Technology & Combat Characteristics
The RGM-79N GM Custom is a variation of the Earth Federation's famous RGM series and is developed after the One Year War as a part of the "Augusta series" high-performance MS. Originally planned as a successor to replace the existing mass-production models, the GM Custom has a high-output generator and features improved thrusters and auxiliaries. Along with other adjustments, such as amplified actuators for faster limb response and additional verniers for better attitude control, the GM Custom possesses superior overall performance and balance when compared to other mass-produced machines.
The GM Custom was designed and manufactured using the data, technology, and even spare parts obtained from the development of Gundam-type mobile suits, such as the RX-78NT-1 Gundam "Alex". Its joints are also subjected to magnet coating. Thus, even among the other high-spec MS of the Augusta series, the GM Custom is still considered one of the best units of the line. Despite having output and mobility rivalling that of a Gundam-type MS and being arguably the highest performing GM-type unit during the Delaz Conflict, the GM Custom actually excels at nothing and according to Kou Uraki, it was "remarkable for being unremarkable".
Due to its complex construction and high production cost, the GM Custom's mass-production plans never left the draft stage. As a result, only a limited number of unit were produced and assigned to ace pilots and/or spec-ops teams. After the Delaz Conflict, the Augusta Base development team, along with their projects, were drafted into the newly established elite unit, Titans. Impressed with the GM Custom's performance, the Titans streamlined the GM Custom's design to be simpler and better suited for mass-production, resulting in the new RGM-79Q GM Quel.
- 60mm Vulcan Gun
- Mounted in the head, the pair of shell firing weapons have high-rate of fire but little power and can't damage the armor of a mobile suit, though they can damage lightly armored areas such as the sensors. They are ideal for shooting down small, lightly armored targets such as missiles, attack vehicles, etc.
- XB-G-1019H Beam Saber
- The standard close range armament for most mobile suits, it is a small device held in the mobile suit's hands when operated and is powered by a rechargeable energy capacitor. The beam saber emits a blade of plasma contained by an I-Field and can cut through most armor not treated with anti-beam coating. The GM Custom carries the "Augusta MS series" type beam saber, stored on the right side of the backpack.
- HFW-GR·MR82-90mm GM Rifle
- A portable, mobile suit-use 90mm rifle built based on the 'system weapon' structure, its effective range and accuracy is superior to the HWF GMG·MG79-90mm machine gun. With the extended barrel, the GM Rifle sees a 15% increase in muzzle velocity, leading to increased armor penetration capability. Additionally, a newly developed caseless cartridge allows for a lightened ammunition load. In Mobile Suit Gundam 0083 Rebellion, the GM Rifle can be outfitted with a beam bayonet or a grenade launcher under the barrel. It could also be modified into a long rifle by attaching a long barrel, scope and stock.
- HFW-GMG·MG79-90mm Bullpup Machine Gun
- The bullpup machine gun was a system weapon developed as a Space/Ground dual use projectile weapon. Though compact, it has sufficient anti-MS firepower while maintaining accuracy. Its muzzle velocity is increased due to the use of new gunpowder and this enables it to easily penetrate the armor of Zeon's mobile suit. A box-like sensor system incorporating a video camera and laser sensor is installed at the top, and when this system is used alongside the GM's targeting system, target acquisition capability is enhanced.
- BOWA·BR-S-85-C2 Beam Rifle
- The standard ranged armament of many mobile suits, the beam rifle fires a particle beam that can penetrate any armor not treated with specific counter-measures. This is the same model as used by the GM II and Nemo, it has a power rating of 1.9 MW and is powered by a rechargeable energy cap.
- BOWA BG-M-79F-3A Beam Gun
- The BG-M-79F-3A was a next generation beam weapon developed as a testbed for a new category of weapon between the Beam Rifle and the Beam Spray Gun, resulting in the new ‘Beam Gun’ category. The most unique features of the BG-M-79F-3A was the large beam accelerator and battery pack located on top of the rear portion of the weapon. These mechanics created a type of beam, that in addition to pinpoint penetration of targets, also has the side effect of cutting through the internal systems of the target, which proved to be very effective at rendering targets combat ineffective.
- BLASH HB-L-07/N-STD Hyper Bazooka
- An improved model of the HB-L-03/N-STD Hyper Bazooka with added targeting sensors, increasing its accuracy. The magazine has also been changed to be completely sealed/air tight, and this not only makes exchanging magazine easier, but also protects against debris intrusion, accidental explosion due to being hit, etc. Additionally, no special attention needs to be paid to the weapon during operation as the rigidity of the rib section connecting the carrying handle to the bazooka's rear has been enhanced.
- RGM·M-Sh-ABT/S-00057 Shield
- For defense, the GM Custom uses a shield that is an updated model of the one used by the RGM-79G GM Command. In Mobile Suit Gundam 0083 Rebellion, the shield can be outfitted with two spikes to serve as a striking weapon.
- An alternate shield used by the GM Custom deployed by AEUG, it is the same shield as used by the MSA-003 Nemo. It can switch between an expanded state and a collapsed state for ease of use, and like other shields, its surface has an anti-beam coating to defend against beam attacks. Other features of the shield include sharp edges at the top for ramming/striking attacks and latches on the back for mounting other weapons or equipment.
Special Equipment & Features
- Magnet Coating
- A special membrane treatment applied to mobile suit joints to improve their response speed. The mobile suits developed by the Earth Federation Forces use special actuators called field motors, whose efficiency is increased by the magnet coating process. The treatment also reduces friction resistance in the mobile suit's joints.
The GM Custom saw active service during the Delaz Conflict in U.C.0083. Three units were assigned aboard the Pegasus-class assault carrier Albion during its mission to recover the stolen RX-78GP02A Gundam "Physalis". These units were also used in the subsequent battles against Zeon remnants fleets led by Aiguille Delaz and Cima Garahau, where one unit, piloted by Lt. South Burning, was lost.
In U.C. 0087, several surviving machines were deployed by the AEUG against the Titans and Axis Zeon forces during the Gryps Conflict. These units were outfitted with panoramic cockpit monitor, linear seat, a new color scheme and used the same beam rifle as the RMS-179 GM II.
Notes and Trivia
- During the mock battle between Monsha and Uraki. An EFF symbol could be seen on the GM Custom's shield in one scene. However, the symbol was missing in every other scene it appeared in.
- The GM Custom's color scheme heavily resembles the one-toned mint color scheme used by the RGM-89 Jegan introduced 10 years after the Delaz Conflict.
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