Big and bad, my fourth and fifth (respectively) MG kits are the biggest and definitely the most challenging models that I’ve done yet. Honestly after these two I feel like I could handle a PG kit without many issues. While I had some fun with them (you’ll see in a bit), I feel like the potential for posing with these kits will skyrocket once I get around to ordering action bases for them. As it stands, I’m slightly limited in what I can do with them. Regardless though, here are some pictures and my (mostly) final thoughts.
Take a good look, because once I change this back to the NT-D mode I don’t think I’ll be changing it back to Unicorn mode unless I have a good reason. The Unicorn mode does look appealing with it’s all-white surface (no panel lines to do!), I just prefer the bigger, more threatening look of the NT-D mode. As you can see, I took the crooked sticker off of his chest and figured that I would just order a set of decals from HLJ…of course, they’re listed as discontinued now along with Sinanju’s decal sheet.
If you look at the shoulders you can still see the psychoframe sticking out, mostly due to the fact the tops of his shoulders kept popping off while I was moving the arm around. In the end I wound up supergluing them in place, which means it doesn’t really slide down any more. Just another reason for me to leave it in NT-D mode. 😉
Compared to the Sinanju, the Unicorn isn’t nearly as articulated. Sure, it can get in to some decent poses but it’s legs definitely don’t bend as far and it’s feet don’t have quite the same range of motion either. Generally it’s going to be standing there looking hardcore anyway, but it’s just something to take in to account.
The stickers, despite being numerous weren’t horrible to apply. Time consuming yes, but none of them were really all that hard or awkward to apply. They definitely bring out something extra with the model so if you’re planning on building the RX-0 I’d suggest getting an exacto/hobby knife so you can use the tip to apply the stickers just right.
With the loss of height from going back to Unicorn mode, Sinanju looks even bigger. He’s about the same size as Hi-Nu in this state.
I still don’t know what these things are called, but I do know that they’re effing metal.
Big suit, big guns. Despite being so huge the Sinanju is able to get in to a variety of poses. The tabs on his hands can be a bit of pain to get his weapons in to (the same goes for the Unicorn) but once you get them in there they’re fairly secure.
Of course, every mobile suit needs it’s shield and sword. The shield can be a real bastard to maneuver since it hangs so loosely from the bit that comes down from the shoulder booster, but if you use the arm behind it to keep it in place then there’s really no issue. Optionally, it’s supposed to be able to clip on to the forearm as well but I couldn’t get it to sit there for even five seconds. Sinanju also has beam axes but I forgot to take pictures of them last night. I will update this post with pictures of said weapons when I get home from work, though. Unlike Unicorn, Sinanju has somewhere on his body to keep all of his weapons (Unicorn can only have the beam rifle or hyper bazooka on his back). Remember that strange piece on his waist that moved? Yeah, it folds up and comes down so the rifle can clip in to place there. The axe handles can be stored on his shield and the beam sabers sit nicely inside the forearms.
This (aside from the decals and painting) is my biggest problem with Sinanju. The ball joint here is very stiff, so much that the leg would usually rather pop out of the waist than move along the y-axis. This turns posing it in to a real annoyance if you’re like me and mess with the position the model is in whenever you happen to be bored or if you’re trying to take some good action shots. I’m hoping that this problem will subside once I get the joint broken in but we’ll see. Turns out you need to push the legs in there until you hear it pop in to place!
Speaking of decals, good lord. They weren’t all that bad to apply except for the ones that go on the leg boosters. How on earth is anyone supposed to apply those without screwing up? Curved surfaces plus a corner that the decal goes in to winds up looking sloppy no matter what I do. Again, I would have loved to have some wet decals available to me for this (or INCLUDED) but HLJ has the items listed as discontinued. Thankfully the rest of the decals were on a fairly flat surface so they went on without any troubles. I don’t think I’ll be using the 50-some odd tiny white warning decals however, mostly out of fear of ruining the other decals while applying the other ones.
Unicorn gets the drop on Sinanju, only for his surprise attack to be brushed off!
A well placed shield defends from the follow-up strike…
And leads to a counter! The Unicorn can barely hold back the massive Sinanju!
I really need to order those action bases. That’s really all there is to say about these two kits but if anyone has questions feel free to ask!