01 December 2010

MAN Elmeth 08 - Solomon Express

Brief information:-
The pinnacle of the Principality of Zeon's Newtype-use mobile armor development, the MAN-08 Elmeth was built for use by Rear Admiral Kycilia Zabi's Newtype Corps, intended to be a trump card against the Earth Federation's advance during the One Year War. Incorporating a psycommu (psychic communicator) system, the Elmeth's Newtype pilot could remotely control its remote "bit" weapons with his/her brainwaves, thus making the Elmeth a perfect weapon to strike at targets from incredible distances. Zeon's "Flanagan Institute," a top-secret Newtype research group, picked star pupil Lalah Sune to be the Elmeth's test pilot. Her Newtype abilities were the most powerful reported to date by the Institute, and under the care of Zeon ace pilot Char Aznable, Lalah took the Elmeth into combat for a field test against Federation forces stationed at the recently captured asteroid base Konpeitoh (formerly Solomon). Lalah's Elmeth remained hidden among asteroids and debris far away from Konpei as she controlled her bit weapons with her thoughts. Despite the headaches induced by Lalah from her control and the psycommu's feedback, this first test proved a complete success, taking the Federation Forces completely by surprise.

The Elmeth's bits were its primary weapon, and they consisted of a simple body housing an own onboard reactor for power, maneuvering thrusters and a beam gun. Being independently powered, the bits could be employed as long as the pilot was able to control them, and they were extremely fast, making them almost impossible to detect visually - much less, to destroy. The Elmeth mobile armor itself, described by Federation troops as a "tricorn hat," was also very fast and agile and mounted a pair of rotating beam guns with a ninety-degree vertical range of fire. But with its psycommu system, the Elmeth's most dangerous weapon was its Newtype pilot, able to engage in combat with mere thoughts.

General specification:-
Model number: MAN-08
Code name: Elmeth
Unit type: prototype Newtype use mobile armor
Manufacturer: Flanagan Institute
Operator: Principality of Zeon
First deployment: UC 0079
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in main body
Dimensions: overall height 47.7 meters; overall length 85.4 meters
Weight: empty 163.7 metric tons; max gross 291.8 metric tons
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, output rated at 14200 kW
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: 645200 kg total
Performance: maximum thruster acceleration 2.21 G
Equipment and design features: sensors, range 245000 meters; psycommu system
Fixed armaments: 2 x mega particle gun, fire linked, mounted in main body
Remote weapons: 12 x bit, stored inside main body

Scale modeling information:-
Model type     : Non Grade
Scale             : 1 / 144 mm
Project           : Scratchbuild
Medium          : Manual paint c/w weathering