MG Nu-Gundam Photos

So as all now know, I’ve been somewhat busy with family things lately, but while spending a week in the hospital while my wife recovered from her c-section, I found the time to do a simple snap build of the MG Nu Gundam.  I actually went out and did the decals, panel lining, and top coating.  The results came out quite nice as you’ll see in the pictures below.  Now there aren’t any action poses, which might not make some people happy, but I think the Nu Gundam looks best and imposing just standing there.  Also, unlike the MG Hi-Nu Gundam, this kit doesn’t come with a stand for the fin funnels, which limits what you can do with them unless you utilize your own solution with stands.  Pros for the kit is it is quite stable, thanks to the usage of die cast parts in the waist and legs, and for the most part handles the top heaviness fairly well.  With the fin funnels attached, the height of the kit reaches nearly pg size which was quite impressive as well.

Comparison shot

Anyways, while no action poses, here are some pictures for you to check out anyways.

MG Char Use Z’Gok (EXF Version) Photo Gallery

Continuing with my slow pace of knocking things out, here are the photos for the MG Char Z’Gok.  While I like the Z’Gok in general, I can’t really place why.  While imposing, the Z’Gok is unfortunately limited by… well it’s form I guess. While the waist is movable, you really can’t twist it around and have realistic (at least realistic for the Z’Gok) poses.  And of course a lack of neck doesn’t help.  Still, I love the color scheme, as this was a rare extra finish version kit in which that gate damage doesn’t stand out too much.   If you can find it, worthy of a pick up, in my opinion.

WiP – MG Char Use Z’Gok (EXF Version) Part 2

Continuing on with the WiP for the Z’Gok, we left with the upper body and arms finished as seen here.

Crabwalking

Honestly, going on from here I’m already over halfway done, with only the waist, legs and feet to go.  Jumping into the waist we find an abundance of rubber parts for where the legs and upper waist connect.  This gives it more of a rubbery, seal kind of look, which I guess fits considering the amphibian nature of the Z’Gok.

Waist parts

Next up we move onto the legs, which is pretty much the exact same as the arms.  These also have the gimmick of being able to extend and shrink slightly.

Leg pieces

We follow that with the pretty large feet and lower leg parts.  Honestly, the Z’Gok has huge feet, and that gives it quite a bit of stability.  While the feet have good left/right move ability, front/back is pretty much out of the picture.

I wish I had Shin guards like this for soccer.

Flat footed?

Connect the pieces and…

And that’s it, a rather fast build considering the unique build of this mobile suit.  Put together we get the following.

Here comes Z’Gok

Overall, the colors look excellent in extra finish style, and the gate damage isn’t as noticeable as it is on Gundam-types.  The only thing is that you can only do so much with the Z’Gok when it comes to posing, giving its rather wide feet, and a torso that can’t twist around.  Still, I’ve been taking some shots with my new set up, and hey, it looks good enough just standing around.  So, next up, photo gallery!

WiP – MG Char Use Z’Gok (EXF Version) Part 1

When the urge to build calls, it must be answered!  And it called me to do a quick snap build of the Extra Finish Version of Char’s Z’Gok.  This version is a gentei kit from the 2007 Character Hobby Show, and I picked it up in Akiba this summer before moving to Osaka.  Since it’s an extra finish version, this will be a simple snap build, as panel lining and what not tends to have adverse effects on extra finish parts.  So lets jump into the build!

Red on white, simple enough

The extra finish looks beautiful

Just looking at the above parts and I can see that while the silver will have some nub damage that will be visible, the red and pink parts may hide it better.  We’ll see as we go.  The build looks to be fairly straight forward and simple, especially when you consider that the torso and head is pretty much all one big piece.  Having build the HGUC version, I wasn’t sure how the gimmicks would work, but there are a couple.

The parts for the torso/head/upper body thing.

Put together

The flaps on the front are movable on the MG, so I guess that is to help signify the vents used while underwater. The mono-eye, while movable, doesn’t link up to anything like the Zaku-II, so you have to take the top off to position it to your liking.  While we are at it, let’s put together the back tanks.  It’s interesting to note that while the outer armor is extra finish, the black pieces are done up with a light pearl glitter too.

The tanks

Moving onto the arms, one big difference from the HGUC is the usage of soft rubber piping to help accent the arms.  This also allows you to shrink and extend them as well.  An interesting gimmick and helps you get a little more out of this kit than the HGUC version.  Another point of interest is, that while not pictured, it comes with the option of creating 4-clawed hands as opposed to 3-clawed hands.  I don’t recall seeing a 4 claw version, so I went with the tried and true 3 claws.

