Early-war unit that garners a fearsome reputation but is quickly outclassed by newer and better designs? Yeah, the Zaku would probably be an appropriate comparison, and possibly intentional given the model number and general Space Pacific motif of 0079. The only difference is that the Zaku isn't protected solely with tinfoil and NIPPON BANZAI.
>Cheap, fast, lightweight, about as durable as a condom made from chocolate ice cream.
But we already have the Ohka. In fact it's the King of Ohka.
I'm not sure if I love or hate it when the Japs make WWII references in their anime.
For one I think naming something the Type Zero is sorta lazy, but I also can't deny the linguistic beauty of the name.
Needs more WWI references.
I feel that 'Zero' is a rather appropriate name for something like a prototype or the very first production model.
For example, the combat cyborgs in Nanoha.
Ginga and Subaru were the 2 prototypes, they were called Type-Zero. Ginga was called Zero-First by Jail Scaglieti, and Subaru is presumably Zero-Second.
The other combat cyborgs were pretty much named with numbers.
Personally I think the original GM is a better equivalent for the Zero, since the GMs were basically just screen time fillers that got blown up by Rick Doms. Early on at least, we got to see Zakus put up some of a fight.