Richie Ramos (
Mon, 11 Sep 2000 10:17:41 GMT

>First off, my many thanks to Garrick, who through his wallet and friendship,

>has given me the chance to own an HGUC GP01.
>The box is LARGE, practically the size of an HG 1/100 EW box. It's got a
>great cover shot, but is hell to bring around from the shop.
>The manual is the same size as the HGUC Rick Dias's manual, and it has my
>same complaints: the parts look distorted in some of the assembly
>illustrations. The art illustrations, however, are perfect. it also has a

>color code just incase you will use the Gunze-Sangyo gundam colors. Not
>The head:
>The HGUC Head is definitely based on the MG, down to the details on the back

>of the head. The antenna is much more sturdy than the MG's though, which is

>a good thing. The head spikes are big; I don't remember it being this big

>on my MG GP01Fb (which shares the same head and arms, as well as thigh and

>internal mechanics). The old kit version had a significantly larger head;

>think of the head difference between the rx-78 and the rx-79g. The older
>head also has a somewhat conical slant to the head structure, and has a
>larger face, whereas the HGUC head has a small face, very much reminiscent

>of the EW kits.
>The Body:
>The neck of the HGUC kit is the same as the EW kits, but to make it look
>better, there is a square collar full of neck detail around it. This adds

>to the realism, rather than seeing the polycap thing.
>BIG difference here; the old body had a vertically compressed chest and
>midsection, and a large hip/crotch area. The HGUC version also has a chest

>that is smaller sidewise than the old one, and is actually smaller overall.

>The details are pretty much the same, but the chest slope is more pronounced

>on the old one, and the HGUC has smaller chest intakes and a narrower
>The backpack of the old kit is pegged into place, and is VERY large, whereas

>the HGUC version is stuck to the body with a polycap and stick joint, and
>there are details in the "internal area", even though it won't be seen.
>Kudos for that. The thruster cones are also attached by polycaps, to make

>them more maneuverable. The beam saber holders are scaledowns of the MG
>design, which means they are holders which are attached by a small ball
>joint to the main body.
>The old kit also had fixed skirts, which wasn't really a problem since the

>skirt was so short as to only minimally impede thigh movement. The new HGUC

>kit, of course, has front and side skirts that can move, with only the butt

>plate being fixed. AND. The HGUC kit has a swiveling waist, whereas the
>old one had a one piece body. The colors are also accurate, unlike the old

>kit, which really has to be repainted.
>The arms:
>The HGUC arms are smaller and shorter than the old kit version's, but it
>also has polycaps to attach equipment to it. In my case, I simply switched

>polycaps and was able to come out with being able to stick F90 equipment on

>the arms. The hands are very nicely done, though the top palm plate can get

>loose easily due to the slot peg construction.
>The shoulder construction is similar to the HGUC Rick Dias, wherein two
>polycaps and a shoulder rod make for improved shoulders. The shoulder armor

>plates are connected to the rod, so the arm can move independently of the
>shoulders. the Shoulders are WAY smaller than the original kit versions,
>and this is one part where I prefer the original design.
>The legs:
>The thighs are definitely from the MG, as in almost perfectly scaled down.

>The knee area is a double joint affair with a middle knee block that owes
>its design more to the EW 1/100 kits than it does to the MG GP01/GP01Fb.The

>lower legs are smaller in the HGUC version, but I prefer the look of the
>original legs.
>The ankle armor is part of the leg armor in the original kit, but is a
>separate thing entirely for the HGUC version. The internal detail of the
>ankle is definitely MG. The feet are LARGE in the original kit, providing

>more stability at the price of poseability. The HGUC kit has nice small
>feet, but posing can be a problem.
>Both versions have the shield, the beam rifle and the Saber. BUT, the HGUC

>also includes a machine rifle, which is a retooling of a GM machine rifle
>from one of the GM's in 0080. I kid you not.
>The Beam rifle is still the same, practically, except that the sighting
>scope is now movable. the old one had a fixed scope array. the stabilizing

>handle is the same for both, able to swing lefty or right. the other major

>difference is that the handle at the top of the rifle is with a hole for
>fingers to get through in the HGUC's not like that i the old
>kit, just solid plastic and detail
>The beam saber is practically the same, with a few stylistic differences.
>The shield is different. The old shield was longer, but also thinner, the

>new one is thicker crosswise, and is slightly shorter by about 2mm or so.
>The shield has nearly the same handlegrip details in both versions, but the

>new version has a polycap, which attaches to an arm brace that attaches to

>the polycap hole I was talking about in the arm. This allows the shield to

>be used AND keep the hand free. VERY NICE. This is obviously taken from
>the Gyan and Gouf HGUC arm braces. This was a damn good rework on the
>shield, I'll have to say.
>The plane:
>basically an HGUC upgrade of the old one. nothing much to say.
>My marks?
>This is THE classic HGUC kit. I think that this kit was the result of a lot

>of little design improvements that lead to a better kit. If you're gonna
>get just one HGUC kit for the year, I say get this one. It's also perfect

>for beginners, and I will say this: it's damn near action-figure-like. I

>am impressed by it totally.
>It makes for a good piece to talk about, and as part of a diorama. DAMN.

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