Model number: YMS-07D
Code name: Desert Gouf
Unit type: mass production ground combat mobile suit
Manufacturer: Zeonic Company
Operator: Principality of Zeon
First deployment: UC 0079
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso
Dimensions: overall height 18.7 meters; head height 18.2 meters
Weight: empty 58.5 metric tons; max gross 75.4 metric tons
Armor materials: super hard steel alloy
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, output rated at 1034 kW
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: 40700 kg total
Performance: maximum ground running speed 185 km/h
Equipment and design features: sensors, range 3600 meters
Fixed armaments: 2 x 90mm vulcan cannon, mounted in head; 5-barrel 75mm machine gun, barrels mounted as left hand fingers; 2 x heat rod, retractable, variable heat/electric shock charge, mounted in forearms; 2 x heat saber Type S I, battery powered, stored on hips
Optional fixed armaments: triple 35mm machine gun, clip-fed, mounts on left forearm; Gatling shield, mounts 75mm Gatling gun, drum-and-belt fed; stored in Gatling shield, hand-carried in us
Optional hand armaments: 120mm machine gun, drum-fed, 100 rounds per drum; H&L-SB25K/280mmA-P Zaku bazooka, 4 round magazine
The YMS-07D was built as part of Zeon's Afrika Initiative, which was a plan to deal with mobile suit combat over sandy terrain, where the Principality was quickly discovering that their machines struggled to even function. The loose sand often threw off the AMBAC sensors int he legs causing the machines to sink into the sand, and the joints tended to seize thanks to that same sand clogging up the servos and actuators resulting in rigid slow movement. Because of the extreme wear caused by the Sahara, the Pezun company began redesigning Zeon's mainstay mobile suits to better cope with the harsh environment. The first machines to undergo such changes were the MS-06 Zaku II units which were resigned as the MS-06D, following the success of the Desert Zaku those same design changes were further improved upon and tested on Zeon's newest terrestrial mobile suit, the MS-07B Gouf. The YMS-07D featured larger exhaust ports on the leg, in part to blow sand away from the sensitive joints of the machine, and in part to reduce the heat generated by the operation of the leg servos. Exhaust ports were also added to the YMS-07D's chest, as the desert heat had helped to raise the reactors temperature levels to potentially unsafe levels. The exhaust port in the head was also enlarged, because of overheating issues which shortened the life span of the regular MS-07B's mono-eye camera.
Only a handful of prototype units were created one falling into the capable of hands of Zeon Afrika Corps commander Garren Rommel. Rommel was incredibly capable, a tactical genius, whome the Federation soldiers serving in Afrika dubbed, "The Second Coming of the Desert Fox." Eventually though Rommel's tactical genius was outmatched by the overwhelming numbers of Federation soldiers, and he and his men were forced into a midnight retreat to Zeon's last hidden stronghold, the Kilimanjaro base. The original intention was to return to space, but the Federation pursuit forces eventually found stragglers from Rommel's unit forcing Rommel to abandon his plans. In a last ditch effort to protect his forces Rommel and his YMS-07D attacked the pursuing federation forces. In a battle said to have lasted one hour, Rommel by himself managed to eliminate ten federation Ground GM's before he was finally overwhelmed and killed in the early hours of November the 24th.
Well here it is, the last gem I'll ever be making it. I know it's probably not as glamorous as many of you were hoping but at the end of the day my love and heart has mostly been with grunt mobile suits. Being a plain grunt myself it feels fitting to go out on such a simplistic note. Once more I just want to say thank you for all the support and love I've felt from everyone of my followers over the years, and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for supporting my habit.
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I'm Red Zaku, I've been frankening and creating art in Photoshop for years, but I limit myself mostly to Gundam mecha. I've done some branching out to stuff like fictional weapons, and yes, even cars but I usually stick close to my wheel house. If you're visiting from MAHQ's forums then, you'll notice not all of my art is here, again this is because I only posted what I could salvage from my old computer. So if you have some of my old stuff send it to me and I'll put it up here. Thanks everyone!
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