Su, Rodrick (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sat, 2 Oct 1999 09:09:33 -0700
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Kev K [mailto:email@example.com]
> Okay, so I'm crazy over the OYW designs, much like all old
> school gundam
> fans. I want to talk about the Zeon MS Dom. Okay so we know
> it has the
> hovering ability, which makes it a very agile MS. That's a
> good thing, since
> fast moving targets are harder to shoot down compared to a
> running MS.
> Second, the beam scattering weapon. I don't know much about
> this little
> gadget except for the very few usages seen in the Second Gundam
> Movie,"Soldiers of Sorrow" and the gouf battle episode in 8th
> MS team.
> Supposely it's used to blind the opponent during the battle
> but it doesn't
> seem to be quite effective in the shows. But if you played
> the PSX CCA game
> you'll notice how extremelly cheap and powerful this weapon
> can be. Don't
> know what you guys think about this, but personally I think
> this is a hell
> of a weapon. Now, the bazooka. Okay when we see war movies
> we always go,
> "Yay, look at that big ass weapon. It can take down
> everything with one
> blow. And it looks awesome." (Well, at least that's how I
> feel. ^o^) Based
> on my judgement through the gundam shows/movies I've seen,
> bazookas aren't
> that effective in MS warfare.
> I mean how many rounds can you shoot with a bazooka?!?
> Five? Or Ten
> rounds? And after that, no reloads. Unless you go back to
> your mothership
> or base to get another one. Beam rifles and machine guns can
> be reloaded
> since the battery packs and magazines are usually attached to
> the waist.
> Not to mention how cumbersome the bazooka can be during
> battles, since a gun
> is more lighter and maneuverable to use. And also the
> warhead travels much
> slower on a bazooka. Most of the time I see Mobile Suits
> evading a bazooka
> warhead more easily than a gun. The gun can random shoot and
> still hit the
> opponent more accurately. So what's been on the designers'
> minds?? Who
> knows. It could be because of the costs. Or maybe those
> silly designers'
> thought, "Hey this weapon would look good on Dom. Who cares about the
> weapons's accuracy, it's not our problem. It's our buyer's.
> So let's get the
> money and jet."
> Sad but true. If the bazooka was really that effective,
> then why the
> Feds don't use on all their MS. Or why the Zeons had to
> further develop the
> Gelgoog, a MS that can actually wield a beam weapon.
> Hehehe... If you want
> more proofs, just look at 0083. The majority of Rick Doms
> wield the machine
> gun instead of the bazooka. I think the MG Dom shouldn't
> even come equipped
> with the panzer fausts and machine gun. To me it's more like an after
> thought with the folks at Bandai. And of course that's also
> an excuse for
> them to jack up the model's price to 4000 yen. ;) Don't get
> me wrong, I
> love the Dom, I bought the model despite of warnings from friends who
> disliked the design. It's just that the thought of using a
> bazooka bugs me.
Dom and Rick Dom were not supposed to be a general purpose MS that Zaku II
were. They were designed to fill a very specialized role, and it greatly
exceeded the original design specification. Since Zaku's replacement
Gelgoog ran into design and production problem, Dom were dragooned into the
As other have mentioned, Dom and Rick Dom were meant to fire their bazooka
at large target.
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