Appearance after snap-fitted
Left: HGUC GP03 - Right MSIA GP03
I had previously sprayed my MSIA Dendrobium flat white but did nothing to the stamen. After long period of exposure to humidity, the PVC had succumbed to yellowing and the surface sticky. A stroke of genius to savage my toy on display was to replaced the MSIA stamen with HG Gunpla. This 1/144 kit was released in Dec 2001, though bigger that the MSIA version , managed to just fit in the Dendrobium and any bigger mounting would not be possible.
Pretty simple kit that required only easy straight built, the kit is fairly proportion and faithful to the anime appearance. Beside the basic armament like beam rifle, beam saber and bazooka. Bandai had also thrown in an addition core fighter which could not merge with the Gundam. Since it was an old HG Gunpla, the beam saber came entirely in white plastic rod without clear beam part. The gimmick would be the extendable forearm with clip and flippable shield. The finished product I did had be treated with panel lining, application of some third party water slide decals and matt top coat.