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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 MS-14S Gelgoog

When I first got into collecting, the ’80s HCM series was the beginning of my collecting journey.

My old high school friend was the one who introduced me into nostalgia toys. One day he brought a HCM Zeta Gundam for me, and I had been collecting since then.

I choose to collect the HCM series, not only because of my friend. I felt that most of the collectors in those days were collecting the ’70s diecast toys and the jumbo vinyl toys etc, so I wanted to choose something that not everybody collect. (Sort of childish now thinking back) Also the HCM release were from the anime that I loved, such as Gundam, L. Gaim, and Macross etc.  I was also amazed with how flexible and posable those HCM figures were back in those days. Therefore I continue on my collection on the HCM.

Unfortunately, I cannot show any of the HCM figures or other toys that I had in my earliest collecting years. Cause those are all gone and sold to somebody else. As I had been through some tough time in real life and also made some common collector mistakes in my early collecting years. After I sold all my collection, I actually quit for a few years.

When I was back to the collecting business again in the 2nd time, one of my first series to go for again is the HCM. But this time with a “Pro” go after it. A brand new successor of the ’80s HCM series.

The original HCM series is a 1/144 scale line, and the HCM Pro series is in an even smaller scale of 1/200. Although the figures are tiny, the amount of details in those figures are crazy. The posabilities are a day and night difference from HCM. The tampo printing is a trademark of the series.

Here are the HCM Pro Gelgoog just to shown how good Bandai’s craftsmanship can be on this tiny 4″ figure:

RG RX-78-2 Gundam

Before getting this model kit, I have not done any modeling for years! And this kit gets me interested in modeling again.

RG-RX78FI am not a professional modeller. I do NO serious painting, and modification etc, and not intended to try either. I am basically a straight build guy. But will do some detailing to try to make the kits look as good as possible, such as panel lining, some touch up with Gundam markers, stickers and decals etc.

RG-RX78II bought this kit when it was first released from Japan. This is not only my first real grade, but also my first kit in the last 5 years. I used to do all kinds of Gundam kits: HG, MG, PG etc! But the interest was sort of die out.  After building this kit, my interest of Gundam modeling is back!!

RG-RX78JBandai’s new RG inner frame technology is just phenomenon! It gives me a whole new build experience!! Although it is only 1/144 scale , the new frame joints are pretty tight and flexible that makes the kit be able to hold the pose solidly.

RG-RX78EAs the legs and arms bend, just experience how the outer armor shifts and separates. You will just admire the engineering on the frame of this kit!!

 

RG-RX78BThe color separation of the RG kit is so great that even straight build is as good as painted. Especially, the two tone colors style of the outer amours gives the kit more depth.

RG-RX78Due to the parts are so tiny on this kit, the skirt armors are constantly falling off. Not a big deal to me though. But the major problem are the MG style articulated hands, the ball joints are so tiny that fingers are constantly falling off while trying to get it hold something. I am just afraid the finger will lost and never be found since it is even smaller than an ant.

RG-RX78DBasically, I did a little bit of detailing, panel lining and  applying the decals on the kit. I did not applied as much decal as the manual guided to, as my impression of the RX-78-2 is always a bit simple. So I keep it clean.

RG-RX78GAfter the satisfactory experience of this RG model, I am interested to see how Bandai had advanced their model kit designs during my absence. I had then continue to get more Gundam kits afterwards.

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