Gundam HG Bandai RX-78GP01
This is one of the few gunplas I have in my possession. Before I started to collect gashapons and PVC figures, I was quite interested in these gundam plastic models by Bandai. But I was still a kid and couldn't spend much money, so I only bought 3-4 of them. I can't remember how long ago when I bought this HG, but definitely more than 4 years back. With limited funding, I got a few bottles of paint, paint brushes, and a bottle of cleaning alcohol, and so here, you can see the end product of my hard work! Couldn't afford those air-brushes, gundam markers, and other stuff to make it look really neat (and in any case, there wasn't a gundam shop around). I think I didn't do a bad job with it, considering the limited equipments and that I didn't read any tutorials on the net beforehand. The beam saber looks pretty cool in the photos but not as impressive in real life!
Here is some info which I found on the net. (Source)
This is a list of all the HG Gundams by Bandai.
Model number: RX-78GP01
Code name: Gundam "Zephyranthes"
Unit type: prototype general purpose mobile suit
Manufacturer: Anaheim Electronics Corporation
Operator: Earth Federation Forces
Rollout: 29 September UC 0083
First deployment: 13 October UC 0083
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in torso with Core Block System using FF-XII Core Fighter II
Dimensions: overall height 18.5 meters; head height 18.0 meters
Weight: empty 39.7 metric tons; max gross 65.0 metric tons
Construction: gundarium alloy on semi-monocoque frame
Powerplant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, output rated at 1790 kW
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: 2 x 42000 kg, 2 x 12000 kg
Performance: maximum thruster acceleration 1.66 G; 180-degree turn time 0.9 seconds
Fixed armaments: 2 x 60mm vulcan gun, fire-linked, mounted in head; 2 x A.E.Blash·XBR-L-83d/Du.02 beam saber, stored in recharge racks in backpack, hand-carried in use
Optional hand armaments: BOWA XBR-M-82-05H beam rifle, power rated at 1.5 MW, powered by replaceable e-pac, with mounted "jitte" beam saber blocking unit, 2 spare e-pacs stored in shield; 90 mm machine gun, clip-fed, 20 rounds per clip; RX·VSh-023F/S-04712 shield, can be optionally mounted on either forearm
During its military reconstruction following the devastating One Year War, the Earth Federation contracted a private company, Anaheim Electronics, to develop a series of new Gundam-model mobile suits to serve as conceptual testbeds for new and improved mobile suit technology. The first of these new prototypes to come out of Anaheim's Von Braun City lunar factory was the RX-78GP01 Gundam, code-named "Zephyranthes." The GP01 and a second prototype, the RX-78GP02A Gundam "Physalis", along with Anaheim systems engineer Nina Purpleton and her staff of technicians, were brought aboard the assault carrier Albion to be delivered to Earth for testing under full gravity. Arriving at Torrington Base in Australia for the field trials, the GP01 was put into actual combat sooner than expected: the GP02A, armed with a nuclear warhead, was hijacked by remnant Zeon military forces led by Anavel Gato. Novice Federation pilot Kou Uraki commandeered the GP01 in a failed attempt to recover the stolen GP02A. However, Uraki's undeveloped piloting abilities allowed him to push the GP01 beyond its expected performance levels, and Uraki was permanently assigned as the Gundam's pilot while the Albion pursued the stolen GP02A across Earth and into space. Unfortunately, the GP01 was not properly calibrated for space, and was soon critically damaged during a space battle against Zeon's Commander Cima Garahau. Shortly afterwards, the GP01 was returned to Anaheim's lunar factory for rebuilding and upgrading into the RX-78GP01-Fb Full Vernian type.
In terms of speed, weaponry and performance, the Gundam GP01 was still better than any mass-produced unit fielded by the Federation at the time. However, it's basic design was nothing more than a slightly improved version of the original RX-78-2 Gundam prototype. Equipped with a Core Block System, the pilot could eject either the upper or lower halves of the mobile suit in an emergency, or eject from the mobile suit altogether in a new-and-improved FF-XII Core Fighter II. Aside from the standard head vulcan guns, beam sabers and beam rifle, the GP01 did feature more up-to-date avionics and control systems, as well as a general increase in acceleration and maneuverability.
Pilot: Kou Uraki
Appearances: Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory; Mobile Suit Gundam: Lost War Chronicles; SD Gundam: G Generation Neo
Original mechanical designer: Shoji Kawamori