Manual of the US released HGUC 1/144 Char’s Zaku II
But, of course, such a rushed solution wouldn’t satisfy the Japanese market, so in 2002, an official HGUC Zaku II was made. Of course, starting with Char Aznable’s.
This is the second one I’ve owned, since I had changed the method in which I do kits from 10 years ago.
I: Main Body
The first thing you’ll probably notice is the absolute lack of details or panel lines. While admittedly boring looking, this is accurate with the antiquated 1970’s design of it’s animated counterpart, so I appreciate the “faithfulness” that had been allowed.
Something about the “red” (see: pink) used on most of Char’s MS have a hard time showing up on my camera, so the colors appear richer than the plastic actually is.
lineart (a detail always overlooked, in my opinion).
Very minimal painting was required, however I did go overboard. The neck area was painted the base body color (and one very tough to match through mixing) and the two “vents” on the ransel were painted in gunmetal.
Example of the elbow joint flexibility.
Second verse, same as the first, the legs are bland, with the exception of the knee joint, added to increase the flexibility.
Back view of legs, showing conductor pipe connections and the knee joint detail.
The pipes were implemented almost the same way as the old 08MS HG, but with the slots they sit in being less open, removing their chances of slipping out. The ankle joint is one of the few new features, though.
Zaku Machine Gun
Heat Hawk stored in harness, attached to th Zaku's left sideskirt.
The entire heat hawk was molded in grey, so I painted the whole thing, save for the cable, in Napoleonic purple and bright yellow for the blade.
IV: Full Equipped
The Zaku is able to mount and carry all of its weapons at once, which is pretty standard for what’s supposed to be a very versatile war machine. The Heat Hawk can be mounted on the waist, while the Zaku Bazooka can go on the aforementioned rack on the rear skirt below the Ransel.
And, of course…
CHAR KICK!! Let’s pretend he kicked the Gundam into absolute oblivion, reducing Amuro’s life span even less than the original novel. Problem solved, series over!
FINAL RATING: 3.5 OUT OF 5