Bandai EG 1/144 RX-78-2 Gundam was aimed for begineers new to this gunpla hobby. The kit was relatively easy and the parts can be removed from the sprues without using a nippers. The parts separation were actually not bad and the “V”sign at the waist was actually moulded as a separate part and not a sticker! Surface details were not great or acutally none but you can’t expect a HG quality kit for kit that probably cost less than half a normal HG kit.
Because this was a competition submission, I thought I will spend a bit more time and love to prep the surface and sand off the seam lines. Well let’s just say I have good intentions and carry it as far as I could just like a Ball Pod going against a Zaku 2. Mind you if I am a New Type, I might has pulled it off, but I lost my momentum and gave up on decals.
This colour scheme was based on Full Armour Green RX-78-2 Gundam. I planned to submt somethig less common colour scheme as an entry to a painting competition organised by Otaku ME. I used camouflage green to help provide some patterns to the areas where it was missing details.
I have a collection of a few Grand Daddies, and each HG RX-78 variants has slightly different design profiles. My favourite was still the Origin Version, but the head unit assembly design has to be the Revive version. I was actually very disappointed with the Beyod Global version; I was hoping that Bandai will take all the years of expereinces and built a “perfect” RX-78. I used to have high hope on the GBN Base Gundam, because I thought it was meant to be a “clone” of from a popular anime and the Build Fighters GM was actually very good, but this GBN Gundam was just too goofy looking and something just not look correct. Nonethelss, I am surprise that the EG shape is actually very well design and really have a strong impressive pose.
To be fair there are some details such as underneath the shield, the feets, the joints, beam rifle, backpack etc. Hence my aim was to bring out those details but painting them with different colours.
Overall, I am quite surprise how well this kit turns out even though there were areas where I could be more careful with the paint finish and not rush through the prep works. I learnt a lot from this process and I take my hat off to other modellers who has a lot more patience and professionalism in spending the time and days to get everything right.
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