MSA-005X-1 Methuss X-1

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The MSA-005X-1 Methuss X-1 was a prototype transformable mobile suit developed by Anaheim Electronics for AEUG. The “MSA” in the model code stands for mobile suit of AEUG. The “005” in the model code indicates that it was the fifth mobile weapon designed for AEUG. The “X-1” refers to it being the first experimental unit.

History

Anaheim Electronics embarked on Project Zeta to develop the next generation mobile suits for the Anti-Earth Union Group. The MSA-005X-1 Methuss X-1 was one of the early prototype units to emerge from Project Methuss. The Methuss X-1 and its successor MSA-005X-2 Methuss X-2 eventually led to the development of the MSA-005 Methuss, the first mobile suit from Project Methuss that could be fielded in actual combat.

Several members of the design team were previously from the Hervic Company team that designed the FF-X7 Core Fighter during the One Year War. In UC 0087, the team conducted trials at the California base to test the transformation capabilities of the Methuss X-1 in various combat situations. It was unable to withstand the stress of transforming at subsonic speed and disintegrated.

MSA-005X-1 Methuss X-1 in mobile armour mode

MSA-005X-1 Methuss X-1 in mobile armour mode

Design

Project Methuss was one of the development paths under Anaheim Electronics‘s Project Zeta, the next generation development programme commissioned by the AEUG. Project Methuss aimed to develop transformable mobile suits. The MSA-005X-1 Methuss X-1 was the first prototype to emerge form the project.

The design team aimed for air superiority in a 1G environment, choosing to model the Methuss X-1’s mobile armour mode after an air combat fighter. The team aimed to surpass the performance of the Earth Federation‘s NRX-044 Asshimar.

The Methuss X-1’s design featured stealth properties that made it harder to be detected by radar. Its tail stabilisers proved to be a sucessful design feature and was subsequently adopted by the Zeta Plus series and other transformable mobile suits. It’s clipped wing design allowed stable high-speed flight.

It was built with Gundarium alloy. It was a reproduction of the Luna Titanium alloy used by RX-78-2 Gundam that Zeon developed on Axis by Anaheim Electronics.

Rocket thrusters with a combined output of 98,000 kg provided main propulsion for the Methuss X-1. Twelve sets of vernier thruster and apogee motors provided fine adjustments.

The Methuss X-1 had a standard panoramic cockpit with linear seat in its torso.

MSA-005X-1 Methuss X-1 in blue

MSA-005X-1 Methuss X-1 in blue

MSA-005X-1 Methuss X-1 in mobile armour mode in blue

MSA-005X-1 Methuss X-1 in mobile armour mode in blue

Armaments

The MSA-005X-1 Methuss X-1 did not carry any weaponry. It was a prototype built for testing the transfomation function.

MSA-005X-1 Methuss X-1 in green

MSA-005X-1 Methuss X-1 in green

MSA-005X-1 Methuss X-1 in mobile armour mode in green

MSA-005X-1 Methuss X-1 in mobile armour mode in green

MSA-005X-1 Methuss X-1 in grey

MSA-005X-1 Methuss X-1 in grey

MSA-005X-1 Methuss X-1 in mobile armour mode in grey

MSA-005X-1 Methuss X-1 in mobile armour mode in grey

Behind the scenes

Masanobu Oku was the original mechanical designer.

Appearances

The MSA-005X-1 Methuss X-1 was a prototype transformable mobile suit developed by Anaheim Electronics for AEUG. The “MSA” in the model code stands for mobile suit of AEUG. The “005” in the model code indicates that it was the fifth mobile weapon designed for AEUG. The “X-1” refers to it being the first experimental unit.

History

Anaheim Electronics embarked on Project Zeta to develop the next generation mobile suits for the Anti-Earth Union Group. The MSA-005X-1 Methuss X-1 was one of the early prototype units to emerge from Project Methuss. The Methuss X-1 and its successor MSA-005X-2 Methuss X-2 eventually led to the development of the MSA-005 Methuss, the first mobile suit from Project Methuss that could be fielded in actual combat.

Several members of the design team were previously from the Hervic Company team that designed the FF-X7 Core Fighter during the One Year War. In UC 0087, the team conducted trials at the California base to test the transformation capabilities of the Methuss X-1 in various combat situations. It was unable to withstand the stress of transforming at subsonic speed and disintegrated.

MSA-005X-1 Methuss X-1 in mobile armour mode

MSA-005X-1 Methuss X-1 in mobile armour mode

Design

Project Methuss was one of the development paths under Anaheim Electronics‘s Project Zeta, the next generation development programme commissioned by the AEUG. Project Methuss aimed to develop transformable mobile suits. The MSA-005X-1 Methuss X-1 was the first prototype to emerge form the project.

Air superiority in a 1G environment was a key feature for Project Methuss. The design team modelled the Methuss X-1’s mobile armour mode after an air combat fighter. The team aimed to surpass the performance of the Earth Federation‘s NRX-044 Asshimar.

The Methuss X-1’s design featured stealth properties that made it harder to be detected by radar. Its tail stabilisers proved to be a sucessful design feature and was subsequently adopted by the Zeta Plus series and other transformable mobile suits. It’s clipped wing design allowed stable high-speed flight.

It was built with Gundarium alloy. It was a reproduction of the Luna Titanium alloy used by RX-78-2 Gundam that Zeon developed on Axis by Anaheim Electronics.

Rocket thrusters with a combined output of 98,000 kg provided main propulsion for the Methuss X-1. Twelve sets of vernier thruster and apogee motors provided fine adjustments.

The Methuss X-1 had a standard panoramic cockpit with linear seat in its torso.

MSA-005X-1 Methuss X-1 in blue

MSA-005X-1 Methuss X-1 in blue

MSA-005X-1 Methuss X-1 in mobile armour mode in blue

MSA-005X-1 Methuss X-1 in mobile armour mode in blue

Armaments

The MSA-005X Methuss X-1 did not carry any weaponry. It was a prototype built for testing the transfomation function.

MSA-005X-1 Methuss X-1 in green

MSA-005X-1 Methuss X-1 in green

MSA-005X-1 Methuss X-1 in mobile armour mode in green

MSA-005X-1 Methuss X-1 in mobile armour mode in green

MSA-005X-1 Methuss X-1 in grey

MSA-005X-1 Methuss X-1 in grey

MSA-005X-1 Methuss X-1 in mobile armour mode in grey

MSA-005X-1 Methuss X-1 in mobile armour mode in grey

Behind the scenes

Masanobu Oku was the original mechanical designer.

Appearances

Anime