Rodrick Su (rsu@tigana.com)
Mon, 24 Jan 2000 20:52:26 -0800


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Edward Ju
> Sent: Monday, January 24, 2000 3:05 PM
> The S-type is supposed to have improved performance over the
> grunt suits of
> the F/J variety, but the official story keeps changing - in the original
> series and first Gundam movie, Char's S-type is supposed to move
> at 3 times
> as fast as a regular Zaku. Over the years, that performance
> boost ratio has
> been steadily downgraded through model kit manuals, publications, and even
> supplement materials from OVA LDs. Last year Mark Simmons wrote a good
> report on the topic which includes Bandai's latest stats according to the
> PG Char's Zaku II kit, which reduced its peformance down to only 20 or 30%
> over the regular Zaku (as opposed to being 3 times as fast). One of the
> supplements to the 08th MS Team LD reconciles the apparent conflict by
> claiming that Char achieved three times the velocity of a regular Zaku II
> by timing his thrusts as he bounced off Fed battleships in his attack runs
> during the Battle of Ruum, where he earned the Red Comet nickname because
> his speedy maneuvers left a trail like a comet.
>
> As someone here pointed out (I think it was Tet), that doesn't explain how
> the White Base crew got his speed to be three times that of a normal
> Zaku II, based on the instruments readout as the carrier was leaving
> Side 7, however...
>

Seriously though, it's not a good idea to outfly one's wingmen. And Zaku is
usually deployed in threes. Char may very well do just fine outflying his
wingmen, but lesser pilots in those S type will do less well without wingmen
coverage.

[ Rodrick Su [ ]
[ rsu@tigana.com [ Life is a work in progress ]

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