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The Big Tray-class is a series of large land battleships first seen in Mobile Suit Gundam. It also appears in Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team and Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO 2: The Gravity Front.

Technology & Combat Characteristics

A hovercraft-based land battleship, the Big Tray was propelled by thermonuclear jet engines and capable of rapidly traversing all terrains, including water.[1][2][3] It was armed with three triple gun turrets, two pointed at the front and one located at the rear. At the front of the ship are two large cannons.[4] The variant used by the Far Eastern Front Army replaced the front cannons with mega particle cannons for increased firepower.[5]

Despite its heavy firepower, it was mostly intended to serve as a mobile command center for generals, and contained a large command room.[1] Under Minovsky particle interference, it relied on the Dragonfly aircraft to search for enemies.[4]

Armaments

  • Large Bow Gun
The ship is equipped with two single guns on the lower part of the bow.
  • Triple Gun
The ship is equipped with one gun each on the port and starboard overhangs and at the rear of the ship. Each turret is able to rotate 180 degrees.

History

The Big Tray-class was originally constructed prior to the One Year War as mobile command centers to supplement the bases of Earth Federation Forces, which were unable to cover all of Earth on their own.[6] During the war, its role became even more vital as Minovsky particles disrupted long range communications, forcing commanders to issue orders from the frontline.[3]

During Operation Odessa, 12 Big Trays participated in battle, including General Revil's flagship, Bataan.[7] Several Big Trays were used as decoys for the Bataan. One of these Big Trays, in the mountains of Lithuania, was destroyed by the Zeon; however, thanks to proper planning from Federation mobile suit pilot Captain Matt Healy, the Earth Federation did not lose any personnel and managed to destroy an MS-09B Dom and two MS-07B Gouf mobile suits.

One Big Tray served as a mobile command center for the Earth Federation Forces in South-East Asia. It played a prominent role in the Earth Federation's efforts to push the final remnants of Zeon's Earth Attack Forces off the Earth. It was guarded by several RGM-79(G) GM Sniper mobile suits.

Since the end of the One Year War, when large-scale offensives ceased to exist, the ship's strategic value rapidly declined. One ship, the Queen Turtle, participated in the defense of the New Guinea base during the Gryps War.[8]

Variants

Gallery

Anime

Games

Notes & Trivia

  • During the making of Mobile Suit Gundam, the complex camouflage pattern of the Big Tray made it very difficult to draw, so most of its scenes either had it immobile or simply sliding across the screen.[9]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Roman Album Extra 42 - Mobile Suit Gundam II: Soldiers of Sorrow (1981), p.72
  2. Entertainment Bible 37 - Mobile Suit Gundam Mechanics Encyclopedia (1991), p.110
  3. 3.0 3.1 Mobile Suit Gundam MS Igloo - Graphic File (2009), p.184
  4. 4.0 4.1 Mobile Suit Gundam MS Igloo - Mission Complete (2009), p.106
  5. Mobile Suit Gundam - Ship & Aerospace Plane Encyclopedia - Revised Edition (2015), p.114
  6. Entertainment Bible 39 - Mobile Suit Gundam - Big Book of Strategy and Tactics (1991), p.26
  7. Entertainment Bible 39 - Mobile Suit Gundam - Big Book of Strategy and Tactics (1991), p.80
  8. Advance of Zeta: The Traitor to Destiny
  9. Roman Album Extra 35 - Mobile Suit Gundam (1980) p.133

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