Gaijin Gunpla

Here on Gaijin Gunpla I keep raving about how great the Real Grade line of kits are and yet despite the heaps of praise I spread across these kits I have must confess with embarrassment that I haven’t fully built them all. Well, some I have while others I’ve gotten through assembly but haven’t gone back to apply all those stickers and let them become what they were meant to be. A few of them I had plans for painting but my opportunities to paint are fewer and farther between these days. Still, I am disappointed in myself and thus I’ve decided that I will go back and I will finish those kits I’ve left behind until now.

Let’s look back over the RG releases so far so we can see which kits were left behind.

#1: RG RX-78-2 Gundam Released July 2010

This kit I assembled and applied all the decals. I also got a second kit and painted it to look like the Shizuoka Real Gundam Project Gundam. And I used a third kit to make a Real Type Color Version. I also assembled the Limited Edition Casval Version. That is a lot of RX-78-2’s. I do have an unbuilt Limited Edition G3 in the backlog. Better start building.

#2: RG MS-06S Zaku II Char Aznable Custom Model Released November 2010

I’ve built and stickered this guy so I consider him done.

#3: RG GAT-X105 Aile Strike Gundam Released April 2011

I have built and applied the markings prior to the writing the review and completed a Strike Rouge version and had the Launcher/Sword Striker pack. I consider this guy finished and yet I’ll be building him again. I’ll get to that in a moment.

#4: RG MS-06F Zaku II Released July 2011

Here is where I start looking bad. I’ve built this guy but being the same as the Char’s Zaku II I didn’t really talk about it as much as I should. I also didn’t apply any markings because I had considered weathering and damaging this guy. In the end I didn’t do anything. I’ll be taking action but it may not be the first RG I go back to.

#5: RG ZGMF-X10A Freedom Gundam Released November 2011

I remember seeing this guy in magazines prior to release and not being terribly excited. I also remember then wandering around Akihabara and seeing built and decaled display pieces and changing my opinion of how excited I was. In the end I not only applied the stickers but also panel-lined the kit and was quite satisfied with the Freedom. I consider this one complete. (I had a limited De-Active Mode version somewhere. Where did that thing go?)

#6: RG FX-550 Skygrasper Launcher/Sword Pack Released February 2012

Uh oh. I have not built this. I can’t even locate a First Look post to prove I have it. Well, I do have the kit and I do have a second Aile Strike (that’s what I was referring to earlier) so at some point, hopefully in the near future, I’ll be building both again and posting about it. How embarrassing.

#7: RG RX-178 Gundam Mk-II Titans Released April 2012

Done and done! Still one of my favourite kits. Has it been four years already? I liked this guy so much I went created an S2 version.

#8: RG Gundam Mk-II AEUG Version Prototype RX-178 Released May 2012

Loved this kit as well. For this guy I took some Real Touch markers and did some weathering. This kit is complete.

#9: RG ZGMF-X09A Justice Gundam Released July 2012

With a gap of only a couple of months between the AEUG and the Justice it was RG heaven in the summer of 2012. Despite not being a fan of the design, leading to one of the lowest review scores in the grade, I still got all those markings applied.

#10: RG Zeta Gundam Released November 2012

Bandai blew minds when they released a fully transforming RG kit. Even almost four years later it is impressive and give UC fans hope they’ll see an RG Unicorn at some point. This guy impressed me enough that I added paint before putting on the markings. I also built the limited MSZ-006-3 Version.

#11: RG ZGMF-X42S Destiny Gundam Released April 2013

This is a great kit. One of the first that totally blew me away and made me appreciate an MS that I wasn’t particularly interested in originally. The markings were applied and the accompanying Wings of Light set added to produce a stellar result. And then I built the even more awesome RG Destiny Heine Westenfluss Color version. Ah yeah! Complete and complete again!

#12: RG RX-78GP01 Gundam GP01 Zephyranthes Released July 2013

#13: 1/144 RG RX-78GP01Fb Gundam GP01 Full-Burnern Released July 2013

This remains the high-water mark for me in terms of RG building. Two kits in the same month. Two Core-Fighter including, semi-transformable Real Grade kits in one month! That summer was awesome. Both are among the top five in the RG Reviews section and deserve it. I have already completed the Zephyranthes but to my shame haven’t yet finished what may be my favourite RG kit overall, the Full-Burnern. I wanted to do more with it than just apply markings. I wanted to paint it in some way but, like all my other projects where I’m considering paint, it hasn’t yet happened. This unfinished kit is the biggest reason why I feel I’ve let the RG line down.

