Saturday, June 23, 2007

ZGMF-X20A Strike Freedom Gundam

ZGMF-X20A Strike Freedom Gundam


Gundam Strike Freedom, piloted by Kira Yamato, in Gundam Seed Destiny. When I watched Gundam Seed Destiny, the moment when Kira received his new Gundam and then battled, really impressed me.

I didnt intend to get this model, as I was pleased with Freedom. It was a gift from my brother for my birthday.


Full Burst mode with high energy beam rifles, rail cannons and Dragoon systems.


















Strike Freedom with its beam saber and combined high energy beam rifle.



Notes:
After reading feedbacks from some verteran of the forums I visited, I ordered the Tamiya gold spray from HLJ. The standard version internal gold parts will really degrade the whole model.

I decided not to draw many lines, especially the unnecessary ones. I have seen a couple of MGSF that has many bold and rough lines. They may look nice from far away but they are not attractive when you look at them near.

Impressions:
1. The body mechanism is different from its predecessors.
2. When compared to MG Freedom, it looks more powerful (Well, it should be). Freedom looks more elegant when placed beside Strike Freedom.
3. There are recess each palms which makes it easier to hold the beam rifles.
4. More details in the design. The beam rifles can be attached to the side while the beam sabers are placed at the back.
5. The square piece that connects the shoulder to the body is better. It's not as loose as MG Freedom and MG Wing Custom.

Grumbles:
1. The tip of the shoulders did not have gold interior. No parts nor stickers available.
2. The stand is a crap. With the weight of MG SF, it's so shaky. The three flexible parts are badly designed, especially the lowest part which could bend.
3. The wings look excellent if they are not opened or rotated. Once you rotated the back wings, they unlocked and moved out of the holdings. Without a good grip, the wings would gradually drop back. They really need a better design such as a lock-in position.
4. MGSF has different leg joints connecting to the waist. We used to have rotor shape connecting the hips to the waist. MG Strike Freedom has horizontal part connecting to the waist. I find it very hard to pose the legs since it's so tight.
5. Dragoon system doesn't appeal me in kits since the gundam looks ugly when the dragoons are detached from the wings.

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20 Comments:

At 12:27 PM, Blogger DarkWarrior said...

Looks great.. I'm glad you chose to paint the gold. The default color it comes molded in is just horrible.

It's a great kit overall (I'm working on my second one) but the wing joints that deform easily really tick me off.

 
At 10:39 PM, Blogger Van - Halo - Tupac said...

Hi! I recently purchased a wing zero custom pearl coated edition, but this is my first figurine as a collector.

I wanted to ask you if the stand is included in the box? I am not going to be building it, so I would like to know in advance if I have to buy a stand from somewhere or if it is in the box and it has to be built.

My wing zero is just like yours, but its pearl coated.

Please reply asap.

Thank you.

 
At 10:52 PM, Blogger Fisherman Horizon said...

Van - Halo - Tupac: Next time, if you ask a question, just ask on 1 post instead of 3 separate post. I have tracking so I can check out which post.

Your purchase should be different from mine. Mine's MG grade. If you are refering to the pearl coated edition, then your's should be the Perfect Grade (PG), the best grade. A stand should come with it, open the box and you should know. I don't know why you would buy a PG and not assembling it. In fact, for someone who never assemble a Gundam model to start with a PG is a bad idea. Nevertheless, if you just want to collect the box with "scraps" in there for fun or collection, yes, there should be a stand in there. Just look at the box and you'll see the picture of the stand!

 
At 11:51 PM, Blogger Van - Halo - Tupac said...

Thank you for your quick reply.

I am sorry for posting 3 times, but these were old posts for me, so I thought they might not reach you, therefore I posted in different sections.

As of collecting, it is indeed going to be built, but not by me. :)

I am looking forward to when it will be built, might even send you some pics :) :P . I have been constantly admiring your gundams and the gundams on the sites you have linked.

If you have msn or aim add me up, I'de really like to have you as a friend who shares in a way the same passion I have.
msn: thegreat1_halo@hotmail.com
Aim: Thegreat1 Halo2

:) thanks once again.

 
At 12:00 AM, Blogger Fisherman Horizon said...

Van - Halo - Tupac: I would recommend that you do the assembling yourself. As one of the Gundam kit lover had pointed out in a forum, the Gundam will not be a pleasant if it wasn't built by you. He was refering to people who buy Gundam kits that was auctioned online.

