HG 1/144 WMS-003 Maganac (HGAC) Review

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A kit that made me have alot of contradicting feelings. 

In the many days that I’ve spent building, the one with the HGAC Maganac is the one that I find my self having so many contradicting feelings with. One that left me really looking for the answers

But the question remains, is it a good HG kit just like all the other 2019 HG kits that I’ve built this year? Would the HGAC Maganac be something that I would be able to recommend?

Which is why to answer all of those questions, I would be giving you guys my honest final impressions of this HGAC Maganac kit. One that I hope would be useful to those thinking of getting this kit.

But before we get to the review, let us first talk about the history and lore behind this awesome MS.

So without further ado, let us get into it, shall we?

The History and Development of the WMS-03 Maganac

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WMS-03 Maganac

Model name:

  • WMS-03

Classification:

  • Limited Production Desert Type Mobile Suit

Weapon systems:

  • Shield
  • Beam Rifle
  • Heat Tomahawk
  • Beam Saber
  • Large Rifle (equipped for some variants)
  • Arm Rifle (equipped for some variants)

Height:

  • 16.4m

Armour Material:

  • Titanium Alloy

Powerplant:

  • Ultracompact Fusion Reactor

Total Thrust:

  • Unknown

Effective Sensor Radius:

  • Unknown

Crew:

  • 1 pilot
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A pretty nice cockpit set up this.

Feeling threatened by the strong political influence and military strength of both the OZ and the United Earth sphere Alliance, a small pocket of countries in the middle east decided to counter this by they themselves developing and creating their own Mobile suits forces of their own.

However, since they would need the MS to primarily operate in the desert regions of the middle eastern countries, so they really needed something that is able to operate in the desert regions without a hassle. Hence the creation of the WMS-03 Maganac that was commissioned by the middle eastern countries to the Winner Corporation.

As mentioned before since the middle eastern countries wanted their MS’s to operate primarily in the desert regions hence why the Maganac was equipped with many features to enable it to be able to operate effectively in the vast desert regions. That is why the Maganac’s joints, thrusters, and internal parts was dust proofed to make sure the parts wouldn’t be damaged by the fine sand from the desert and as well to ensure the maintenance of the MS to be as easy and cheap as possible.

Even though the MS was designed to be mostly a ground-based MS but the WMS-03 Maganac was as well designed to have very impressive mobility. Looking at the MS closely one would be able to notice that there were alot of small verniers that was installed in around all the important areas of the Maganac, and the Maganac as well had two huge traditionally designed verniers that was installed at the Maganac’s back.

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Even the line art for this MS looks quite impressive

All of this to ensure the Maganac was able to overpower the Leo since it was developed  from the ground up to be able to counter to the Leo’s

However, despite its effectiveness in battle. Due to the lack of resources and funding, only 40 of this awesome MS was ever made. However, not all of the Maganac was the same, each and every Maganac was fine-tuned to fit the pilots operating the machine and there were some of the units was as well given a different type of pieces of equipment over the standard that we saw with the ‘standard’ version of the Maganac.

What we here in the blog find quite impressive, is that there were no Maganacs that was reported to be destroyed during the conflict and it was as well said that after the war all the Maganac corps MS pilots managed to survive the war. Which is a testament to itself in how badass this MS really was during the conflict.

Definitely one of the most fascinating and iconic grunt MS of the After Colony century timeline.

With the history lesson done, let us now get into the review, shall we?

The Review

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The HGAC Maganac is by far one of the most confusing HG kits that I’ve built this year because it has been a while since I’ve built a kit that made me feel both unhappy and happy all at the same time.

Which at times I do find myself having some contradicting feelings about it here. Although it might be confusing to hear this now, but bear with me here because you will understand as you go through reading my final thoughts of the HGAC Maganac, on why I feel as such with this kit.

Before we get to that, let us first talk about my own personal experience of going through the building process of this kit.

The HGAC Maganac is really is one of the easiest kits that I have a hand in building this year. It was so easy that I do feel like the HGAC Maganac and the HGAC Leo is a perfect representation of what a mass production kit is because it feels like building a mass-production model MS. The parts were gated quite decently here and the nubs that I encountered here with the HGAC Maganac were fairly easy to deal with. Even though there were a few sections here that I encountered where the nubs were a bit hard to deal with, but even then the end result was still something that I was quite happy with.

