Joaquin Torres (jltorres@Bellsouth.net)
Mon, 04 Jan 1999 17:01:40 -0500
That's more info than you can shake a stick at. A very large stick, at that!
This post made me think of something...it would be nice if someone (and I'm
looking in your direction, Mr. Simmons...and/or the gundam.com people)
would devote some Web site space to ace pilot bios. I also thought about
this when I assembled my Shin Matsunaga Zaku and realized that the only
thing I could gather from his bio was that he apparently was under Dozul
Zabi in the Battle of Ruum. Ridden, Matsunaga, the Black Trinary...not
much. Maybe just key battles they were in, MS they piloted, etc.
Just an idea,
PS...once again, I am humbled by your history lesson on the MS-14, Mr. Simmons.
Mark Simmons wrote:
> DEVELOPMENT HISTORY
> Development of the mobile suit we now know as the Gelgoog began in April of
> UC 0079, as a successor to the MS-06 Zaku series for use in space - while
> the MS-07 Gouf, and then the MS-09 Dom, were to take over for the Zaku on
> the ground. Initial development proceeded under the model number MS-10, but
> in reaction to the Earth Federation's RX mobile suits (which first entered
> battle in September 0079, though Zeon may have obtained intelligence on
> them a little earlier), the project was radically revamped to counter the
> enemy's beam weapon technology. At this point, the MS-10 project had yet to
> result in a complete prototype, but some parts had been completed - for
> example, the MS-06R-2 High Mobility Zaku uses the generator from the
> scuttled MS-10.
> Anticipating that the redesign of the next-generation space mobile suit
> would be substantially delayed by the incorporation of beam weapon
> technology, the Zeonic Company's developers restarted the project with the
> model number MS-14 (freeing up the model numbers MS-10 through MS-13 for
> the contemporaneous Pezun Project). As an interim replacement for the aging
> Zaku, Zeon considered the MS-06R-2 High Mobility Zaku and the MS-R09, a
> space version of the Zimmad Company's successful MS-09 Dom; the latter was
> chosen for mass production, pending the Gelgoog's arrival.
> As it turned out, the completion of the Gelgoog and its beam weapons took
> a couple of months. In the last weeks of the war, a total of 25 YMS-14
> trial units were produced; one of these was given to Captain Char Aznable,
> the famous "Red Comet," while the other 24 were assigned to a
> specially-formed test corps of ace pilots. For the last month of the war,
> this elite "Ace Corps," based around the Zanzibar-class mobile cruiser
> Chimaera, fine-tuned the Gelgoog, tested new equipment options, and
> practised combat manuevers. However, this took the members of the Ace Corps
> out of the front lines during a critical phase of the war; it was only at
> the final Battle of A Bao A Qu that a squadron of Ace Corps pilots actually
> entered combat. Among the members of this test corps were Johnny Ridden,
> Thomas Kurtz, and Gerald Sakai.
> Meanwhile, mass-production of the Gelgoog began, with essentially no
> changes from the YMS-14 trial version. The primary production lines were at
> A Bao A Qu, and most of the available units were sent into battle during
> the Federation's assault on this space fortress - in the hands, however, of
> inexperienced student pilots and raw recruits. The total production run
> numbered 83 standard MS-14A units, 67 booster-equipped MS-14B units, and 15
> beam cannon-equipped MS-14C units, plus a handful of last-minuted variants
> such as the MS-14F Gelgoog Marine and MS-14Jg Gelgoog Jaeger.
> Though primarily developed by the Zeonic Company of Zaku fame, the Gelgoog
> incorporates technologies from all Zeon's mobile suits. Its beam weapons
> are derived from the beam rifle and beam saber developed by the Federation,
> while its thermonuclear thruster engines are inherited from the MS-R09 Rick
> Dom. The Master Grade kit manual further claims that manufacturing was
> farmed out to all Zeon's mobile suit makers, and the modular design allowed
> Zeon forces to mix and match parts from different vendors, minimizing the
> risk of parts shortages.
> In addition to its superb space combat performance, the Gelgoog is also
> designed for ground combat. It's equipped with supplemental jet engines on
> its arms for short-distance flight within space colonies or on Earth. Some
> variants intended only for space combat replace these jet engines with
> forearm-mounted machine guns, shields, missile launchers, et cetera.
> Think that should give you something to work with... :-)
> -- Mark
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