#14: RG ZGMF-X20A Strike Freedom Gundam Released November 2013

Despite being in the lower half of my RG rankings I still went ahead and finished this kit and even gave it a recolour job. I wasn’t a huge fan of it OOB but after playing with it more and painting it I’ve grown to appreciate it a little more. This one is complete.

#15: RG GN-001 Gundam Exia Released April 2014

I wasn’t really a fan of the Exia until I built the Real Grade version of it and I’ve grown quite fond of it. I guess the RG grade has that effect. This one got a quick, cool paint job. I’ve also done the different limited edition versions, the Exia Repair , the Trans AM Version, and the Astraea Type F. No need to go back to this kit now.

#16: RG MSM-07S Char’s Z’Gok Released July 2014

This one has been built and stickered as well as its Mass Production counterpart. A cool kit, a great addition to the RG line, and, as far as this list is concerned, complete.

#17: RG Wing Gundam Zero EW Released December 2014

Another kit I’ve failed to bring to completion. I have it sitting in a box in my backlog and only intended to finish it by putting the stickers on but alas have not done it yet. This is incomplete.

#18: RG GN-0000+GNR-010 OO Raiser Released April 2015

This kit currently has the same fate as the Full-Burnern meaning I love it and want to do something cool to it but haven’t done that or any stickers. It’s another one of the kits that brings me shame and led me to conceiving of this project. It is such an amazing kit and deserves better. Incomplete and not proud of it.

#19: RG Gundam Astray Red Frame Released August 2015

Another fantastic addition to the RG line and showed what Bandai is capable of. That two coloured RG frame is still impressive to behold. I believe that I have completed this kit but I also may be misremembering and thinking of the Blue Frame limited edition which I completed completely. I need to look into this and figure it out. Especially with the RG Gold Frame coming in the next month.

#20: RG Wing Gundam EW Released January 2016

I haven’t finished the Wing Gundam Zero yet and you’re asking about the EW version? Well, actually, I have this disassembled and divided by colour already because I had thought of painting it which is just something that doesn’t happen as it should anymore. Likely I’ll clean it up, put it back together, and apply the markings but until then it can only be thought of as incomplete.

#21: RG GNT-0000 00 QAN[T] Released May 2016

May was only last month. I don’t work that fast! Incomplete!

#22: RG MSN-06S Sinanju Released August 2016.

This kit isn’t even out yet and I’ve already built it in my head multiple times. I cannot wait. I also know that I won’t complete the currently incomplete RG kits before this release in August but hopefully I’ve made some progress by then. As I complete a kit I’ll update the Real Grade Complete Project until, hopefully, I’m all caught up. RG deserves my best efforts.

Wish me luck (but don’t get angry if I’m slow).

Update: new Real Grade releases

#23: RG GAT-X105B / FP Build Strike Gundam Full Package Released December 2016

#24: RG Gundam Astray Gold Frame Amatsu Mina Released March 2017

#25: RG RX-0 Unicorn Gundam – Released August 2017

Categories: Builds, RG, RG Complete Project

17 Responses so far.

  1. Fury-S12 says:

    wow i can’t believe the RG line is 6 years old, seems like only yesterday they were showing us just how amazing the rx78 was.

    I’ve only built one RG, the MKII Titans but it was revolutionary, i know they are for different audiences and serve different purposes but i find it hard to consider HGs after the RG, which is why i have another 2 in my private warehouse and will absolutely be getting the sinanju

  2. Sablenk87 says:

    Keep it easy, RGs need a delicate work, I have seven so far and only two are in progress. I’m still figuring out how to put the stickers nicely and stick “strongly” on curve surface (don’t have the luxury of having water slide decals here), at least have something to work until August [email protected][email protected]

    • Ragnaroc05 says:

      What I use is a piece from the polycap runner from a HG kit. Its soft enough that it won’t damage the stickers but strong enough that it’ll smooth things out.

      • Ressy says:

        I recommend a nylon spudger. Cheap, and very effective. Can also be used to help pry kits apart, or push parts into place.

      • Sablenk87 says:

        @Ragnaroc05 that’s worth a try, thanks

        @Ressy, is it tools used to pry phones?

