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.
#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.
#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 Release can’t come soon enough.
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).