1/72 Crest CR-C98E2 Nineball Ver. Review (Part 1)


Just got this yesterday, and while HGUC Hrairoo and Advanced Hazel are still in progress, I can’t contain my excitement and planning to build this right away. This is my first Armored Core variable Infinity kit, and the third after Kotobukiya made after 1/144 SRW OG Alteisen Ver. Progressive and Gespenst MK.II Kwai (Albero Custom) from the same line. Before we take a look at the item itself, first the history of this red mecha.
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Hrairoo And Advanced Hazel GET!

These two are the reason (reasons?) for my sudden interest in reviving HGUC Hazel Custom I neglected so long. Yes, two HGUC kits from Advance of Zeta. They both, like other AoZ HGUC lineup,  have interchangeability gimmick. Especially Advanced Hazel and Hazel Custom. Simply because the former is just the latter with additional parts. Hrairoo, which is based on Gaplant, isn’t that compatible. Still, there are things you can do for Hrairoo if you own any other AoZ kits.

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1/100 YF-29 Durandal Valkyrie (Alto Custom) (Part 1)

And so, a new project after a long time. I still have 2 MGs and 1 Kotobukiya SRWOG kits but somehow I got bored working on humanoid-type mecha model. But I don’t have the skill nor tools to handle “serious” project such as real life aircraft  model. So for me, this particular model from Bandai suit my needs. It’s an aircraft kit, but build like gunpla. Looks good enough out of the box, since it has a decent color separation just like Gundam HGs. And it’s really cheap. So basically, if 1/72 transformable Macross F model is MG, then this 1/100 is HG. Before we start, let me remind you one thing: THIS THING IS NOT TRANSFORMABLE. Heck, nothing moved in this kit. But it’s a nice display piece, with good surface details despite the size. Anyway, for those whose not familiar with this design, this YF-29 was only appeared on Macross Frontier 2nd movie: Sayonara no Tsubasa. This unit never appeared on TV series and so far not many facts about this unit is known. I’ll talk more about YF-29 on the last part but now, let’s focused on the kit itself.

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HG 1/144 OO Raiser+GN Sword III Part 1: History

My mood to work on gunpla is finally back. But instead of continuing my work on 1/100 RXF-91A and MG OO Qan[T], I decided to work on a kit that I’ve been neglected so long. That is, HG GN-0000+GNR-010 OO Raiser+GN Sword III. I’ll tell more about mine on the next post, for now let us take a look at interesting history of OO Raiser incarnation in HG 1/144 form. All images here are taken from Dalong, Hadena, SRW Hotnews, and few various blogs that I can’t remember.

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GFF #0022 MSZ-010 ZZ Gundam/FA-010S Full Armor ZZ Gundam (Part 1)

Taking  a break from MG OOQ, here’s the review of Gundam Fix Figuration #0022 MSZ-010 ZZ Gundam. This is not my first GFF actually, I owned #0038 Gundam MK.III that I bought around a year ago. So I know what I can expect. If you owned a GFF (especially the older one, not newer GFFN or larger GFFMC) you’ll know GFF nature as excellent display piece but poor playability. If you don’t, then I’ll tell you what’s good and bad from a GFF.

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“Setsuna nozomi no Gundam, daburu-O quanta”

I was planning to finish my RXF-91A this week, but many things happened. Many things, including the arrival of a distraction. OK, to call it a mere “distraction” is an insult. Why, it’s the hottest gunpla that everyone talking about (by the time I made this post). To be fair, it’s actually the main course and that RXF-91A I build halfheartedly is just an appetizer.

I’m talking about Master Grade GNT-0000 OO Qan[T]. This set a record of the fastest MG release from the time the original source viewed to public. From early September (movie premier) to mid November (MG release). It’s still smoking hot when I write this, even Dalong hasn’t post his review. I’m really excited, I really love the design and I’m satisfied with what Bandai did with MG Exia. It seems that this MG share (almost) no parts with Exia, but it must have some similar vibe and I dig it. More Gundams from OO get MG-fied  is better.

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Oddities From The Past

*All pictures and manual scan taken from http://www.1999.co.jp for better illustration. My own photo can be found here

Upon inspecting on 1/100 Gundam RXF-91A gunpla I got earlier, I found some interesting things that don’t exist on today’s gunpla. Of course basic articulation and bad color separation is to be expected, it’s a no-grade and made 18 years ago anyway. So I won’t put that on the list, and this is the list : Continue reading