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Old 02-28-2017, 12:12 AM
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Ok. Mostly finished my MG Full Armor Unicorn Gundam.



I say mostly because there's two gigantic decal sheets that I'm not going to bother with. This is a "Ver Ka" kit, and Hajime Katoki likes superfluous decals a little too much. I'm mostly going for screen-accuracy with a lot of my junk too, so all those little details never manage to make it on screen, even if they are a part of the original design. I have a lot of complaints about the kit, but at the end of the day it looks pretty swell. More pics and descriptions in the spoilerpop:



This is the Unicorn in Unicorn-mode. The appeal of this kit is its ability to transform between Unicorn and Destroy modes. The HGs, you either get one or the other. It's also a good deal bigger than a HG, and in theory comes with more detail. However, I've read pretty consistently that people suggest either getting the HG or the PG, and skipping the MG line of Unicorns. Why? Because they're fiddly AF. Here in Unicorn-mode, the armor is all snapped close and it's relatively a relatively sturdy kit for having transformations. But like a lot of transforming kits, it's very flimsy at specific points. I don't regret getting the MG because it was (mostly) fun to build, I like the size compromise, and I don't have money/space for PGs. But I wouldn't exactly recommend it to most people. The HGs still come with most of the detail here (outside of the mountain of decals) since there isn't actually a lot of places to panel line on this kit. And in Destroy-mode, the thing can barely stand up under its own weight, though that's not a big deal for me and you'll see why later.

If you notice the v-fin/horn transforms too. Unfortunately, it can't actually close properly, especially with the slight increase in girth that the color sticker adds to it. If you want to keep the thing in Unicorn-mode, it comes with a swappable part that's just a single piece. But I'm not gonna keep this thing in Unicorn-mode and didn't feel like swapping parts. In the PG, there are magnets inside the v-fin so that it stays closed.



The rear-view of Unicorn-mode.



The Full-Armor version of the Unicorn comes with this thing that you could have your Unicorn ride around on. It's basically a base-jabber, but specialized for the Unicorn. The big rockets there can detach and get thrown on the Unicorn's back for its Full Armor configuration.



Rear-view. One thing I really liked about this kit is that the inside of the rocket bells have plastic inserts to maintain color separation. Most kits I've made, the builder is just told to fuck off and paint the inside of those bells. I've never understood why more kits don't do this, especially MGs. You've got the size to make it easy, and one of the draws of MGs is supposed to be the color separation.



Here is everything assembled that comes in the box. There's 38 runners on the kit, and the instruction manual is super dense. Half of the manual is simply for building the accessories. I've read several places on The Internet that if you ever want to attempt building this kit (or anything of a similar nature) that it's a good idea to start with the weapons/accessories so you don't burnout. And I feel that's a good idea. The monotony of building those weapons was not fun. Especially the gatling guns. Lots of careful nub removal on small curved surfaces. If you do the accessories first, you have the main mecha afterwards to look forwards to. I might have given up had I started with the Unicorn first however, especially when I don't even plan on displaying any of the accessories.



Here's the kit in Destroy-mode with its Full Armor attachments. In order to allow for the transformation gimmick, the kit itself loses a lot of its stability as parts can't snap firmly into place if they need to slide open. The knees, waist, and forearms in particular are very flimsy (the armor on the kneecaps doesn't even snap into place, and just kinda falls off if a gust of wind brushes up against the kit). I had a hard time getting the kit to stand up under its own weight with all of the "armor" on its back, so I threw it on an Action Base. If it was standing on a flat surface, the kit comes with little stands to prop up the rocket boosters so it doesn't just fall over. However, on an AB, the included stands are too short, so everything is kinda slumping backwards. Thus why this picture was taken at an angle so you can kinda imagine what it's supposed to look like properly oriented.



I do like how it looks with all this ridiculousness attached, but it's kinda a little too big, and I have different plans. One thing that bugs me about the "Full Armor" nature of this kit is that... there's actually no additional armor, outside of the additional shields. It's just a buttload of extra guns and rockets. I feel like if you're gonna call something 'Full Armor', you should at least do it right like the ZZ or other "Full Armor" variants in the franchise that actually add chunk to the main body.



More angles.



