I always feel it takes me a while to come around to the new Mobile Suit designs each time a new Gundam Anime series releases. It was that way when I first saw the AGE-1 Normal. I like the look of the kit now but at the time wasn’t particularly fond of it. It didn’t help that the subsequent kits released from that series looked worse instead of looking better. I never have like the G-Self from G no Reconguista though other suits managed to get on my good side (I’m talking about you Grimoire). And now that the new Iron-Blooded Orphans series is on television my initial thoughts regarding the Barbatos have changed somewhat and I’m finding there are qualities to this MS that I really enjoy. And now I have it in 1/100 scale! This kit build is somewhat unique so I’ll take you through it as I go. Go Go 1/100 Gundam Barbatos!
You can tell it’s not an MG because that beloved MG logo isn’t on the box.
Here’s a runner breakdown:
The poly-cap runner reminds me of what we see in RE/100 kits though these are smaller.
Here’s an interesting poly-cap…
Now check out the manual. Unlike what I’m used to seeing.
If you noticed, the manual has you build the frame first and then cover it with armour.
What you assemble first turn out to be the sides of the torso.
And a neck.
Then you prepare the main portion of the torso.
He’s a skinny guy.
Add some parts for detail including that unique pc part.
Now to make some.. pistons?
But this isn’t an MG.
Now for the shoulder joints.
Next I’ll need to apply a sticker.
That completes the torso frame and from there you move onto the head frame. Remember, no armour goes on yet.
The eyes are just a green piece. And that’s about it so let’s move on.
You’ll need a couple of these.
I think everyone gets the point now. You build both arms at the same time with the only difference being the hand part that goes on last.
Without having to put on armour yet you’ll move through the build pretty quickly. In no time at all will you have this.
Following the upper body is the skirt.
The rear part uses four stickers.
You can see how they’ve designed the leg connection peg to sit inside the skirt frame and swivel so both legs will move together.
Feet. Big feet!
Now for the hip joints.
Each side of each one uses two stickers for a total of eight.
At a certain point the manual will differentiate between having you build the right and then left leg. The reason for this seems to be that the upper thigh frame parts are opposites.
A small sticker is placed in the lower front leg frame.
You have one last piece to put on and complete the legs.
At that point you are done with the first portion of the build and will now go back and place armour onto the frame you just built. I decided not to continue but did do some preparation.
I stopped because I wanted to admire the frame more before covering it all.