Chris Maier (oom9@crosswinds.net)
Wed, 5 Jul 2000 22:36:40 -0400


The Guntank 1....it gets rolled out before Matilda visits them, with Hayao
and Ryu in it. In the rest of the story we see the classic prototype.
----- Original Message -----
From: Edward Ju <gundam@loop.com>
To: <gundam@aeug.org>
Sent: Wednesday, July 05, 2000 9:33 PM
Subject: Re: [gundam] Guntank question

> >So...how does the 08th MS team version fit into this?....
>
> It doesn't, because Kondo started on the 0079 manga before The 08th MS
Team
> came out. Additionally, Kondo admits in an interview that he hasn't
really
> been keeping up with Gundam after the alternate universe shows started
> coming out after the early 1990s. It's best to think of Kondo's manga as
> yet another "alternate universe" featuring his own take on the 0079 saga,
> although it's pretty close to the TV series (I've always been wondering
why
> he cut out certain episodes, though, like the almost mecha-less episode
> where Amuro encounters a deserted Zeon soldier hiding on an island with a
> bunch of kids).
>
> >also, why did the
> >White base have one of these Guntanks?
>
> Which one... the prototype or Guntank I? They probably got resupplied
> when Maltilda visited them.
>
> Eddie
>
>
> >----- Original Message -----
> >From: Edward Ju <gundam@loop.com>
> >To: <gundam@aeug.org>
> >Sent: Wednesday, July 05, 2000 6:17 PM
> >Subject: Re: [gundam] Guntank question
> >
> >
> >> > I have a bit of a question about Guntanks.... in Kondo's
adaptation
> >> >of the original series, when we first see the Guntank being rolled
into
> >> >action, it looks vastly different than the TV series version(with
heavier
> >> >cannons and a two-barreled laser where the arms are supposed to be).
> >> >Later, we see it as the more normal Guntank. However, later in the
> >> >adaptation(Vol.2 issue 4 of the Viz adaptation), two of the
"Ver.Kondo"
> >> >Guntanks can be seen coming out of Federation landships during
Operation
> >> >Odessa. So, I'm wondering, were the weapons we see first supposed to
be
> >> >just optional armanent(I'm assuming the Guntank's arms and top
cannons
> >> >can be removed) which were lated incorporated into a mass-produced
> >> >version that we see in the comic?
> >> >
> >>
> >> At the end of the original version of vol. 2 of the Kondo manga there's
a
> >> mecha section featuring Kondo's take on the OYW mechas. It's really
> >> funny how he made fun of the lack of rationale in the Gau's design (the
> >> landing zone was too short and how the Dopps could be moved from the
rear
> >> entry landing zone to the launching area along the wings). Anyway, as
for
> >> the Guntanks, the one that resembles the original Guntank was named the
> >> RX-75 Prototype Guntank, which comes equipped with M556 120mm cannon on
> >> the shoulders and 40mm gatling gun on the arms. The "laser arms" was
the
> >> RGT-76 Guntank I, a mass production model that wasn't made in huge
> >quantites.
> >> The Guntank I's upper torso is a fully functional turret capable of 360
> >> degree rotation, so it can fire sideways if it chooses to. The "laser
> >arms"
> >> are actually anti-air/ground 80mm cannon, and it can carry optional
anti-
> >> ground-based large craft missile launchers on the shoudlers.
> >>
> >> Kondo's essay:
> >>
> >> "The Federation, being a late developer of MS, had earlier perceived
the
> >MS
> >> as an extension of ground-based weapons. The first design to be
> >considered
> >> was mounting humanoid turrets on a thread-based craft. It went into
mass
> >> production due to urgent need at the frontlines. Based on the optional
> >> armament equipped, it can be used as a long-range support unit or an
> >anti-air
> >> unit. Moreover, the thread-based design helps the craft's stable
> >movement,
> >> and is suitable for MS pilot trainees. However, compared to regular
MS,
> >it
> >> has serious flaws in mobility. Therefore it has disappeared on the
> >frontlines
> >> by the end of the One Year War. Besides a few of the prototype Guntank
> >being
> >> made, the heavy armament Guntank II were made in a very small quantity
> >too."
> >>
> >> The RMV-1 Guntank II is huge, at almost 50% taller than the prototype
> >> Guntank. On the shoulders sit 200mm cannon and its arms each carry a
> >> triple rocket launcher. By the time it was developed, the main theater
> >> of war has been moved to space (this is way after Odessa) so only a few
> >> were made before production halted.
> >>
> >> Eddie
> >>
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