Bandai did a few crafty things with this kit that they haven’t done before. The first is really hard to see in most pictures of the kit. All of the green circles have letters and lines molded on the inside which match the stickers underneath. It’s a nice little detail that is best appreciated up close. This is also the first, and probably last kit, to have rubber strips coated in a rainbow reflective surface. To my knowledge this is the only suit from Gundam 00 to have this design feature, hence why we won’t be seeing it again. Over all it’s a nice feature, but under most lighting conditions you don’t see any of the reflective goodness.
Where to start... I originally built this MG Gouf Custom way back in the day, pre 2002, and pre me learning to clip the pieces from the runners and sand down the nubs. It was a shame to let such a beautiful model collect dust in such a sad state.
I'm not sure which came first, the decal purchase or the idea for this guy. When I built my RX-78-4/5 I saw the nifty Soviet decals from Microscale. So, after finishing the other projects I was working on at the time, I got to work on this guy.
I finished my MG Exia, Ignition Mode today. A scathing review to follow soon...
Click the image above to see the rest of the shots on flickr.
I finally finished my Gouf Custom, Soviet Edition.
Okay, so I can't come up with a name I like. Go screw.
Hopefully within the next few days I'll get a proper review up. Complete with lessons learned for all two modelers who visit on a regular basis.
Bandai's 1/100 Master Grade Sinanju was my first build of 2009*.
(I haven't proofed this article, so suck it)
From a build quality this kid if fucking fantastic. Not only does it look great, but it's a big sucker, considerably taller than most MG Gundams. Much to my surprise this kit lacks pollycap joints. While I hated that on my Crossbone the mechanics here are great. The joints are innovative and make for lots of movement. The only issue here is that the shield can be a bit heavy (at least with the beam saber things attached) than the arm can support. If it's clipped on the forearm it has a tendency to pop off all to easily or slowly cause the arm to dip down.
This was one of the most frustrating models I've worked on. Not so much on part of the actual design or build quality but due to my own inexperience.
Just wanted to post a note that I've updated the Top Coat Guide to include picture comparisons. Go me!
If you're as impatient as me you often brush things by in the store quickly, not often gathering all the details.
One such item for me was the Char Aznable theme's action base for 1/1444 & 1/100 scale kits. The bag art contains pictures of the stand covered with Zeonic & Char markings. For a while I thought, "that's nice, shame I don't have any of Char's Gunpla or it would be a good fit" moving on to the clear action bases instead. What use would a Char detailed stand for my RX-87-2?
Well, turns out the detail makings aren't actually the base at purchase, but they come as a sticker sheet with each base. Granted I notice now there's a small thing on the front pointing that out but the pictures give no indication. (There's no way in hell the marking in the photo are stickers)