So the reason why I got this kit over say, the regular Unicorn, is the green psycho frame. The coolest part of Unicorn is when the Unicorn and Banshee stop the Gryps colony laser, and I wanted to make a little diorama. So this is how I'll be having it on my shelves. Because of the pose, being on an AB, and not really needing any of the accessories, most of this kit's woes aren't a big deal to me in the end.



I've got a MG Banshee Norn Final Battle ver. sitting in my closet; all I need to do is assemble that, and find a way to prop up the Unicorn's shields like so. The PG actually comes with a special stand to do so, but for this MG I'm on my own to try and jury rig something. This is something I'll get to eventually, because the last thing I want to do at the moment is build what is effectively a Unicorn palate swap. I am glad though that I got a hold of a Banshee w/ green psychoframe though (it's a p-bandai exclusive, so not as easy to get a hold of).

So that's that. Again, don't know if I can recommend this kit to everyone, but I mostly enjoyed it. It has a LOT of problems, but most of them aren't going to be an issue for me personally and what I want to do with it. It's pretty massive for a MG though. I think I remember reading that there are 700+ individual pieces to put together. So if that sounds like a good idea to you, go for it. But consider if the other grade kits might not be better for your needs.


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But the weird ones are the best!! Where's my HG Zakrello
LMAO, that's the other problem. The obsession with Mobile Armors basically renders plamo of them logistically impossible. There's only a few HG mobile armors, and they're all massive and expensive AF. Bandai can only really justify that for things that are going to be very popular like the GP-03 Dendrobium, or the recent Neo Zeong. They're never going to do that for an obscure design that most people wouldn't care about. This is the kind of scale we'd be talking about:




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Old 02-28-2017, 08:10 AM
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Look just give me a 1/1200 Zakrello, I won't complain
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Old 02-28-2017, 08:46 AM
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There's been a 1/550 Zakrello for a long time



You definitely gotta paint it tho.
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Old 02-28-2017, 10:34 AM
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What a beautiful boy. I would totally build that, but I do kinda wish there was one designed with more modern kit sensibility.
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Old 02-28-2017, 12:07 PM
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That MG Unicorn is a whole lotta mecha. Nice, despite the problems. The green frame is sweet.

I have the HG (Destroy) Unicorn though (I think I started this thread with it actually), and yeah, it doesn't seem like it's missing a whole lot of detail compared to the MG, and since it doesn't transform it's fairly sturdy. Though I did manage to break the front skirt connectors, but that was because it got dropped. Oh, and it's a special edition that comes on a fancy base with a big head in Unicorn-mode which, despite being huge, *also* has the problem that the horn won't stop splitting apart slightly.
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Old 03-07-2017, 01:44 AM
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Been snapping away lately! Did a HMM Command Wolf zoid. Interesting kit. appreciate the strong mechanical stylings. Zoids seem more practical/purposeful than they should be. It's sorta mysterious and alien. I don't recall the fiction doing anything cool though...

Also finished panel lining a RE/100 Dijeh I completed awhile back. I really like having it out for display.

I've been meeting a lot of gunpla fans recently and it's strange that the modeling is like it's own separate thing from the anime fandom, but then again I just built a Zoid without being too familiar with that franchise, so modeling is just fun.
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Old 03-07-2017, 07:02 AM
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Gunpla modeling is not only kind of separate from anime fandom, it's also kind of separate from the overall plastic modeling hobby. It's weird like that. That said there are plenty of people who are into all three.

Your Command Wolf is beautiful and I wish HMM kits weren't so gosh darned expensive. Dijeh is also a real looker, hoo-ee
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Old 03-07-2017, 07:31 AM
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Nice doggy! Who's a good boy? Yes you are!

I need to find some time to get back into my kits. (Especially since I was just at B&N and couldn't help throwing a few bucks at an adorable little SD Barbatos.)
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Old 03-07-2017, 10:09 AM
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Lookin' real good, s p a c e f o l d!

I have some kits I need to put the finishing touches on, but new Zelda is proving to be a model-killing proposition.

It is weird how Gunpla and Gundam are at times almost separate things for fans. I remember reading about how for Tomino it's always been that way, and part of his drive for late-UC is to stick it to model builders, because (reading between the lines) they're only there for the models and not anything he actually does with regards to making a show. I for one, appreciate a good model as much as the next guy, but I don't think I'd spend money and make anything I didn't have an emotional attachment to. But that's almost a moot-point at this point given how much crap I've seen.
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