This was a fun build, with very few tough parts (which weren’t even that tough). The main thing with these smaller kits is having to do a lot more painting than with large kits, if you want that “looks just like the box!” style. I think Kotobukiya’s getting better at engineering these things, because there were not as many parts that needed gluing to keep the kit stable.
- Head (gluing):
This connection is pretty loose, but be careful not to get glue on the front “lens” part.
- Head (painting):
Sure is a lot of white here. The jaw/seat pieces should probably have just been molded in another color, since only the teeth are meant to be white. The “ear” pieces need a little touching up too.
- Does anyone have a ruler?
I could have saved an hour or so scrambling to find a ruler if I only knew that this diagram in the instructions was actual size. Well, now YOU know!
- I haven’t figured this one out yet:
There needs to be some kind of gluing done here, because A10 and A7 pop out when trying to do some poses.
- Paint me:
I’m going to be compelled to paint this gold, as I do with all such bits.
- Not sure about this:
Gluing may be needed here (they pop off), but that could hinder future disassembly.
- Definitely glue here:
You have to pull on that rocket to extend it, and it just pops off without glue.
This piece (from the tail) is incredibly thin. It’s a miracle I didn’t break it just by looking at it.
- Upper arms:
These are identical, until you put the cap on the appropriate side. Clever!
- Paint me too:
Again with the silver/gold. At least there weren’t too many of these to do.
- A-and paint us too, while you’re at it:
This Gundam Marker (GM09 “Gundam Eye Green”) works really well for all those pieces that need to be done green. Last pic: I thought I’d try an aurora sticker for the scope, but I’m not sure about it.
- Racing stripes:
The note in the first pic about sticker #15 (a solid block of red) roughly translates to “have fun cutting them out freestyle, suckas!”