Bandai 1/144 HG RX-78-2 Gundam (The Origin ver.)! I have been looking forward to this kit when it was first released. I was really impressed with the additional details and panel lines added to the legs, arms and chest. The details are almost like a mini MG.
The parts separations are also great, I am able to paint the parts separately to give help bring out the details are well. I opted to paint this RX-78 in G3 grey colour since I already have a few collections of the RX-78-2 red and blue colours.
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I also changed the backpack with a GM3 backpack to give it a pre-MK2 version look; this helps with my backstory as this the 3rd variants of the RX-78 and hence they are already started to experiment on new weaponry and design to help develop the MK2.
This is a side-by-side comparison to my EG RX-78. The EG is a great kit, I would recommend it for people starting out and wanted something handsome to work with. My EG colour scheme was inspired by Full Armour Gundam Green and Orange. This EG was a submission to a painting competition and although I did not win as there is only one winner, I was given very positive feedback. The origin version is my preferred kit because of the additional details and options.
This is a side-by-side comparison to my Beyond Global Gundam. Bandai has put in lots of articulation improvement to this Beyond Global kit, but I just do not like the design, especially the tapered torso. My Beyond Global Gundam is inspired by Thunderbolt Gundam colour scheme.
This is a side-by-side comparison to my Revive RX-78. This version Bandai attempt to revive the hobby by introducing a more modern HG version of Granddaddy! The shape is almost similar to the Origin version or I dare say the Origin version copied this design. I enjoyed building the revive version and I have to paint it in the original colour (of course!).
This is the side-by-side comparison to the actual original HG RX-78, this HG kit comes with a core fighter. I was inspired by Psycho Gundam when I was paining this kit. The backpack and shoulder cannon is actually from the Origin Version. This is not a bad kit, but just dated and lacking details.
I really enjoyed this build, this is by the best HG kit for RX-78-2. It has more details over the Revive and Global version, better looking design than the Global; but the only thing I hate about this kit is the head assembly! I wish they went for the old fashion method instead of trying to be clever with so many small parts to the head. That said I loved this kit!