Model number: GAT-X303
Pilot: Athurn Zala
Code name: Aegis Gundam
Unit type: prototype attack use transformable mobile suit
Manufacturer: Morgenroete, Inc
Operator(s): Earth Alliance (Atlantic Federation); ZAFT (Zodiac Alliance of Freedom Treaty)
First deployment: 25 January C.E. 71
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso
Dimensions: head height 18.86 meters
Weight: max gross weight 79.9 metric tons
Powerplant: ultracompact energy battery, power output rating unknown
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown; Phase Shift (PS) armor
Fixed armaments: 2 x "Igelstellung" 75mm multi-barrel CIWS, fire-linked, mounted in head; 4 x beam saber, 1 mounted on each arm and leg; shield, mounted on left arm; 60mm beam rifle, power rating unknown, stored on right hip, hand-carried in use; "Scylla" 580mm energy cannon, power rating unknown, operable only in mobile armor attack mode.
Technical and Historical Notes
With the outbreak of war, the Earth Alliance's Atlantic Federation begins a secret project to develop mobile suits to counter ZAFT's mass-produced ZGMF-1017 GINN as well as operate free of interference from the N-Jammers. The GAT-X303 Aegis Gundam is one of five initial designs that the Alliance secretly constructs with Orb. Unlike the other four Gundams, the Aegis Gundam is constructed with a different frame and can transform into a mobile armor mode. Like the other prototype Gundams, the Aegis Gundam is equipped with the new Phase Shift (PS) armor system. When in Phase Shift mode, the Aegis Gundam is nearly impervious to attacks from shell-firing artillery or melee weapons. However, use of Phase Shift for extended periods of time is a massive drain on the battery-powered reactor. In mobile suit mode, the Aegis Gundam's armament consists of head-mounted "Igelstellung" vulcan guns, four beam sabers and a beam rifle. However, in mobile armor mode it can use the powerful "Scylla" 580mm energy cannon. This powerful cannon is capable of destroying TS-MA2 Moebius units with one shot, and it can severely damage battleships as well.
The Aegis Gundam first enters combat on January 25, C.E. 71, when it is stolen by ZAFT pilot Athrun Zala during the attack on Heliopolis. During the attack, Athrun is shocked to meet his old friend Kira Yamato and see him end up as the pilot the GAT-X105 Strike Gundam. Though Athrun continues to fight against the Archangel, he always does so reluctantly and offers Kira several opportunities to join ZAFT. When Kira refuses to join ZAFT, Athrun vows no mercy for his former friend. As the Archangel continues to travel across Earth towards Alliance headquarters in Alaska, Athrun is sent down to Earth by Rau Le Creuset to pursue the ship. In a fierce battle on April 17, the Aegis Gundam is destroyed when Athrun self destructs the suit in a failed attempt to kill Kira. Afterwards, Athrun upgrades to the ZGMF-X09A Justice Gundam to pursue Kira and the stolen ZGMF-X10A Freedom Gundam.
Definitely in need of some ankle splay, and the poor guy seems very rigid--don't you have any pictures of it in ACTION POSES? Also wish you'd put the inspiration pictures *after* the MOC pictures, especially if you intend to include so many.