Mark Wilson (
Mon, 23 Oct 2000 5:49:35 -0400

> [Original Message]
> From: Franz Co <>
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> Date: 10/23/00 12:17:50 AM
> Subject: Re: 0083 (was: Re: [gundam] gundam w aint no gundam!)
> ------Original Message------
> From: Joseph Riggs <>
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> Sent: October 20, 2000 4:04:21 PM GMT
> Subject: Re: 0083 (was: Re: [gundam] gundam w aint no gundam!)
> garrick lee wrote:
> > but the superiors never let alpha, monsha, south
> > burning himself or anyone else handle the gp01 after
> > kou appropriated it. it all came down to who nina
> > disliked less at that moment of instantaneous
> > decision: rookie kou uraki or obnoxious bernard
> > monsha.
> >
> > you'd think the superior officers would know better.
> >Or maybe they did. After all, it was an untested prototype >that Kou was
> >flying. Maybe they just wanted to make sure that if it >unexpectedly
> >up, or something like that, then the pilot who was killed would >be a
> >rookie with no combat experience instead of a difficult to >replace
> >veteran?
> >heehee
> >-jk-
> >junior
> I do notice that unlike modern armed forces, the EFSF prefers to use
> as test pilots as compared to, let's say the USAF using experienced
> veterans. I also noticed that they tend to send out prototypes/test units
> out into combat even to the point of having part of a whole battalion
> with test units (08th MS). Why do you is this so?

Because the good people who write the things are constrained by any aspect
of reality. The argument "a new guy would do better than an old guy
because he doesn't know what to expect" is baloney. It is having
experience in the way something (actually many somethings) handles that
makes a test pilot valuable.

The prototype issue I think comes from this: Since MSG, has ONE Gundam
series had the main mech survive any length of time? Examples: 0083--all
new mechs by episode 8. Wing--all new mechs for the mains except SandRock
and Heavyarms by ep 24. Gundam X, new GX every 10 episodes. 08th: New
mechs practically every episode, with the EZ8 showing up in 9.

1. It keeps the show interesting

2. Bandai certainly isn't complaining!

Mark Wilson

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