowly. Together with its poor underwater maneuverability, this led to the cancellation of the project. However, it was used for a long time as a research machine to collect data on waterproof shielding, hydrojet engines, and underwater weapons for use in newly designed amphibious mobile suits.

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MS-06M Zaku Marine Type (Red Dolphin)

Although the MS-06M was used as a research machine, because various weapons were available for it, all seven of the prototype units were introduced into combat in the final stage of the war. According to the records, Commander Hermes's Red Dolphin unit and Captain Nelson's Sea Serpent unit were each assigned two M types, and the Green Siren, Naga III, and Manta Ray units received one apiece. These records document no combat results produced by the M type, and four or five of these machines were lost in battle.

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MS-06E Zaku Reconnaissance Type

One reason for the success of the surprise attacks carried out by the Zeon forces in the early stage of the war was the reconnaissance in force performed by this E type. The MS-06E drew out the maximum mobility from the Zaku, and roughly 100 units were produced by upgrading C and F types. The main improvements were enhanced verniers, the installation of emergency escape rockets, the replacement of the mono-eye by a high precision camera, and the addition of reconnaissance cameras and sensor systems. Although it was unarmed, it could use the hand weapons of the regular Zaku II.

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MS-06E-3 Zaku Reconnaissance Type

In the middle stage of the war the Zeon forces began using this E-3 type, a further upgrade of the previously produced E type, for strategic reconnaissance. The main differences from the E type were the replacement of the head camera by a three-in-one model, and the installation of a folding compound sensor system, integrated with the main rocket verniers, on its back. Because this compound sensor system appeared to move up and down, these machines were known as "Flippers" among the frontline soldiers. They were often equipped with acceleration boosters and spare tanks when launching from their motherships.

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MS-06V Zaku Tank

When the Zeon forces developed the mobile suit, they also considered the possibility of using it for ordinary work. In the battlefield, however, the intensity of the fighting made it impossible to use mobile suits for worker tasks. Instead, worker tanks were created by combining Magella Bases with Zakus that had lost their combat capabilities. The result was this V type, which engineering companies on the African front created without even building a prototype.

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MS-06V-6 Zaku Tank

Other units of the Zeon forces deployed throughout the world learned from the successful recycling of mobile suits on the African front. One result was the creation of this V-6 type, which further increased the working capabilities of the V type. The distinguishing external feature of the V-6 type was its manipulators, which were larger and more powerful than those of the V type. It is recorded that some of these V and V-6 types, which were known as "Zaku Tanks," were rearmed and introduced into combat as well as being used for ordinary work.

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MS-06W Zaku Worker Type

Like the Zaku Tank, the Zaku Worker Type was created by local engineering companies using parts from MS-05 and MS-06 units which had lost their combat capabilities. Although the Zeon forces gave it no official designation, it was generally referred to as the W type. This type was distinguished by the removal of the backpack and shoulder armor, and the installation of a two-level cargo deck on its back, a large sliding scoop on its right arm, and a winch connected to the joint gear of its left arm. Its cockpit also protruded from its chest.

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MS-06Z Psycommu System Zaku

The Z type was a Zaku that had been modified in order to test the psycommu system, whose introduction had been proposed some time earlier. Three of these test machines were constructed, but because their volume was only half that of the planned new mobile suit, they could not serve as adequate test machines. The completed Z type was equipped with large beam cannons which were still under development. Since many of its parts were newly made, and only the head still retained something of the MS-06's image, it was difficult to describe it as a Zaku.

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MSN-01 Psycommu System Zaku

Only limited testing of the psycommu system at a high level of mobility could be performed using the MS-06Z. Thus the MSN-01 test machine was created by removing the legs of the second Z type unit and installing high-thrust rocket engines instead. Because it had no legs, plate gear was used for landing. However, it was limited because it was based on the Zaku, and due to its short operating time and the great variation in the data caused by differences in pilot ability, it proved impossible to perform efficient tests.

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MSN-02 Zeong

The Zeong was developed under the name MS-16 as the ultimate mobile suit. It goes without saying that it used data from the MS-06Z and MSN-01. At this late point the Zeon forces were already losing, and were unable to mass produce and deploy this machine. The only example of the Zeong entering combat was in the Battle of A Baoa Qu when a prototype MSN-02 was deployed, without its land warfare walking units and a portion of its armor, under the control of Captain Char Aznable.

