When I first bought this model I’ve only seen 08th MS Team, so I thought I’d juse use this to practice painting skills when I first acquired it from Anime North 2008. Little did I know though, how I come to like this kit (and I’ve only seen 0080: War in the Pocket since then, need to get my hands on Zeta at least >.<)
For those who don’t know (and most probably don’t). I handpaint all of my gunpla kits (sad to say, only consists of 3 MGs and a HG, I’m not counting the four HG 1/144s). So the quality probably isn’t as great as some of the other modelers.
As far as Zakus go, this one really isn’t special. For a grunt all you really need is to kill something before they kill you, and after the 6th kill you get your own custom suit or something like that (which reminds me, did Patrick ever acquired 6 confirmed kills?)
Arsenals include Heat Hawk, 120mm drum fed machine gun, 280mm Zaku bazooka, and the 360mm giant bazooka.
Machine Gun and Heat Hawk:
Although two variants of the bazooka was provided, I almost always have my Zaku posed with the 360mm Giant Bazooka. But for the shoot I used both.
Now, the thing I really like about this kit is it’s beginner friendliness and its super posability. The 2.0 frame is made so that the armor parts simply fit on. I guess the idea is that it’s just like how they repair these machines. Anyway, during the process, one could simply build the frame first, spray it with Tamiya Gunship Gray, and paint the armor separately. Then just put them together. Although the pipes were a pain in the rear to deal with (I had less trouble with my Gouf Custom though, but it was still annoying).
As for super posability…See for yourself. I really shouldn’t abuse him this much though…