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HGUC MS-05 Zaku I Black Tristar Version

This classic mobile suit is a rather simple model kit. Simple design! Simple plating! Simple engineering! Simple color division!

HGUC-MS05GTo spice up the kit a little bit, I applied the RG Zaku II decals onto it. Those chrome silver RG decals works excellent in this kit, it has an even better effect than on the RG Zaku. It is because the black armor really makes the shinny chrome silver pops.

The second modification I did was I made my own mono eye out of some extra beam saber part that I had from other kit. The original kit only provided sticker for the mono eye, and the eye area is only a plain surface. Therefore, even I applied the sticker, the mono eye won’t be popping out as what I expected.

HGUC-MS05The feature of this kit is the shoulders. The way Bandai design the joints of the shoulders allow it to have a great range of  forward  movement, which allows it to do the classic dash attack pose.

Although the kit has simple plating, surprisingly it has a wide range of weaponry, included machine gun, bazooka, heat hawk, sturm faust, and knuckle shield etc. It is very impressive. However, the weapons led to a weak point of this kit.

The connection points for the weapons are very weak. The hole in the weapon-holding-hands are too big, it just cannot hold any weapon tightly. The shield handle connected to the shield is also very loose, the shield is constantly dropping.

This kit could have been a decent High Grade kit to me. But the loose parts mentioned above was the killer to me. Cause we got decent articulation and great accessories from this kit, but realizing we cannot do much with it due to some of the loose connections is a bit of a bummer!

HCM Pro 1/200 Asshimar Figure

HCM-Asshimar

Another great figure from the HCM Pro series!

HCM-Asshimar3As usual, the figure has great details, panel lining, and tempo printing in small tiny size.

Same as other HCM Pro figures, the Asshimar has good articulation but not the strongest comparing to other Bandai figures now-a-days.

What’s great about this figure is the perfect transformation!! Easy to transform and managed to hide all the parts perfectly. It can also do a sort of Macross Valkyrie’s Gerwalk mode transformation as shown above!

HCM-Asshimar7One of the great feature that most of the HCM Pro figures does not have is it included a display stand.

This is definitely my favorite HCM Pro figure that I collected.

 

MG GP-01FB Zephyranthes & GP-02A Physalis

This two master grade model kits are my earliest gunpla build, and two of my oldest master grade that I had kept.

The earlier master grade are mostly had only partial inner frame. Same applied to both of these kits. Comparing to the newer master grade, the older ones felt kind of hollow.

GP-01 FB comes with the core fighter, which can transform and combine into the upper and lower body to form the robot. Props to Bandai that the core fighter looks very good, the transformation and combination are solid.

The older master grade mainly use the poly caps for their joints. In those days, it was the most advance technology. It improved the flexibility of the kit, but poly cap joints still suffer the stability problem. It cannot hold too much weight.

GP-01 FB suffered less of that problem. But the problem is very obvious in GP-02A!! It is because the weapon and the shield are both very heavy duty. The atomic bazooka is still holding ok, at least part of it is attached on the back and can lie on the shoulder as support. The shield, however, is so heavy that no way the arm can hold that. Every time I get it to hold, either the arm or the articulated fingers just gradually drop. The shield can only sit on the ground and lien on the body. Another part is the shoulder, once the shoulder binder expanded, it just cannot hold straight horizontally, the shoulder will drop about 30 degrees (as in photos above) due to the weight.

The detailing and scale are another strong suit of the master grade. In my opinion, the older master grades are no exception. Both GP-01 FB & GP-02A are looking superb!

Time flies! These 2 kits were first released in 1997, they represents the infant stage of the master grade, which was significant. Cause the master grade line replaced the expensive Gundam garage kits, and begin the new era of modeling – GUNPLA!!