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YMS-07A Prototype Gouf

The Zeon forces, aware of the performance limitations of the MS-06J Zaku II as a ground combat mobile suit, began developing a next-generation mobile suit with higher mobility for melee combat on the ground. The result was the YMS-07A, which used the basic design of the MS-06 to pursue the goal of a ground combat mobile suit. Its radiator capacity was increased from that of the Zaku due to the poor cooling efficiency of Earth, and its armor was also reinforced. However, to avoid making the armor excessively heavy, it used a shield for extra protection.

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MS-07C-5 Gouf Prototype Test Machine

Because the MS-07 Gouf was more of a local warfare mobile suit than the MS-06J Zaku II, a series of minor variants known as C types were created. The most unique of these may have been the C-5 type. With no fixed weapons, a cross-shaped mono-eye, and a heat saber as standard equipment, it was a very unusual member of the Gouf series. In fact, this C-5 type was a test machine created to gather data for the YMS-09 Prototype Dom which was then under development.

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MS-07B M'Quve's Gouf Custom Type

Because the MS-07 series was developed as a local warfare weapon, it allowed room for improvement to suit any tactics or terrestrial environment. This is demonstrated by the variety of personalized custom types and regional versions such as the C-3 type. The Gouf used by Captain M'Quve in western Asia, which was based on the B type and decorated with a spearhead ornament and engravings at various points on the machine, was the most eccentric of the custom types used by the Zeon forces.

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MS-07H Gouf Flight Test Type

Many plans were devised to overcome the poor ground movement abilities of the mobile suit. One plan that was actually tested was to give the mobile suit itself flight capabilities. The MS-07H was produced as a test machine, using three YMS-07A units and one YMS-07B unit as a base. With enhanced verniers, and nuclear thermal engines concentrated in its legs, the H type could successfully make vertical ascents to low altitudes. However, its limited fuel supply gave it a short cruising range, and there were too many problems for practical use.

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MS-07H-4 Gouf Flight Test Type

Rather than abandoning the mobile suit flight project, the Zeon forces went on to complete an MS-07H-4 type equipped with new nuclear thermal engines, ventral fins on its waist, and winged shoulder armor. Test results showed that its flight duration and its maneuverability during descending attacks were both increased. However, the control system of its complex new engines often experienced operating errors, and the project was canceled in the final testing stages after a machine exploded in midair, taking test pilot Ensign Bernhardt with it.

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MS-07C-3 Gouf Heavy Weapons Type

Although the MS-07 Gouf was produced as a replacement mobile suit for the MS-06J Zaku II, its standard equipment was often unsuitable for the operating conditions in specific areas, and various improvements were made to produce a large number of variations. The MS-07C-3 used on the European front was a heavily armed type with the heat rod removed from its right arm, five-barreled 85mm machine guns installed in both hands, and spare magazines on its waist. Its head was also equipped with a 30mm gun and a sub-camera.

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YMS-08A High Mobility Prototype

The Zeon forces simultaneously pursued two plans, the YMS-07 and the YMS-08, for a ground mobile suit to replace the MS-06J. The former entered mass production as the Gouf and was eventually deployed in combat. The YMS-08, meanwhile, was developed mainly with close combat and guerilla warfare in mind. But because it was overly influenced by the MS-06J, the completed YMS-08A prototype was little different from the MS-06J in terms of overall performance. As a result, the YMS-08 project was canceled in its prototype stages.

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YMS-09 Prototype Dom

The Zeon forces, aware of the poor movement abilities of the mobile suit, soon began working on improvement plans. One early plan was to use a hovercraft system, but this was changed to a nuclear thermal engine in order to obtain higher thrust. Records indicate that two prototype YMS-09 units equipped with nuclear thermal engines were produced in the Principality of Zeon, and then transferred to Earth, where various tests were conducted. After its exterior was modified and its backpack integrated into the body, the machine formally entered production as the MS-09.

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MS-09D Dom Tropical Test Type

The second YMS-09 unit sent to the California Base underwent some improvements so that it could be used as a research machine for tropical mobile suits. The result was the MS-09D. The main modifications were the addition of a supplemental tank to the cooling system and a short-range communications antenna to the head, and the backpack was once again separated from the body. This backpack could also be installed on the MS-09, and it was put into production for use by 09 types in tropical areas, but it appears that only ten to twenty machines actually used them.

