The Half Gundam is a prototype general purpose mobile suit that appears in the one-shot manga Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam 1/2 UC 0087: Another Story. The unit is piloted by Kan Woo.
Technology & Combat Characteristics
A revamped design of the original RX-78-2 Gundam as a trial mobile suit. This model was poorly armed, with only standard weaponry, including head-mounted Vulcan Guns, a pair of Beam Sabers and the RX-178 Gundam Mk-II's Beam Rifle.
- Beam Saber
- The beam sabers use Minovsky particles held in place by an I-Field to form an effective cutting surface that can slice through nearly any material. The particles for the beam sabers are stored by E-cap in the hilt of the saber, which is recharged from the Gundam's reactor when the saber is returned to its socket. Once activated, beam sabers do not rely on the mobile suit's reactor and can be thrown or discarded as decoys. The beam saber is most often used for close range combat or as an emergency weapon once all other ammunition has been depleted.
- Vulcan Gun
- The Vulcan guns were Gatling Guns stored on the sides of the Gundam's head. Having the greatest rate of fire of all the Gundam's weapons these are primarily used to ward off advancing enemies, shoot down missiles, or hit other fast moving targets. They also made good use as an anti-aircraft and anti-personnel weapons. The Vulcan guns however had a hard time piercing heavy armor (though they had shown the ability to do severe damage to mobile suits if fired at point-blank range) and thus were not often used against larger, more heavily armored foes. Still the Vulcans were useful in preserving ammunition for the Gundam's more powerful weapons such as the Beam Rifle.
- BOWA*XBR-M-86-C2 Beam Rifle
- The standard ranged armament of the many mobile suits is the beam rifle. The particle beam fired from a beam rifle can penetrate almost any armor that has not been treated with specific counter-measures. This model has a power rating of 2.6 MW; which is powered by a replaceable energy cap.
Another experiment by the Titans to create a new Gundam-type mobile suit. This time, instead of using the RGM-79Q GM Quel as the base like with the RX-121 Gundam TR-1 (Hazel), they decided to build an entirely "new" unit. The Half Gundam is basically the RX-78-2 Gundam design, but with the black color scheme of the RX-178 Gundam Mk-II and a more powerful beam rifle. This project was finally scraped to pursuit the more powerful RX-178 Gundam Mk-II.