Bandai's Perfect Grade RX-78 GP-01+(fb)

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Bandai's Perfect Grade RX-78 GP-01+(fb)

Post by Fokker » Tue Oct 28, 2003 8:35 pm

Okay, well I guess the first new release I'd talk about is the one I'm looking most forward to...

Bandai's Perfect Grade RX-78 GP-01 +(fb)...

First, a little word about Perfect Grades. Any modeler who is at all familiar with Bandai's Gundam models should know something about them. But for the uninitiated, I will try to get you up to speed. Perfect Grades were Bandai's bid to compete with the garage kit market. It started with the Perfect Grade Evangelion Unit-01, and went to Gundam from there. They tend to be based on Katoki's designs, fully detailed endoskeleton, outer armor paneling, detailed cockpits, lighted eyes-wingtips-beam sabers, you name it. The one I'm working on right now, the PG RX-178 Gundam MKII is one of THE most beautiful kits I've ever seen or worked with. VERY complicated, but very rewarding. Almost 900 parts in this one. I also have the PG RX-78 Gundam, MS-06 F/J Zaku II, and the MSZ-006 Zeta Gundam. These are the pinnacle of Gundam modeling, in this modelers humble opinion.

The downside: the cost. These models tend also to be very expensive for the casual modeler. I sometimes laugh at Gundam modelers who complain about the prices of Master Grades, (which are VERY reasonably priced). The prices range from $125usd for the RX-78 to $229 for the upcoming GP-01. But it's worth it...

Here are some shots of the upcoming GP-01 that I got from Hobbyfan and HLJ...

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I believe this one is from the back of the box. Notice all the panel access... Oh, and the maintenance hangar frame/elevator comes with the kit as well...

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These are from the 2003 Tokyo Hobby Show.

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Cool close up...

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It can be built as either version, and the armor can be swapped out, and includes sitting and standing pilot figures and maintenance crew as well, (just like the MK-II)...

Anyway, this is the single kit that is my Holy Grail, as it's one of my favorite two MSs, (until they release a PG RX-93 Nu Gundam)...

This will be released in November, in time for Christmas, but I won't be getting it until early next year, (I hope)...

Hope you guys enjoyed this... Let me know, huh?

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Post by Tachyon » Tue Oct 28, 2003 8:56 pm

The images look good. Nice article!
If you don't like the news then go make some of your own.

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Post by NiTRO493 » Sun Nov 07, 2004 4:06 am

I always thought PG kits were rather huge. Im a 1/144 guy and I barely watch Gundam. (More of the mecha guy that likes models)

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