13 February 2011
HG 1/144 00 QAN[T]
It has been a while since I have last done a post on a Gundam model (Gunpla). I still build them from time to time, but just not much reviews or posts about them. For a change here is one from one of the latest Gundam franchise: HG 1/144 00 QAN[T] (pronounced "Double-Oh Quanta") from Gundam 00 the Movie: A wakening of the Trailblazer.
Assembly is fairly straight forward. Forgot to put all parts up for that image, which was quite silly of me back then -_-;
Tried to colour the GN condensers with green highlighter, but it turned out to be very uneven. My sister tried putting a top coat on top of it and it turns out... Funny.
Now the GN Condensers look as if they're flooded with individual GN particles inside that you can see. An unexpected side effect but it's nevertheless interesting.
GN Shield in the middle with GN Sword Bits (outer pair: Sword Bits A; middle pair: Sword Bits B; inner pair: Sword Bits C). The GN Sword Bits dock with GN Shield when they are not in used.
The Gundam can kneel down pretty well. Not many HG 1/144 models can do that as far as I know.
I've decided to colour the two sides of the faceplate grey instead of keeping them white like how it should have been. This picture was still in an early stage of colouring there were still a lot of areas where colouring is kind of off. It's also worth mentioning that the head part requires the most colouring (more if you colour the eyes too like I did instead of using foil stickers).
00 QAN[T] completed and standing. The asymmetry does give a rather unique appearance, much like the Nu Gundam with the fin funnels on one side.
It can pose pretty well even while standing, as a lot of features are inherited from the HG 1/144 00 Gundam (and its upgrades), one of the most articulated gunpla for its scale that I know of.
00 QAN[T] in flight. Love the "bling bling" stand that the kit provides as it mimics the GN particle effect.
GN Sword V in rifle mode. The shape of the weapon now looks like a fencing sword of some kind. Left spread palm is used to make the pose seem more 'dynamic'.
GN Sword V in sword mode.
The GN Shield is connected to the back and hangs over 00 QAN[T]'s left shoulder. As it has several joints in its arm it can move to the front or the back of the Gundam.
Deploying GN Sword Bits. They're more for support role rather than for offensive purposes as seen in the movie.
The GN Sword V can combine with the GN Sword Bits, but this will require a different blade part to combine them together (as seen on the left in the picture above). There are two ways to combine it for two different functions (Buster Sword and Buster Rifle), but the differences are very minor.
GN Sword V (Buster rifle mode)
Gn Sword V (Buster Sword mode)
00 QAN[T] with its oversized buster sword. This was never seen used in the movie, but the buster rifle mode was used in Trans-Am mode very briefly.
One of the last features of 00 QAN[T]: The GN Shield can swing to the back of the Gundam, then have the blue flap open up, revealing a GN Drive inside the shield. Rotating the GN Drive to align and join with the GN Drive at the back of the Gundam to activate the "Quantum System", of which the feature is story-related so I won't spoil the beans here.
Final picture of 00 QAN[T] about to activate Quantum System.
The 00 QAN[T], being the last ride for the protagonist Setsuna F Seiei in Gundam 00, does have a rather unique appearance, combining features of his previous machines Gundam Exia and 00 Gundam. The assymetrical look and a lack of backpacks or wing-like binders is a nice change from a number of superpower Gundams too.
Model-wise, a fair bit of colouring and panel lining is required here and there, especially the head. Articulation is pretty good (these little fellas are getting better and better nowadays). The clear green parts for GN Sword Bits do need a bit of sanding before I could push them inside the blue parts, but otherwise there are no real problems with it.
Settings/story-wise, this is one of the few Gundams that do not have "Gundam" on the name. Supposedly the most advanced and powerful mobile suit in its own era, ironically 00 QAN[T] had a very brief appearance compared to other very powerful Gundams, and its offensive moves were seen even briefer. While it is capable of destroying an entire armed force, it is also capable of communicating with them the peaceful way to avoid further unecessary bloodshed...
And with all that away, next post will be on its extra armament: the GN Sword IV from Hobby Japan magazine to form 00 QAN[T] Full Saber!