Edward Ju (gundam@loop.com)
Thu, 30 Sep 1999 14:38:39 -0700


>And for those who don't know Syd Mead, he
>was the guy who designed the mechanics for Blade Runner and Aliens(yeah kick
>ass movie). So are you telling me this guy doesn't know how to design??

Actually, I think the designs he submitted for the Aliens production was
ultimately rejected, and it shows in the sketches that came in the supplements
of the LD boxset.

Just because one has a talent in industrial design does not mean one has
what it takes to come up with a reasonable/convincing mechanical design.
Witness the feet of the Flat, for example. It looks like a MS on high heels,
with minimal ground-touching surface. Can you imagine the kind of stress
on the ground where the heels connect? And this is designed for combat?
It probably has a heck of a time balancing itself. When the need for
suspension of disbelief has been stretched this far, it is no longer sci-fi
because the science part has been obliterated.

Eddie

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