Wow, just... WOW
Okay, I want to start off by saying this is an AMAZING looking kit with or without the armor and is an INTENSE build I haven't had since the likes of the MG Sentinel and Ex-S Gundams.
Okay, that said? This thing is an absolute beast and a nightmare at times. The shoulders... my GOD the shoulders... so, the arms and legs have this really cool vinyl sleeve they slide into which LOOK great, but this same stuff is also covering the shoulders. The shoulder assembly connects into the main body with a key and lock style connection. Why is this a problem? If you don't cut the vinyl just right or only THINK you have the shoulder peg pushed in far enough and turn the arm to lock into place, congrats! You just snapped the peg clean off! This is probably the worst issue I had with the kit (of which I had to buy a second one to replace a few parts I screwed up during the build). There are also a few bits on the black armor that LOOK like tree flash, but aren't, so careful what you cut.
Okay, I know that sounds like a LOT of negatives, but this kit is otherwise SOLID. joints are some of the tightest I've assembled on an MG, as I said earlier, the vinyl coating is a cool and unique feature (well, it's on the NT-1 2.0 but not in this quantity) and it's probably the most unique RX-78 you'll build.
I'd only recommend this to experienced gunpla builders so if this is your FIRST kit... tread carefully.
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