Thursday, March 29, 2012

MG Sazabi Review Part 3 (summary)

Again, i lazy to choose the right music for the video. All i do was choosing some sound track from that series and do some sound editing, cut there, paste here and combine. I added some scene reviewing the box, packaging and building process together with the complete unit scene. 
I might doing some similar video to other kit that i will build in the future. Hope you all like it.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

MG Sazabi Review Part 2 (proportion, articulation and pose)

I remember someone told me that kotobukiya 1/144 Alteisen from SRG was a flying brick because it can't really pose and i feel this MG Sazabi will have the same title especially both also red. It depend on what type of kit you want and how you want it to be. If you start this hobby or collection less than one or two years with the most recent Master Grade, you might have higher expectation on every MG and this kit might disappoint you. Well, all i can say is there are many thing we need to understand on why some kit design to be like this or that, when is the kit release, the technology, trend , concept of the model kit during the time of kit design and release. From there, we will actually able to see a lot of good stuff from the kit itself instead of complaining this or that when it compare to the current Master Grade kit. I think there might be some people asking for a MG Sazabi "Ver.2" but i think there are also many great modeller have bought the resin, conversion or G-system version MG Sazabi which have better proportion and articulation.

So, I'm going to discuss about proportion, articulation and the pose that this kit can make in this post. First, i will start of with the proportion design. For me, i got no complain and everything was almost same in the anime and even looking from a model kit perspective, i think the proportion design is great but there are still room for improvement. I saw many modeller tend to sharpen many area on this kit. If you look at Keita's Sazabi, he sharpen the face plate, slightly extend the chest armor, etc... and it will look even greater. 

As for the articulation, i think you will know what i'm going to said when i said this kit also share the title of "flying brick". If it build with the straight build kit as the end result, it can be tough for it make different pose. From the previous review part 1, i mentioned that most of the major joint (for the entire hand to the chest and entire leg to the waist) was using ball joint. Ball joint is suppose to be flexible but not durable. What happen to this kit is those joint can't really hold the main part properly due to the size and weight. As a result, those main parts such as legs and hands can easily detach but i might due to those PC part are still new and not soft enough to hold the main part. It should be alright after some time when those PC part get softer after connecting with the ball joint from the main part. Like what i said, ball joint is flexible but not durable. In order for this kit to have durable ball joint, those female part of the joint which is made by rubber (PC runner) was design as deep as possible. Good thing is it help the joint to hold the main part properly but the bad part will be the flexibility of the ball joint decrease. Most of the main part will using the similar concept and i think that is why that this kit can't pose well or i can say that this kit can only do standing pose. You can said the articulation is bad for this kit but it wasn't design with the articulation technology or concept that we have recently in its time.

It can use "forget about it" when it come to posing this kit but standing pose is still a pose. From what i said on the joint, more or less you will know how much can this kit pose. Most of the joint of this kit is consider as a dead joint which mean it only use to connect one part to another and there are not much movement can provide from those joints. So, ground pose is definitely not suitable for this kit ( it can't recreate those pose in the anime when char do those jumping pose this mobile suit on the asteroid while fighting with amuro). Usually i will try to make some take some shots for the kit with the stand to create some pose on the air and try to get some dynamic shots from there but the size, weight and there is almost not room for the stand's connector to hold this kit, i totally give up on it.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Re-supply (pain in my wallet)

Re-supply, phase one complete. Actually, these are just part of the supply and there are more coming soon. If you see what item i bought in the first picture, you should know what i'm going to do next. These are the paint that i'm going to use for my MG Destiny, hope it will turn out as what i want. As for the Koto Joint, bought it for the MG Sazabi modification. As for those brush, no plan for it yet (might learn some hand painting soon).

Metallic black (my favorite), silver chrome and gold for the inner frame, metallic red ( i don't want it but it work away too good with other red), flat white just to make sure everything really white, cobalt blue is a need and metallic blue is my favorite again.
I'm not sure how much it can help, i was planning to use epoxy putty to re-cast the joint but the seller told me why not use Koto Joint only remind me that kotobukiya has come out with impressive solution to solve articulation problem.
Good thing is the local shop( i bought these stuff from two different shops) just re-adjust the price for the paint tool since Japanese yen drop a lot recently but everything here still cost me almost RM 100 and i still haven't get surfacer, cutting mat and epoxy putty. Damn. My order on MG strike freedom coming soon, i'm really broke this time........

Saturday, March 17, 2012

MG Sazabi Review Part 1 (structure, building process and detail)

I start the assemble process last week when i thought i just want to take some photos for the first part of the review which cover the boxart, parts, runners and the entire package. Things get too exited when i open the box and i can't stop myself to build it up. I even make the video for the boxart or package review plus some assemble process. Instead of watching 3 minutes video on the finish product, the video will also cover other stuff like building process, manual, inner frame and others in roughly about 10 minutes video for the entire review. 

