Stuart Ng (silentaxis@geocities.com)
Sat, 10 Jul 1999 16:57:22 -0700


All cleared up now. :)

>At 23:15 7/9/1999 -0700, you wrote:
>>This is another thing of why I'm confused. XD I thought they were bits as
>>well until when in some games they called them funnels. I don't remember
>>if CCA for the PSX called everything funnels, but then I do remember that
>>in Battle Master 2...for every remote attack that used the psycho frame the
>>announcer said "funnel attack!". Then there are some info sites that call
>>them funnels...etc... However, I do remember reading Federick's translated
>>novel of Tomino's 0079 and there he called them bits. I kinda trust the
>>translation more. :)
>
>A Bit is a remotely-controlled drone, equipped with a fusion reactor,
>thrusters, remote-control system, mono-eye type optical sensor and a beam
>gun -- a small unpiloted ship. The Bits used on the MAN-08 Elmeth were 8.4
>meters in length, roughly spherical with the beam gun projecting from one
>end and vernier nozzles on the other. The beam guns are in the 10 to 20 MW
>range.
>
>Later on, we see Reflector Bits, which carry an I-field generator instead
>of a beam gun. These are used like mirrors to deflect beams, either as a
>defense or to allow the attacker to shoot around a corner at an enemy
>hiding behind, say, an asteroid.

>
>A Funnel is a refinement of the Bit. While it still has the remote-control
>system (Psychom or Incom), propulsion system, targeting sensors and beam
>gun, it lacks the (relatively) bulky fusion reactor, using an Encap
>instead. This makes it considerably smaller and faster than a Bit, but
>limits the range somewhat.
>
>The Fin Funnel is actually a Bit, because it has an onboard reactor. It
>consists of a cubical core with two hinged fins. These two fins fold down
>to form the sides of the funnel, hence the name. (The fact that they are
>linked together in the open position to form a fin for the RX-93 Nu Gundam
>obscures this fact and furhter confuses the issue.) The Fin Funnel has
>both a beam gun and an I-beam generator, so it works as both a Bit and a
>Reflector Bit. Additionally, a tetrahedral array of four Fin Funnels can
>form a pyramidal barrier field around the parent MS.
>
>Bits and Funnels were both developed by Zeon. The Fin Funnel was developed
>by the Federation, which didn't make a distinction. The confusion has been
>with us ever since.
>
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