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Reactor locations?

Post by AmuroNT1 » Fri Feb 10, 2012 1:15 pm

I've been thinking about this a lot lately, and I was wondering, is there a "standarized" location for the fusion reactor in MS? I know the model kits do show some location - for example, the Master Grade Zaku II 2.0 has it in the waist. Just mostly wondering if this holds true across the board or if it varies. Also, it'd be really helpful to know how this relates to the AU series and not just the UC.
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Post by Brave Fencer Kirby » Fri Feb 10, 2012 3:42 pm

There doesn't really seem to be a standard, though they're usually near center mass. I seem to recall reactors being in the pelvis/abdomen, torso, backpack, or even the upper legs (though that might have been sub-reactors, rather than the main one).
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Post by Dark Duel » Fri Feb 10, 2012 6:46 pm

Judging from the MG 2.0, the Zaku II at least has its reactor in the lower torso/pelvis area.
The Cosmic Era also confirms that the X_A-series Gundams (Freedom etc...) have their reactor in the same location.
I don't know about any others though.
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Post by Ryujin » Fri Feb 10, 2012 9:32 pm

Brave Fencer Kirby wrote:There doesn't really seem to be a standard, though they're usually near center mass. I seem to recall reactors being in the pelvis/abdomen, torso, backpack, or even the upper legs (though that might have been sub-reactors, rather than the main one).
iirc, the Zeta had them in the upper legs, while the S-Gundam had them in the shoulders (no surprise there) & legs. TMS/TMA types often have the reactors in odd locations due to the physical impositions placed by their transformation sequences.

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Post by AmuroNT1 » Fri Feb 10, 2012 9:41 pm

I think I remember once hearing that the Wing Gundams' reactors were located in the back, above and behind the cockpit; however, it's been ages and I can't recall where I heard it or how legit it is.
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Post by toysdream » Fri Feb 10, 2012 9:56 pm

Zeta (and S Gundam) have reactors in the lower legs, right next to the thrusters. Similar claims have been made for the Dom; for example, Gundam Century says it's "equipped with a total of three thermonuclear reactors (two for its jets and one as a power source)".

Another interesting case is the Zeta II, which has four generators - two in the backpack and one in each leg - and can link them in MA form for higher power output. It's quite likely that other machines of the Methuss line, such as the original Methuss and the ReZEL, have a similar layout.

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Post by balofo » Fri Feb 10, 2012 9:57 pm

toysdream wrote:Zeta (and S Gundam) have reactors in the lower legs, right next to the thrusters. Similar claims have been made for the Dom; for example, Gundam Century says it's "equipped with a total of three thermonuclear reactors (two for its jets and one as a power source)".

Another interesting case is the Zeta II, which has four generators - two in the backpack and one in each leg - and can link them in MA form for higher power output. It's quite likely that other machines of the Methuss line, such as the original Methuss and the ReZEL, have a similar layout.

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What's the source for the Zeta II reactors?

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Post by toysdream » Fri Feb 10, 2012 10:08 pm

balofo wrote:What's the source for the Zeta II reactors?
That's as per the Gundam History 2002 Calendar. Definitely the best Gundam calendar of the century so far, and it has detailed technical explanations and Master Grade-style cutaways of the Gundam Mark III, Zeta II, and Penelope.

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Post by balofo » Fri Feb 10, 2012 10:36 pm

That's as per the Gundam History 2002 Calendar. Definitely the best Gundam calendar of the century so far, and it has detailed technical explanations and Master Grade-style cutaways of the Gundam Mark III, Zeta II, and Penelope.
Cool. Anything interesting on the Penelope(funnel missile launcher location, Odysseus Gundam info, are sand barrels those long things top of the shoulder that swivel forward)? Does it says where the Z II stores its beam sabers, or if it has any other weapons besides the mega launcher?

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Post by Calubin_175 » Fri Feb 10, 2012 11:15 pm

I have ones on the One Year War units based on the Bee-craft cutout book.

