I remember my very first model kit was actually a zoid bought for me by my late grandpa. It was a four legged mechanical dinosaur that you build from differnt plastic parts, assemble it together with a wind up motor and foil stickers for decoration. After making it, just wind up the motor and watch your minature mechanial terror stomp around the house! Wished I kept my old zoids argg!!
I think its about 14 to 15 years that I last picked up a zoid toy. Only recently since last year I began recollecting gundam model kits and I happen to pass by this shop selling zoids manufactured under kotobukiya HMM (highend master model) series. This series is on a really different level when it comes to model kits. ( I am a serial snap fitter…) So heres my take on first HMM Saber Tiger!
Tools of the trade : Tamiya Cutter (one side thats flat), 600 to 1000 grit sandpaper, gundam markers, art knife and sakura micron pen for panel lining. Finished and seal with Mr Hobby Flat Coat.
Pros : I must say I am quite impress by the details. From the ultra sharp razor tooth to the cockpit, the zoid core block, the individual movable claws…really worth the time detailling. Awesome possablity with multiple joints all over the body. This kit actually comes with decals but I prefer my mechs without them. (Probably save them for other projects)
Cons : The joints can get really loose over time. Best if you stuck this guy in one pose. Some parts will require plastic cement if you don’t want them to fall apart. And the level of snapping much more difficult compare to a regular gundam.
All in all still an awsome model kit to have.