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ROUWetPatchBehindTheSofa20 Jan 2020 1:37 p.m. PST

Over the weekend I went a bit mech-etal! Okay I'll stop now. Anyway I waded into my plastic mountain over the weekend and knocked up three Bandai kits.

The Macross 1:100 range I'm familiar with, but as usual managed to cock assembly up. Though I was able to recover the problems. They'll definitely need some gap filling though. But the 1:144 Gundam range is new to me. I picked up one in an order before Christmas because it was cheap and a people here had said they were pretty good and sized well for 15mm. Simple enough build though it felt a bit like assembling a plastic toy with all the soft plastic joints – totally new to me. Obviously I want to finish it as a gaming piece so can anyone offer any advice on how to deal with / glue the soft plastic joints? Personally I'm not a big fan of the mecha-Samurai aesthetic or close combat weapons on my mechs – anyone have any recommendations from the wider range Bandai 1:144 gundams. There seems to be dozens of kits.

Gear Pilot20 Jan 2020 3:08 p.m. PST

The Gundam kits that I built had rubber joints. Rubber was used so that the model could be re-posed and the rubber was supposed to keep a grip on the joint so that it stayed in place.

Sargonarhes20 Jan 2020 5:24 p.m. PST

The Gundam's rubber poly-caps as the rubber joints are known do eventually wear out, or if the arm has a weapon that is too heavy it will move the joint anyways over time.
The custom MS-07 Gouf are known to do this with the massive gatling cannon on the left arm.

They can be glued static pose just like any other part of the model. That looks like an older model of the Heavy Arms Gundam, not the HG ones out now. It's no wonder it was cheap, those were everywhere in mass numbers 20 years ago when Gundam Wing came to Cartoon Network. It's only within the last year or two we finally got some 1/144 HG Leo grunt suit from the series now.

Insomniac21 Jan 2020 12:26 a.m. PST

It is strange that over the weekend, I have ordered a Spartan and Defender… both in 1/72nd scale… to add to an army of mine (counts as Knight Titans)… then I click on this topic and you have similar mechs.

I reckon that you might be on to something… maybe it is exactly the right time to start getting more Macross mechs in your lives!

I am planning to add a Phalanx and Tomahawk, after I have assembled and painted the first two…

As for the rubber joints, you have a couple of options… a contact adhesive (like UHU or Bostic) or Super Glue.

Gokiburi21 Jan 2020 6:55 a.m. PST

Dozens is an understatement, there are a massive number of gundam models out there. It can be a bit daunting to find the ones that fit one's personal aesthetic.

I find that Dalong's gunpla review site is extremely helpful when deciding which kits to buy. Although most of it isn't in english, the extensive photos of almost every kit produced (unpainted, and/or lightly detailed), along with scans of their manuals and photos of their sprues give you a good idea of exactly what you're buying.

Since you asked for kit suggestions (in no real order):
As far as less "mecha-samurai" Gunpla kits go, I'd recommend the Tieren Ground Type (there's even a 1/100 version of it, if that suits your fancy). It does have a small close combat weapon, but you can just leave that off.

The Kämpfer is a classic mobile suit (that also comes in a "Master Grade" 1/100 version), that comes with a bunch of ranged options. The closest thing it has to a close combat weapon is a "chain-mine" which you can just leave of off (and use as normal mines)

The Grimoire and Grimoire Red Beret are a pair of interesting mobile suits that lack close combat weapons (aside from a small knife and a weird glowing bayonet-ish thing, which you can easily leave off).

You also can't really go wrong with a Zaku or a Zaku relative (like the Bugu), especially the "Gundam The Origin" versions where they grittied them up a bit . Though they usually have a "heat hawk" axe, but again you can just leave that off.

The Guntank early type might interest you as well, if you're into the tracks instead of legs aesthetic.

They're older kits, but since you liked the Heavy Arms, you might also want to look into the Gundam H-Arms Custom, and the Serpent Custom (both of which have 1/100 versions).

ROUWetPatchBehindTheSofa22 Jan 2020 10:24 a.m. PST

Thanks for the information / ideas!

A good friend bought me a 1:72 tactical pod – the things huge! Haven't built it yet, but for better or worse the kit looks very similar to the 1:100 version. The 1:100 Bandai Macros kits are showing their age a little and joins don't always meet terribly well. The 1:100 Spartan definitely needs some work to fill gaps. Shame that the Spartan and defender don't seem readily available in 1:100 anymore.

Insomniac22 Jan 2020 12:57 p.m. PST

Hobbylink Japan has some Tomahawks :) :


ROUWetPatchBehindTheSofa23 Jan 2020 11:14 a.m. PST

I know, I bought a third in the order that netted me the Heavy Arms … because, well at that price its a steal!

Augustus23 Jan 2020 8:53 p.m. PST


Selling off a large amount of Gundam, et al. if this is of interest.

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