I picked this kit up on a total whim when HLJ was having one of it’s big gunpla sales. I’ve always been a fan of this kit’s look and after checking out ASM and GaiGun’s dual build I definitely wanted to take a crack at this kit some day. Lucky for me my procrastinating on getting this kit meant that I’d get to use the V-Dash parts too and wind up with even more goodies and an even more fun build. Even though it took me a long time to finish (WiP from November to January) and even longer to finally get this page up, I absolutely love this thing. It was a total blast to build all the way through.
This model was also the first one that I ever used my new airbrush (Iwata HP-CS) on and I have to say that I couldn’t be happier with the results I got out of it. Thanks to finally getting the hang of using my airbrush after a few initial hiccups the paintjob turned out plenty smooth despite a few areas where the paint was darker due to a lack of primer on my part which something I’ll not make the mistake of mucking with again. Note to self: prime one part, prime every part. The only slight problem I have is that a few decals got scratched when I was taking pictures, something you can see in the above pictures. I’ll be scratching them off and replacing them with the stickers and retaking those pictures sometime just because that sort of thing drives me nuts. As you can tell, I did drum up some of my limited masking abilities to give V-Dash a color layout more akin to the Victory Second (Not to be confused with the V2) Gundam and spice up the ever-awesome beam smartgun. Breaking up the white with a little more color makes me a happy builder indeed.
While I didn’t take normal WiP style pictures of each segment, I will say that this thing comes together in a very strange way in a few areas thanks to the suit’s transforming gimmick, which I never bothered to utilize due to the fact I didn’t want to risk chipping paint or scratching more decals. As far as some areas like articulation go the Victory can be a little limited due to the way some areas were designed to keep the transformation in line such as how the hips are a more old-school style and are simply ball and socket as opposed to the plug and swivel sort of thing we’ve grown accustomed to recently. the shoulders also have a bit of a limited range but more than enough to work with to get some good poses out of if you can be creative enough. This kit definitely gives you more than enough to work with in terms of parts and weapons thanks to the added parts from the Core Booster pack so I’m sure most of us will be able to find a pose we can be quite satisfied with. I think the V-Dash has the most stuff that I’ve encounterd in a single kit with the finally tally of extras being:
- 4 Core fighters
- 2 Beam sabers
- 2 Beam rifles (that also double as beam pistols)
- 2 Missile pods
- 2 Hip-mounted beam cannons
- 2 Disposable bazookas
- Beam shield
- Beam javelin (not pictured)
- Beam fan
- Beam Smartgun
- Gatling gun
So needless to say, this suit is just a little bit stacked. But hey, don’t take my word for it, I’ll let the pictures do the talking.
And there you have it! As always, questions, comments and feedback are always appreciated.