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1/72 Zegapain Altair June 24, 2007

Posted by ayasawada in Anime, Gunpla.
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Plamo from a different series for a change. I was really taken with Zegapain when it aired, mostly for the story and not so much for the mecha designs. But I did grow fond of them as the series progressed and the battles got that bit cooler.

Anyway, this kit was roughly equivalent to a 1/100 Gunpla model in terms of size and detail. I thought it would be a little less work, as there’s a number of clear plastic parts, but it still took a few weeks of work here and there. Gallery after the jump.

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Plain

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Decal detail

 

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Back view

 

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Holonic armour

 

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Holonic launcher and shield

 

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Holonic blade

 

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In flight

 

 

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Light gimmick

 

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Overall, I’m pleased with the finished model. Midway through the project, I feared that it would end up looking rather awkward and too ‘toy-like’, but in the end it looks quite impressive (though I still prefer a good Gundam). In fact, in my opinion it looks better than the CG mecha that debuted in the opening episode (I still think they improved the animation a bit as the series went on). And the in-built LED is a lot more effective than I’d imagined.

To be critical, I think some of the painting leaves a bit to be desired. I happened to have metallic green and fluorescent green Gundam markers, but it proved slightly difficult to get into those hard to reach vessels in the armour. The edges of some of the decals are also quite noticeable. And it doesn’t have quite as much freedom of movement as I’d like, but then again, neither do most 1/100 Gundam models, so what the hey. It’s a decent enough (and relatively cheap) kit and a change from all the Gunpla on my shelf.

Next up: 1/100 MG Strike Freedom.

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