Below are some Gunpla I'm
considering perhaps building in the future. Some I may be considering a
little harder than others.
Top o' the list:
MG RX-0 Unicorn Gundam OVA ver.
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MG MS-06K Zaku Cannon
MG MSZ-006C1 Zeta Plus C1
Martin Wandering Custom
Re-watching Zeta Gundam
recently has moved me to revisit the Zeta itself as a possible modeling
project. While I've always found the suit visually and mechanically
interesting, I never liked how its design was totally subject to its
transformation capabilities. This issue shows itself most clearly in
the original Zeta Gundam's ponderous wing armor, which just sits
uselessly on its back in mobile suit mode. This design issue combined
with my general disinterest in transforming mobile suits kept me from
thinking much about building the Zeta, even with a ver. 2.0 kit
Watching the Gundam Evolve
animated short featuring three customized Zeta units rekindled my
interest in the Zeta, and gave me the notion of building a custom unit
of my own. (I am of course particularly fascinated by the Red Zeta's
unique control system.) Enter the Zeta Plus, an improved
mass-production unit manufactured for Karaba, the C1 variant being
specifically designed for space use. Significantly, their
transformation mechanics were reconfigured such that instead of
carrying useless wing armor in mobile suit mode, the Zeta Plus units'
wings deploy as wing binders much like the Type 100's, increasing maneuverability (as well as improving aesthetic quality).
While these MG kits from Gundam Sentinel
are fairly old, as near as I can tell they actually appear to meet a
fairly high standard of quality in terms of flexibility and design.
There appears to be a minimum of seam lines, and a surprisingly high
degree of flexibility (no doubt partly due to the Zeta Plus' light
armor overall, and especially minimal frontal skirt plates). Basically
the only major shortcoming of the Zeta Plus kits are the old-style MG
hands — and those might easily be replaced.
The C1 comes in the
pretty unattractive grey color scheme featured standard on Karaba's
units. For my custom unit, I've been thinking about a brilliant white
and silver scheme.
Ray Hamilton Custom
was the next thing on my list when I left Taiwan. As I recall, its
release date was shortly after my return flight, so unfortunately I
couldn't pick one up and bring it back with me.This suit will
be the final member of my prized Wolfgar Zaku squad, belonging to Ray
Hamilton, whose Zaku II was represented as wielding some kind of
mid-range artillery weapon in the old SNES game Cross Dimension.
With some slight customization and a classic Zaku II paint job, this
kit will make the perfect addition to a wonderful group of models.
MG MS-06R-1A High Mobility Type Zaku IIMuch
like I don't figure I'll easily be able to get my hands on the B-Club
conversion parts for the Gundam Pixie, I don't figure I'll be able to
find the parts to convert an old MG Gouf into the Efreet. Moreover,
with a base as old as that, I may as well scratchbuild an Efreet from a
ver. 2.0 Gouf. (Or hope that new conversion parts are offered, which is
perhaps marginally more likely than the release of a MG Efreet.) This
being the case, I began thinking of how I might complete the Wolfgar
Team if their leader's mobile suit isn't available in MG form.
Henry Boone Custom
first I considered building Captain Boone a custom MG Kaempfer, a suit
similar in many respects to the Efreet. However, the MG Kaempfer is a
bit dated, and ultimately just isn't the right suit. I then turned to
the idea of building the suit he would have piloted before being issued
one of the eight Efreet prototypes.
What little biographical
information exists on the members of the Wolfgar Team tells us that
Captain Boone once served as a bodyguard to Kycilia Zabi before being
implicated in a plot against the Zabis which resulted in his demotion
and reassignment to Earth to lead the Wolfgar Team, a unit composed
mostly of criminals. From this fact, we can infer that Boone probably
piloted a high-performance space-use Zaku II, perhaps the S-type.
Moreover, since he was issued an Efreet — a suit designed for fast
close-combat attack — it is reasonable to deduct that Boone favored
high-speed melee combat. This being the case, and given his position
close to Kycilia Zabi, he could likely have been using an improved high
mobility MS-06R-1A before his reassignment to Earth.
building a high mobility type would be more interesting than another
S-type, I decided to entertain the possibility of building an MG
MS-06R-1A painted in the colors of Captain Boone's Efreet, using the
Shin Matsunaga Custom as the base kit. While this suit would only be
something of a speculative placeholder for Boone's Efreet, I'd still
like to have at least a sort of completed Wolfgar Team. Short of an MG
Efreet, this may be the best I can do.
MG MSN-06S Sinanju ver. Ka.
I've been looking forward to building this since it was announced before I left Taiwan. Its long-awaited appearance in the Gundam Unicorn animation has naturally cemented its place on my must-build list.
I'm idly wondering if there won't be an OVA ver. of this suit, as there
was a slightly improved version of the Unicorn Gundam. I'll be waiting
MG RX-0 Unicorn Gundam OVA ver.
initially being on the fence about building this when the original ver.
Ka. was released during my time in Taiwan, after beginning to watch the
Gundam Unicorn OVA, there was no more doubt in my mind.
decided to build the newer OVA ver. on account of its greater
flexibility, which seems to be the only major difference between it and the
original ver. Ka. kit.
MG MS-06S Zaku II ver. 2.0
Martin Wandering Custom
With my great love for the ver. 2.0 Zakus, it's only natural that I should build one to represent a Zaku of my very own.
MG RX-78XX Gundam
Long ago in days of yore
Bandai's subsidiary B-Club made a resin conversion parts kit for the
Master Grade RX-79[G] Gundam Ground Type model. Of course, nowadays the
conversion parts are nigh impossible to come by, but I'm determined one
day to come by them.
Actually I've sort of come to despair of ever finding the parts, alas.
I also have my doubts regarding the quality of the base model, which
I'd say is decent at best.
I've become quite a fan of the short bit of original story from Cross
Dimension, the old Gundam SNES game. I look forward both to the rare
chance to build what may well be the most obscure gundam of all, and to
the challenge the conversion will pose as a modeling project. If I ever
can get my paws on that B-Club kit, I intend to go all-out in making
this model, sparing no care and attending to every detail.
If I ever have a pile of money and lots of time I might even build an
Efreet and four Zakus to keep Pixie occupied.
Ironically enough, it would seem I've gotten around to building at least the four Zakus in advance.