Edward Ju (gundam@loop.com)
Mon, 8 Nov 1999 23:21:28 -0800


> The use of "F" to denote the space combat version goes back to Gundam
>Century, and was echoed in the MSV line. The Minelayer doesn't have its
>own letter because it's a simple equipment swap - just an alternate
>backpack for the standard F type, as is pointed out in the accompanying
>kit manual. The Minelayer kit was basically an excuse to put out a better
>kit of the standard Zaku. :-)

I hear you. I haven't seen the kit since it went into storage about 2 years
ago, though...

>>K Shoulder-mounted cannons, mostly deployed in the North America area.
>> Has missile launchers on the hips, mounted sort of like the F-91's
>> VSBR. Not sure if this appeared in Zeta Gundam as well.
>
> It did, but for no plausible reason...

Just so Bandai could reissue some old MSV kits in Zeta boxes to milk fans
for all their worth. Too bad these kits were never reissued in Zeta boxes,
even though each took up a specific number in the 1/144 scale release.

>>Z Psycommu System Testbed. This one was like a legged version of the
>> MSN-01, which yielded the MSN-02 Ziong.
>
> Or the other way 'round - one unit of the Z type was given boosters in
>place of legs, and renamed the MSN-01. (This happened around the same
>time the MS-16 project was changed to the model number MSN-02.)

So the MSN-02 came directly from the MS-06Z, not by way of the MSN-01?

>>You can still catch some of that German Frenzy in the MG Black Tri-Stars
>>kits (MS-05B, MS-06R-1A, and Dom).
>
> The Black Trinary Zaku I kit still amuses me - what a convoluted excuse
>they came up with to do it in the black-and-purple colors! :-)
>
>-- Mark

What was the excuse? Didn't they appear in Giren's Ambition and SD G
Generation as well? I hope they release a Black Tri-Stars version of MG
Gelgoog too... otherwise I'll paint one up real soon!

Eddie

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