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RX-78NT-1 Gundam G-4 "Alex"

RX-78NT-1FA Full Armor Gundam "Alex"

RX-78NT-1 Gundam G-4 "Alex"

Technical Data

Equipment Type: RX-78NT-1 (RX-78NT-1FA for full armor type)
Code Name: Gundam G-4 "Alex"
Unit type: prototype Newtype use mobile suit
Manufacturer: Earth Federal Forces
Operator: Earth Federal Forces
Rollout: December UC 0079
First Deployment: December UC 0079
Accommodation: pilot only, in panoramic monitor/linear seat cockpit within torso
Dimensions: overall height 18.5 meters; head height 18.0 meters
Weight: empty 40.0 metric tons (standard), 50.0 metric tons (full armor); max gross 72.5 metric tons (standard), 95.0 metric tons (full armor)
Construction: lunar titanium alloy on semi-monocoque frame
Power Plant: Minovsky type ultracompact fusion reactor, output rated at 1,420 kW (*28,812 kW)
Propulsion: rocket thrusters: 2 x 35,000 kg, 6 x 8,000 kg, 2 x 7,000 kg (additional 6 x 7,000 kg for full armor type); vernier thrusters/apogee motors: 19 (standard), 13 (full armor)
Performance: maximum thruster acceleration (aka Thrust-to-Weight ratio) 1.82 G (standard), **1.83 G (full armor); 180-degree turn time 0.8 seconds; maximum ground running speed 192 km/h.
Equipment and Design Features: sensors, range 5,900 meters; magnetic coated joints; optional ejectable external chobham armor
Armament -
Fixed Armaments:
  • 2 x 60mm vulcan guns, fire-linked (mounted upon either forward side of upper head unit)
  • 2 x 90mm Gatling guns inside retractable housings (mounted one inside each forearm)
  • 2 x Blash·XB-B-09 beam sabers (stored within recharge rack upon the top of rear torso backpack, hand-carried when in use)
  • Optional Fixed Armaments:
  • 1 x RX·C-Sh-05 UBC/S-0003 shield (mounted upon either forearm)
  • Optional Hand Armaments:
  • 1 x BOWA·Norfolk XBR-L Type-3 beam rifle, powered by rechargeable energy cap

  • Description and History

    Late during the One Year War, the Earth Federal forces realized that they had a major problem with its prototype RX-78-2 Gundam close combat mobile suit: its pilot. Gundam pilot Amuro Ray was an emerging Newtype, and his abilities to predict enemy movements and respond with lightning-fast reflexes was simply pushing the Gundam beyond its design limits. To correct this problem, the Federation set out to develop a new Gundam prototype (code-named "Alex") capable of taking advantage of a Newtype's quick-reacting abilities. However, word of this top-secret project reached the Principality of Zeon which in turn initiated Operation Rubicon, the dispatch of the Cyclops Team special forces and the attempt to stop the Federation from deploying the new Gundam. A surprise attack by the Cyclops failed to stop the Federation from shipping the incomplete Alex parts from its Arctic base to Side 6's Liboh Colony, where test trials of the completed Gundam were conducted by Federation test pilot Christina Mackenzie. The Cyclops discovered the Alex's new location and were dispatched to capture or destroy the mobile suit but the operation was a disastrous failure. In late December UC 0079, elements of the Zeon military were so desperate to destory the Gundam they planned to destroy the Liboh Colony itself with nuclear weapons. In a last act to save Liboh, sole surviving Cyclops Team pilot Bernard Wiseman managed to severely damage the Alex but only at the cost of his own life. With the end of the war rapidly approaching, the Alex development project was soon dropped.

    The RX-78NT-1 Gundam "Alex" was a big step above its already-well-performing (but hopelessly overworked) RX-78-2 predecessor. In addition to the standard head vulcan guns, beam sabers and a beam rifle, the Alex mounted a 90 mm Gatling gun in each forearm, giving the mobile suit heavy close-range firepower to back up its beam rifle. The Alex also replaced the costly and complicated "Core Block System" of the original Gundam with an experimental new type of cockpit. Incorporating a 360-degree "panoramic monitor" screen around the pilot, all of the Alex's controls were incorporated into panels mounted on the pilot's "linear seat." This configuration gave the pilot an almost unlimited field of vision, thus allowing for easier target acquisition and faster response time. Another feature adding to the Alex's maneuverability was the "magnetic coating" applied to the suit's joints and motors, reducing friction and wear to almost nothing and making the Alex extremely responsive to pilot input.

    *Addendum I: The book Gundam Century published in 1981 was written with contributions by Ken'ichi Matsuzaki and Hiroyuki Hoshiyama, two writers involved with the original Mobile Suit Gundam anime. The book is one of the earliest written works about the Universal Century however, some information in the book has since been altered in later Gundam publications. Some official trivia from Gundam Century is favored by many Gundam fans as a more accurate description of Gundam technology. In one such case Gundam Century describes the original RX-78-2 Gundam fusion reactor generating 28,000 kW (37,500 HP) of power, a figure many fans quote as much more realistic for powering a giant humanoid robot than the 1,380 kW figure perpetuated in later books and sequels. This profile includes a power figure for the Alex independently derived from the power rating for the original RX-78-2 Gundam as written within Gundam Century (fan derived multipler is 1,420 / 1,380 = 1.0289).

    An interesting aside to this note, Gundam Century also features the work of Studio Nue staff including Shoji Kawamori and Kazutaka Miyatake who would assume instrumental roles in the creation of Macross.

    **Addendum II: Official statistics on the old Mecha Domain listed the Full Armor Max Gross weight as 90.0 tons when it should be 95.0 tons. At 95.0 tons, the maximum thruster acceleration (which is the Thrust-To-Weight ratio) of the Alex Full Armor at Max Gross Weight comes to 1.83 as listed.

    Production Notes

    Debut: Mobile Suit Gundam 0080 War in the Pocket, Episode 2
    Pilot(s): Christina Mackenzie
    Other appearances: Mobile Suit Gundam: Lost War Chronicles; Mobile Suit Gundam: Journey to Jaburo; Mobile Suit Gundam: Encounters in Space; Mobile Suit Gundam: Pilot's Locus; Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam Vs. Gundam; Mobile Suit Gundam Battlefield Record UC 0081; Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam Vs. Gundam Next; Mobile Suit Gundam: Climax U.C.
    Original mechanical designer: Yutaka Izubuchi

    Line Art

  • rear view
  • head unit details
  • shield, beam saber and beam rifle
  • RX-78NT-1 Gundam "Alex" line art
  • Images taken from Mobile Suit Gundam MS Encyclopedia (1998)
    Information taken from Mecha Domain (Burke Rukes, 2001)
    C. Wilson - Writer, Editor and Colorist