WooJin (bj90662@binghamton.edu)
Mon, 20 Nov 2000 21:21:22 -0500

Hey, don't forget the Funnel Missiles on the Xi Gundam :P

I think in the end, the lack of Newtype weapons result from the rarity of
Newtypes in the UC universe even well into the UC 0100's. It just doesn't
make too much sense to make MSes equiped with weapons that less then .1% of
their pilots can use.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Mark Simmons" <scorpio@best.com>
To: "Gundam List" <gundam@aeug.org>
Sent: Monday, November 20, 2000 8:28
Subject: Re: [gundam] Newtypes and Funnels

> Abet asks,
> >After CCA, the Earth system experienced, well around 30 years of relative
> >peace and order. During such time (F91) why was it that the use of
> >psycommu weapons discontinued? Not really discontinued, but I mean, in
> >0093, they should have known the power of psycommu weapons like the
> >funnels, and by that time, the concept of Newtypes is probably regraded
> >as fact. Why then were there no other Gundams with funnels? (considering
> >that few even remember what a Gundam is by this time)
> Simply put, no naturally-occurring newtypes to use them. I can think of
> only a handful of authentic newtypes in the post-CCA era - Usso Ebbing
> from V Gundam, Tobia Arronax from Crossbone Gundam, the Elefante pilot
> and probably Sherindon Ronah (also from Crossbone Gundam). It's not clear
> whether Seabook and Cecily from F91 are even a little bit newtype.
> On the other hand, the techniques for creating artificial newtypes are
> pretty well-understood - Gyunei Gass from CCA seems perfectly sane. This
> process is applied to Karoso Ronah, Rein Eim (from the Hathaway novels),
> and Fara Griffon and Katejina Loos (at least according to the V Gundam
> novels). Seems to me that genuine newtypes are probably outnumbered by
> artifical ones in this time period.
> Okay, so if you really need a newtype to control the funnels, you can
> always create one. So what's the holdup?
> Well, we do see a variety of remote weapons in the post-CCA time frame,
> just no funnels to speak of. (Only examples I can think of are the
> Elefante and Divinidad from Crossbone Gundam.) We see some mobile suits
> with one or two remote weapons - e.g. the Contio's wired shot claw, which
> is probably a variety of incom, and the Rig Contio's wireless shot claw.
> But mostly it's used to control support mecha, like the Zanneck Base, the
> Genagaozo's back engine unit, and the Gottrlatan's cannon. Since the
> technology is clearly still in existence, there must be some tactical
> reason why funnels are no longer used. Perhaps they're simply considered
> too wimpy in terms of firepower...
> -- Mark
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