-Z- (z@gundam.com)
Thu, 5 Oct 2000 17:41:02 -0700


> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gundam@1u.aeug.org [mailto:owner-gundam@1u.aeug.org]On
> Behalf Of Hobbitmastr@aol.com
> Sent: Thursday, October 05, 2000 16:39
> To: gundam@aeug.org
> Subject: [gundam] Mobile Armor?
>
> http://www.ehobbyland.com/BB-G0-Set4a.jpg
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> Does anybody know what that red, star-shaped one to the left is called? I
> haven't seen it anywhere.

This is why it's a good idea to learn the Japanese katakana and hiragana
alphabets, because the name is spelled out right there: Rafflesia. It's from
Gundam F91. The others, moving clockwise, are the Apsarus III (08th MS Team),
Psycho Gundam (Z Gundam), Ball (Gundam), "Lalar [Type] Mobile Armor" = Elmeth
(Gundam), Val Varo (Gundam 0083), and Brau Bro (Gundam), with the Magella Attack
(Gundam) in the center.

The XMA-01 Rafflesia is the Mobile Armor piloted by Iron Mask Koroso Ronah at
the end of Gundam F91. It's named for the flower that it resembles, a Malaysian
dicotyledonous plant that, like the orchids for which the Gundam 0083 MS are
named, are paasitic on other plants. Rafflesia -- named for Sir Stanford
Raffles, colonial administrator of Malaysia at the time of its discovery in
1930, for whom the famous Raffles Hotel in Singapore was also named -- has
fleshy and notoriously foul-smelling apetalous flowers emerging from the host,
imbricated scales in place of leaves and no stems.

1991 was a big year for flowery names in Gundam. Gundam F91 gave us the
Rafflesia and Gundam 0083 the Zephyranthes, Physalis, Dendrobium, and Gerbera
Tetra.

Talk about putting the petal to the metal...!

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