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Ganbare! SD Gundam

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Right between the... eye

This continues to bug me: why do several Zaku suits, like the Zaku I here, have a bar running down the middle of the face, blocking the mono-eye sensor if it's in the center? Even two of my favorites, the Schuzrum-Gallus and the Zssa, do this too. I get that it deflects punches and is a structural feature, but why not, y'know, make it clear? Or create an entire visor around the head?

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Posted by atom smasher on 13 August, 2015 - 07:19
I could think of several "military" reasons but...

...I suspect the main one is that it serves as a simple visual aid for the audience between the Zaku I and II, and in later designs simply as a stylistic call-back.

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Posted by F-ZeroOne on 13 August, 2015 - 13:19
I always thought of the

I always thought of the center bar as a support for the armor on the forehead. Since MS also use melee weapons, you can assume that the head would be exposed so some type of blunt force attack. If all you have there supporting that armor is the clear glass of a visor (like the Zaku II), it could collapse and block the pilot's visibility altogether. Even though the Zaku II doesn't have a central bar, it still has two bars on the sides of the visor, just like the Zaku I. I love that crying Zaku, BTW. I need one of those for my desk.

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Posted by Heavyarms on 13 August, 2015 - 15:37
 
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