Thought I should post up a gunpla WIP as I have not posted one up for a while. Doesnt mean I have not been doing anything in this area, Im just really lazy!
Presenting the Gundam MP02A AKA the BFS (S=Shield)
This is my lead in build before I tackle my Gundam Mushsa II (something to settle the hand!!)
Found at the bottom of my pitiful backlog. I think it was a picked substitute by a staffer at Hobbyco when they messed up my first online order with them!!
Good pick now I think about it as I loves me an unusual gundam!!
Model number: RX-78GP02A
Code name: Gundam "Physalis"
Unit type: prototype general purpose tactical mobile suit
Manufacturer: Anaheim Electronics
Operator: Earth Federation Forces, Delaz Fleet
Rollout: 18 UC September 0083
First deployment: 13 UC October 0083
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso
Dimensions: overall height 19.5 meters; head height 18.5 meters
Weight: empty 54.5 metric tons; max gross 83.0 metric tons
Armor materials: gundarium alloy
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, output rated at 1860 kW
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: 4 x 32000 kg, 4 x 6800 kg
Performance: maximum thruster acceleration 1.87 G; 180-degree turn time 1.1 seconds
Fixed armaments: 2 x 60mm vulcan gun, fire-linked, mounted in head; 2 x A.E.Blash AEXB-909L beam saber, stored in recharge racks in hip armor, hand-carried in use; AE/ZIM.G-BAZ-0186-A atomic bazooka (uses Mark-82 nuclear warhead, 1 round in chamber, breech and firing chamber), mounted on right shoulder, barrel/trigger mechanism stored in shield when not in use
Optional hand armaments: NR-Sh-02-RX/S-00013 shield, stores barrel/trigger mechanism for atomic bazooka
During its military reconstruction following the devastating One Year War, the Earth Federation contracted a private company, Anaheim Electronics, to develop a series of new Gundam-model mobile suits to serve as conceptual testbeds for new and improved mobile suit technology. One of the first prototypes to come out of Anaheim's Von Braun City lunar factory was the RX-78GP02A Gundam, code-named "Physalis." The GP02A and another prototype, the RX-78GP01 Gundam "Zephyranthes", along with Anaheim systems engineer Nina Purpleton and her team of technicians, were brought aboard the assault carrier Albion to be delivered to Earth for testing under full gravity. Arriving at Torrington Base in Australia for the field trials, the GP02A was loaded with a nuclear warhead, but was immediately hijacked by remnant Zeon military forces led by Anavel Gato. In the weeks to follow, Gato would escape into space with his stolen Gundam, joining up with Admiral Aiguille Delaz's fleet for a critical roll in their "Operation Stardust." To diffuse the Delaz threat, the Earth Federation Forces carried out their Naval Review ceremony, assembling most of the entire Federation fleet at the Konpeitoh asteroid base in a show of force. However, this was a primary target of Operation Stardust, and Gato used the GP02A's nuclear warhead to singlehandedly destroy or disable two-thirds of the fleet stationed there.
Built expressly for tactical nuclear warfare, the GP02A's primary armament was a large atomic bazooka, capable of launching a strategic-use Mark-82 nuclear warhead. The Gundam was also heavily armored enough to withstand the nuclear blast unleashed by its bazooka, and even carried a shield large enough to provide extra protection for most of the unit's body and contained cooling systems to help dissipate the heat it would absorb. The shield also carried the trigger and barrel for the atomic bazooka when it was no deployed for use. The GP02A was also designed to survive in close combat, being armed with standard head vulcan guns and a pair of beam sabers. With enough thrusters and verniers to keep it fast and agile despite its mass, the Gundam GP02A was truly "tactical" in a sense, though its use would have "strategic" consequences for the Earth Sphere.
The BFS- this thing is huge!! Rather corny and out of place but I love it!