Another kit from the depths of the backlog
Release Date: 1991 for Japanese release / Jan 1994 for international release (Re-prints in Feb 2018)
Retail Price: MYR RM 24.00* (USD $ 5.86*)
*The price is subject to change, depending on the situation
While Rummaging through my backlog collection, I came across something that I forgot that I even have it in my collection. One that I admit was a purchase made due to nostalgia more than, well, what I actually really need at the time of purchase. Oh, not to mention it was as well quite cheap too at the time of purchase.
So today, in an effort to shrink my ever growing Gunpla/ Plamo Backlog, I will be doing an unboxing and first impressions of a kit from the No Grade 1/100 F91 kit series. One that I am looking forward to it to be taking me through some serious nostalgia trip.
And boy oh boy, does the kit delivers it in spades in that department. Even when I take a look at the Guntank R-44’s box art. The reason for this is that as soon I look at that beautiful hand-drawn art by Yuji Kaeda, looking at it really takes me back to the time when I watched F91 anime for the first time. Since his illustration does kind of looks like it was taken off from a scene in the anime.
Furthermore, the Museum backdrop that was colored in black and white fits quite well with the overall scene and just to see the Guntank R-44 itself be the one thing that was colored in that particular scene does make the scene on the box art look quite badass. Though the art does look a bit dated when compared to the modern box arts from the ones seen on today’s MG’s and the HG’s box arts. But yet I still find the hand-drawn art to be somewhat better than the CG illustrations that are seen on the current gen kits.
Though I have to be honest, for a 1/100 scale kit, the box packaging is quite small. In fact, I believe this box packaging for the No-Grade Guntank R-44 to be even smaller than the No Grade 1/100 Den’an Zon that build last year. Wait, it might even be one of the smallest non-SD, non-144 scale box that I’ve ever come across like, ever. Looking at it, I do wonder how did they manage to make the box to be…this thin and this small…
Well, it wasn’t long till I found out why this kit had a small box as unboxed it. The reason being is because it really doesn’t have a lot of parts, to begin with, and wasn’t helped with the fact that most of the Guntank R-44 parts are…well quite small. Plus since the Guntank R-44 is a pretty old kit, the runners do look quite dated. The reason on why I say that is because I do notice that some sections of the runners had some parts that looked really thin, which is something you don’t see with the current gen kits nowadays. At the same time looking at that thin sections does worry me as well. Since, with my previous experience with the Den’an Zon, I do have a feeling that I would probably need to paint up some of the sections up, and because of the thin sections of this kit, I might have to take extra measures to make sure that the paint I’m using doesn’t damage the thin areas of the kit.
Though I do admit that the tricolor scheme that is used on the Guntank R-44’s parts does look quite good and if I were, to be honest? While I look at the Guntank R-44’s parts, I really can’t imagine what more I really need to do make the Guntank R-44 like what was shown on the box art. Maybe on certain parts of the kit…maybe but to do huge paintwork on this…maybe not as much.
As I move on to the Guntank R-44’s manuals, well, all I can really say is that the Guntank R-44’s manual is just like the box packaging itself is quite small and just like the Den’an Zon’s manual, the overall layout of it does look quite simple. In which I do admit that it does show the straight forward nature of the overall construction of this No Grade 1/100 Guntank R-44. However, there are some sections on the manual that does look quite badass which is seen on the cover page of the manual (you get the same art on the box but now in a much carryable version, just in case if you want to just stare at it all night, like I did, of course) and with the quite informative lore (well if you can read Japanese that is) in which does make this manual quite a joy to go through, even though your Japanese might not be up to par to really enjoy the visual spectacle of this awesome manual.
Overall, from what I can see here the No Grade 1/100 Guntank R-44 does seem to be a quite interesting kit so far. Although I do have some concerns about some of the sections of the kit, but admittedly it as well does have a few areas that I am quite interested to see how it would pan out when I start working on it. Furthermore, since this is a pretty old kit, I have to admit that I really don’t have high hopes for it being something that would blow my mind. But at the very least I do hope to have a good time working on this.
and I really hope that it’ll be less flimsy than the No grade 1/100 Den’an Zon…
With that ends this weeks Unboxing and First impressions of the RXR-44 (F-50D) Guntank R-44 another retro kit that was taken from my Gunpla backlog! To be honest even with my previous experience with the No Grade 1/100 Den’an Zon I am still quite keen into getting to work on this kit! Regardless, it would be quite interesting to hear on what you guys think of this week’s unboxing and as well of your own experience with the kit!
Anyways, we will be back again this week more Let’s Talk Gunpla Segment on this Wednesday and we will be back as well on the coming Sunday with well hopefully, with my review of the MG 1/100 FA-78-1 Full Armor Gundam (MG)! So, do look forward to that! 😀
As ever please do leave us a like if you enjoyed this article and oh do follow us here on the blog or on FB or on Instagram if you enjoy this kind of content from us! As well do feel free to give us some feedback and comment if you think there are areas in the post that we can work on so to further improve our posts in the future! As well your comment and feedback will ensure that we would be able to give you all here a much-improved content in the future! As well, we want you to know that your likes and shares would be highly appreciated in supporting and helping us grow further, honestly, your love and support means the world to all of us here in Kimi the Builder Blog editorial team.
We hope by sharing our love and passion for gunplas here, it’ll inspire you to pick up the hobby or reignite your love for gunpla!
Anyways, we shall see all of you again next week, and we hope that you all have an awesome week and weekend ahead! Have an awesome Gunpla building time there as well and until next time!