Looking at this model, you're either thinking 1. its awesome but so expensive, or 2. its ugly and expensive. If you are of the latter opinion, I don't know what's wrong with you. If you have opinion #1, read my review to determine whether the investment is worth it.
I paid quite a bit for this kit (to support my local shop) so this is a great deal on Amazon. I recently got back into model building and was really excited to build this kit.
Words of advice:
- Do NOT paint the parts while still on the runners - Danny Choo recommends this technique on his blog, and it works well for most Gundam models, but not this one. The gray parts (underframe) and some of the red pieces fit so tightly it is difficult to piece them together. Make sure you avoid the paint getting into where the pieces join, otherwise your Sinanju will have problems moving around (I even snapped a piece trying to shimmy it into place). I recommend airbrushing each piece (increases investment and time involved). - Getting the gold onto the black parts. There are quite a few different techniques (check the internet for them). I tried hand painting and it looks decent on 80% of the parts. The lazy and actually decent way would be to use an Exacto knife to cut out the gold parts. Some reviews recommend against it, but I've seen a few pics of decent looking ones using this technique (up to you). - I personally think this model deserves a shiny gloss coat, and I used black enamel paint on the black parts (looks pretty). - Get the water decals. They are just better. - If you are really into upgrading, I know of a few people who have tricked out their Sinanjus using the Neograde kits which are thankfully coming down in price. - The finished model looks amazing, and sticks out in any collection
Make sure you have experience before building this kit (if you are customizing/painting). The price is at a point where you don't necessarily want to buy more than one model.
For a master grade kit, this thing is big! It stands atleast a head over the other 1/100 scale kits.
The detailing is sharp, and Bandai throws in some nice touches like springs that slide under tha power cables around the waist. There are a lot of panels that can open and spread out to reveal additional thrusters, and the armor around the wrists holds the unit's beam sabers. The green beam effect parts on this kit look really nice too.
The kit has a really nice range of motion, and looks great on an action base. But it can still look imposing just standing up.
Because this is a Katoki kit you can expect a lot of decals. Bandai even throws in two sets of decals for the gold trim.
If you plan on painting the trim on this kit but aren't sure how. Try reading about the reverse wash technique with enamel paints.
After receiving the Amazon box in the mail, I was very happily surprised to open the packaging and find that the Sinanju is packaged in a box almost as big as some perfect grade models, and it is not for show. Upon opening the box, I found 22 sprues/runners of parts making up this awesome model. The plastics are high quality, and as per usual with gundams, and the joints fit together snugly and securely. The kit comes with 2 different options for the trim, either the metal/metallic gold trim, or a traditional sticker type, and a massive sheet of dry transfer decals for detailing your beast. They have paid so much attention to detail it is astounding. This being a Zeon suit, it has the single eye, which if you have looked at the pictures is barely visible in the head. The eye is rigged to turn side to side when you move the head about. I have been modelling for over a decade and a half everything from classic plastic aircraft to tabletop wargames, and I have never encountered little fiddly moving parts that have the fit and finish of the gundam model line, and this kit is nothing but a joy. My one gripe would be that the fingers are not individually movable, if this wasn't so easily remedied with a hobby knife.
Words cannot describe how fun it was to build this MG Sinanju Ver Ka. It was pretty rough but it went well. I highly recommend you pick up some gold paint for the emblem, because the foil stickers just don't cut it, and some flat top coat, which will make the gold look super nice If you really want to get professional looks, I recommend you use the reverse wash technique. You should have some experience from other MG kits because this is most definitely NOT for beginners. It's a complex build and to make it look good, you just can't use the foil stickers, unless you're like a master at lining things up. Another thing is that this thing is huge! Its only like a few millimeters from the size of the MG Sazabi. Pros: -HUGE -Fun Build -Looks great just standing there -No Flimsy Polycaps :) Cons: -*Barfs* Foil Stickers :/ -Not for beginners. Would recommend getting an HG or RG Gundam.
This MG is priceless! The red color is solid. This kit will stand out from rest of your other gundam kits because of the bulk of this thing. It is wide as it is tall.
Pros: No loose parts. Everything stays in place except for the power cable near the waste which you might want to glue.
Cons: Dose not hold weapons very well. Sinanju can hold Beam Sabers decently but the beam rifle and the beam swords will just fall out. Some of the parts are very stiff so you may want to shave/sand it a little bit before you put them together. The peg that connects to the waist. The leg pegs that connects to the whole leg assembly2x.
Overall this kit will be one of the best gunpla you'll ever own! display it with a stand!
If you have experience building gundam kits, well get ready for this monster, its not a hard build but requires some level of expertise... why I say that? Well it is expensive and I would advise not to buy it to start building these sort of kits, it happened to me so might need to buy another one once I have some extra money for this hobby. I love the engineering that went in the construction of this kit, putting it together was so much fun and even if I did mess up due to the lack of experience but even so it still looks AWESOME. My best MG kit tie to the MG Gundam 00 (I can't decide which one is better).
now while i cant stand to get started on these mastergrade models as it seems i am going nowhere fast. mainly because i cut everything off the trees and buff the nubs down. once i get started i cant wait to see the finished project and enjoy the essembly process of the models.the sinanju looks great has excellent posability now while it does look nice as a standing unit when you get an action base to go with it is when it really starts to shine and having it battle my full armor Unicorn gundam is just sweet.
The arch nemesis of the Unicorn. This is an amazing model that can stand its ground with no paint. Painting will give it much more life. Its the largest MG I own. Its quite a giant. Great kit for display! I am hard pressed to call this a toy but a child that can handle plastic model kits would have fun with this guy. Check out some model reviews on YouTube.
Took me almost an entire day from start to finish ( i did it in one shot) So towards the end I was tired. But when this thing is done... Wow its pretty. I also built the MG Epyon, and this kit is much more challenging, and much better looking. Its also taller and bulkier. The hands could be better, and it would be nice if the legs wouldn't fall off when i'm trying to pose it, but over all its an awesome kit and build.
Everything you have heard about MG Sinanju is true and probably understated. I have nothing negative to say about this kit at all what so ever and I enjoyed it so much I have plans to build at least two more in the future.