REVIEW & VIDEO: MG Nu Gundam Ver. Ka

MG Nu Gundam Ver. Ka

MG Nu Gundam Ver. Ka with funnels deployed.

I first learned about the MG Nu Gundam Ver. Ka last year, and I was amazed at the design with more details than its previous incarnations. I wasn’t really a fan of the previous version, but was just amazed at the details and changes made to this master grade model.

In addition to its normal form, you can change various pieces of the model so that certain parts (green pscho-frame bits) are exposed to give the model a pscyho frame look. It doesn’t look really different when you change i compared to the MG Gundam Unicorn.

The model is very poseable as expected from a master grade and the weapons and shield fit perfectly into the hands thanks to a new connection system where pegs are not only found in the hands but in the accessories as well to give a very, very tight grip between the hand and weapons.

Nu Gundam with bazooka

Nu Gundam with bazooka

Nu Gundam with saber

Nu Gundam with saber

Nu Gundam with Rifle

Nu Gundam with Rifle

Nu Gundam with funnels

Nu Gundam with funnels

The Nu Gundam also comes with funnels that can be attached in the back, as pictured above. The funnels are used as separate attack units as seen in the movie Char’s Counterattack.

The good news is that the funnels look very impressive, especially when you attach each separate one to the stand. Unfortunately, when you combine the funnels and place them on the model’s back, they tend to very flimsy as they are all connected using small pegs to attach to one another.

I’ve noticed that when I place the Gundam on the stand and move it at an angle, all the funnels tend to bend towards the model. It’s not a very secure system, and at times the funnels have fallen from the model when I try to move it.

As I said before, the stand which holds the model and funnels is more than adequate to show this model off as it provides for a variety of poses while utilizing the funnel system.

Nu Gundam with funnels deployed using the very effective stand.

Nu Gundam with funnels deployed using the very effective stand.

Close up of the funnel

Close up of the funnel

It’s been about three years since I put together and painted a Gundam model. The last one I posted was the Sazabi and that took months. It was refreshing to paint the model and put it together in less than 2 weeks. I think what originally put me off building Gundam models before was how much time (and MONEY!) was involved.

My next project will be the 1/144 Qubeley by Model Comprehend and I will use the same workflow as I used with the MG Nu Gundam.

Overall, I think people who didn’t like the Nu Gundam model before, will be quite impressed with this model. There was enough changes for me to take a second look and make a purchase.

Nu Gundam Ver. Ka

Nu Gundam Ver. Ka

Nu Gundam Ver. Ka

Nu Gundam Ver. Ka

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GUNPLA MOD: HG Gadessa GNZ-003 Prototype [Hilling Care]

Gadessa attacking with wrist Vulcan Cannon.

Gadessa attacking with wrist Vulcan Cannon.

     Unlike Gundam Seed, Gundam OO ‘s sequel is better than its predecessor. For me Gundam Seed should have ended after the first series. With Gundam OO, the story is expanded upon and has more compelling plots and characters.

     I really like the political story as it relates to what’s going on currently in the world. One aspect that I really enjoyed this time around were the mobile suits, especially the ones the bad guys piloted. After i saw episode 13, I decided to modify an HG Gadessa to the Innovator Hilling Care’s colors.

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GUNPLA: MG Sinanju & MG Unicorn Gundam

Sinanju aerial strike using beam shield.

Sinanju aerial strike using beam shield.

I figured when I left this blog over a year ago that I wouldn’t return. But alas my love for Gundam and Anime has returned. I plan to continue this blog on a regular basis.  At least an update every month.

I start off with the Mobile Suit that brought me back, the MG Sinanju.  I really didn’t expect Bandai to churn this one out. I figured the company would just direct all attention to Gundam Seed and its predecessors. But I’m glad they decided to produce the mecha.

Unicorn versus Sinanju. (Digitally rendered to include flare)

Unicorn versus Sinanju. (Digitally rendered to include flare)

I also review the MG Unicorn which I had bought last year and played around with the idea of doing a post on it,  but never got to it.  My usual shooting studio, the Blue Ridge Mountains, is no longer available to me so I decided to play around with indoor settings, light and shadows and some digital manipulation.

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Gunpla Mod: MG Strike Enforcer

 

MG Strike Enforcer over Shenandoah Valley. I like this picture because of the valley and the fog below that was giving off a bluish kind of tint that really added to the pic. Later on the fog crept up on the mountain rather quickly as you’ll see later.  

     I’ve seen a lot of modded Gundams online, including recently here and here, and didn’t really think about modding a Gundam since I’m fairly new to Gunpla. Earlier last month a new friend sent me an MG Strike Gundam as a thank you gift. Rather than return it, which would be very costly considering where it came from(and rude) I kept it and decided to color custom mod it.

    I’m very satisfied with how it came out and learned a lot from a lot of people about color design and spray paints. I took the Enforcer with me recently but ran into some obstacles in posting the Model, which includes getting a new job farther north and the expiration of my trial version of Photoshop CS3(no!!!!!). But at long last here it is…

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REVIEW – Gunpla: MG Freedom & Gundam Flightscope 03 w/MG Enforcer Preview

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MG Strike Freedom on top of Bearface Mountain during sunrise. 

     One good thing about being team captain on a hiking trip is dictating how much time we spend on one spot. Usually breaks are between 10 and 15 minutes. But this morning I decided to lapse a bit and took 40 minutes to an hour spot breaks.

      It’s not like the team didn’t like it, because there were some gorgeous views along the mountain ridge and gave me an excuse to bust out my new acquisition along with it being my first painted model of any sort. It got pretty windy up there and I was just glad to have some extra hands available…this is my last time being captain right guys? Anyways to the model….

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Gundam: Aile Striker, Skygrasper, & Flightscope 001

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The Aile Striker and Skygrasper. Outside pics have stand removed.

     The first time I took a Gundam with me mountain hiking it was the RX 79(G). Which was pretty easy to take considering how tiny it was. I was lucky enough to get a good shot with it. 

     This time around I brought the Aile Striker and Skygrasper with me and I wanted to try capturing both in flight. With the 79G there was no problem since it’s basically a ground unit. With The Striker and Skygrasper it was tougher to get in place for a shot that featured a good background that showed flight. But I did manage to get some shots of both in flight and snap a few test shots that I want to save later for a Gundam model project.

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Gundam: Perfect Grade Strike & Slide Show

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My Strike Complete…Finally!!

     I’ve never built any kind of model before and decided to take the plunge with the Perfect Grade Strike Gundam. Maybe I should have taken something a lot simpler with my first model kit. But after surfing the net and seeing the PG Strike all over the place, like here and here, I couldn’t stop myself from having to get it…of course I would have to build it first…

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