Mark Simmons (
Tue, 25 Jan 2000 13:08:05 -0800

Tet writes,

> According to a Japanese Zaku site, four R2s were built by engineers led by
> Major Elliot Rem, three were dispatched to Granada and one was kept for
> further experimental modifications and designated R3. Apparently the R3
> borrows heavily from the MS-11 ActoZaku parts bin but is considered a
> prototype Gelgoog. The R3 was also known as 'Zaku III' at the time.

  The "MS-11" they're talking about here is the Gelgoog, under its original
model number. When the Gundam appeared, the Gelgoog project was restarted
under a new model number (MS-14) and the intervening numbers were freed up
for less delayed projects. In the meantime, the MS-11 generator was spliced
into the original R-2 test unit, the R-2P. (See the Gundam project's MS
Classics section for the gory details.)

  Back in the days of the MSV series (early '80s), it was said that one of
the R-2 units was retained at Granada so that it could be used as a testbed
for Gelgoog development. The subsequent modifications it underwent earned it
the unofficial model number MS-06R-3, and the nickname "Zaku III"; it was
theorized that this testbed would look like a Zaku-Gelgoog hybrid.

  Ten years later, Kunio Okawara drew his interpretation of the R-3 for
Bandai's SD CLUB magazine (which was subsequently republished in
Entertainment Bible 25 and the MS Encyclopedia). The kitbashed model in
question, though, has different details and color scheme - it seems more
influenced by the Zaku III seen in Gundam ZZ. They're all alternate
interpretations of this apocryphal experimental model.

-- Mark

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