Federico Makabenta (yenm@iconn.com.ph)
Tue, 21 Mar 2000 07:51:00 +0800

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Where did Lt. Miranda get her resupplies and spare parts for White Base?


----- Original Message -----
From: Mark Simmons <msimmons@powerstudents.com>
To: <gundam@aeug.org>
Sent: Tuesday, March 21, 2000 3:07 AM
Subject: [gundam] Where'd they make the RX-78?

> Hi folks,
> Just for a lark, let me outline for you a vexing question I've been
> puzzling over for the last few days. This one may be of interest to Dafydd
> and the Newtype Asylum inmates...
> Where were the RX-78 Gundam and the other Operation V prototypes made?
> they developed at Jaburo, and then shipped out to Side 7 for final tests,
> created from scratch at Side 7?
> The earliest writers on the subject reckoned that the prototype RX mobile
> suits were created at Jaburo. Gundam Century claimed, and the MSV books
> kit manuals echoed, that the first incarnations of the Gundam and
> (the RX-78-1 and RX-77-1) were completed at Jaburo shortly before the beam
> rifle was finalized. It turned out that their power output was too low to
> run the beam rifle, so three of each type were sent to Luna Two for
> precision reactor adjustments that were only possible in microgravity.
> After refitting at Luna Two, the upgraded prototypes were transferred to
> Side 7 for a final round of tests, plus adjustments for space combat.
> Several more of each type remained at Jaburo - including, we're told, five
> more RX-78-1 version Gundams, which served as testbeds for the GM. (This
> why the GM has a lower power output, and more limited weapons options,
> the Gundam.)
> More recently, it's been claimed that all the prototypes were developed
> entirely at Side 7, since it's the furthest point from Side 3. The MG and
> kit manuals, and the otherwise-definitive Entertainment Bible and Data
> Collection books compiled by Shindosha, make this argument.
> After scrutinizing the early episodes and Tomino's series proposal, I
> find any evidence either way. (I note that the series proposal
> Side 7 only as the place where the final tests are being conducted, not as
> the development site.)
> On balance, I'm inclined towards the classic theory that they were
> at Jaburo. How else could they have enough spare parts left over to
> 20 RX-79[G] units? It's hard to believe that they could have shipped that
> many spare parts back to Jaburo from Side 7. The Jaburo theory also leaves
> few extra Gundams on hand for conversion into the Alex and assorted Full
> Armor Types.
> Also: If the Federation had retrieved enough data from Side 7 that it
> could begin development and production of so many new machines, what would
> it need the Side 7 test data for, much less the prototypes themselves? The
> Jaburo theory posits that the Side 7 machines were substantially improved
> over the versions that remained at Jaburo, but the Federation didn't yet
> have the full details of these improvements. While waiting to get its
> on the upgraded versions, it was forced to use the inferior early models
> templates for mass production.
> -- Mark
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