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MS-09 Black Tri-Stars Dom

The first deployment of the mass production model of the MS-09 was to the "Black Tri-Stars" led by Lieutenant A Gaia when they came to Earth. Their MS-09 units had the same colors as the mobile suits they previously used, and these were subsequently adopted as the formal colors of the MS-09. This MS-09 made it possible for them to use their "Jetstream Attack" in ground combat for the first time. The confrontation between these three Doms and the RX-78 during Operation Odessa is well known.

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MS-R09 Rick Dom

Although the MS-09 was developed for local ground warfare, its performance as a general-purpose mobile suit proved to be higher than expected. Taking note of this, the Zeon forces devised a plan to adapt the MS-09 for space combat. A plan was swiftly approved to replace its main rockets with space versions and enhance the verniers throughout its body, while leaving the exterior unchanged. Mass production and combat deployment of the MS-R09 began immediately, but it was too late for it to produce results sufficient to turn the tide of the war.

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MS-14B Johnny Ridden's Gelgoog High Mobility Type

The completed YMS-14 was the first mobile suit of the Zeon forces to carry beam weapons as standard equipment. Of the initial production run of 25 units, one was assigned to Captain Char, and the remainder were tuned to match the various pilots of the specially organized Ace Corps and used to perform combat testing. The MS-14B (a YMS-14 plus booster) used by Lieutenant Commander Johnny Ridden was one of these machines. Aside from the addition of a booster for acceleration, it was unchanged from the YMS-14 used by Captain Char, and so these machines were often mistaken for one another.

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MS-14C Gelgoog Cannon (Ace Corps)

A special operations unit known as the Ace Corps, which included some Newtype pilots, was organized four weeks before the end of the war. The YMS-14 units assigned to it were tuned to match the various pilots and, in addition to acceleration boosters like the one used by Lieutenant Commander J Ridden, some were equipped with a beam cannon pack to become prototype versions of the MS-14C. Incidentally, as well as the aforementioned Lieutenant Commander Ridden, Lieutenant Sakai and Lieutenant Junior Grade Cruz were also members of the Ace Corps.

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MS-14C Gelgoog Cannon

The Zeon forces developed the MS-14 because, with the appearance of the RX-78, they felt the need for a mobile suit with beam weapons. Its performance surpassed that of the MS-R09, and it was said to be equivalent in power to the RX-78 itself. In addition to the normal MS-14A type and the MS-14B high-speed fighter type, there was also a heavily armed support type, the MS-14C. Aside from the installation of a beam cannon pack on its back, and the remodeled main camera on its head, the body style of the C type was unchanged from other Gelgoogs.

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MSM-04G Juagg

The MSM-04G was a special operations mobile suit created for an attack operation against the Earth Federation Forces headquarters at Jaburo. This medium-range attack type was based on a design that was born while the prototype MSM-04 Acguy was in development. Its armament consisted of triple 320mm rocket cannons in both arms. There were also some machines with armor as heavy as that of the MSM-03 Gogg, and melee combat arms instead of rocket cannons. There are no records of this machine entering combat, and its production numbers have never been clearly determined.

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MSM-04N Agguy

Like the MSM-04N, the 04G was a special operations mobile suit for use in a Jaburo invasion. It was produced using a modified version of a design left over from the prototype stages of the MSM-04 Acguy, just before the final draft. Although basically unchanged from the Acguy, it had higher performance in close combat. Its armament consisted of revolving twin heat rods, but it appears that some were also equipped with three-clawed arms like those of the Z'Gok. It is said that there are records of some of these machines entering combat, but this cannot be confirmed.

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MSM-08 Zogok

This MSM-08 was a mobile suit developed with the main purpose of fighting in melee combat during an invasion of Jaburo. Its basic design was an improved version of the MSM-07 Z'Gok, but instead of rockets, beam weapons, or other fixed armament, it used the boomerang-shaped wide cutters fired from its shoulders and abdomen as a specialized close combat weapon. For melee combat, it also had instantly extending rod arms, whose square-cut fingers could pierce the armor of enemy mobile suits.

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EMS-05 Acg

This EMS-05 was the most unique of the mobile suits developed by the Zeon forces. Although generally described as a mobile suit, it was actually nothing more than a hovercraft equipped with large drills. Its purpose was limited to excavating attack routes to the Federation Forces headquarters beneath Jaburo, and thus its equipment consisted only of large excavation drills and cutters, as well as a laser torch. Although it had virtually no combat capabilities, it could be equipped with optional fixed weapons.