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It started off quite well with this chest unit…
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and I really had a ton of fun painting the main camera for this one

The HGAC Maganac’s parts do fit quite well on most occasions, however, I do encounter one singular fitting issue on one particular part of the kit, The ankle armor section of the kit. More specifically on the right side. There is one fairly obvious gap that could be seen as I flip the kit over.

Although I do admit that even with that said, it may be that I might have mistakenly placed the parts incorrectly. Because I do find that there were a few occasions where I found myself a little bit confused with the visuals and the instructions from the manual. However no matter what I do the ankle armor still doesn’t fit properly to the part. Which does make me wonder if the issue is really from the part itself or did I miss something here?

Then again I can always rectify the issue by just using putty to cover the whole gap up. Oh, by the way, speaking of parts…..

I was at first quite taken aback by the fact that even though the HGAC Maganac mostly had alot of sections here that is very well color coordinated, however, I do find that there are some sections on the kit that really requires heavy use of stickers. Which I was admittedly was at first find myself to be quite disappointed with, however, after using them…my thoughts of them was suddenly changed.

This is where my contradicting feelings was starting to show here.

Because even though I wasn’t that keen on the idea of using them, but right after I do. I do actually find that the whole experience of using them to be quite fun. Not to mention too here that when you apply the stickers to the said part, they blend in well since they were colored just like the other parts of the kit.

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From no color….
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to colored
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This is one fun and simple arm unit.

I felt the same way again when the whole kit was completed. Because I  did find myself quite bothered by the fact that the leg unit had some of the biggest and the most obvious joint gaps that I have seen in an any HG kit to date. However, when I take a look at the kit as a whole, despite the fact that there is that ugly joint gap and the aforementioned part gap, the HGAC Maganac I still like how the kit looked overall. Plus I still do think despite its flaws the HGAC Maganac is still quite a looker.

Even when I get to the articulation of this kit it doesn’t help me to finalize my thoughts because even then I keep finding myself having the same contradicting feelings. The fact that there were some sections on this kit that was limited in terms of how the parts were designed, in which I do find it to be quite frustrating. But at the same time, I was quite happy with the fact that you can still pull off some pretty decent poses with the kit.

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When I finish putting together the top half unit, I really had to stop and just take my time to enjoy the view here
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This is small but really good looking feet units.
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If I think the top half the HGAC Maganac is a looker, the whole completed look of this kit, is even better

All of these contradicting feelings that I have with the HGAC Maganac do make me feel a little bit confused about whether I like the HGAC Maganac or not. This is really one of the very first HG kits that I encounter so far that I really struggle to formulate my thoughts and feelings on.

So after taking too much time trying to think, I decided to ask myself the most fundamental question.

“Do I enjoy building this kit? Is this something that I would recommend to people to pick up?” is the kind of question that I find myself asking. It took me a while to figure out the answer to those questions. but in the end, all things lead to me admitting that

Yes, I do find myself enjoying my time with the kit. The kit was fun and even with its issues, it is really not something that hinders with my overall experience of building and posing the kit up.

However, I do realize that even though I do find the process my experience overall to be quite enjoyable but this is really not an HG kit that I feel everyone would be able to find it to be as enjoyable as I did. Because frankly, with all the issues the kit can be quite frustrating at times. It is really a kit that demands patience and caution from anyone that wants to build this.

But even with that said, this is really one kit that I recommend everyone to give it a try. It’s an inexpensive kit and one that can be quite fun as long you take it slow and be really careful with it. Because the end result for the HGAC Maganac of this is one of the most rewarding things.

Why? Well because you will own one of the best looking HG kits for 2019.

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This is definitely one handsome brotha

With that ends the review for the HG 1/144 WMS-03 Maganac (HGAC). What do you think of both the kit and the review for this HG kit? Do you share the same thoughts with us or do you think that this kit could’ve been better? I really had a hard time writing about this kit. I never have imagined this simple and unassuming kit to be one of the hardest HG kits to write about.

I’m glad to have finally put this one out and aswell I really can’t wait to start work on the next one, the P-Bandai MG Dozel Zabi’s Rick-Dom.

Anyways, we will be back again with more Let’s Talk Gunpla Segment on the next coming Wednesday and Friday. This coming Monday Kimi will be back again with either a review or an unboxing, So do look forward to that!

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