Ah…the Zaku II 2.0. Bandai loves this kit, along with everyone else (evident with the seven+ variations of it currently available). I can’t say I blame them though since the grunt suit of the original gundam looks incredibly AWESOME in these Version 2.0 iterations.
The inner framework of this model is really something else, showing that bandai really but a lot of time in to the engineering for this little wonder. Double joints for the knees and elbows, broad shoulder movement and toe articulation are all here and function wonderfully. Not to mention that the kit still looks pretty good before topcoating/adding detail to it!
Despite all of the fancy features the Ver2.0 Zaku sports, construction is very easy and pretty fun to work through. One of my favorite things about this is that the cables, often the WORST part of Zeon suits for me to do are stuck on a PVC pipe and all you do is clip them free and slide them down on to the cable end. it’s still kind of annoying to do but so so so much easier than having a bunch of small circle parts littered around your workspace. Big ups to Bandai for this change.
The only downside to this particular Zaku II (and other high mobility types) is that the boosters get in the way of the knee flex. If you got yourself a J/F/Char’s (AKA F-type) then you won’t need to worry about it. Personally, I prefer the beefier look of this Zaku and don’t mind having to lose a little articulation for it. Besides, the Zaku 2.0 has so much articulation and expression at it’s disposal (as you can see) that a small loss of movement at the leg is a small thing.
The Black Tri-Stars Zaku II comes with the machine gun and heat hawk, as well as the giant bazooka that came with the F-type kit. When you’re building it’s up to you to construct the normal or giant bazooka, though I’m not sure if you can simply switch the parts around. The heat hawk is a bit of a let down, needing a little extra love to look like a proper weapon (it’s molded all in grey- do it some justice and paint it up).
After finishing the model and letting it sit around for awhile, I decided to try to give it a snowy look and a nice flat topcoat. Being only the second kit to have either of these things done to it, the results were mixed but mostly positive. There are two spots (one on the backpack and the other on the shoulder) where I sprayed for a bit too long and the heavy snow coating I had given it seems to have mostly been blown off by the topcoat application. Still, what did stick around looks nice enough that I can be satisfied with how it turned out.
All in all a great little model, and one I’m planning on building more of in the future just for how much fun you can have with a group of them.