RG Build Strike ~thoughts on it

While working on this kit, I did encounter a few issues. It was nothing really during the build it self. I encountered most of my issues during posing. The most frequent ones were the old problems that one encountered with the RG Aile Strike. Yunno, the front skirts popping off, the back skirts mimicking the front skirts, and of course the pack back weight issue. Of course it has its new issues due to the new parts. The feet are pegged in using a weird sort ankle joint that makes it taller then the RG Strike Gundam. The feet popping off in the middle of posing it and the foot flying off at the ankle joint certainly did not help matters.  That happened more times then it should of.  The arms some how got really weak. But I think it occurred though cause I decided to to try the out beam rifle only to find it was just to heavy for it. Old Arms frame failure aside….

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Got it to pose with the weapon closer to the body.  I only did that sort of pose once. I didn’t want to risk it wrecking the arm even more. The base Build Strike is pretty good. It is just when you add the bulkier attachments. Things become really limited of what you can do with it.

I didn’t forget that it uses Advanced MS Joint 3 frame (this is the inner frame, you place the armor pieces on) from the RG Aile.

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But before this kit came out they had put out the RG 00 Qan[T] (pictured above), it uses the same inner frame that the RG Exia uses with of course its own frame parts for new arms for it. Thus improving stability of it when it wields that large buster sword, not to mention it comes with a stand to aid in protecting the joints in the arm holding that weapon. The RG Build Strike Full Package comes with nothing like this. I feel like it got the RG Sinanju treatment though (it is not as bad as that could be). It looks great, but the problem is it uses a frame with no supporting updates on it for heavier equipment it wields. I did most of my shots with it using the just beam rifle part. That was cause there was not much I could do with the enhanced beam rifle on it. I think I would of been able to get more out of it if it had a separate runner with new a arm mold with the equipment more in mind for the Build Strike. Nope, nothing like that there. Just old arms. So it was like building the RG aile Strike with a few different parts. So naturally it as all the same flaws. Normally if I like a kit enough. I will build as many times as I can to learn more about it. Nah, I’m not that impressed by this one. Some kits aren’t just meant for some people. This one was not up my alley.

The Railguns and Wings of the HGCE Freedom Gundam

I had recently picked up the HGCE Freedom Gundam which is a part of the Revive line of the HGUC line of GUNPLA kits. It is 192, though cause it is 192 I do admit I am curious to what 200 might be. But anyway I did not start this kit my usual way. I tend to start with the head now a days. This kit I started with the Railguns and Wings cause I was curious to what was different about them.

The back part of the kit, unlike the other HG is 3 parts. These two gray pieces go together.

Then this dark piece goes on the back of the other two you put together.

It is certainly less parts then the RG, but it looks better then the old HG/RM so far.

The other half has a small double circle connection part that attaches the bigger section to the smaller section.

The two sections are then placed in between two white pieces. Then are folded up.

The backpack part for wings has a two peg connection on it. So it can connect to the back of the kit.

The the Plasma Cannons aren’t that bad at all. Not many pieces, so they did not take me long to construct. The one small section is three pieces. A grey part placed between two white parts. That part is placed between the two big pieces then the dark part goes over top of them in that spot with the vertical groves.

The Wings themselves look they use some ideas from both the RG and HG.

This part right here uses a grey piece that is a bit like the part off of the B runner of the RG Freedom Gundam. The blue piece being one piece and not being made of 6 pieces is different.

Then this wing section uses a tab connection like the RG does. So you have to line up the tabs and put them in.

Other two areas I put together go on that area of the wings pegs.

This side only has one peg on it. So it just goes in that hole.

Then you attach this peg to end of the small blue part with the two little pegs showing.

Then after doing it for the other side. They both attach into the backpack.

I do like the two pegs for the backpack. It looks like it can lead to pretty crazy ideas.

The #191 HGUC RX-78-2 revive

I had recently purchased the HGUC Revive RX-78-2 Gundam from Banzai Hobby. It is part of BANDAI’s new revive Gunpla kit line. It is a line where BANDAI reworks an older kit to update it. This lines 1st kit was the Guncanon. I do not have one yet. But I might get one the future. The build for this kit is pretty simple, it does not have many runners. It has 4 total and the usual polycaps.

The Chest goes together pretty easily. One of the changes I did notice was how the the polycap pieces went in on the model. Instead of having the end parts attach to the chest piece horizontally. The parts actually go in with the socket part facing down. That grey part in the middle you see there is where the round polycap is attached. The waist section actually connects to it with a pole that fits in there pretty well.

The back pack is pretty simple to assemble.

It is one piece. Just add thrusters and beam sabers.

The chest is all together. I do like the look of it. It looks nothing like the G30th or the RG which is pretty cool. It also gives me an excuse to buy either one of those still, lol.

The arms are interesting in the fact they do not have any polycaps in them really. Most the armor goes on around that inner section of the arm. Then hand goes in the at the end of it.

The leg is assembled in a way that it does end up having very little seams on it. It is not as interesting as the arm body section was. But once I got it together it felt pretty solid.

The waist area is pretty much like any HG waist I put together so far. So I do the usual HG Skirt Split cause it all one part. I will have to paint the yellow area of the all red crotch. Not using that sticker. The back skirt is two pieces but it does not move any way.

The number hands that come with this kit is pretty cool. I’m liking the open hands. Pose ideas… may be…..

The Beam Rifle is pretty simple too. It is only just 6 parts, but it might need its seam welded for the best look to it. The yellow part I will put in last one I decide what my route is going to be with this kit.

The hyper bazookas trigger area can move, that part is put together in two pieces (I had a photo of it in two pieces before I put them together must of been deleted some how). Then the exhaust port thing I think it is goes on the back and the gun barrel goes on the front. That top piece pretty goes on the top.

The shield does not have much to it. It does have the peg for attaching to the back and the handle moves. Cause the grey piece has a little grove in it that allows it to rotate in it.

The head is interesting cause of the clear eye part they give you and the fact the sticker sheet has options for the eyes on it. I barely ever look at sticker sheets, but it was what got me looking at it.

It has these two silver pieces that go on the red section of the head.

Easy Shiny eyes, I am glad I do not have to paint back there for once. I normally do paint it for this type of effect, when I am dealing with clear eyes. Then I would paint around it black.

With them in the head it looks like this.

And after all of that, it is all together.

This model poses very well, check out these photos with the Origin Char’s Zaku II.

The Stretch:

The Whatever this is:

Kick:

Some Solos:


Defeat:

After all of the RX-78-2’s that I have built which only leaves out the 3.0 and the RG. This is one of my favorites now. The G30th is also another one of mine. But I think I like this one just as much. The possibility is pretty crazy on this kit. The G30th has way more panel lines on it, but this ones look has that TV look to it. It is the thing that sold me on the MG RX-78-2 2.0. If the revive line keeps delivering kits like these. I will be really mad when they stop making them like this, lol.