With its pair of shoulder-mounted recoil-less cannons, its stubby missile fingers, and its dopey tractor treads, the RX-75-4 Guntank from the classic 1979 mecha anime Mobile Suit Gundam has occasionally earned scorn and derision compared to its cooler, sleeker battle-cousins. But thanks to a little arithmetic and some help from Google Maps, an intrepid Gundam fan hopes that the Guntank will earn the respect that it deserves.
この範囲、嘘だと思うけど、ガンタンクの射程範囲です pic.twitter.com/TSC9Ii8F6s— アスカ (@7446asuka) January 2, 2018
Translation: "I thought it was a lie, but this range is the effective firing range of the Guntank."
For reference, the maximum range of the Guntank's 180mm recoil-less cannons is listed on Wikipedia as 260 kilometers (about 162 miles), although the entry notes that the dispersal of Minovsky particles interferes with electromagnetic and radio waves, making accurate machine-assisted, long-distance targetting impossible. Asuka also addresses this point:
これで有効活用できないと言われるのはおかしい（笑）— アスカ (@7446asuka) January 3, 2018
"It's strange that people say it can't be used effectively from this range (lol)
Are Minovsky particles really that effective, I wonder..."
Practically speaking, what do all these numbers mean? Asuka addresses that as well:
一様補足として、タンクのメインのキャノン砲が射程240kmという、どう考えても数値ミスと思える範囲で、それを今の地図に当てはめると、東京から名古屋に砲撃できます（笑） pic.twitter.com/7jB0kxSLuR— アスカ (@7446asuka) January 3, 2018
Translation: "As a common follow-up, if you suppose that the Guntank's main cannon only had an effective range of 240 kilometers, even though it still seems like a numerical error when you think about it, if you apply it to the current map, you can still bombard Nagoya all the way from Tokyo (lol)"
Truly, the Guntank is a fearsome war-machine.
Source: My Game News Flash
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