Although it'll need experience to build a PG grade kit. However, I started with a HG, then straight to 3 MGs. Though I haven't try PG but with few experience and care, shouldn't be a problem. The instructions are clear enough visually just time consuming.

Since you'd never assemble a Gundam kit before, I'd say you need someone experienced to build the PG. However, I strongly recommend that you get lesser grade such as HG or MG and do it on your own. You'd enjoy the effort you put in assembling and be proud of it. :)

 
At 12:07 AM, Blogger Van - Halo - Tupac said...

It is what I thought aswell. But with its price tag, I dun want to ruin it :P.

Cost me 350$ till now. And yes I have asked an experienced assembler to make it. But if you say to wait, maybe I should.

I want to ask you some info about the mg version. It looks terrific. Do you know anywhere I could get it?? HLJ is backordered. :S

And do you think I could assemble it? It says level 2. Athough I would need you to tell me all the equipment I need to assemble it.

 
At 12:41 AM, Blogger Fisherman Horizon said...

The MG is just a grade below PG. In fact MG grade is very popular since not much of Gundam made it to PG grade. There's 101 MG grade Gundam up to now. I think HLJ have a new batch coming in August for most MGs. Maybe people rush to it again. There're other site but depending on where you are located and could be more expensive. I would recommend Angloz (http://www.angolz.com) since I tried it before. But check the price and shipping, it definitely not as attractive as HLJ but better than some other online store.


MG is not too hard. I know little JP but I do find that the visual instructions are adequate. But you have to be careful when assembling, the diagram would show you which side is correct and some warning. I think maybe spend a couple of dollars on a HG to play around first, though you might find it waste of time & money.

Some people have all sort of tools. But I only need a knife and a metal scissor. The scissor (toy plier will do as well) cut the parts from the frame. I use normal blade-knife to shear the edges. A set of gundam markers would be useful to colour the edges that have been sheared. A panel line marker would add touch to the Gundam as well. Try out with a HG and you'll realize what tools are more suitable for you. I know some people even use sandpaper to smooth surfaces. Some use air-brush to enhance the colour of the model.

I'll be away for a week tomorrow so I wont be around answering questions. But if I have time/access, I'll answer any questions you have. I recommend that you join animesuki forum and discuss in the Gundam model thread. Cheers.

 
At 10:29 AM, Blogger Van - Halo - Tupac said...

Do you know where I could buy some gundam markers? And arew they expensive? I live in Ottawa, Canada, and there are no gundam selling stores in the city.

Does hlj carry some or does angolz?

I have ordered mg zero wing custom tonight so that I could try it out, it does look marvelous and it only cost me 36$, so its not that bad for the moment.

I am also thinking of getting the mg strike freedom you have, it looks very attractive with the gold it. Although before ordering it, I'de like to ask you if you had to get the special paint or was it allready golden? Because I read the thread and you got 2 cans from hlj, the last ones, but isn't it allready painted in gold?

This is why I will be waiting for you. I want to order strike freedom, but I will wait for your answer next week.

If you mange to get this on your e-mail account, write back to me please.
thegreat1_halo@hotmail.com

Have a nice week and thanks once again for your support. I am going to be making my Pg by myself after all. :)

 
At 10:54 AM, Blogger Van - Halo - Tupac said...

I'm sorry for spamming your blog, feel free to delete previous posts I have made.

I checked out the markers offered on hlj's website. They are not expensive. But for my pearl coated pg, which ones will I need, and which ones will I need for the mg wing zero custom and the strike freedom. I'de really like to end up making my models like the ones you showed in your pics because they are truly brilliant.

Props to your hard work.

Have a good week once again.

 
At 3:20 AM, Blogger Fisherman Horizon said...

Just a short one since I'm now in Frankfurt and so tired after the long trip. If you consider strike freedom, do or must get a gold paint spray. unless you're getting the full burst version.

 
At 10:48 AM, Blogger Van - Halo - Tupac said...

Hey fisherman,

Hope the vacations are going well. It's been a while we have talked, as you know, I ordered MG wing zero custom and am currently awaiting its arrival. But I delayed it to buy a couple more stuff. Here is what I bought in the last days...

