Discussion in 'The Toyark' started by agesthreeandup, Mar 13, 2007.
I feel like parts at that point would become too small.
Did some experimenting.
“All right, we’ll call it a draw.”
Oh, small doesn't even begin to describe some of the parts on RG kits. Take the RX-78-2 for example.
The only stickers on the head are the eyes. That's it. And I'm not talking about the red bit. I'm talking about just the eyes and the black surrounding the eyes. The yellow on the head vulcans, the grey inside the yellow head vulcans, the red rectangle on the top of the head? All separate parts. Real grades take pride in doing the absolute most at that size.
Holy shit. High Grade is a step below RG, right?
Grade scaling, from lowest "difficulty" to highest:
EG = Entry Grade, 1/144 scale like that America Gundam
HG = High Grade, 1/144 scale, more parts than the EG
RG = Real Grade, 1/144 scale but way more detail than an HG can have. The "Real" name comes from how they are engineered to look like actual machines with heavy panel detailing.
MG = Master Grade, 1/100 scale (can be swapped with RG depending on the kit's engineering). High detailing, most from the last 20 years have an inner frame that you can remove the armor plating to see the mechanics
PG = Perfect Grade, 1/60 scale and one of the most expensive out there. Currently one of the largest offerings on the market, usually runs over $200 a kit.
other current scales that don't have an official "grade" rating:
SD = Super Deformed chibis. should be as easy to make as Entry Grade America Gundam
Full Mechanics = 1/100 scale but less detailing. Usually one can expect High Grade levels of engineering in it instead of Master Grade.
Mega = 1/48 scale, way too fucking big and bigger than a Perfect Grade. Marketed as easy to make like an HG to the point where the instructions actually encourage you to rip pieces out of the runners when you definitely shouldn't.
edit: bah, you edited your post to the right acronym before i commented
Yeah, High Grades are considered the "standard" grade for Gunpla (and I think most Bandai kits, for that matter, at least engineering wise). They're still pretty straightforward builds, but nowhere near as complex as Real Grades. The big appeal with HGs is that not only are they quick builds and decent kits, but damn near every single mobile suit and its variants has been released as an HG kit. But since the "high grade" title has been used since the 90s, you might need to do a bit of research before buying a kit. You generally can't go wrong with anything released after 2010, though.
So HG is basically the Generations of Gundam, and RG, and PG are MP.
Well, kind of. What makes it kinda ironic with hindsight was that despite the lineup still having holes that have yet to be fulfilled, Gundam right now actually does the whole "Generations" thing much better than what HasTak is currently doing with the whole "Generations" thing in the last few years focusing on nothing but G1 again and again.
Another thing to note about the High-Grade lineup; Despite most of the post-2000s High-Grade kits (starting from the revolutionary HG AGE lineup of 2011) are much better kits than what came before, there are still some modern release High-Grades that was just remold/retools of older High-Grade kits that aren't that great by today's standard (Such as some of the High-Grade kits from the Build meta-series); So it could be good to do some basic research on any kits you want, and temper your expectations on what to expect.
This is fairly apt, as they're much fiddlier than the average kit, and PGs also have the similarity of being prohibitively expensive and out of scale with everything else you own. HGs, on the other hand, cover a wider variety of suits. You'll never see a Master Grade R-GyaGya or a Perfect Grade Try Burning Gundam.
I would say that for accuracy to the shows, HG and MG are going to be more be most serviceable. Though that only matters to maybe 10% of the people who build Gunpla in the US (I don't recall which show the Crossbone came from, and I'm pretty sure it's on the box). RG adds even more detail than what you see in the lineart, giving it a "realistic" effect, as though it was for a live action remake. So like, Alternators, if we beat this metaphor to death.
These are both 1/144 scale. Keep in mind that the Burning Gundam and the Crossbone are from different shows, so the suits themselves are different sizes. I personally think I'm going to stick with HGs going forward, as I like doing a bit of painting and panel lining the Crossbone would drive me insane. Full Mechanics remain my favorite grade of kit, because you get the size of MG with the complexity (and affordability) of HG.
*Laughs in Real Grade.*
These are all the parts that come with the 1/144 HGUC "Revive" RX-78-2, which is the one you see on Target shelves.
These are all the parts that come with the 1/144 Real Grade RX-78-2
And this is a comparison between the (panel lined) 1/144 HGUC RX-78-2 V.30th and the RG RX-78-2
Ultimately, the increase in build complexity and parts count boil down to the appearance (HGs tend to be more animation accurate and simplified in detail, RGs are literally meant to be "this suit if it was made in real life" and so have opening cockpits, hatches, working pistons, shifting armor panels when you move joints, etc.).
Oh you sweet summer child...
Crossbone doesn't actually have a show, I think it's from the Manga; Crossbone Steel 7.
Had to make a target run this morning and finally saw hgbl kits. Someone was picked up almost a whole set but he left perfect strike freedom or whatever it’s called. Also picked up a gframe fb. Oh yeah I got hitched last night. That’s right your boy Dirty took parking lot picks the day after his wedding.
Congratulations! I hope you bought a kit for your wife too. Hobby life, happy wife!
Actually much, much earlier than that. Crossbone Gundam is IIRC the longest running single Gundam manga. It's original series is from 1994 to 1997. Skull Heart ran from 2004-2006 and was a series of side stories that take place before and after the events of the original manga. Steel 7 runs from 2006-2007 and is a sequel to the events of Crossbone and Skull Heart. Crossbone Gundam Dust takes place in UC 153 and ties into the events of Victory Gundam and runs from 2011 to 2016. It ALSO gets a sequel called Crossbone Gundam Ghost, which takes the UC storyline into it's furthest canonical state right now at UC 169. It ran from 2016 to 2020. A sequel to Ghost is already started May of 2021 and is said to be the last series starring Tobia Arronax, the pilot of the namesake Crossbone Gundam since the first manga in 1994.
This mother fucker has piloted one of the coolest Gundams since the UC 130s.
Does USA Gundam store charge/have a way to pay off early for pre-orders?
Where the hell are the 30mm sisters
The shop I regularly go to has these but not the girls themselves, really annoys me
tell me about it!
how the heck i managed to get the accesories but not the girl herself when i actually preordered her damnit!
Yes, they charge you at the time you preorder so it's not a lingering debt sometime later.
Finished the Freedom last week. Some pic spam, rest of them in my Flickr.
How the hell are you this good?
Seriously your finished kits look better than Bandai's own promo models. The airbrushing is subtle, the decals are clean, the colours are vibrant and consistent.
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