Like the Zaku II, there are a lot of different versions of the iconic RX-78-2 Gundam out there. Some are plain, some have a full inner frame and others, like the One Year War version have tons of panel lining and detail. The version 2.0 kit, while bursting at the seems with articulation and the latest in bandai’s gunpla engineering just didn’t appeal to me with it’s very simplistic outer appearence. That led me to the Gundam Ver. OYW, riddled with panel lines and a more ‘real’ feel to it.
This model has two different versions available, on being the game color and the other the animation color. Of course, when I ordered it I wasn’t aware of this fact and wound up with the decidedly more pastel game color.
Less than enthused I decided that I would repainting the model in different colors. While not as vibrant as the game version I went with a more practical color scheme with grey/semi-gloss-black/gold which worked out with the offish-white of the rest of the suit fairly well.
RX-78s aren’t known for being difficult kits to build and this one isn’t an exception to that. Half A plus Half B equals part, rinse wash and repeat until you have a gundam. The only moderately annoying part is the infamous Gundam Ver. 1.5 leg runner, which is vaguely reminiscent of the PG Strike/Red Frame’s hands. It’ll take a little bit of time to cut them out and get the prepared but it’s not as bad as some people make it out to be. The big thing for the OYW kits is making sure to take time to do all of the panel lining and a few easy decals to bring out the detail that this gundam has. On the upside, the simplistic design of the Gundam means that it’s got very good articulation.
Normal Gundam weaponry, I painted the beam sabers blue to keep them in line with the blue eyes and head camera…not really much else to say about them. They’re molded all in one color so if you want to add a little flavor to them (something they really need) have your paint at the ready. I find the gundam hammer to be the most aesthetically pleasing weapon that we’ve got, so it’s generally the only one that sees daylight. I wish I had a figma stand for it so I could position it like it was being swung around but alas.
This is a good model to check out if you’re just getting in to gunpla, as the ease of RX-78 kits are hard to beat. If you’re wary of panel lining right away then the OYW might seem somewhat intimidating but you’ve gotta take chances sometimes, right?