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Bandai brought this one out of nowhere!

I guess I should be used to Bandai coming out with these kind of releases, those that catch you completely by surprise. I don’t recall there being much clamour for a new MG NT-1 Alex but here it is, the NT-1 Ver 2.0 Alex. Yup, 2.0, baby. Until now if you were a War in the Pocket fan you were building the Alex released in 1999. That’s 20 years ago! That predates this website by quite a bit, even if I feel I’ve been doing this for a long time.

So in 20 years we’ve gone from this:

To this!

I love this artwork.

Being surprised at the announcement I was blow away when I saw the images on Bandai’s site.

It wasn’t this image that surprised me. Sure this is a good looking, if vanilla, MS but it was the next images that got me going.

That’s a pretty mean look now for the Alex but this is where I started salivating.

Yo dawg! I heard you like MGs so I’m gonna put a frame around your armoured inner frame so you can build frame after putting armour on the original frame.

And then if you want armour on top of your frame-covered armour you have this.

Okay, this doesn’t do it for me as much as the previous image but it’s still good.

Looking at this kit it feels like there is a lot of building to do and choice for how you want it to look once done. It reminds me of the MG FA Gundam Ver Ka Thunderbolt kit, which I adore, or perhaps the MG Dual Gundam Assault Shroud kit which I wasn’t in love with. Or perhaps it takes me back to the MG Full Armor Gundam which has a little something about it that makes me recall it fondly.

Perhaps the Alex 2.0 will be like one of those kits.

Let’s get to checkin’ what’s in the box.

But before that let me show just how big this box is.

I’m comparing it to the regular RG size RG Crossbone X1 kit. You can see that the Alex box is a deep one.

And it’s pretty full, too.

Let’s go over what you’ll find in this suddenly beastly looking MG. Here are the large armour parts that make up the final stage.


And I notice poly-caps are used sparingly.

Here’s a splash of colour.

Check out the V-fin.

Does that mean I can have a battle damaged look?

And here are the inner wall runners.


Kind of reminds me of the MG Gelgoog 2.0 kit.

And I’m thinking these are the frame runners.

Lastly here are the runners with the white armour parts.

And the sticker sheet gives you plenty of markings to work with.

Alex!

Also found inside with the marking sheet are these.

I noticed in images of the Alex Ver 2.0 that it seemed to have the joint frame covers that we first saw on the MG FA Gundam Thunderbolt Ver Ka kit and I was correct. So I wondered if the assembly of the shoulders would be the same design we had with that Thunderbolt MG which had a design that wasn’t the easiest to deal. Many modelers ended up with damaged or broken shoulders. I wrote about how to approach shoulder assembly in the FA Thunderbolt so I was looking for very specific things on this kit.

For that I needed the manual.


It’s quite thick. 27 pages thick.

Rather than going right to the shoulder assembly let’s look at the manual in order.

First page is quite interesting.

Right at the start they show you that there are three stages, or steps, to the build.

Step 1.

Step 2 and Step 3.

As a totally new MG I was surprised to see one runner with many unused parts.

The shoulders, thankfully, look to avoid the complications found in the FA.

It looks like they even give you parts to use when wrinkling up that sleeve.

And those parts are used later in the build. Nice. And it looks like the arm will just slide onto the shoulder peg.

Yes, you can choose your V fin.

Step 1 of the build is the plain MS and the weapons.

Then will come Step 2.

The Armor Inner Walls these are called.



So Step 3 is…

Chobham Armor.

Okay.


Then plenty of markings.

I could feel my excitement growing as I was flipping through the manual.

I’ve built a lot of kits. A lot of kits. It goes without saying that not all of them wow me or leave a big impression. Those that do are special. I don’t know what’s in store for me with the NT-1 Alex Ver 2.0 but I’m ready to find out.

Categories: Builds, MG, NT-1 Ver. 2.0 Alex

2 Responses so far.

  1. ac-guy says:

    I was super excited when Bandai announced this kit, I’m a huge 0080 fan. The reason the K runner has so many parts crossed out is because it’s reused from the MG RX-78-2 2.0, those are the beam rifle parts. The polycap runner was also used in that kit, but I’m not sure if it was new for that kit.

  2. Darth Mingus says:

    Chobam armour (or Chobham armour) is actually based on real-life composite armour designed to protect tanks from enemy fire. It is the generic term used to describe any armour arrangement comprised of sandwiched, reactive plates. They are designed to absorb the impact of a hit and fall away, protecting the tank (or mobile suit) underneath from damage. You see this in the anime when the Kampfer hits the Alex with the chain mines and the armour just falls off, revealing the Alex underneath.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chobham_armour

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