Nov 17

Available from Hobbylink Japan


Just a little something to listen to, as you read…… πŸ˜‰

A little while ago, I built up the NERV VTOL craft, also by Kotobukiya, and was impressed at what seemed to be an entirely ‘snap-fit’ construction plan. I was impressed then with the quality of the build and the tight tolerances to which it had been designed.

As soon as I opened up this box, I recognized the same guiding hand, and this time I decided to put my fate in the hands of the design team. Not one drop of cement has touched this build. I wish I could say the same for the paint too, as the colour mold on most parts is bang on the money, but there were a few elements which could not be finished without detailing. However, do note that in the main, the only treatment the model has received has been Mr. Hobby matte coat and some weathering.

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The quality of Kotobukiya molding has always been rather high, and on this kit they’ve gotten a little silly with the panel lines. I had trouble, even with my 0.01 pen, getting into the lines without making them look messy. Thankfully, on the decking I was able to wash it all in.

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As you can see, this is no monster kit. Still, the detailing — not just on the lines, but also on the portholes and other features — is both legion and crisp.

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My one real concession to paint on this build.


I found it interesting though that, whilst the wings were not molded in the right colors, the bridge was (at least pad printed). I am informed this was part of a compromise to keep the costs down as far as possible, as the following tech rather bumped them up a little further than anticipated at design.

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As you can see, the N-Nautilus wing-sweep operates as intended. The mechanism, is a screw device that is activated by rotating the rear engine. It swings the main wings, canards, and tail up in unison, and will – no doubt – have you all twiddling away more than you should.

Caution, though! The plastic pegs which secure the wings to the main bar (especially in the case of the canards) are extremely fragile.

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Unlike on the wings, the yellow stripe on the tail section is all cast in plastic.

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The kit comes with both sets of turret options (main guns stowed and run out). However, beyond that, there are no real bells and whistles to this kit. Mind you, I’m not sure what could be added that Gainax has not already.

It does seem a shame that the ship does not have Atlantean decals to add, but… I’m just happy to have the little beast in hand.


This build was also my first attempt at lining and weathering post facto (as opposed to lining onto an undercoat and shading in). I do prefer lining first, to be fair, as badly-managed post shading can look like someone has done a Banksy on a model. However, in this case, and using a well-watered wash (Citadel Nuln Oil wash, cut 50/50 with Tamiya X20 thinner) as the base, I think I have managed a nice panel fade without overwhelming the kit as a whole.

I’ll not lie here. I’ve been waiting for this one forever – not being able to afford the recent 1/1000 garage kit and not being able to find the old Tsukuda Soft vinyl.

Now… When will Kotobukiya do the Nautilus?

And the Gratan? And the Garfish? BOTH of them….

And the Sky Fortress? And Red Noah?



  1. Nice job there..seems like a full painted build

  2. Thank you very much. I was honestly very pleased with the colour of the base castings. I doubt if I could have done better if I have worked it up from a clean undercoat.

  3. It look amazing!

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