When I first started started getting into Gundam model kits I really had no idea about the anime or its history. The more my interest in the Gunpla hobby grew, the more Gunpla people I came into contact with. When we would talk about Gunpla and the Gundam anime one word was bandied about more frequently than others; Wing. For many in North America and around the world the Wing Gundam anime was their first exposure to the world of Mobile Suit Gundam and still holds a special place in their memories. They would speak almost reverently about the Wing, so when Bandai released their 1/100 Master Grade Wing Gundam this past April I took notice. The Wing was one of the more requested kits on Gunpla TV so we decided to do this build and show everyone what makes the Wing Gundam special as a plastic kit.
As always the box art from Bandai is a beauty to behold and gets me excited for the build to come.
Like with almost all Master Grade kits, the Wing comes with a 1/100 scale pilot, in this case it would be Heero Yuy. One of the first steps in this, and most, Master Grades has me putting our hero into the driver’s seat of his Mobile Suit. The sculpting of even the 1/100 figure is impressive.
A few parts later and the protagonist is safely tucked away.
As Bandai’s engineering continues to get better and better and more intricate, the parts get more numerous and smaller. I encountered some resistance when trying to join the two pieces which form the shoulder joint. Rather than try blunt force I fell back on my own, patented (not quite) method of constructing this type of assembly.
I took my side cutters and used the cushioned handles to slowly squeeze the pieces together.
And slowly and surely it comes to pass, an assembled joint!
If you’ve got a method all your own for this type of situation why not share it with us?
Next up is the poly-caps. It seems Bandai is using less and less poly-caps with each kit which isn’t surprisingly when you consider the more advanced joint assembly. The MG Wing features only one small runner of poly-caps and the first one used in the build is unlike your usually ball-and-socket type of poly-cap and slides into place in the rear of the frame.
Add this part to your already assembled pilot seat and you have what will be the torso frame. Nicely done, Bandai.
But of course you have to add the vents…
…and the armor. Of course! I enjoy the lines of the Wing’s Torso. They aren’t too many angles so it has a more organic look to it. I’ve left off the sticker that goes in the torso, for now.
Following the torso is the head. A rather simple assembly despite there being quite a few small pieces involved.
Clearly recognizable as Wing Gundam, don’t you think?