Technology & Combat Characteristics
Developed by the Zimmad Company, the Rick Dom is a modified, space use version of the ground-use MS-09B Dom. Appearance wise, the Rick Dom did not deviate much from the Dom, but the thermonuclear jet engines installed in the Dom have been replaced with thermonuclear rocket engines, and the thrusters on the backpack are changed as well. Additionally, the rear skirt armor was enlarged, and propellant tanks were installed in the arms and legs in place of dust-proof mechanisms and air intake mechanisms respectively. In terms of armament, the Rick Dom mostly relied on the same weapons as the Dom, but it does have a special weapon - the Beam Bazooka. Unfortunately, while the Beam Bazooka boasts high destructive power, it suffers from several problems and is not widely used.
- Scattering Beam Gun
- A beam weapon mounted in the left side of the Rick Dom's chest. Although the scattering beam gun is incapable of damaging an enemy machine, it does produce a bright light that can momentarily blind eyes and visual sensors.
- Heat Saber
- The Rick Dom's main close combat weapon, it uses thermal energy to superheat its blade to melt through the armor of an enemy machine. It has an electrical discharge function and can store high charges via the application of Minovsky particle physics. As the heat saber degrades during use, it is discarded after usage. Mounted on the backpack when not in use.
- Beam Saber
- In the novel version of Mobile Suit Gundam, this is equipped instead of the heat saber. One of the prototype beam weapons developed by the Zeon army, it has a lower rate of convergence than the one deployed by the Federation army and has a thicker beam blade.
- H&L-GB05R/360mm Giant Bazooka
- A bazooka for MS that fires rocket-propelled 360mm physical rounds. Liquid fuel supplied through a pipe from the Rick Dom's hand is injected as a primary propellant, and then the projectile's speed is increased by rocket motor ignition. It is fed by a 10 rounds magazine, and a single round can blow the torso off of an enemy mobile suit.
- Ex-T2-2 Beam Bazooka
- One of the prototype beam weapons developed by Zeon near the end of the war. It uses a different method of mega particle compression than the Federation's energy CAP technology, and is said to be more powerful than the MS-14A Gelgoog's beam rifle as well as the beam weapons used by Federation's mobile suits. However, the Beam Bazooka takes time to charge and is difficult to produce, negatively affecting adoption of this weapon.
- M-120A1 120mm Machine Gun
- The same portable firearm used by the Zaku II. It can switch between semi-automatic and automatic fire. Although useless against Luna Titanium Alloy, it can still destroy weaker armor material with multiple shots. It fires 120mm caliber rounds that are stored in a 100-rounds drum magazine.
- MMP-80 90mm Machine Gun
- A small caliber machine gun for mobile suits developed under the United Maintenance Plan. The overall shape and mechanism of the Zaku Machine Gun, which was previously deployed, has been changed. The magazine has been changed from a drum magazine to a box magazine, and a 197mm grenade launcher is available as an option. The caliber has been reduced to 90mm, but as a result, the hit rate has improved, and the 90mm shell used is also excellent in initial velocity and anti-MS firepower. The number of bullets loaded is 32 in the standard single magazine and 100 in the triple magazine. The late production model features a different barrel and hand guard, resulting in a more compact shape.
- H&L-SB25K/280mmA-P Zaku Bazooka
- A portable, physical projectile-type firearm. It is primarily for anti-ship combat and displays its power in hit and run attacks. It can also be used against enemy mobile suits, but it is harder to hit a constantly moving target.
- Shield Lance
- A weapon used by Zabi's royal guards, as its name suggests, it is a lance with a shield attached to it. This allows the pilot to switch back and forth between offense and defense. The only downside of this weapon is its heavy weight, which reduces the Rick Dom's speed and mobility.
- Knuckle Shield
- The knuckle shield is a modified Zaku II shoulder shield carried on the arm, with the curve of the armor fitting over the mobile suit's hand. One of the modifications is the additions of three spikes placed on the plate that rests in front of the hand. These spikes make the knuckle shield an effective bashing weapon.
- A simplified, disposable rocket launcher. As the warhead is not equipped with a guidance device, it is extremely hard to use the Sturm Faust to hit a moving target accurately. However, it is still a highly destructive portable weapon. Can be stored on waist armor.
- Heat Sword
- A melee weapon originally developed for the MS-07B Gouf. Like the Zaku's heat tomahawk, the heat sword has a blade that is heated to high temperatures to increase its cutting capacity.
The Principality of Zeon sought to replace their line of MS-06 Zaku II mobile suits with more advanced machines late into the One Year War in order to break the stalemate by countering the Earth Federation's own mobile suit development. For its terrestrial war front, the Zeon forces deployed the MS-09B Dom, a fast, heavy, mobile suit that would serve as the successor of the MS-06J Zaku II Ground Type.
Because of the success of the Dom, its producer Zimmad began work on a space-use variant. To acquire the needed data, Zimmad modified an MS-06F Zaku II by replacing the standard legs with larger Dom-style legs equipped with rocket thrusters. This allowed the MS-06RD-4 Zaku High Mobility Test Type to maneuver as the new mobile suit was predicted to. Though destroyed in battle, the test data was recovered and used to produce the MS-09R Rick Dom. Major battles that Rick Dom would participate in include various skirmishes near Side 6 to destroy White Base and the RX-78-2 Gundam, the Battle of Solomon on December 25 where ace pilot Anavel Gato would use a Rick Dom and earn the nickname "Nightmare of Solomon."
Because the Principality of Zeon was pushed off the Earth shortly after the introduction of the Dom, the Rick Dom had a longer production run. Even then, it would last for only a few months as in the final weeks of the One Year War, the Principality of Zeon would begin focusing their production capabilities on the the more advanced MS-14 Gelgoog and its variants. However, because of their dire situation, all three major front-line mobile suit; the Zaku, the Rick Dom, and the Gelgoog would be used before the end of the war on January first of UC 0080.
An improved model of the Rick Dom, the MS-09R-2 Rick Dom II, was produced very late in the war as part of the United Maintenance Plan, which was an initiative to improve the performance of existing mobile suit models and standardize the parts used in their construction in order to improve the cost efficiency of both construction and maintenance.
- MS-09RS Rick Dom
- A variant of the Rick Dom that was modified at the A Baoa Qu factory, improving its generator output and thrust. Due to the increased output, beam weapons can now be operated stably.
Illustration & Artwork
Notes & Trivia
- The "Rick" in its name stands for space-use. The Rick Dom would begin the tradition of space-use mobile suits being prefixed with "Rick".
- In the original series, the Rick Dom was identical to the Dom aside from the addition of verniers to the legs and the skirt. However, model kits, starting from the Master Grade Rick Dom in 1999, differentiated the Rick Dom by giving it larger backpack thrusters and a differently shaped rear skirt.
- In SD Gundam Capsule Fighter Online, the Rick Dom is given its Beam Bazooka and shares the same melee and secondary weapon as the normal Dom.
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