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Red grilles

Of all places, it was the Fleet File Collection 9 in the Leda II entry that finally revealed what those red features are on the FPA flagships. Its appearance on only flagships prior to the Leda II suggests cost or size prevented their widespread inclusion on the standard ships. Iracundus 06:14, 22 October 2011 (UTC)

IIRC, they were used on the ice asteroids to destroy the Artemis Necklace in Episode 24 too, yeah? Vympel 14:26, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
Yes they were, though those seem to have a different appearance. Now technically the Leda II said Bussard ramjet in katakana, but then their description really describes more a pure fuel scoop function for the normal main engine, rather than having a separate engine. The entry says the Leda II was the first use of such a system, previously used on Ajax class flagships, on a cruiser class after the failed invasion of the Empire highlighted the importance of supply. Since the front red parts are the only such features on the large Alliance flagships that resemble even slightly the side intake ports on the Leda II they must be the fuel scoop intakes. Now, "realistically", I don't know how significant the fuel intake would be given the apparently slow speeds they are shown maneuvering at. Iracundus 14:57, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
I mentioned on Talk:Leda II that the way the Bussard collectors are mentioned here (and possibly other articles? I've been trying to avoid Gaiden spoilers so i only skim them) bothers me, because to my knowledge the purpose of the grilles is not stated in the animated series itself. Isn't that correct? If so, it seems like references to 'red grilles' or whatever are appropriate for the main body, but descriptions of their purpose should be limited to the Appendices sections. It is especially worrisome to me in this case because it's not even sourced (so readers will naturally wonder how we drew the conclusion). What do you think?  ♥ kine @ 14:05, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
Nice find, although, I'm not surprised since intakes in space can only be bussard type scoops. IMHO with an average of one atom density they are hardly economic. Almael 19:10, 25 October 2011 (UTC)
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