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The MS-17 Galbaldy α (Galbaldy Alpha) is a prototype general purpose mobile suit that originally appeared in the proposed original design series MS-X.

Technology & Combat Characteristics

One of Zeon's last mobile suits, the MS-17 Galbaldy α was originally intended to be a successor to the YMS-15 Gyan. However, Zeon's higher ranks rejected the Gyan as their new front-line mobile suit in favor of the more versatile MS-14A Gelgoog. As a result, the Galbaldy's production lines were hastily refitted to suit this change, essentially making the Galbaldy a combination of the two designs.

In the "Pezun Plan", the development of Type A for land battles and Type B for space battles was underway, the Type A was aimed at flying in the atmosphere and high maneuver combat, but it was said that the development was discontinued. While the B type was successfully developed with the original concept. Although it was said to be used for space warfare because of its differentiation from Type A, it was a highly versatile MS that could handle both outer space and gravity, like Gelgoog and Gyan.

Armaments

  • Beam Rifle
A weapon from the MS-14A Gelgoog, the beam rifle fires compressed mega particles in the form of a beam which has the power to penetrate all but specially treated materials.
  • Beam Saber
The primary melee weapon of the Galbaldy α, the beam saber has a higher output than the Earth Federation Forces' beam sabers, and is specialized for piercing/stabbing attack rather than cutting. It uses Minovsky particles held in place by an I-Field to form an effective cutting surface that can slice through nearly any material.
  • Shield
The Galbaldy α can use an oval shaped shield similar to the one used by the Gelgoog. This physical shield mounts on the left forearm, and can protect against beam and physical attacks.
  • Knuckle Shield
The knuckle shield is a modified Zaku II shoulder shield that mounts on the left arm. When mounted on the forearm the curve of the armor fits over the mobile suits hand. One of the modifications is the additions of two spikes placed on the plate that rests in front of the hand. These spikes make the knuckle shield an effective bashing weapon. During the events in Mobile Suit Gundam The Plot to Assassinate Gihren, the Gihren's Guard's Galbaldy α was equipped with a Knuckle Shield.
  • 8-barrel 420mm Rocket Launcher

History

The One Year War came to an end before the Galbaldy could be mass-produced. There are scattered records of the Galbaldy participating in occasional skirmishes as well as a sighting of one at A Baoa Qu and a handful of units participating in the defense of the Pezun asteroid base, but for the most part it saw little to no combat.

In the years following the war, the Federation seized the plans for the Galbaldy α and refined it, producing the RMS-117 Galbaldy β. This mobile suit would go on to become one of the Federation's mainstay units at the beginning of the Gryps Conflict, before quickly being phased out for more advanced models.

Variants

This land combat variant appeared in the original design series Fukuchi Mobile Suit Station and is designed by Hitoshi Fukuchi.

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Notes and Trivia

  • The Galbaldy α was one of many mobile suits slated to appear in the original Mobile Suit Gundam series. However, the series' low ratings and subsequent cancellation led to a massive revision of the original script, which nixed the Galbaldy completely. Had it appeared, the Galbaldy α would have been piloted by Char Aznable (presumably in his custom red colors), as well as Paccadelia, a "semi-esper" and subordinate of the Newtype Challia Bull.

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