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by Gelmax
Wed Sep 16, 2009 10:08 pm
Forum: Mecha and Technology
Topic: Real World VTOL Dropships compared to Modern Day Helis
Replies: 94
Views: 7672

Re: Real World VTOL Dropships compared to Modern Day Helis

Kirby, it's true that we can't have a conversation like this. But why? Because you just ignore what I post and instead argue with a strawman which just so happens to present the same points you've decided you can refute. It's not necessarily true that an atmospheric reentry would use aerobraking. It...
by Gelmax
Wed Sep 16, 2009 10:49 am
Forum: Mecha and Technology
Topic: Real World VTOL Dropships compared to Modern Day Helis
Replies: 94
Views: 7672

Re: Real World VTOL Dropships compared to Modern Day Helis

But enough of that. In any case, it seems that you've misunderstood or misinterpreted the point that I've been driving at. I haven't been disagreeing with you on what's required for a totally successful invasion at all. Of course the invader wants to achieve clear superiority over the battlefield. ...
by Gelmax
Tue Sep 15, 2009 4:07 am
Forum: Mecha and Technology
Topic: Why don't "Real Robots" Have Skins Like Us?
Replies: 31
Views: 3165

Re: Why don't "Real Robots" Have Skins Like Us?

This is generally addressed in the more itty-gritty Gundam shows like IGLOO and 08th MS Team. Yes, one guy with a handheld weapon can knock a MS out of action. However, doing so was not a pretty job, as the casualty rate was tremendous. 08th MS Team's guerrillas had a good few casualties against dam...
by Gelmax
Tue Sep 15, 2009 3:47 am
Forum: Mecha and Technology
Topic: Why no artillery in Gundam?
Replies: 43
Views: 4024

Re: Why no artillery in Gundam?

Regarding IGLOO's Jormungand long-range beam cannon, the problem wasn't really directly due to interference. Rather, the gun was built with the intention of having targeting data relayed to it from the frontlines (presumably using laser communication), but the higher-ups decided to try out the mobil...
by Gelmax
Tue Sep 15, 2009 3:15 am
Forum: Mecha and Technology
Topic: Pegasus II?
Replies: 18
Views: 2243

Re: Pegasus II?

It's quite possible that the Pegasus II was just a regular ship, not remarkable enough to appear in animation. Similar to Star Trek's Enterprise-B and Enterprise-C, which didn't appear until several years after the start of TNG (which starred the Enterprise-D), and each only appeared because it happ...
by Gelmax
Thu Aug 27, 2009 11:43 pm
Forum: Mecha and Technology
Topic: Real World VTOL Dropships compared to Modern Day Helis
Replies: 94
Views: 7672

Re: Real World VTOL Dropships compared to Modern Day Helis

I'm confused at this point, is a computer handling it or a person? The AA system that is. Your immediate reply seemed to imply that we were talking about the same thing. The use of AA missiles would still vary considering the speed at main re-entry. Over mach 20 in a high pressure and friction envi...
by Gelmax
Thu Aug 27, 2009 11:13 am
Forum: Mecha and Technology
Topic: Real World VTOL Dropships compared to Modern Day Helis
Replies: 94
Views: 7672

Re: Real World VTOL Dropships compared to Modern Day Helis

You seem to completely ignore the factor of speed and time, as well as problems concerning the AA itself. Droppods aren't going to be floating down at a measly speed or even that compared to jets (which most humans can't at that point even when in linear motion, the CIWS are also far from perfect w...
by Gelmax
Thu Aug 27, 2009 12:28 am
Forum: Mecha and Technology
Topic: Real World VTOL Dropships compared to Modern Day Helis
Replies: 94
Views: 7672

Re: Real World VTOL Dropships compared to Modern Day Helis

It would take some seriously good gunners for them use AA turrets to gun down those drop pods. Not really, unless your idea of "AA turrets" is a guy sitting there with a turret-mounted machinegun and pointing it at the sky. Typically, drop pods follow a very predictable path, making them quite easy...
by Gelmax
Wed Aug 26, 2009 12:54 pm
Forum: Mecha and Technology
Topic: Real World VTOL Dropships compared to Modern Day Helis
Replies: 94
Views: 7672

Re: Real World VTOL Dropships compared to Modern Day Helis

500 years from now and we are still rotary wing craft for troop transport? Maybe. In Cowboy Bebop, I always wonder if they can have 'gate' technology, why are they still using 20th century handguns like Baby Eagle, Walters and HKs. In Starship Troopers, it was mention that a re-entry droop will hav...
by Gelmax
Wed Aug 26, 2009 2:39 am
Forum: Mecha and Technology
Topic: The Official 00 Mecha Thread Mk XV
Replies: 581
Views: 56755

