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MS-07B-3 Gouf Custom

MS-07B3

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016 MS-07B-3 Gouf Custom (from Mobile Suit Gundam The 08th MS Team)01:23

016 MS-07B-3 Gouf Custom (from Mobile Suit Gundam The 08th MS Team)

Unit Type

Limited Production Ground Mobile Suit

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Model Number
  • MS-07B-3
Developed from
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Operator
Known Pilots

General Characteristics

Overall Height
  • 18.7 meters61.352 ft
    736.22 in
Head Height
  • 18.2 meters59.711 ft
    716.535 in
Max Weight
  • 77.5 metric tons
Standard Weight
  • 58.5 metric tons
Power-plant
Power Output
  • 1034 kW1,386.617 hp
Sensor Range
  • 3600 meters11,811.024 ft
Pilot Accommodations
  • Pilot only (in standard cockpit in torso
    Pilot only (in modified standard cockpit in main body (Lance Garfield unit))
Armor
  • Super-Hard Steel Alloy

Movement

Max Acceleration
  • 0.53 G
Rocket Thrusters
  • 40700 kg89,728.115 lb
    44.864 tons
Armaments
  • Heat Wire searchgray_iconsmall.png
Optional Equipment
  • 3-barrel 35mm Machine Gun searchgray_iconsmall.png
  • Gatling Shield searchgray_iconsmall.png
    • 75mm Gatling Gun searchgray_iconsmall.png
  • Heat Sword Type D III searchgray_iconsmall.png
  • 90mm Assault Rifle searchgray_iconsmall.png
  • MMP-80 90mm Machine Gun searchgray_iconsmall.png
    • Grenade Launcher searchgray_iconsmall.png
  • 3-tube Missile Launcher searchgray_iconsmall.png
  • Mace searchgray_iconsmall.png

The MS-07B-3 Gouf Custom is an upgraded variant of the MS-07B Gouf that was introduced shortly after the MS-09B Dom. It first appeared in the anime Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team.

Technology & Combat Characteristics

During the deployment of the Gouf, its limited combat versatility became evident with its design concept of emphasis on hand-to-hand combat. Numerous disadvantages surfaced during operation on the battlefield, such as lack of flexibility due to the Gouf's fixed armament. The Gouf would be completely redesigned as the MS-07B-3, which was an improvement over the original. The Gouf Custom was designed with improved close quarters shooting and detachable weapons. It was designed primarily for ace pilots preferring a lighter mobile suit that could leap and jump as opposed to the heavy, yet effective MS-09B Dom.

The Gouf Custom featured multiple changes to the MS-07B, including the elimination of the awkward five finger 75mm machine guns, replacing it with a normal manipulator and a wrist mounted 3-barrel 35mm Machine gun. The coil-like heat rod is replaced with a magnetic grappler wire that connects and disables an enemy with an electric charge rather than damaging them. The grappler wire could also be used as a repelling line that could slow or even halt the descent of a falling Gouf in the right conditions. The shield of the Gouf was modified so that it not only stored the Gouf's heat sword but is also capable of carrying a 75mm gatling gun, greatly enhancing the mobile suit's fire power.