So, back to the main topic. I saw this kit when i was 15 and know nothing about it at all. The only thing i know is this kit come with huge shield, those bulkiness are awesome and the price tag for this is something beyond my reach. At last, i get it now and i'm reviewing it. I only finish the Mobile Suit Gundam: Char Counterattack series yesterday after i finish assemble this thing to check on some action pose (and i think i  found some weakness of this mobile suit, lol). Although this thing look bulky but in the anime, the mobility is very high (especially in melee combat but those scene only last for few minutes) and it even can make some Sinanju Kick on Amuro's Nu gundam. Unfortunately, the real kit  can't do that. What weaknesses that this mobile suit have? do you remember the Nu gundam pull off one of the "pipe" near the neck area of this mobile suit which i believe most of the wiring that connect the entire suit to the cockpit (head unit) disable Char controlling the mobile suit. I mean how can such important "pipe" being expose out from the armor. The second thing is, do you realize that most of the Zeon mobile suit such as Gelgoog , Dom or Zaku version XXX look bulk? the reason is not because it got better armor but it got a lot of thrusters (and some cooler vent maybe) to improve its mobility (my opinion, just like American muscle bigger car, bigger engine, faster on straight line) but what i think is bigger size means heavier (might be a problem since it is space combat unit) and exposure to enemy will also higher. I'm not saying the design is bad, it just what i think base on some military basic concept. Maybe there are other reason that this mobile suit design and develop in this way since i haven't check out the full detail about this mobile suit. All i know about this kit will be the weapon, some sort of psycho frame technology which allow the pilot to control funnels, some kind of plasma beam cannon on the lower torso, one beam rifle, two beam sabers can be release direct from the arms to the palm, some tomahawk missile from the shield and a huge beam saber/axe.

Detail and Structure
As for this model kit, it was release around 200X (before 2005)and i can't simply expect that everything from this kit is as good as what the latest MG have but this doesn't mean it can't catch up at all. The design of the inner frame for model kit is actually quite impressive and flexible if anyone want to paint it. On top of that, the inner frame might not have much detail but those hydraulic pump gimmick plus the thrusters beneath the armors are impressive. Although those inner frame for the main body and legs are impressive but there are certain part of this kit doesn't have inner frame such as the arms unit. Other than that, there are a lot of ball joint use as the connector for most of the major part such as the shoulder and peg joints. Ball joint should be good in terms of flexibility but the problem is the sturdiness can't last long and the it can easily detach (If you have a MG freedom, you might have experience this from the waist joint). So, on the overall of the structure from this kit is very solid but not flexible ( i will explain this more in articulation part).  

Monday, March 12, 2012

MG Infinite Justice Review part 3 (proportion and articulations)

Some of you might complain the pictures are too dark, some of you might say the shadow might too strong and some said the color is nonsense (haha, Jeremy's style). I actually trying out to get a total dark back ground while controlling the flash only hit the subject and i guess it not work well but i think i found the solution. Sorry if the picture look a bit dark. 

Other than the picture, this proportion and articulation will be the main topic in this review for this kit. Anyone of you own the NG 1/100 Infinitite Justice before? well i have one and i have lot of complain about it even this MG version was not release yet. So, on the proportion section i will mainly focus on the comparison with the NG 1/100 version. First, the head unit finally become a normal scale compare to the NG version which had the head unit too small to fit for the entire kit. Most of the weapons such as beam rifle and shield were look sleeker and sharper (even the beam for the boomerang). The legs are not too long which i saw some people complain about it on the MG Strike Freedom and MG Impulse. The only complain that i had on this kit will be the beam cannon from the Fatum 1, i wish it can be slightly longer (will i do something on it? no, it too small and i don't think i can handle it yet).

So, on the articulation for this kit, fantastic. If you check the part 2 of this kit review which i show those joint, you will know how good this kit can pose. The most important thing is those skirt armors are not blocking the legs for posing. On top of that, the armors from the legs and arms were not the issues for posing. With the back stay vertical way on ground pose, it won't have any weight issues but i'm good in ground posing so i didn't make any. There are some for the ground pose although everything look perfect, the backpack might obstruct the kit for making the kneeling pose. Other than that, no complain.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

MG Infinite Justice Review part 2 (detail, assemble process and structure)

I almost forget to make this post and post the third part of the review. I was thinking where are all the pictures that i want to talk about? So, here it is. In this part, i'm going to focus on three things which are the details, assemble process and the structure. 

So, first we had the details. I'm sure most of you had heard about this kit and some of you even own one of it. If you prefer to detail up (i mean painting) the inner frame of MG kit, this kit will be my suggestion. It come with lot of detail not only on the inner frame but those hidden area for thruster as well (the backpack). I actually took some photos of the inner frame before i assemble everything (just scroll down). 