1. MG Wing Zero Custom x1
2. Gundam marker Black thin point for panel lining x1 (I had ordered 2, but I don't think I will be using it much. For sure not on the pearl WZ, but maybe some touch ups on the MG WZ would be good, what do you think?)
3. Tamiya gold spray x2 ( I read your post, and by seeing the pics, I'de definately want my gundam to have a nice gold spray than a sisi one, I ordered 2. 1 for the MG WZ and for my future MG strike freedom and as usual, nothing on the PG WZ cuz its been special coated pearl and has a white/pink coat underneath it, it would be ruined if I did)

I know I bored you with all that, but my main question is...when you had bought your MG WZ and MG SF(gift), once you spray painted them...did you have to sand them before or after? Is there something I am missing?

Thank you for your time once again, enjoy your time in Germany. Are you visiting any historic sites?

 
At 5:53 PM, Blogger Fisherman Horizon said...

Given that you're so keem on Gundam modeling and friendly through ur post conversation. I'll contact you through email once I get back. Though I'm not an expert on Gumdam modeling, I can only gie you some advice given my experience.

I'll email you once I get back and we can have further discussion through email rather than post. Email will be a lot faster. :)

 
At 7:46 AM, Blogger Van - Halo - Tupac said...

Hi again fisherman,

Well, not lots to say today,well...okay here it is...

I originaly ordered Zero wing custom from hlj, buti found a better place, in Canada, with whom i don't have to pay duty and customs and therefore no matter how much items i order the shipping costs are only 10 dollars. It is my best bet therefore i will stick to them, but they don't have much yet, they seem quite new in the business.

I ordered mg wing zero custom, mg strike freedom and wing zero ver.ka decals for 102.9 total! amazing price.

Anyway, i tried canceling my order from hlj, but for some reason everytime i pass an order their website goes offline for a day and then my order passes onto another phase. This time, my item was said to be low stock and they were waiting for it...their website went offline for a day(when i wanted to cancel it) and then it automatically put it in the shipping state and now i have to buy it...


Anyway, yeah lots of spendings i have done.
if you have msn add me up or e-mail me when you get the chance.

thegreat1_halo@hotmail.com

 
At 4:05 AM, Blogger Jacky said...

Hey, I was wondering what type of gold did you spray your strike freedom with? is it just tamiya gold or is it leaf gold?

Also was one can enough to spray all the runners and later spray nip marks after you cut the parts out?

Did you spray top coat gloss on top of the gold afterwards?

Email me at lazidude999@yahoo.com

Thanks!

 
At 8:43 AM, Blogger Fisherman Horizon said...

Jacky:

1. I used Tamiya gold, the spray can one.

2. I would recommend 2 since 1 is just enough. You can cut ou all the parts after nipping it but you will lose count of the part number.

3. Yes, I did spray a top coat gloss onto the gold spray.

 
At 12:40 AM, Blogger Jacky said...

Hi, thanks for the reply, I have a few more questions.

1. After you nipped out the parts, did you spray the nips with gold before or after you assembled it?

2. Did you spray top coat before or after assembly?

3. How many cans of top coat should I get?

 
At 12:11 PM, Blogger Fisherman Horizon said...

jacky:

1. After you nipped out the parts, did you spray the nips with gold before or after you assembled it?

If you have two cans of spray paint, you can do that if you want. The tip would lose the gold spray after nipping, so it'll be good to spray the parts after nipping. But it'll be a bit of a waste in terms of the spraying and you need to wait for it to dry again. In addition, you need to do it one by one otherwise the parts will get mixed up.

2. I spray a top coat on all parts first. After that I spray another simple coat on the whole gundam.

3. I think a can of top coat should be enough (given the volume I used) for one gundam.

 
At 1:45 PM, Blogger Jacky said...

so just wondering, what do you do about the nip marks on your MG Strike Freedom? Did you go over it with a gundam gold marker?

I don't see any, looks great.

 
At 9:10 AM, Blogger Jacky said...

umm, to rephrase my question, I see that you sprayed that parts gold once before nipping the off the sprues. After you nip out your pieces, did you spray over the places were nipped on the parts? What did you do to cover those up?

 
At 10:22 AM, Anonymous Alex Lee said...

Hi! I found there are many kind of tamiya gold spray can out there.
Can you tell exactly which gold is it? with product code and pic the best!
Thanks a lot!

 

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