Wednesday, 4 May 2016

MG Jesta RGM-96X (Built & Painted)

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Master Grade kit of the Londo Bell Corps' high-performance Elite GM. One of my favorite mobile suit from 'Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn' in 1/100 scale. What more can I ask for. In the OVA series, the units were deployed to escort Unicorn Gundam. A special gimmick of this GM goes to the moving shield arm. First GM that won't need the shield attached to the arm. Movable shield arm can hold the shield against the backpack or in a usable position. One half of the shield share similar design on Jegan. So are the grenades mounted on the side of the waist. A very good looking mobile suit with head design resembling the GM Custom. 

The dark colour scheme gives the unit a badass appearance. In addition, this kit incorporate proportions and features once thought to be unique to top-level kits, now made standard for the Master Grade series. Added features of MG in comparison to HG is the open hatch of cockpit, clenching fingers and extended kneel joints for great articulations. Last but not least, this kit is made in a way that L.E.D light can be fixed inside the head so you will see the visor glow. L.E.D bulb and circuit sold separately though. I bought mine built and painted. Kind of like the shading done on this kit.

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Scale 1/100 PTX-0003C Alteisen SRW Super Robot Wars Origin

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Boxart

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Comes with this fully painted 12cm trading figure of Alteisen’s pilot, Kyosuke Nanbu.  

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I bought this trading figure of Excellen Browning by Kotobukiya to reunite the couple 
(sold separately)

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Revolver cylinder actually rotates as a gimmick 

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The claymore shelves can also retract and the cover opened up.

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Size comparison with Master Grade  GM Custom

This model kit came in a huge box and so was the kit after assembly. This red monster by Kotobukiya is one hard to catch item as Kotobukiya's kits are forever limited in quantity. My pace of assembling this kit was pretty slow compared to dealing Bandai's kit as I'm least familiar with Koto kits and I was afraid of breaking the plastic and un-assembling wrong fixture which can be a real pain with Koto kit. I must admit that for a 1/100 scale model kit the assembly seems more complicated in comparison to fixing MG Gunpla. Hmmm... Maybe it was the phobia and lack of confidence. 

I absolutely love the bulky design of Alteisen and its unique only to SRW Super Robot Wars Origin. Original mecha designed as protagonist for the popular Super Robot game franchise, which later armed its way to anime. The mighty Alteisen IMHO match the bulk of Sazabi, its design like a tank and bears the soul and eyes of Gundam! This model kit stood tall above 20cm and towered over my MG GM Custom. Don't be fooled by the massive body of Alteisen, design for long range attack but in contrary, this mecha is well balanced and ready to punch some holes with its signature melee attack. 

Though Alteisen don't hold any weapon in its hands, I don't think I had been shortchange as robot itself is a walking weapon with huge claymore on the shoulders. It left forearm was armed with triplet cannons and the coolest weapon goes to the revolver charged explosive that detonate after Alteisen punctured its enemy with that big needle on right forearm. In fact the revolver cylinder actually rotates as a gimmick of this kit. The claymore shelves can also retract and the cover opened up. Koto provided two pairs of hands, one clenched and another opened with movable fingers. 

Kotobukiya had made their consumers' money well-spent with the ultimate generosity of including LED that lights up the eyes. Optional horns were provided and if you wanted a glowing red horn, the choice is to pick the clear horn. I only wanted to left the kit on display for long so I didn't wired the light-up mechanism, neither did I use the clear horn. I settled for the opaque horn instead. The coolest move by Kotobukiya was throwing in a fully painted 12cm trading figure of Alteisen’s pilot, Kyosuke Nanbu. I hope Bandai would one day do the same for their MG range. Anyway, I got Kyosuke Nanbu a display partner and she's none other than Excellen Browning trading figure.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Scale 1/100 Gundam Blue Destiny Unit-01 RX-79BD-1 Conversion Parts

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Conversion parts on GM Sniper 

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This is a Gundam that look exactly like a GM. Blue Destiny Unit 1 is a variant of the RX-79(G) Gundam Ground Type. I read the manga and totally love this 'One Year War' side story featuring protagonist pilot Yuu Kojima switching from GM Command unit to this blue devil. The unit also first made its appearance on SEGA Saturn game way back in year 1996. The catch of this unit really this the EXAM system, which makes the unit go berserk, destroying all units at sight, even friendly before the comparable pilot took over and with system refined. 

When EXAM system is activated, the visor oN this GM head will change from green to red. Taking out an old kit from shelf to share my first attempt on resin conversion parts. Due to my lack of experience and talent, the was not well built. Hopefully it is decent enough for review. Anyway, I got the G-System conversion parts from a sale tread on Gundam SG Forum which I think is quite a rare item. The parts will need Master Grade kit of Mobile Suit Gundam 08th Team, Earth Federation Ground Force unit like Ground type Gundam or GM. For this instance, I had used a GM sniper ground type. I used can spray and hand-painted on smaller parts. The 100mm machine gun was spray with matte black and thereafter dry brushed with silver paint. Good news if you are fan of 1/100 Efreet, the arch enemy as Bandai had announced that it will be released under the RE 1/100 (Reborn) in late 2016.

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