As for the assemble process, it's pretty straight forward. Although it come with lot of tiny part because most of the part are molded separately and the joints are just incredible. From the assemble process, it show it almost perfect to make any dynamic pose (all you need is a close up wide angle lens). Due to most of the parts are molded separately, there are only few foil stickers come with this kit and mostly are use as the censor in the head unit. 

In terms of the structure, the thing that i want to point out is this MG Seed/Destiny series are design more focus on the inner frame. The inner frame can stand alone independently without much supportive part from the outer armor to hold everything together. On top of that, most of the armors are easily detach from the inner frame. I remember i took some photo with some of the armors off from the inner frame with mechanical chain base. Other than the design, most of the main joints for this kit are very sturdy. What i means is those joint that connect legs, arms, head unit and backpack. I feel the sturdiness of those joints are even stronger that the parts to build the joint itself (so, be careful when it come to pose to prevent those part break). Good thing is those joint can last for long period but posing the kit might be a bit difficult. While the main joints looking good, other joint or clip for weapons or accessory are not that good especially the shield. Hope the paint can help by thickening those part. There are lot of people complain about the clip on the palm are useless but for me, i think it works pretty well (better than old type MG series such as MG strike, MG wing ver.ka, etc...).

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The.. Big.. Red.. One.. is here!!!

It took so long for it to complete its journey from Japan to Hong Kong and finally reach Malaysia, haha. I was waiting at my home for two days when i know it reach Malaysia and i was crazy whenever i heard van or truck engine pass my house but at last, i was not at home when it arrive (damn). So, this will consider as this month's loots. I really can't wait to build it.
And this is the new line that i'm going to review, the SD Gundam Action Figure. Something new for me as i never purchase or review any figure before. Lets see what it got on my coming post.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Project MG Destiny EBM AIF Detail Evolve version (update)

Alright, backpack is done, pla-plate process is done too. I guess that's all i want to add it in and the next thing i'm going to do will be sanding before go for priming and painting.

I have no idea what to do with the wing at all. There are lot of curve and uneven surface which made me very difficult to cut the pla-plate according to the uneven surface and the shape of the wing. I think of doing some armor trimming but i don't have the right tools. So, i guess that's it for the wings and backpack.

Monday, March 5, 2012

MG Infinite Justice Review part 1 ( with a little bit of update)

While my study completed and waiting for the convocation, i still trap in something which made me quite busy for these few weeks. The reason is all about money and time, i got a lot of time to do anything i want now but the problem is everything need money which i running out of it. Therefore, i might spend more with more time i have and the best way to cut of spending and use those free time wisely will be, working or look for a full time job. I went for few interviews last week and almost every day, there is a new interview coming in since i can apply it from the Jobstreet easily. My schedule was a mess. Some of the interview success and some of it still pending means fail. My mom told me one thing, be patient and wait for the most suitable one when i told her why not i simply pick one of the job and spend my free time to get money while looking for other job. She said i won't quit the job that i simply choose once i'm in it (due to many "predicted" reason), and the best part is, "isn't you have lot of gunpla (from my boss) in the room and why not you build all of it while you're free", i was like "am i dreaming?"

So, that's all for the my updates and back to the next review item, the MG Infinite Justice. If you build a MG Destiny, you should build a MG Infinite Justice too (So you can have it fight each other). This kit was release around 2008 or 09, i can't remember but all i remember is i bought it around RM 165 that time and now it cost about RM 175 to RM185 in most of the local hobby shop (since Yen has increase a lot recently). Well, i think i don't to put out the introduction of this gundam since it's partner Strike Freedom gundam was so famous no matter how much you like it or hate it. What i want to share in this part one will be the design of the gundam itself. So, let me start of with the concept of this gundam. It was design to be melee and medium distance combat mobile suit compare to Strike Freedom which have a lot of beam rifle. Improve from the old Justice gundam, this thing have more beam now and the Fatum 1 (the backpack which is a detachable flying unit) look more aero-dynamic. I mean if any gundam think of fighting it in a close combat, it's kick equip with beam while the right hand holding 2 x Super Lacerta (beam saber) combine together and the left hand equip with shield plus the beam boomerang  which can use as beam blade when it attach on the shield. The wing of the Fatum 1 equip with beam as well and when the enemy try to run away from it, it still can fire the enemy without using it beam rifle by its beam cannon mounted on Fatum 1. The best opponent that i think of, Exia but most of the blade that Setsuna like to throw on it will deflect by Griffon (the knee blade or beam) and block from the shield (haha). 
A very dynamic pose in the box art and it should a scene that it fight with Destiny gundam while the Legend gundam was looking on it and ready to provide some support to Destiny gundam.


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