Armaments

  • Heat Wire
The original Gouf's thick tentacle heat rod, somewhat limited in length, was replaced with a magnetic grappler mounted on a thin cable, allowing the right forearm to store a much greater length of heat wire and giving the weapon a much greater reach. In the hands of highly-skilled pilots, the heat wire can be utilized as a survival tool for hanging onto buildings or enemy units to buy time for Gouf Custom to launch surprise attacks.
  • 3-barrel 35mm Machine Gun
The original 5-fingered machine gun left hand was replaced by a normal manipulator hand, and instead a 3-barrel 35mm machine gun could be mounted on the left forearm. This new machine gun had greater effect on more heavily armored machines, and was magazine fed. The gun has a special mount in the rear to hold the Gatling shield.
  • Gatling Shield
The Gouf Custom was equipped with a modified shield used by MS-07B Gouf. It featured a compact offense-defense device known as Gatling shield, which stored its melee weapon the heat sword. For Gouf Custom, the shield was modified so that it could be mounted normally on left forearm, or it could be mounted on top of the 3-barrel 35mm Machine Gun when the 75mm Gatling gun was equipped.
  • 75mm Gatling Gun
A major improvement over MS-07B Gouf's five-finger machine guns, the 75mm Gatling gun featured a cyclic, 6-barrel design which facilitated cooling and synchronized the firing-reloading sequence. This configuration allowed higher rates of fire to be achieved without the barrel overheating. The Gatling gun's concentrated shots and high penetration power could easily destroy Federation's mobile suits, such as RX-75 Guntank Mass Production Type. The 75mm Gatling gun was drum-and-belt fed, with the entire set being welded onto a specially-designed frame to be mounted onto Gouf Custom's shield. It was fired via a hand-held trigger which was controlled via a normal MS manipulator. A major advantage of this design was that Gouf Custom could easily discard the Gatling gun if its ammunition was depleted, or whenever its weight proved to be a hindrance when its pilot needed speed and maneuverability.
  • Heat Sword Type D III
A melee weapon originally developed for the Gouf line of mobile suits. Like the Zaku's heat tomahawk the heat sword is a blade that is heated to high temperatures in order to increase it's cutting capacity. The Heat Sword was designed after a broadsword so its blade is longer than the tomahawk allowing for a greater range of attack. It is stored under the top side of the Gatling Shield.
  • 90mm Assault Rifle
The Gouf Custom unit piloted by Lou Roher is equipped with a 90mm assault rifle, a new weapon which was likely developed under the United Maintenance Plan. It can be used by various Zeon mobile suit models in various environments.
  • MMP-80 90mm Machine Gun
The upgraded version of the MMP-78 120mm Machine Gun. It used 90mm bullets instead of 120mm type, allowing for a greater speed of firing and a higher rate of penetration. The machine gun is magazine-fed with 32 rounds per mag. The MMP-80 was also integrated with a grenade launcher under its barrel for more firepower.
  • Grenade Launcher
The MMP-80 is fitted with an underslung grenade launcher. The grenade wasn't very effective against large ships, but was an ideal mid-range anti-mobile suit weapon.
  • 3-tube Missile Launcher
The Gouf Custom unit piloted by Manning is equipped with a 3-tube Missile Launcher which can be attached to the left forearm for ranged attack. This weapon is similar to the model used by MS-06D Zaku Desert Type and MS-14C Gelgoog Cannon.
  • Mace
The mace is a blunt weapon used for melee combat, a type of club that uses a heavy head on the end of a handle to deliver powerful blows.

History

The MS-07B Gouf was intended as a counter measure to the newer Federation MS, and to replace the MS-06J Zaku II Ground Type. While never replacing the J-type Zaku II, it managed to see limited number of units produced. Zeonic eventually cancelled production of the MS-07B when Zimmad's MS-09B Dom was introduced. Despite this, further development of the Gouf continued, producing several experimental units, including flight-capable prototypes. The components of one of these machines, the MS-07H8 Gouf Flight Type, was used to develop and create the MS-07B-3 Gouf Custom.

While sharing essentially the similar appearance as MS-07B Gouf, the Gouf Custom had better weapons, better mobility, was lighter overall and thus faster. Unlike the Zaku, which fights well in forests, and the Dom, which fights well on flat plains, the Gouf and Gouf Custom fight best in urban settings. Norris Packard's Gouf Custom easily destroyed three RX-75 Guntank Mass Production Types and damages two RX-79[G] Gundam Ground Types before being killed in battle by Shiro Amada in his RX-79[G]Ez-8 Gundam Ez8.

Another two Gouf Customs were assigned to Zeon's Midnight Fenrir Corps at the assault on Jaburo on November 30, U.C. 0079, and later at the defense of the California Base. In The Plot to Assassinate Gihren, A white Gouf Custom, used by the White Rose of the Capital Defense Battalion, was modified to be piloted by the single-armed Lt. Lance Gerfield. He single handedly used his unit to defeat a pair of customized assault Rick Doms and squared off evenly against an MS-17 Galbaldy α. He is eventually killed at the conclusion of the duel with both units effectively destroyed in the process, purposely missing the cockpit of his opponent as to entrust the future to a younger generation.

Notes & Trivia

  • The Gouf Custom is one of the two Zeon produced mobile weapons, that had it's cockpit modified to be piloted by someone with one arm, the other being the MA-06 Val Walo.
  • Unlike the standard Gouf, the Gouf Custom is often shown using its Heat Sword while the blade is deactivated, due to Norris Packard, the pilot in which the Mobile Suit is most strongly associated with, never activating it during his battle against Shiro Amada and the Federation forces. The weapon however managed to cut through mobile suits with the same ferocity as an ignited blade.

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