This modern version of the Nu Gundam has been designed by esteemed mechanical designer Hajime Katoki as part of the G-Dome at the Gundam Front Tokyo exhibit. Featuring new modeling technology refined since the original MG Nu Gundam release, this Ver. Ka incorporates new gimmics such as foldable tabs on weapons to allow for better gripping and a head with light up eyes using an LED (sold separately). Hands on this release feature a new refined articulated finger system used on the larger scale Perfect Grade series allowing expressive hand and individual finger movement. This release includes all of Nu Gundam's weapons including large and small beam saber, beam rifle, hyper bazooka, weapon shield, and 6 fully deployable Fin Funnels. A custom stand in the shape of Amuro's insignia is included as well as holders to display the fin funnels deployed. Runner x25, water decals x1, instruction manual
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Pairs well with the Holographic Waterslide Decal Sheet from Delpi Decal.
Pairs well with the [Effect] MG RX-93 Nu Fin Panel from Delpi Decal
Pairs well with Photo Etch S06/F Masking Stencil from Madworks.
Pairs well with the MG Nu RX-93 Metal Parts Set from Delpi Decal
It's a great kit. It was the first time I had alot yo work with. Ver ka kits are unique! But it's a great build!
MG 1/100 Nu Gundam Ver Ka
MG 1/100 Nu Gundam Ver Ka
Such a great build experience. Very detailed, and no unsightly nub marks without even needed to send them. And, as always, Mecha Warehouse has the best prices around.
This was the first large MG I tried my hand at. I have built the RG Nu Gundam, but I've heard good things about this suit so I wanted to take a whack at this one too. Credit to the MechaWarehouse team for getting this shipped in good condition and in a timely manner during a busy week.
Overall, the build process is very straightforward. Just take your time and don't rush yourself - I am busy with work, so I spaced this out over the course of two weeks. The only area I had to really follow closely was with the hands. Even after assembly I still feel afraid to manipulate them too much. Newer MGs with those kinds of hands seem to have improved them, but this was the first MG with these kinds of hands, so it is to be expected.
The color correcting stickers can be hard to apply, but they secure well and look better than I thought. As long as you don't damage the sticker itself, honestly it doesn't look like a sticker - these are miles better than the more ridiculed lower quality versions from HG models. But you can of course choose to skip and paint it yourself if you want. . The foil backing stickers for the psychoframe parts are hard to apply, but they really make sure the psychoframe pops nicely when light hits it. I suppose if you are not interested in having the psychoframe part exposed, you can skip that part.
And on that note - the psychoframe. It's a great touch to the suit in my opinion. If it's not to your liking however, it's pretty easy to close up. Unlike the Unicorns, it's not really noticeable when it's closed since there's not a lot of it to begin with, so you can keep it in that state without it peeking out too much. Find the form you like and keep it in that state.
Once assembled, the suit is pretty sturdy, but it becomes more of a challenge once you add the rocket launcher and the fin funnels. The latter in particular seem to be notorious with how stable they are and people have shared their own versions on how to mount them and keep them secure. The only real way to pose this with the funnels in their default asymmetrical form in my experience is to pose it before attaching the funnels and reattach them once you have the pose you want. I used a matte topcoat on mine which helped a little in tightening the connection. Even then you might still have some difficulty, so keep your cool.
There are also parts to build another fin funnel rack - this can be used for the double fin funnel set, or as I've seen others do it, to make a symmetrical layout with 3 fin funnels on both sides. The latter I suppose is another option you can try if the asymmetrical form gives you trouble.
I feel the wrists are a bit loose, and sometimes especially when they are holding a weapon it can droop a bit. Looking at the way the hand secures itself to the arm, it is kind of flimsy, and while it gives a better range of motion, the trade off is that it will weigh it down a bit.
The included stand is a nice touch. I went ahead and repainted it to red to better match the classic Amuro symbol. This is a good way to give the model more self presence, have the option of the funnels in action, or even use them to support the funnels in their asymmetrical look. And obviously take pressure off the legs to keep up the whole assembled form if you choose to keep everything mounted.
Overall, a beautiful model. I still prefer the RG for stability and posing, but for looks and shelf presence I'd say this one wins the prize.
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