Greetings! This is my first post for Gunpla review so I’ll just make it trough as a test run. If you are interested in a fresh view on the new HG model of the RX-78-2, I invite you to keep reading! I’ll go through the Unboxing and a review on the model’s assembly straight out of the box. I’ve recently started Gunpla as a hobby so I consider myself a complete amateur. I’ll keep posting my endeavors in Instagram (gggaijin). If you want to keep up on Twitter with the #gunpla community activity and news, I invite you to follow the bot account I manage @GunplaGaijin. My plan is to keep posting about new models I build as a way to share what I learn, reviews of the model themselves and the Gunpla love!
The proper name of the model is the RX-78-2 GUNDAM E.F.S.F. Prototype Close-Combat Mobile Suit. It is a 1/144 scale of the original RX-78-2 from the Mobile Suit Gundam series (1979) by Yoshiyuki Tomino. Released in July 2015, this kit is a blast to the past that is mostly revealed on its simplicity. The kit has 3 runners besides the joints PC and the clear plastic for the laser sword.
If you are interested in more detail on the unboxing please click the YouTube video below to check it out. This will give you a better idea of the runners’ details and manual.
As you may see in the video my first impression was that the kit is very straightforward and simple. My major concern was about the direction I would like to take with painting and detailing. The colors of the runners would be enough for clear coats (either flat or gloss) to make it look finished, but even going for a toy-ish retro look this would still be too simple and I think it would look a bit boring and dull. I don’t want to go for a rusty weathering so I’m still undecided on how to get my finished look with this kit. This is an issue that RG and MG models overcome by the details provided by decals and parts design. Just compare my HG with the RG at Amazon.com.
Cutting out and Assembly.
The simplicity makes it way through. You will find the model is easy to snap out and start putting the parts together. The whole process took me about 2-3 hours in a very relaxed session (watching Netflix). My only objective was to build the kit and cut out the rough parts without sanding, only using the hobby knife. There were only a couple of parts that will need sanding before any paint coat but in general Bandai’s plastic quality cuts you through fixing these imperfections.
The kit has two major seam lines’ parts that would need to be cared of. The kit’s simplicity makes it great for a beginner or someone who just to bring that icon from the past without getting too involved in Gunpla. If you are picky or obsessive, the head and legs seam lines are going to be notorious. Without getting into painting or detailing yet, I would say that the helmet fix would be the most challenging part for this model so far. Once I get that done, I hope to post my results and the seam line technique I used.
As you can see in the pictures above the model really begins to get shape in a dull but straightforward manner. I didn’t go through with the decals as I intend to disable it for painting and sanding, so the model looks even duller than it should be. The final assembly below gives you an idea of how it would look if you just put it together out of the box.
Overall I’d say this is a great kit for beginners besides being a great popular culture icon you may be proud to build yourself. If you are new to Gunpla I would strongly recommend it, if that is not the case then you may consider going with the RG. I haven’t put my hands on it but I do have the RG Gundam Mk-II A.E.U.G (very similar to the RX-78-2). The difference in price is a bit much but it may be worth it for you. At Amazon, you can find the HG at 10.99 USD and the RG priced now at 27.99 USD. If you want the bigger challenge, then the MG at 43.00 USD may be your thing. Take a look and decide based on your modeling purposes! After all, the HG is a great kit for a retro look or as a learning kit for beginners or new techniques!
I’ll be looking forward to posting my future results on this kit. If you have any comments for a newcomer Gunpla fellow please let me know!
Again, I’ve recently started Gunpla as a hobby so I consider myself a complete amateur. I’ll keep posting my endeavors in Instagram (gggaijin). If you want to keep up on Twitter with the #gunpla community activity and news, I invite you to follow the bot account I manage @GunplaGaijin. My plan is to keep posting about new models I build as a way to share what I learn, reviews of the model themselves and the Gunpla love! Cheers and GG.