> I'll explain to you EXACTLY why some people consider THE O (or any thing else
> like that) as a cool Mobile Suit.
The O is one of my fav design also, however I have different idea for
humanoid mechs and here are some on their behalf.
> In terms of "practical" mechanical designs concepts, a humanoid visual is an
> extremely inefficient design. Why have robots walk with human like legs when
> you can simply transport them more easily with tank treads or hovercraft-like
> mechanism. In a real land battle a bipedal design would move way too slowly
> against anything that don't have legs. Not to mention that most mobile suits
> are mainly used in space anyway, so why have legs at all then? A Gundam (and
> other typical MS) design is extremely impracticable in reality. If anything
> like a Gundam would EVER exist, the only reason why it would look like a human
> would be to either create a psychological effect on the enemy or to be used as
> a symbol.
Use of MS varies from space to terrestrial. Even in space, there are
space colonies the MS must operate within. Thus considering for
veratility for general purpose MS, mobility within influence of gravity
must be considered. Remember, the first developer of MS, Zeon had in
mind to take over the earth or at least mess it up real nice, which
meant MS had to be operational on earth surface. So why is moving on
limbs better than treads or hovering? First, think of maneuverability
issue. In order for MS to move other directions than forward of
backward, it simply has to step aside. Vehicles on treads must pivot
around first in order to head in that direction. Hovering presents
diiferent problem. For sudden change in direction, the thrust source
would have to generate a-lot of thrust to do what legged MS would do for
just use friction between ground and its feet. That aside, hovering
device would need large flat area which may be always present on places
like earth. Besides, when MS's do lots of long distance travel, they
seem to be transported by vehicle more efficient in just traveling. And
then even in space, there is that advantage of having limbs to save fuel
via AMBAC. Talking about gundams, though, they are used as almost
propaganda like symbols-bright colors and other ***that would not make
sense normally. Although, all these go down the drain in era of ultra
powerful V gundam and nano ***turn a and g gundam series and the
humanoid form is just for nostalgia sake...
> I personally think its a hell of a lot scarier if I encountered something like
> THE O in space than a Gundam. Because it doesn't have any immediately
> describable features like a humanoid model, it is actually a lot more
> terrifying. Can you even imagine a MS pilot trying to describe THE O to his
> captain on the radio if this was his very first encounter?
I think Neu Ziel or Zeong might be little more scary than the-o.
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