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One of my best builds Got it and I'm happy when I finished it. I've enjoyed putting this together
PD 323. There are No Mace for Gundam Barbatos!
Hasn't really aged well. Good price though. IBO was really an interesting period for Gunpla, and the kits aren't like much else in the line. Alt ...
Hasn't really aged well. Good price though. IBO was really an interesting period for Gunpla, and the kits aren't like much else in the line. Although they did really come into their own eventually, the quality of the early kits is a bit uneven and this first one especially shows a lot of growing pains.
Later renamed Full Mechanics, this line of IBO 1/100 scale models occupies a kind of gray space between HG and MG, not unlike the RE/100. So you get the larger scale, a full (and pretty nice) inner frame, and a higher part count than the HG kits, but the construction is still simpler than an MG and the color seperation is frankly not good.
That latter is a big issue if you aren't prepared to do a lot of painting. There are big, nasty stickers all over this thing, in ways that really feels cheap and easily fixable. The pink metallic symbols are the most understandable, but I wish they were more deeply recessed to hide how obvious the stickers are. But that's just the tip of the sticker hell iceberg here.
The proportions also impose a blockiness that doesn't suit the athletic, feral design sensibilities. Legs looks straight up and down from the front. The cheat is wide and squarish. It just doesn't look great.
And if this was your only option to build the Barbatos at this scale, the maybe that would be good enough, but it's not. There are later variants in the FM line like the Lupus that blow it away, and the 4th form itself has been remade twice at this scale, first with the pricey and unorthodox HiRM, and later with the Master Grade. The MG improves on every aspect of this kit, with perfect color seperation, much more pleasing proportions, and a satisfyingly complex build. The MG is a bit more expensive, of course, but still reasonably priced and offers so much more. Some of the later kits in this line hold up pretty well but this one is just plain obsolete.
Fun and a bit challenging to build! Definitely a step up from the Graze Mcgillis custom, but overall a much more fun and challenging kit! The poseability of this model is amazing and not to mention the two weapons it comes with scream "Badass". Will buy another for a custom build!
First Gunpla Experience This was my first non SD model, the instructions were simple and the parts snapped perfectly. Took me maybe 3-4 hours to build from start to finish. Very satisfied with the finished product, it looks great and articulates just fine. Don't know if this is a gunpla thing or just with this model but the parts that just rest or hold based on internal tension don't hold well and had to be glued to stay long; ie the leg wings and face plate. Not a huge fan of some of the stickers but applying them has always been an issue for me.
Weapons are a big generic, so if you can paint them, do so. Helmet and chest looks sick as hell.
Finishing: Top Coat/Super Clear
You don’t need cement.
You don’t need paint.
Recommended for 15 years & up