Alright, finished building this beast! Now that I’m sure I haven’t lost any parts (as I so often do) and I can see how everything goes together for masking purposes it’s time to take this thing apart and start painting it. Since the kit is new though, I wanted to get a review of the kit up so builders could get a good look at this thing.
The build process for this took about 11 hours, give or take. The kit isn’t as intricate as the MG Unicorn but it’s still a fairly involved build thanks to the psychoframe gimmick they worked in as well as the fact that the Nu Gundam is a huge mobile suit. I won’t spend much time talking about each area individually but for a change I did remember to take pictures of the different areas as I was building instead of storming through the entire thing.
In a change of pace I started building the kit where the manual suggests it. The first thing you’ll notice about this kit (and apparently this has been the trend with the MG AGE kits and Marasai) is that the frame is made of soft polystyrene plastic instead of the usual hard ABS plastic. This is great and I’m hoping this becomes the standard for all Master Grade kits because in general it makes the frame to work on.
The actual construction of the kit isn’t that out of the norm- you guys don’t need me to cover the psychoframe parts and how they get the silver sticker underneath since by now you guys know how that works. What is important is that all the important areas of this kit like the shoulders, arms, legs and waist all have an awesome range of motion and the joints are sturdy enough to hold poses with no trouble. The movement of the joints is smooth and you don’t have to force them at all to get them in to position (something I think we might be able to chalk up to the polystyrene frame) but there’s no sagging or loseness going on here. The only area I had a little trouble with was the waist but that was only with the heavy funnels attached and it’s something that I’m sure a little future floor polish will easily fix.
There are some cool things going on here. I hope hands like this also become standard but given that the Nu is a bigger Gundam I’m not sure this will be a normal thing on more ‘regular’ sized mobile suits. The tabbed hands in addition to the tabbed weapons is really nice from a stability standpoint, the interlocking parts there really ensure that the weapons stay in the kit’s grip (unlike the Sinanju dropping his rifle 24/7). and thanks to the design of the hands in general it holds the beam sabers without using the tabs if you want to go for a reverse grip. The weapons are also really well done, their construction and way the parts are designed resulting in not having any ugly seamlines on the tops (or in the case of the bazooka any at all since they were molded as full cylinders instead of halves). The rifle’s seamlines are hidden by the black piece on top as well, much like the original Nu Gundam MG.
The kit does have a few issues with the Fin Funnels, unfortunately. Gaijin-Gunpla has a good writeup on the issues with them as well as a very nice fix for them, something I intend to do to mine as well since I have the double funnel set ordered through GenteiKits and definitely want them to be sturdy and stable. The chief problem is that they’re too heavy for their own good when it comes to the way they connect together. I have no issues when three or four funnels are attached but by the time you get to six you start to have problems with them staying put comfortably. On top of that, if the kit is on it’s stand they have a habit of curling forward. Syd’s fix takes care of both of these problems but I’ve also found that the K2 part has a way of flexing with all 6 of the funnels on it, giving the funnels a slight tilt on the y-axis. I think this is probably because of the polystyrene plastic as well, and if I can find a solid way to harden the part up I’ll probably do it. It’s extremely nice that the parts for the double funnel configuration (pictured second, just a duplicate of the parts that go on the left side of the backpack) are included with the standard Nu and even more nice that changing out the standard backpack parts for the double funnel parts is painless thanks to the way that everything goes together via hinges.
Even straightbuilt with no extra work, I think this kit looks absolutely fantastic. It has your usual ver. Ka long legs but those have never bugged me. Nu Gundam is here in all of it’s commanding hugeness and it’s packing all the marvels of modern MG-level tech.
The parts pictured in the last shot are all parts that come off when you open the Nu up to expose the psychoframe. As for everything else, I’ll let the pictures do the talking. The stand’s funnel arms are miles better than the Hi-Nu’s funnel arms though I think it is a major downer that to get the effect parts for them you have to buy the expansion set. Nothing on the kit sags after lots of posing despite how easy it is to move the joints and in general how smoothly they move. You can tell Bandai put a lot of work in to this model despite it’s very slight shortcomings in the funnel department and this thing is an absolute must for any UC Gundam fan. Now that this is done, it’s time to get to work on taking it apart and painting it up in Karaba colors! Stay tuned!