Here’s a close look at the RG 1/144 Zeta Gundam. There are some very technically impressive features about this 1/144 kit. The biggest feature I would say about this kit is the fact that it’s a transformable model. On top of that, it also includes all the details that’s common to RG kits. Tons of color, lots of detail lines. Unfortunately there are also a lot of annoyance to this kit.
From the front, it’s looks great even without the decals. The yellow on the chest, shoulder, and lower leg thruster ports are yellow. You’ll even see that the eye is using a clear blue plastic piece. Vulcan on the head is separate and not molded in. In general, it looks like a very solid model.
Here it is again, from a different answer with different lighting. As you can see lots of detail in the panels. As this point I might as well list the first annoyance. The yellow plastic on the chest are not held on very tightly. They fall out very easily, and will happen when you transform the kit.
Now we turn the kit more and view it from the side. Here is where we start seeing the compromises that the designer had to put into the kit cause of the transformation.if you look at the waist and chest from this angle, there is a pretty massive empty void. The reason behind this will be much clearer when we look at how it transforms. You’ll also noticed that there is some pretty big gaps between the side and front skirts that reveals the hinges in the kit. A bit of the void that is in the back of wave rider is also slightly visible. It’s not very visually pleasing, but it’s not too big of an issue. The purpose of the void will also become very obvious later on.