Pre-Xmas loot

December 15, 2013 at 16:57 | Posted in Random rants | 1 Comment
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Something big and red arrived at my doorstep today. No, it’s not Santa. It’s the MG Sazabi ver Ka. This is by far the biggest MG box I’ve ever had. Yes, I know there’s other MG kits with bigger boxes than this. But just to show you how big is, I placed my RG Strike on the left side of the box:


Just some additional info about the kit in case you don’t know already:

  • it comes with stickers AND water-slide decals.
  • there’s space for an LED gimmick for the monoeye, but the LED unit is sold separately
  • the armor can be split open to reveal the internal armor but there’s no clear psychoframe parts like the MG Nu ver Ka.
  • beam weapons are neon green
  • comes with two rifles: beam shot rifle and long rifle (pictured in boxart). And get this: you can attach the MG Sinanju bazooka to the bottom part of the long rife

I’m in no rush to build this one and I still haven’t decided whether to custom paint it or leave it in red.  But one thing’s for sure, it’s going to be a massive undertaking.

And that’s not all in my pre-Xmas loot drop:

msg-weapons29-32These are the latest M.S.G weapon units by Kotobukiya. From the left it’s the Hand Gatling gun, belt feed for the Gatling gun, Assault rifles and katanas. Unlike the previous Gatling gun by Kotobukiya (see MG Heavyarms), this one looks a bit smaller and maybe more suitable for 1/144 scale kits. But the barrel looks underwhelming, so I’m thinking of replacing it with the Gatling barrel from Bandai’s System Weapon 005.

The Assault Rifle set comes in two flavors: modeled after the HK416 and AK12 assault rifles, respectively. Both come with grenade launcher attachments too. And finally, the katanas also come in twos: a long and short blade. Here’s where Kotobukiya is being a little bit cheeky: unlike the image, the blades come in dark-grey, unpainted plastic. Also, the blades won’t go all the way into the sheath. Instead there’s a separate part that includes the hilt and a truncated part of the blade which is meant to be inserted inside the sheath.

And this is probably my last rant for 2013. To all readers and subscribers, have a great Xmas & New Year!

System Weapon 001 and 002

June 29, 2012 at 10:27 | Posted in 1/144 scale, Etc | 3 Comments
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Since I have quite a few 1/144 scale model kits, I thought having more optional weapons for them would be a good idea. That’s why I bought the System Weapon 001 and 002 for ~1000yen each.

First, a general description. Each box includes two different class of weapons with swappable parts to convert into different configurations.The main weapon of each class comes pre-built with decals, whereas the swappable parts are on runners. It also includes a weapons stand:

So let’s start with System Weapon 001:

The main weapons in the box are the Gatling gun and the Zaku machine gun. The Gatling gun and Zaku machine gun are each capable of being modified into 3 configurations, as follows:

However, because the main body of the weapon (the one with the grip) is limited, you can only have 2 gatlings and 1 machine gun complete at the same time. The good thing is that you can mix and match the option parts to make the weapon of your choice. I chose these configurations for the Gatling gun and Zaku machine gun:

And now on to System Weapon 002:

The main weapons are the Gelgoog beam rifle and the Zaku heat hawk. The beam rifle can be attached with 2 different types of long barrels while the heat hawk can be transformed into a twin axe and a huge axe, like so:

As with system weapons 001, you cannot have all three configurations simultaneously; at a given time you only have enough parts to make 1 beam rifle and 2 heat hawks, and I preferred these configurations:

You may have noticed I added some details to the weapons. In fact, I sprayed them all with German Gray and handpainted some parts on the heat hawks. I applied some water-slide decals and added M.S.G pink transparent parts to the rifle sensor/scope. To add a bit of weathered effect, I applied dry brushing using silver paint, some weathering pastels and finally a spray of flat topcoat.

And here’s some pics of the weapons in the hands of some of my completed 1/144 kits:

I must say these weapons really suit the Jesta and Zeon suits. Oh, I should add that the weapons may not fit nicely on the hands of existing models. Thankfully, System Weapon 002 includes several pairs of hands which can properly grip the weapons and they come in both designs: Federation (sharp & squarish) and Zeon (rounded) finger designs. Unfortunately they are all molded in black so some painting may be necessary for those hands to match your kit color scheme.

Pros: Well-detailed and nicely designed weapons; ability to customize the weapon; comes with weapon stand and hands.

Cons: Although 3 configurations of each weapon are possible, you are limited to having at most 2 weapons at the same time; some building & possibly painting required.

The final word: Although I was quite irked by the cons listed above, I didn’t regret the purchase. At least the leftover parts can be used to modify other weapons (actually I did that already for my RG Launcher Strike). So if you have some 1/144 scale kits and you find their weapons rather inadequate, you might consider these System Weapons. For me, I’m actually looking forward to System Weapon 003.

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