This is a video of the 1:1 scale Gundam robot taking a few steps and kneeling down. Not going to lie. I was impressed for a second before realizing the video was sped up 4x. You know what that means, don’t you?
It means it is painfully slow. So slow that one might fall asleep waiting for it complete a kneel and getting back up.
The engineer in me tells me that a robot of this gigantic proportion is not going to work given today’s technology. Gravity demands immense power to lift those legs to make the steps.
However, disregarding the sped up video, it is still pretty surreal seeing a 18 meter (59 feet) tall RX-78F00 moves. Also, we have to note that dear old Mobile Suit here did not make the steps itself nor make the kneel. There is a contraption behind it, a support structure that helped it along.
If you do not want your giant mecha fantasy trashed, we suggest that you not watch the video below, or read any comment at all.
It is depressing to know the laws of gravity won’t allow giant robot to be a thing with the technology we have today.
For the benefit of those who don’t know, the life-size Gundam RX-78F00 mecha is being built in Japan at Gundam Factory Yokohama, a Gundam attraction/experience. Unfortunately, though, it is not a thrill ride.
Image: YouTube (Gundam House).
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