Gundam - two on the core fighter, at the tip of the blue section just before it touches the red block.
Guncannon - same as above
Guntank - core fighter presumably, plus one in the B parts, in the middle of that triangular section surrounded by tracks.
GM - upper part of the core block above the cockpit
Gundam Alex - just above the cockpit, the bottom of the blue upper torso.

Zaku - lower waist
Gouf - as above
Dom - don't know exactly, might be near its cockpit block.
Gogg - unknown
Z'Gok - waist - the section between the pelvis and the cockpit.
Acguy - 2 above the cockpit
Gelgoog - waist, behind or the same area as the cockpit
Gyan - unknown
Zeong - unknown
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Post by Ryujin » Mon Feb 13, 2012 5:37 am

While we're on the subject of Minovsky reactors, how compact was 'ultracompact?'
Was there any official information on how small a Minovsky fusion reactor could get, especially after mobile suits were downsized? Take for example the V & V2 Gundams, which featured multiple transforming components.

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Post by Sume Gai » Wed Feb 15, 2012 12:39 pm

toysdream wrote:That's as per the Gundam History 2002 Calendar. Definitely the best Gundam calendar of the century so far, and it has detailed technical explanations and Master Grade-style cutaways of the Gundam Mark III, Zeta II, and Penelope.

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Post by AnimeMun » Tue Feb 28, 2012 12:40 pm

Ryujin wrote:While we're on the subject of Minovsky reactors, how compact was 'ultracompact?'
Was there any official information on how small a Minovsky fusion reactor could get, especially after mobile suits were downsized? Take for example the V & V2 Gundams, which featured multiple transforming components.
Lets see, take the mass of hydrogen, divide by the capacitor resistance, add a dash of Plotonium 238.....and you get Haro.
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Post by Cmdr Harabec » Wed Mar 07, 2012 1:25 am

balofo wrote:
That's as per the Gundam History 2002 Calendar. Definitely the best Gundam calendar of the century so far, and it has detailed technical explanations and Master Grade-style cutaways of the Gundam Mark III, Zeta II, and Penelope.
Cool. Anything interesting on the Penelope(funnel missile launcher location, Odysseus Gundam info, are sand barrels those long things top of the shoulder that swivel forward)? Does it says where the Z II stores its beam sabers, or if it has any other weapons besides the mega launcher?
Quite interested in the Penelope as well. I'd really love to SEE those cutaways in general, but just knowing the armaments would be great. I've always figured the funnel missiles are in the large shoulder boxes and shield boxes (I believe a G-Gen game showed this, is where I got the idea from? Or a fan opening) and the sand barrels are spread all over in the areas that have tiny little openings (shield tips and etc).

Might be getting a bit tangential here, but I've also heard of an Argos unit that was intended to be loaded out with funnels proper, presumably for space use. Any substance to that?

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Post by EleSigma » Thu Mar 08, 2012 12:13 pm

Isn't the Zaku I's reactor right next to the cockpit seat in the torso? I remember seeing images of a MG Zaku I's inner frame and I believe the reactor was visible even when you opened the cockpit hatch?

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Post by Dark Duel » Thu Mar 08, 2012 12:34 pm

I'd have to dismantle my MG Zaku II to be 100% certain, but IIRC it's immediately below the cockpit block, not right next to it.
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Post by EleSigma » Thu Mar 08, 2012 12:39 pm

Dark Duel wrote:I'd have to dismantle my MG Zaku II to be 100% certain, but IIRC it's immediately below the cockpit block, not right next to it.
Not the Zaku II. The Zaku, the MS-05B.

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Post by Dark Duel » Thu Mar 08, 2012 2:07 pm

Ah, the FIRST Zaku. My bad :oops: ...that actually could be the case. I'll look into it, as time allows.
Or maybe Mark or someone can confirm one way or another
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