"Witchcraft, heresy and mutation! He built another Gundam SEED kit!!!"
So anyways, here's quite an expensive impulse buy from that certain anime store in NYC. Originally I had planned to get the Shin Matsunaga Zaku V2 or any variant of the hi-mobility Zaks but after checking online, the bastards were out of all them. Failing that, I settled for the MG blue frame 2nd revise but really did not dig the blue and yellow colors on it.
I was a bit torn on whether to go with a metallic black frame and silvery outer armor or vice versa. At one instance I actually thought about using dark gunmetal for the frame but then I realized that wouldn't be to pleasing to the eyes (at least to mine). After much thought and with a little help from the helpful attendant at the store I came up with using a flat black color for the outer armor parts with a little bit of gunmetal thrown in. The frame itself would be Tamiya gloss aluminum which I really had no prior knowledge what would look like once sprayed. I'm so glad the gamble paid off with its nice metallic sheen.
Not so good action shot >__<
REAL CLOSE UP MACRO SHOT OF BACK
It was a real joy painting the inner frame to a more metallic and flashy hue. The inner frame kind of reminded me of the T-800 upon close inspection or as my great idol James Cameron would call it "Death rendered in steel". Even the most casual person and non-gundam fan who've seen me paint it (AKA my big bro) asked me if I was building a Terminator.
CLOSE UP SHOTS OF ZE SEXY LEGS
FRONT TORSO UP CLOSE
Tried replicating the high kick pose in the manual. Failing miserably. The funny and probably impressive thing is how this kit can hold this pose solid without tumbling over. The pics I've taken really don't do justice to the kind of articulation this suit is capable of. I think it's mostly because I'm afraid of the paint scratching and wearing off from moving too much.
Shots of the dual blades. Meh...not impressed by it.
Here it is wielding the overly-compensating huge-ass Tactical Arms. Couldn't really think of any creative poses for this, the little guy can barely hold it with his one arm. Apologies for using the Char stand, I keep forgetting to buy new ones.
I learned a few things about myself while building this thing, one of which is how impatient and overly excited I can get regarding this hobby. T'was supposed to be a relaxing build but I think my mind was buzzed from lack of sleep, long train ride home and the after-effects of watching Avatar in 3D for the first time.
As for the gundam itself, it's a beauty. the legs are greatly articulated and detailed. I like the little touches added in to the inner frame. It has been noted by a lot of other gunpla reviews that this MG shares a lot of the tech found in the PG Red Frame. I still believe that Bandai just uses the PG line as a test-bed for all the newest tech that they'll eventually introduce into the MG line. Who knows? we may get MG 00 raisers w/ spinning motors soon.
As for minor annoyances, a couple come to mind. The movement on the arms is kind of restricted by the pauldron/shoulder armors, which in my build come off easily on the right arm. And, as with all backpacked units, it tends to get a bit unbalanced to pose when the Tactical arms is folded. And as for the decals, what a waste. They could have done more.
After all this, I'd have to say this'll probably be the last Master Grade SEED Gundam I build, never much liked the series as a whole even if the mecha design has this great modern feel to it. Well, this is the last blog post for the year. Thanks for reading!