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Flydart

This machine was used mainly for interception in combat airspaces both inside and outside the atmosphere, and it used an unusual "lifting body" style. It normally used a launching pad on the ground and ascended to the combat airspace with boosters. It could also be launched from a Deprogg bomber, but in this case the bomber could carry a maximum of three machines. For its return process, it could either land directly at a ground base or return to a midair carrier using the hooks on both sides of its cockpit.

Flatmouse

The Flatmouse was a product of the electronic warfare that began in the latter half of the twentieth century. It was developed as a reconnaissance plane by the Hervic company, and since it was designed using data from earlier high-speed aircraft, it went from development to deployment in a relatively short time. Although a camera pod was integrated into the underside of its fuselage, another design made it possible to use a detachable camera pod as well. Because it had to approach and withdraw from the target at high speed, coolant tanks were integrated into the tops of its engines to keep them from overheating.

FF-4 Toriares

The FF-4 Toriares was a small fighter of the same type as the Flydart.

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TIN Cod

The TIN Cod was developed as an air defense fighter, and because its basic concept was similar, its form resembled that of the Core Fighter. As indicated by its short cruising range, and the fact that its armament consisted only of internal pencil missiles and it had virtually no additional weapons, it was intended mainly for dogfighting in air defense situations. This type was one of the last Core Fighter variations to be developed.

Mongoose

The Mongoose was a ground attack plane that was used against tanks from the early stages of the war. Its armament includes a 75mm anti-tank gun, eight Beats G-8 rockets, and twelve B-108 bombs, giving it the greatest weapons payload of any low-speed attack plane. However, during the Zeon forces' Earth invasion operation it proved unable to defeat mobile suits, and it had to be withdrawn from the front lines.

FF-S3 Saberfish

The FF-S3 Saberfish was originally meant to be deployed to space fleets as a medium type space fighter. Its basic construction was the same as that of a conventional aircraft, but its weight distribution was that of a carrier-based attack plane. Booster packs were attached to the top and bottom of its fuselage, and each pack housed three forward-facing and one rear-facing rocket launcher.

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Green Siren

A marking applied to the mobile suits of the "Green Siren" submarine fleet which patrolled the southern Atlantic Ocean. While most of the mobile suits assigned to other submarine fleets were of the MSM-03 Gogg type, Green Siren essentially standardized on the MSM-07 Z'Gok.

Other markings shown: Naga III (MS-06M), Sea Serpent (MSM-03), Killy Gallet (MS-06J).

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Zaku Lady

A marking used by the Blitz company during the third mopping-up operation conducted in southern Europe. According to the records, this marking appears to have been used only on the individual or team level, rather than by the entire company. It was applied in various places, but the chest is said to have been the most common location.

Other markings shown: a shield with a gryphon (MS-06R), Fairy Heart (MS-06R), a shooting star (MS-06R).

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China Lady

Used by the "Siamese Fever" flying corps stationed in eastern Asia. Originally applied to fighter planes, it was later used by mobile suit ground forces made up of MS-06J and MS-07B units as well. The most famous of the machines that bore this emblem was the dark brown MS-07B used by Lieutenant Junior Grade Malraux Gaim.

Mobile suit markings were usually applied near the chest hatch, but they were sometimes placed on the arm or shoulder as with Lieutenant Commander Ridden and Lieutenant Matsunaga. Markings on the waist, like the Red Dolphin one, were quite rare.

Other markings shown: Killer Bee (MS-06D), a fox with crescent moon, a chameleon with three stars.

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Wing Lady

An emblem used by the 3rd Terrestrial Attack Corps that invaded northern Europe from northern China. This marking was later confirmed among units in southern France as well. Although there were no particularly noteworthy examples of pilots who used it, this emblem was famously beautiful against a blue-green unit camouflage pattern.

Other markings shown: 4th Tactical Mobile Suit Wing, Arabian, Revenge of Ide (MS-14C).

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Gouf Lady

The MS-07 Gouf, which made its debut in North America and was then successively introduced into local conflicts, established a remarkable record of activity. But the achievements of Lieutenant Junior Grade Silas Locke, and his personal Gouf Lady emblem, were particularly famous. Like other markings, this was applied to the chest.

Other markings shown: Thunder Cat (MS-07), Saber Tiger (MS-09), Blue Bone (MS-09).