Back in 2012 Bandai was releasing new Master Grade kits for the Gundam Wing series. The Heavy Arms EW version was one of those released that year and as soon as it released people started talking about wanting the Heavy Arms Custom. Some people modified their Heavy Arms into a custom (in fact, I did that for someone) but those modellers who didn’t have the chance, skill, or time to do any significant modding were left without the Custom version of the Heavy Arms. Until Now! Kind of…
Bandai has released an MG Heavy Arms Custom EW. And, yup, it’s P-bandai.
The two main complaints about these types of releases were that they were both hard to get and expensive to do so. I don’t know if that argument really applies any more. So many third party internet sites are selling these now that obtaining one isn’t difficult. And because each store has to try to outmanoeuvre the others it seems prices are dropping as well.
I know some of my readers already have their MG Heavy Arms Custom EW. Likely, there are a few that have completed the assembly already.
For the most part this kit uses all the parts from the original Heavy Arms release but there are also some new things thrown is which is to be expected.
The original XXXG frame runners are here.
The other runners have the new designation.
You’ll notice right away that this guy comes with water-slide decals.
The kit is a whole lot of blue but you can see that Bandai did change the runners somewhat to get the teal and purplish blue in there.
You’re also given two dual Gatling Guns!
For me, that’s the best part. I like those!
Being a P-bandai release the box is monochrome but you do get the colour version of that image on the cover of the manual.
He looks pretty sweet in that illustration.
Here is the decal guide at the back.
Opening the manual you can see that, like the recent Eric Mansfield Zaku kit your given some runners in duplicate with the only change being the colour they come in.
The F runner is just that.
You’ll also notice a lot of English in the manual.
Looks like that will be a constant going forward.
As the build starts out just like the original Heavy Arms kit I can leave out the detailed WIP.
I just noticed I will have some foil work to do.
Looking good already!
This will be another kit I get onto when I’m not busy with something that needs to be done by a certain timeframe. I’m glad I decided to pick this kit up. It reminds me of the fun I had with my first Heavy Arms. Oh ya!