I’ve had this guy since it was first launched, and now it’s finally time to see if it’s “Excitement Embodied” as advertised.
Before even opening the box, I’ve decided to not paint the kit. I’ll assemble, clean, touch-up any nub marks, apply decals, panel lining and finally a matt top coat. If the quality of the kit is indeed as high as they say there won’t be parts moulded in incorrect colours, seams or other ugly artefacts
That said cleaning if I was painting the preparation of the parts would be much quicker. This is giving me much more trouble than anticipated 😛
This thing, really is complex. The part count rivals the bigger master grades, but with very small parts, and that’s mostly the armour since the inner frame, unlike the bigger MG’s is just half a dozen parts with all the joints already assembled in the sprue. Ingenious.
But lets take a look
But even though these legs are impressive in the details, the waist is even more impressive
Something that many times has little more than half a dozen parts and looks good, couldn’t be so simple on this kit, oh no. If you don’t want to count I’ll do it for you, those are 38 parts, just for the waist area. But damn after all the work it will look good. Also. keep in mind that even though it’s likely that in these pictures, you can’t discern the differences in tone very well, if you look closely there are 2 different shades of grey for the armour which really enhances the look.
Besides these I’ve also done the chest backpack and one arm, that are just as awesome as these but not more to make me add anything specific for them. With the exception that there is one nub mark in the chest that is very big, very hard to clean and in a very visible spot. Come on bandai, you could have done better there.
The backpack does not have an insane part count but is surprisingly cooler that I expected.
The pieces above the thrusters are incredibly tiny and are able to move around !
So the main body is done, only missing one arm and the head, then it will be time for the weapons and core fighter. That said I may not finish this kit as soon as anticipated as I’m planning on entering two kits for the Gundam Eclipse Summer Wars competition, and those will take precedence, but it will be good to come back to this once in a while as it is a very fun build.