Sunday, May 13, 2018
[Kit Insight] Premium Bandai MG 1/100 RMS-179 GM II [Unicorn Ver.] (Straight Build)
Model Number: RMS-179 GM II
Designation: EFSF Mass Production General Use Mobile Suit
The GM II was a mobile suit frozen in time, being a combination of the technology that preceded its development while also serving as a testbed for the technology that will succeed it.The RMS-179 GM II [Unicorn Ver.] exists as a P-Bandai MG 1/100 model kit, featuring updates to the original MG 1/100 GM II mold, also a P-Bandai kit. Largely based on the MG 1/100 GM 2.0 frame, GM IIs in Master Grade form actually bring a lot to the table despite their grunt unit status. The Unicorn Ver. of the GM II has different armour plating in some areas as compared to its predecessor, symbolising the addition of updated technology while still retaining the main MS frame.
Essentially the same RGM-79 GM that was first introduced during the One Year War in UC 0079, the GM II was testament to the versatility and utility of the mass produced frame. With periodic upgrades of modern technology to a readily-available frame, this was a more cost effective approach to building up a competent fighting force, rather than constantly researching and putting out new lines of model suits.
With the proliferation of anti-beam coating, it was not uncommon to see beam shots ricocheting off enemy armour. It took multiple hits to wear down and eventually penetrate a target, a battlefield dynamic that gave rise to the revival of mobile suit squad tactics.
When the mission called for more firepower, the GM II could be equipped with a 360mm hyper bazooka, a mass produced version of the heavy weapon first used by the RX-93 Nu Gundam during the Second Neo Zeon War.