Re: Gundam, Best Kits


Edward Ju (gundam@loop.com)
Sun, 10 Jan 1999 01:58:17 -0800


>There were nine models in the 0080 series, as follows:
>
>1: MSM-07/E Zugock-E
>2: RGM-79C GM-Command (Colony Type)
>3: MS-06FZ Zaku-FZ
>4: MSM-03/C Hygog
>5: MS-09RII Rick-Dom II
>6: MS-14JG Gelgoog-J
>7: RGM-79GS GM-Command (Space Type)
>8: MS-18E Kampfer
>9: RX-78NT1 Gundam NT-1
>
>With the exceptions of the Rick Dom and Gundam, that's also the quality
>ranking that I would give to the models.
>
>The first three models are wondrous. All of the parts are molded in
>exactly the right colors, no painting required, and the finished model is a
>beauty and a joy forever.

Interesting, I found myself painting my Zaku FZ... the Zugock-E also needed
some painting.

>The Hygog is the first disappointment in the series. The backpack is done
>in the same international orange as the missile pods and the Hygog itself
>is done in a disconcerting baby blue. The extensible arm gimmick is about
>the only thing that saves it. The anime Hygog was a menacing monster to
>which the model doesn't do justice. The model looks like a joke if you
>build it as-is.

Completely agree! Mine was painted, but that does not address the problem
with its loose joints.

>The flamingo-pink Gelgoog-J, as others have noted, seems to be the bottom
>of the totem pole, but that's only because they have such reverence for the
>anime Kampfer that they overlook the faults of the model. They are helped
>in this by the neat-o factor of the model's many gimmicks: two bazookas,
>two shotguns, two panzer fausts and the 12-piece chain mine. But the
>Kampfer itself is awful. It's the wrong color, the head has zero mobility
>and the legs are awkward -- a real disappointment for someone like me, who
>lacks the skill to fix it all.

Whoa! Someone speaks the truth about the Kampfer! Beware the wrath of
Kampfer worshippers! I do agree that if you take away all the accessories,
the Kampfer has nothing to offer!

Eddie

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