      • Alexander says:

        I generally just use my hobby knife to lift and place the decal, then a q tip type cotton swab to smooth it, starting from one side and working across slowly. If a decal is large and needs to wrap around a curved surface I usually cut it into smaller pieces so it’s more manageable.

        Works fairly well for me, although sometimes the cotton gets snagged on edges and needs to be removed carefully before it touches the adhesive of a decal!

  3. Michael says:

    I got into gunpla around 2010 as well and went out to build as complete RG collection as as possible, including all gentei releases. So far it’s 50+ kits and I’m missing three – Gundam Dock Singapore RX-78-2 and Zaku (I still hope I can find these) and a plated Destiny Westenfluss which was a lottery prize for the Gundam Versus game owners (This one is just too rare).

  4. Charlo says:

    I used to collect Soul of Chogokin models but got addicted to Gunpla thanks to my first kit, which was an RG RX-78-2 I built approx 2 years ago. I never looked at SOC again, Gunpla is much more satisfying, building and customising your own model kit, even my brother got addicted now, though he prefers Macross kits. To be totally honest I prefer MG kits, and although my first kit was an RG, I haven’t built another RG yet. This will soon change though, as I pre-ordered the RG Sinanju as soon as I saw it was available for order.

  5. UrielVentris says:

    This is such a cool idea I think I’ll take the challenge with you. I was looking for a change from building MGs and I’m running out of space so I’m sure my wife will love smaller gundams.

  6. Damien Payne says:

    I agree whole heartedly about the kits.. They’re rather intricate, Excellent detail and I thoroughly enjoy building them..

    But I seriously do hope I can get my RG Sinanju order shipped First week August.. Seeing as how my birthday is third week august… That would be an awesome birthday prezzie!

  7. Manpig says:

    I love RGs, not my favorite grade though as I don’t have one single favorite grade. I find they all have goods and bads, but I do love RG kits very much. They are really detailed and complex, and the engineering that goes into the inner frame is astounding. Although, my main gripe of RG’s are their fragility and even though the inner frame is well engineered, it does have some issues, especially in the RX-78-2, Zaku II, Zeta, and both GP01 kits as much as it saddens me to point out negatives on one of your favorite kits. Sometimes the thin inner frame or the tiny armor parts of an RG will break, and that hurts quite a lot. My second kit was the RG RX-78-2, and I was nowhere near prepared for that beast, it was the only kit that I had to scrap sadly, hopefully i’ll revisit it soon though. I do think that the risks of breaking the kit are worth it, as RG’s offer an entirely new level of detail that no other grade has ever gotten to besides the MG 3.0. I love RG’s, and I will never stop doing so.

    Hyped for the RG Sinanju, it’s coming out on August, which is the month of my birthday. Thank you Bandai for giving me a kit I wanted on my birthday! I expect great things from this kit!

  8. kitkirikitkit says:

    My first RG was that #14: RG ZGMF-X20A Strike Freedom Gundam and got interested with its gold frame. And alas! By this time it’s still incomplete after snap building it. Not sure why I was not able to completely complete it, but I think another new kit (during that time) got my attention. Yet to apply the decals and stuff. This post definitely revives my liking of the RG line. Looking forward to open up that Strike Freedom’s box one of these days. And not just that, maybe I can start with that #13: 1/144 RG RX-78GP01Fb Gundam GP01 Full-Burnern, which also in my backlog.

  9. Papiyoh says:

    Keep it up Syd! You’re doing great! 🙂

  10. Chris says:

    Oh my, I’m looking forward to this! I took a break from reading about gunpla after like 4/5 RG kits came out, and was shocked to return to them having become a staple line. It’ll be cool catching up, It’s awesome how many there are now, and it looks like they haven’t even gotten too lazy with the inner frames!

  11. masterjaw says:

    I had all the production released RG kits (not gentei) and I’ve only built 5 of them so far. I should probably up my game as well and finish those kits.

    RG line is awesome. Just do the markings, add panel lines, seal it with top coat and bam, you got great looking kit.

  12. Orion S says:

    I won the complete set in the End of Year giveaway, and I have yet to build one. Should I start with number 1, or just build the ones (mobile suits) I like the most?

    • Kushal says:

      I would build them in order. My reasoning is that the engineering improves as the line goes on, so you get to experience that firsthand like Syd did as opposed to jumping around and being underwhelmed by older kits

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