The long-awaited day has finally arrived! Bandai’s much-anticipated first release in its all-new Gunpla line, REAL GRADE, is here and we wanted to bring you perhaps the first video look into this magnificent example of plastic model engineering. This video serves as a preview of what you can expect from this model kit. We would have liked to show some things in more detail however time constraints meant that we had to leave a few things out. But that’s what text is for!
First off, this kit is amazing. A 1/144 scale kit that will take you over two hours to build and possibly just as long to apply the markings. The large number of pieces used in the assembly of this kit allow it to articulate really well and hold any number of positions. The new frame is flexible enough that you can move the joints around without fear of breaking something, however, some sections will break if not handled correctly, such as the front knee joints. Before applying the armor it is advisable to slowly work the frame joints back and forth loosening them up. Bandai’s use of two different color whitish armor parts shows off the different sections of the kit and gives it the look of the real 1/1 Gundam!
But what did I find most impressive about this project? The markings. Normal marking stickers on an HG or MG are noticeable as adhesive stickers due to the outline, however, Bandai has managed for the most part to eliminate that altogether! The marking stickers are thin cut and fit perfectly in the section to which they are applied. This is fantastic as it allows the builder to put the sticker in just the right spot by lining up the edges of the sticker instead of focusing on the marking. Despite their tiny size, I had no problem with the markings!
One thing of note for those tackling this kit; have a sharp hobby knife handy. You will need it to clean the gate marks off the pieces near perfectly because if they aren’t removed many of the pieces will not assemble properly.
Now it’s your turn!
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Gundam model shown in this video : 1/144 Real Grade RX-78-2 Gundam