RX-93-v2 Hi-Nu Gundam

Completed 2001

The Hi-Nu Gundam is a really cool variation of the RX-93 Nu Gundam. I really like the feather look of the striped funnels, and the exaggerated proportions. I bought this kit years ago on eBay when I didn't know much about resin kits. At the time models of this Gundam were rare and this was quite a score. It's what I call a Thai recast, I believe of the Jaf-Con III model (which ended up being the B-Club full action version). A "Thai recast" is a kit cast in polyester (rather than polyurethane "hi cast") resin, often refered to as cold cast or poly resin. I don't think I've ever seen a resin model sold from Thailand that wasn't this crappy resin, thus the name. This stuff is very difficult to work with, it's hard and brittle, making cutting and sanding nearly impossible. The parts had to be sawn off of the sprues! The recaster also sloppily assembled some sections before molding them, simplifying construction and leaving me with some pretty crooked assemblies. The original kit was full action, this is not (you can see where the recaster whited out parts of the instructions explaining joint assembly). And the small details are soft, broken, or just plain missing. All in all, a pretty crappy starting point requiring lots of work. I didn't have a digital camera at the time, so don't have many pictures of the model under construction.

A note about recasts: I personally don't have a problem with buying recasts if the kit is otherwise impossible to get (convention only or long out of production kits for example), though I of course prefer original kits. But for god's sake stay away from polyester kits! If you see a recast that costs about half as much as it should (I wish I was so lucky in this case), it's almost certainly polyester. Don't buy it, unless you absolutely must have that kit and can't find a good casting. If you do, you're in for a lot of headaches. Don't say I didn't warn you!

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