Re: [gundam] MS Development gap?

Prabal Nandy (nandy@U.Arizona.EDU)
Thu, 18 Mar 1999 13:58:01 -0700 (MST)

> And, while we're at it, I have a pet theory that the Gundam Development
> Project Gundams could be considered synonymous with the mysterious RX-81
> project mentioned in the old MSV books - a post-war effort to "perfect" the
> Gundam. (I'll ignore Okawara's later designs for the RX-81, part of the
> crappy-ass "M-MSV" collection.) After all, the GDP began in UC 0081, and
> the RX numbers are usually derived from the year the project started. For
> that matter, why not consider the Alex the RX-80, in homage to the video
> series title?

  I like that idea! Especially since it's clear that the Alex comes
_after_ the GMs that we see in gundam and in 0080 (I.e., the RGM-79
series) hence you'd expect it to be RX-80... it's not so much a
development of the original gundam as a design for the next generation
Gundam/GM based on lessons learned from the RGM-79 series!

  It particularly bugged me that the GP-series got the prefix RX-78... I
mean, how the hell can you assign the number RX-78 to the massive GP-02?
That's like calling the B-52 the "B-19-IIA" or something like that. RX-81
is a much more logical naming convention.
  Frankly, the obsession of later Gundams with the "-78" designation has
always bugged me, that's one reason I like the V-Gundam's serial-number
style numbering system much better!

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