The arms

Finished

Today we get about halfway done with the kit.  I’m taking it slow as I don’t want to cause extra damage on the color parts, but surprisingly enough, the nub damage doesn’t jump out as much as one would think. That is, aside from the silver parts.  I’m finding that to be a great thing, as this finish looks really good in these colors.  Too bad they can’t do the same for silver and gundam colors!

Halfway there….

MG Full Armor Gundam Gallery

Welcome to the FA Gundam Gallery.  Again、a big thank you to HobbyLink Japan (www.hlj.com) for providing me with a sample kit for building and reviewing purposes.  For those interested in getting your own FA Gundam, hit up the link here to get it from HLJ.  For those who haven’t seen the review, check it out here.  And finally, enjoy the pictures!

MG Full Armor Gundam Review

Welcome to the review of the Master Grade Full Armor Gundam.  A big thank you to HobbyLink Japan (www.hlj.com) for providing me with a sample kit for building and reviewing purposes.  For those interested in getting your own FA Gundam, hit up the link here to get it from HLJ.  Depending on things, we may see more of ASM meets HLJ type reviews in the future as well.

The FA Gundam in the house!

So on to the review, I’ve changed up my work flow a bit, which you see right off the bat with me starting with the review first. I’ve done an initial snap-fit build for testing and reviewing purposes, and depending on how I feel, I may go back for painting/modifications.  I’ll be going over four areas overall

The build – Let me just say this, the Gundam 2.0 frame is a joy to build.  It goes surprisingly fast, the overall build of the Gundam frame, minus the full armor parts only took roughly six hours or so.  Of that, maybe an hour or so was spent for basic gate/nub cleaning.  I can see why GaiGun said in the past that the frame is great, but it’s a shame that it gets covered by the armor.

Building the legs went very smooth.

As did the arm, just a shame you can’t see the frame with the armor

Building the Core Fighter

For all of this, they still managed to let you put the Core Fighter in the torso if you like.  The core fighter itself has some amazing engineering, but tiny parts made me afraid I would break something.  The downside is there isn’t much waist movement, regardless of if the core fighter is there or not.

It goes here

So when all is said and done with the initial build we get this boy.

Hi, you talking to me?

Let me show you my light sticks

At this point, I find this Gundam pretty impressive just for the coloring scheme.  Downside is there are some fat nubs on some of the green pieces, which means you’re going to have some gate damage that will stand out no matter what.  With the normal color scheme, it’s pretty easy to hide with white pieces, but not this time around.  But the draw isn’t just the color scheme.  Next we look at the…

Gimmicks – Well, you already know what the gimmick is by the name of the kit.  That would be that set of Full Armor.  As this Gundam (RX-78-1) is part of the FSWS project, it comes with a Full Armor System & Weapons System.  Snipping these out and cleaning them up added another couple of hours to my total. This Full Armor kit uses a new idea to attach the armor to the Gundam, that being gel sheets.  Basically, the gel sheets function as double sided tape, which means you should be able to take it off and on easier.

Look, more green armor!

Gel strips

Unfortunately, the gel strips don’t work quite as well as advertised.  For the most part, a majority of the pieces are a simple snug fit over the top of the original armor, but for the pieces that use the gel strips… well they spent more time falling off then staying it felt.  A solution would be glue or something stronger, but that’s an end all solution.  Other than that, comes the big cannon, and when it all comes together, it that looks something like this.

Bad-ass?

Compared to another Full Armor kit such as the FAZZ, the difference is night and day.   The fact that you can pose the Gundam, have good articulation, and take it off the full armor without worrying about breaking something made me like this kit much more than the FAZZ.  The FAZZ still gets points for simply being big and menacing though.  Finally, before we get to the final pictures, lets talk pros and cons.

The Pros:

  • Articulation is superb, even with the Full Armor attached.
  • Color scheme looks good, but I’ll be interested in seeing what schemes modders come up with.
  • Its a fast build.
  • Gel strips means you can take the armor off freely.

The Cons:

  • Gate/nub damage will stand out on some pieces, due to the darker color scheme.
  • Doesn’t come with the standard armaments, so no beam rifle, bazooka or shield.
  • Gel strips don’t work as well as you would think, meaning some pieces will continually fall off.

Overall, the FA Gundam is fairly easy build, and recommended for those who are looking for an easy kit with great articulation.  There is a lot of potential for some great color schemes as well.  It still does have it’s frustrations, with the gel strips in particular, and some fairly big nub damage that will stand out.  For those who may to try out a Gundam 2.0 kit, but aren’t fans of the anime colors, then this could be your kit. So the pictures?  I’ve got a few of those, and so that will be coming up in the photo gallery in the next post.  But just to get you started…

Ready for the gallery?  Click away!