Thu, 25 May 2000 20:29:16 EDT

  What's the purpose of combining Gundam's, flexibility? Can't the parts of
the Gundam be shot down, before the parts have a chance to combine into the
Gundam? Does another Gundam use covering fire to protect the parts as they
are combining into a Gundam? I like the idea, but its very Voltronish. What I
am trying to say, what realistic purpose do combining Gundam's serve? I know
Gundam is just fiction, but its suppoesed to be a "realistic" mecha show.

In a message dated 5/25/00 8:10:35 PM Eastern Daylight Time,

<< A typical mission with ZZ goes like: 3 human pilots fly the top part, the
 Core Fighter, and the bottom part out. At the battle (don't ask me why
 they wait until the last moment to combine), the three units combine and
 you are left with a ZZ Gundam and 2 extra Core Fighters (and 2 extra human
 pilots). The ZZ stomp on the bad guys, the extra Core Fighters try to
 hide in some nooks and crannies and stay alive. But very often they
 become a liabilty and so the ZZ has to take a break from the battle and
 come babysit the Core Fighters.
 In V, the top and bottom parts (without the Core Fighters) each have
 artificial intelligence which is smart enough to stay around the human
 pilot and not get shot down (usually). Once in a while, they can be
 remotely commanded to provide support fire. But that's risky because the
 AI is not smart enough to stay alive in the fray of battle. Sometimes,
 the unmanned top or bottom parts get shot down and more (there are usually
 enough spare parts, the V Gundams are all mass-produced) has to be
 launched. The unmanned top or bottom parts are also sometimes used in
 ramming attacks. Their nuclear reactor is supposed to be effective
 against big ships and installations. >>


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