Engineer Builds a Functional 'Gundam' Inspired Giant Robot With an Arm Cannon

Sunday, 15 April 2018 - 5:05PM
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Sunday, 15 April 2018 - 5:05PM
Engineer Builds a Functional 'Gundam' Inspired Giant Robot With an Arm Cannon
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There's precious few people who would turn down the chance to pilot a giant robot - or at least, we like to think so.

But unfortunately, until a giant monster invasion necessitates the use of giant robots like in Pacific Rim, the only way to get anything resembling one is to build it yourself. And that's precisely what Masaaki Nagumo, a longtime Mobile Suit Gundam fan and engineer who works at the farming machinery manufacturer Sakakibara Kikai, did.

Meet LW-Mononofu, a machine that stands at 28 feet (8.5 meters) tall and weighs about 7.7 tons. It's capable of movings its limbs, walking forward, firing sponge balls from its arm-mounted air cannon, and just like any good giant robot, it needs to piloted by climbing inside of it. It even has monitors in the cockpit to see whatever Mononofu is battling outside.

Unfortunately, it's a little too big to get through the door of the garage where it was built. See it in action below:



The aforementioned arm cannon is capable of firing its sponge balls at a whopping 87 miles per hour (140 kilometers per hour), although it wouldn't necessarily be able to compete in the Japan vs. USA giant robot battle from last year. But it's not really designed for combat in the first place - it's designed to help fans of giant robots live out their dreams of piloting one.

While this is certainly the biggest robot that Nagumo has built, it's not the first. He has a collection of smaller robots, including one which greatly resembles the menacing ED-209 robot from RoboCop, which he rents out to kids' parties and other venues for 100,000 yen ($930) per hour. It's pricey, but these are some impressive machines.

Mononofu, even if it could leave its room, can only walk at less than 0.6 miles per hour (1 kilometer per hour), so don't expect it to travel outside Japan anytime soon. Stateside, we have some giant robots like the monstrosity that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos piloted, and had it been piloted by anybody besides the world's closest equivalent to Lex Luthor, it would've been really cool.

But at some point, giant robots will have to become more commonplace, because that would be a really disappointing future otherwise. Hopefully kaiju won't have to attack for that to happen, but hey, beggars can't be choosers.

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