Thu, 30 Sep 1999 20:13:42 -0700
At 18:40 9/30/1999 -0700, you wrote:
>Neil Baumgardner writes,
>>Also, the Alex booklet has a pic of the Alex in a somewhat lighter,
>>armed armor package called FSWS. What is it and what does it stand for?
> The FSWS project was something the Federal Forces were working on at
>the end of the war; its aim was to beef up the Gundam with extra
>thrusters, armor, and firepower, to take maximum advantage of its handful
>of newtype pilots. The FA-78-1 Gundam Full Armor Type is but one of a
>number of proposed FSWS designs (another being a booster-equipped
>semi-Gundam that sounded a lot like the G-dash from that Mobility Fleet game).
> The FSWS version of the Alex shown in the manual is, like the green
>Kaempfer, described as a prototype draft. The accompanying test connects
>the Alex to other newtype-oriented upgrades of the Gundam such as the
>magnet-coated G-3 and the FSWS-derived Full Armor Type, saying that it
>draws on all these concepts. Though it's not explicitly stated, the
>illustration may be meant to show how the Alex evolved from the FSWS
>project (indeed, the illustration is very similar to the MSV line's Full
This question came up last year, when Mark was on sabbatical from the list.
In answer to the still-unanswered question regarding what "FWS" means, I
can't find the reference just now but, as I recall, it's "Full Strength
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