Alex Perez (
5 Sep 2000 01:29:11 -0700

Good point, very insightful! A more cynical reason, though, is that the brighter colors make the merchandise, models in particular, much more marketable! -_- Dark Gundams and MS would be just plain boring!

On Mon, 04 September 2000, James Boren wrote:

> This question has come up a number of times before, i.e. why char,
> Ranba Ral and other aces would paint their MS in easy to target
> colors. Well, I believe I've come across the most reasonable
> rational...
> Many airforces require multiple witness in order to verify a kill for
> a pilot. Having a very distinctive aircraft, or MS makes such
> verification easier. Some grunt can say, "oh yeah I saw this pink
> gelgoog take out two GM over at sector x" and it is easier to confirm
> the pilot's identity than say, "oh yeah there was this green zaku, I
> think it had a one on it's shoulder, or maybe it was a 7?" Aces would
> more than likely be willing to put up with the increased risk in
> order to get all their kills confirmed. (I suppose this reason is
> negated by modern gun and missile cameras?)
> Another reason for the colors is that squad leaders would want to be
> distinctive so that their pilots could quickly identify their leader
> and know whether to retreat, get in formation, etc. This would be
> very important with the limited communications of the Gundam era. In
> fact, in the flying circuses of WWI, every plane was painted
> differently so that everyone could indentify each other quickly in a
> dog fight. Thus experienced pilots could quickly come to the aid of
> the novices, if they saw they were in trouble.
> And then we have the good old intimidation factor.
> So proudly paint your MS in day-glo colors!
> -James
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