As stated earlier, I have completed my MG Wing in quite a short period of time considering all the other stuff I did during the day.
This is the only Gundam kit that I will be building this summer. I used a different approach when building this guy, whether it looks better or worse than my previous projects, I’ll let the viewers decide. I guess the first thing I should state is that I air brushed this kit (aside from two parts).
Also, I was planning on doing the shoot of Saber and Iris this afternoon as well, but I couldn’t find a power bar to support the additional lights.
The original quote from last time was “MARV assembly complete”, it is said by the Mammoth Armoured Reclaimation Vehicle in Command and Conquer 3 when it has just been deployed onto the battle field. I’m not sure whether or not a similar quote appeared in other media though.
Anyway, first up for discussion is the size. It has been previously mentioned by Q that this kit is smaller than a standard MG kit. Note the size comparison with the Gouf Custom:
Smaller or not, a MG is still of 1/100 scale. The smaller size is explained by the specs in the show. Apparently, the mobile weapons in Wing are 16.5 meters tall, as opposed to the standard 17.5-18 meters from other series. It’s around 1 cm shorter than a regular 1/100. It seems that Katoki Hajime had no desire to tamper with the specs when he redesigned the suit.
Speaking of redesigning, the Katoki style Wing looks much better than the original one shown on TV in my opinion.
Now, onto building process and posability. For me, once I’ve built a MG ver 2.0, it’s hard to compare. The full skeleton of a MG ver 2.0 gives the kit a much higher posability as well as making it many times easier to build. I am mainly refering to the fact that armor pieces can be placed on separetely, meaning I don’t have to disassemble everything to paint it and then put the whole thing back together again. Also, the feet of this model are made of one solid piece, as opposed to having a separate part for the heel. This further limits posability, as kneeling positions are practically impossible to do.
One other thing. Although the new CIWS look real cool and all, they can’t open up unless if the head is turned, because those red things on the head will get in the way. Also, this model seems to be attracting an abnormally large amount of dirt.
That’s about all the rambling I have in mind so far, well, there is one more, but I will address that one in the appropriate time. Enjoy the pictures.
Decals were a pain in the rear to apply. That one is the only one out of the four on the wings that I got right. I had to completely remove one of them.
The resigned rifle is less bulky but much longer. My other issue with this kit is on this. Due to the the rifle’s shape and the lack of gripping on the hand, the rifle is impossible to pose properly unless a) it is leaning on something or b) it is being wielded by two hands. From a physics prespective, this makes sense due to the center of mass being far away from the body, although you did see Dynames dual wield sniper rifle + pistol in Gumdam 00.
The beam saber is just like any old beam saber, except somehow it’s curved.
Just like in the show, the kit is able to take on the mobile armour mode. Transformations were rather painless, though I count the mishaps to be my own bad luck (head and right arm constantly falling off).
A decent build, price wasn’t so expensive, so I guess it’s all right. I wanted to get this shoot done fast because the ammo compartment keeps falling apart and I just want to set it on display and not touch it for a while. I recommend getting it as a MG, though Zaku II ver 2.0 will still be my top recommendation to new modellers XD Be warned, decals are a major pain in the butt to apply. For me, the shield ones are all right (though I’ve messed one up), its the one on the wings that I have absolutely no idea how to put on.
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