I like funnels. I always have. To me they represent a great leap in technology to take advantage to the Newtype conceit in the Gundam Franchise.
However, I am aware that some people simply do not share my enthusiasm for these happy things. By virtue of the concerns raise by these people (see Further Reading), I admit that there are certain shortcomings in the depiction of these very happy things.
Well, Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn changes everything.
The History of Funnels and Funnel Development
The use of conventional remotely controlled weapons is all but impossible in space due to interference from Minovsky particles. To overcome this, Zeon scientists created the bit, a remote weapon controlled by amplified psycho-waves from Newtype pilots, which could operate even in areas of space with high Minovsky particle levels. After the One Year War, Zeon engineers on Axis continued researching remote weapons technology.
After the war, Federation scientists obtained much of the Zeonic Company’s Newtype research and established Newtype Labs of their own. Federation Newtype research eventually led to the creation of the Psycho Gundam Mk 2. Based off the MSN-02 Zeong, this unit was armed with mega beam cannons, as well as psycommu weapons such as a wired beam sword and reflector bits. The reflector bits weren’t weapons in their own right, but can redirect the Gundam’s shots to hit targets which were hiding in blind spots, or can be used defensively to deflect incoming shots. The wire-controlled beam saber made possible all-range attack capability.
On Axis, Neo-Zeon engineers created the Incom, a remote beam gun capable of being used by non-Newtypes. However, it was Newtypes with their heightened awareness and reflexes that truly advantage of remote weapons potential. The Axis-developed MX-004 Qubeley introduced the new funnel system. Previously bit were enormous, nuclear powered weapons, which were useful, but not easily transported and deployed. Funnel technology improved the efficiency of these remote weapons, making them smaller and more agile.
As funnel technology evolved, a series of Mother Funnel and Child Funnel systems were developed. The Mother Funnel main unit possesses an independent generator that allows for attacks to be made by
separate attack pods. The system can also be used as a battlefield sensor, holding up to fourteen funnels inside the main unit. This system enabled attacks to be made on long range enemies and was
primarily used by the AMX-015 Geymark.
The fin funnel system was created as a Newtype funnel system for the RX-93 Nu Gundam. At the time the Nu Gundam was developed, funnels primarily looked like small canisters, but the fin funnel system used by the Nu Gundam contained larger fin-shaped planks that helped to increase the active time in which the units could be deployed.
Each fin funnel consists of three fin sections and a mini-generator that stabilizes the funnel and improves fuel consumption. The biggest tactical advantage of the fin funnel is the added I-field components which allow them to create a defensive barrier.
Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack Technical Manual, 1998
See these bits and funnels through the ages in this animated musical presentation!
Here be some Funnels. Can you identify which funnel belongs to which Gundam story? (HARD MODE: Can you identify which funnel belongs to which mobile suit?)
LET’S ALL NEWTYPE!
Resistance to the idea of funnels (and Newtypes) characterized much of ghostlightning’s problems with Gundam as a franchise [->]
Bonus: Haman Karn deploys funnels Itano Circus style [->]