The first time I saw a robot with extra armour plated was seeing Macross VF-1J GBP (Great Battroid Pack) on the anime and after I was introduced to Gundam, this excitement struck me again and it's none other than the OVA 'War In Pocket' U.C 0080. Epic scene showing the mines detonated on FA (Full Armour) Gundam NT-1 and the MS walking out from the smoke with the extra armour dropping but MS still functioning.
Guess I haven't been blogging much on my own collection of model kits. I'm not much of a Gunpla builder either but the interest still go strong in me and I would introduce you guys a bit at a time, given the fact that model kit required more time and effort. Anyway, there's my MG FA Gundam NT-1 Alex which was snapped built, decaled (stickers and dry transfer) with some paneling. I only sprayed the rifle black. Minimum effort here because I have bigger plan for this kit.
Considering this a rather old MG kit released in September 1999, with so far no version 2 of it. This kit was re-issued recently an featured on November 2012 issue of Dengeki Magazine. In my opinion, the kit as look awesome from straight built with remarkable mechanical concept. Just like what was shown on the anime, the full armour plates could be taken off which gave a new look to Gundam NT-1 Alex.
The thing I find unique to this kit is the rubber tubing that covered the joint between the upper torso to the arms. It kind of reminded me of those old Patlabor Ingram kits. I loved the big 'Alex' decal on the shield as it gave the MS a lot of character. A good gimmick of the kit is that the mantled gatling guns on the forearm could be pulled up for additional fun factor.