Re: The Official 00 Mecha Thread Mk XV

But wait; if the head got scrapped from the design, wouldn't the cockpit be the next obvious target? The suit is really just a double edged sword here. The cockpit, though, can be better protected - there's a limit to the amount of armor you can put on sensors, for obvious reasons, and thus they te...
by Gelmax
Wed Aug 26, 2009 2:29 am
Forum: Mecha and Technology
Topic: Real World VTOL Dropships compared to Modern Day Helis
Replies: 94
Views: 7672

Re: Real World VTOL Dropships compared to Modern Day Helis

Well, the "it's a videogame" thing isn't really applicable because Halo does have a lot of side content and there's a fair variety of vehicles in the "extended universe"; it's just that a minimal amount of non-drivable human vehicles appear in the main game trilogy. As a result, specialized stuff ra...
by Gelmax
Tue Aug 25, 2009 12:28 pm
Forum: Mecha and Technology
Topic: Real World VTOL Dropships compared to Modern Day Helis
Replies: 94
Views: 7672

Re: Real World VTOL Dropships compared to Modern Day Helis

His mention of the Pelican from Halo makes me think that he's not really referring to dropships according to the definition used here (or, indeed, any real military purpose) - in Halo, "dropship" was used to refer to any airborne troop transport, and although all such dropships were capable of deplo...
by Gelmax
Tue Aug 25, 2009 12:16 pm
Forum: Mecha and Technology
Topic: Transformable machine, why is it faster?
Replies: 10
Views: 1457

Re: Transformable machine, why is it faster?

While MS have thrusters and verniers pointing in many directions to allow reasonable in-combat mobility in combination with AMBAC, in MA mode they usually point all their thrusters in one direction to sacrifice mobility for speed, as others have said. There's a few other smaller but significant aspe...
by Gelmax
Fri Aug 14, 2009 1:59 pm
Forum: Mecha and Technology
Topic: Land Use Zudah
Replies: 21
Views: 2174

Re: Land Use Zudah

Honestly, I doubt that a Zudah Land Warfare Type would be possible. Despite the Zudah's performance in MS Igloo, particularly its very high speed, one has to remember that it was still originally a competitor to the Zaku I. Although its problematic but extremely powerful engine makes it seem like it...
by Gelmax
Fri Apr 03, 2009 12:02 pm
Forum: Mecha and Technology
Topic: What exactly is Hi-nu Gundam?
Replies: 49
Views: 4896

And how HUGE it is compared to Sazabi? Amusingly, the Sazabi is actually taller than the Nightingale, though it weighs some 30-odd tons more - I guess it's because of its MASSIVE bulk. I never realized that. No, the reason he's wondering about it is because the book versions of the mechs were short...
by Gelmax
Fri Apr 03, 2009 3:42 am
Forum: Mecha and Technology
Topic: Question about the Zepyranthes
Replies: 80
Views: 6775

Re: reply

The fact that it was general-purpose and could work under gravity or in space helped too while the GP04G was space-only. Where do you get that from? The GP04 is a general-purpose MS too, and I've never seen anything to show that it was space-only. Secondly, I really don't think that we should use E...
by Gelmax
Wed Apr 01, 2009 12:02 pm
Forum: Mecha and Technology
Topic: Question about the Zepyranthes
Replies: 80
Views: 6775

The GP00 was supposedly a very-all-purpose unit which combined the functions of the various GP suits as much as possible into one ridiculously versatile Gundam; naturally, loading a very, very high-spec mech down with that much very high-spec equipment made it nearly unmanageable, and it ended up be...
by Gelmax
Thu Mar 19, 2009 12:44 pm
Forum: Mecha and Technology
Topic: GM numbers and Federation military structure
Replies: 17
Views: 3019

while under the Vinson Plan, Salamis-class vessels held 3 MS and Magellans seem to have held 4. I think both ships can carry at least four mobile suits. The Gundam Officials encyclopedia puts the capacity of both ship types at four machines; we see four GMs jumping out of a Salamis in episode 42 of...
by Gelmax
Thu Mar 19, 2009 12:35 am
Forum: Mecha and Technology
Topic: GM numbers and Federation military structure
Replies: 17
Views: 3019

The discrepancies from what sources say about how the MS forces were organized and how they were generally grouped in animation seem to originate from several differences between the sources and what we actually saw. First of all, space forces suffered from insufficient carrying capacity - other tha...
by Gelmax
Wed Mar 18, 2009 9:56 pm
Forum: Mecha and Technology
Topic: G Gundam question
Replies: 114
Views: 8528

It seems like the Devil Gundam was at least smart enough on its own - at the very least, it was certainly capable of survival, stealth, identifying strong enemies and allies, and recognizing both its capabilities and its limits. Sure, most of its traps and clever plans came from Master Asia, but the...