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1/48 RX-78 Gundam
November 30, 2009, 12:23 pm
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Mobile Suit Gundam
November 30, 2009, 12:16 pm
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Gundam (ガンダム, Gandamu?) is a metaseries of Japanese anime created by Sunrise studios that features giant robots (or “mecha”) called “Gundam”. The metaseries started in 7 April 1979 as a serial TV show called Mobile Suit Gundam. That first TV series has since spawned a franchise that has come to include works released in numerous media. Titles have appeared in the form of multiple television series and OVAs, movies, manga, novels and video games, among other modes. The story from the original 1979 series has been considerably extended with sequels, prequels, side stories and alternate timelines. As a result, the title “Gundam” has become a collective term for the seven distinct but related timelines that can be pieced together from the stories that appear in the Gundam franchise. Generally speaking, the timelines do not intersect, but they do contain a few common elements such as the titular war machines called Gundam. However, all Gundam timelines/worlds long after their own anime series will eventually intersect and combine back to one in the series Turn A Gundam.

The original timeline for the Gundam series was the Universal Century (UC) series, which included Mobile Suit Gundam (1979) and Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam (1985). Since the 1990s, alternative timelines have been produced and developed, including the Future Century, After Colony, After War, Correct Century, Cosmic Era and Anno Domini timelines.

As of January 21, 2008, the Gundam franchise is a 50 billion yen trademark. In the 2008 ranking of average sales figures for anime copies sold in Japan (1970-2008 total sales figures averaged by episode), Gundam series were in 4 of the top 5 places: Mobile Suit Gundam ranked second, with Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny third, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED fourth, and Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam fifth. Also, New Mobile Report Gundam Wing ranked 18th and Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ ranked 20th. Gunpla’s (Gundam Plastic model) holds 90% of the Japan character plastic model market.

Academic fields in Japan have also viewed the series as a good inspiration in research fields, with the Gundam academy (or officially International Gundam Society) being the first academic institution based on an animated TV series.



Gundam RX-78
November 30, 2009, 11:40 am
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Unit Type: Prototype Close Combat Mobile Suit
Model Number: RX-78-2
Developed from: RX-78-1 Prototype Gundam
Earth Federation Forces “Project V”
Earth Federation Forces
Known Pilots: Amuro Ray, Sayla Mass
Head Height: 18.0 meters
Max Weight: 60.0 meters
Power-plant: Minovsky Ultracompact Fusion Reactor
Power Ouput: 1380 kW
Armor: Luna titanium alloy on Semi-Monocoque frame

Combat Characteristics

The Gundam was incredibly advanced for its time. Built from lightweight Luna Titanium, its frame was both lighter than that of Zeon’s mass-produced Mobile Suits and much sturdier, able to shrug off a Zaku’s machine gun fire with little to no damage. Its offensive power was above and beyond that of the Zeon Zakus. The Gundam would engage in most battles with its Beam Rifle, making it the first Mobile Suit to have firepower equivalent to a battleship beam cannon. In addition, it made use of two beam sabers, a blade of extremely hot plasma which could cut through any metal with ease. Those beam sabers could be extended into a spear-like beam javelin, which could be used to stab into an enemy from a longer distance than the blade of the saber would allow.

The Gundam also used more conventional weaponry: it could be launched with a Hyper Bazooka, the Federation’s answer to the bazookas used by Zeon’s Zakus; in addition, its head was outfitted with a pair of small vulcan cannons, providing it with a last resort weapon as well as a way of attacking light-armored aircraft and vehicles without wasting ammo or energy from its more powerful armaments. It also made use of a very unconventional close-range weapon known as the Gundam Hammer — a large weapon similar to a morning star which could be swung at enemies to deal crushing damage. The Gundam Hammer was eventually upgraded for use in space and outfitted with a number of verniers on the ball, and renamed to be the Hyper Hammer. Lastly, it wielded a large shield which would offer it a defense against enemy attacks that not even its Luna Titanium body could withstand without damage. Gundam pilot Amuro Ray would make use of the shield as a decoy in many battles, taking advantage of its size to fool the enemy into thinking he was charging at them, then attacking the enemy through the shield.

The Gundam was equipped with a sophisticated Learning Computer which would collect pilot and enemy data during skirmishes and allow the Gundam to operate more effectively. The data from the computer was used by the Federation to improve the controls of the Gundam’s mass-produced form, the RGM-79 GM. In addition, it was upgraded by Federation technician Mosque Han shortly before the Battle of Solomon: to improve its reaction times, the joints of the Gundam were given a Magnetic Coating, based on the experimental procedure performed on the RX-78-3 Gundam G-3.

The Gundam makes use of the Core Block System implemented in the other V Project units. The torso of the Gundam is mostly hollow so that an FF-X7 Core Fighter may dock with it. This allows the pilot to jettison the legs and torso of the Gundam should the Gundam be too heavily damaged and gives the pilot a chance to escape from battle.

Gundam RX-78 Life-sized Statue in Japan
September 23, 2009, 12:04 pm
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If you are one of the Gundam fans, then you wouldn’t want to miss this news. Japan, the country where Gundam-Nation was born, has created the real-looking life-sized Gundam Statue for the 30th anniversary of Gundam franchise. The following images will ‘kind of’ blow you away if you are die-hard fans of Gundam:

This Gundam is the RX-78 model, the most popular Gundam model in the series. Although you can actually find a plethora or descriptions and other models as well (from RX-78-1 to RX-78-8), this is the ‘ancestor’ of all.
There are fifty points on the Gundam statue will emit lights, and mists will shoot out of 14 different points on the statue.

The 1/1 scale Gundam boasts a movable head and a continuous stream of cool movement that will sure blow their fan out of the sky.
The celebration is going to be held on July 11, and be shown until August 31st. I’m not sure what kind of show the Otaku or die-hard fans will going to see and feel, but I really want to get a ride on this robot even I’m not Gundam’s fan!