For what is supposed to be knock off kit, this thing is actually REALLY good.
First, a few comments on the kit itself:
- The plastic is much softer than Bandai's kits, but that actually helps by making the nub removal far easier.
- 80% of the parts are UNDERGATED, how cool is that?
- Some pieces don't fit all that well, so either gaps remain between the armor pieces or they are prone to fall off very easily.
Nevertheless, I'm quite happy with how this kit is turning out. This version of the Strike Gundam looks really sharp and definitely blows out of the water the old MG Strike IWSP I had in terms of detail, proportions and style.
A feature I love of the Strike is all the inner frame that shows all over the body. I decided the bare gray plastic wasn't good enough for what I was planning so I decided to paint it with gunmetal.
In order to make a good contrast against it, I used mica blue and mica red over the red and blue armor parts. I also applied to them a coat of Tamiya Clear Topcoat to achieve a glossy finish that looks really good.
The kit also provides you with a large sheet of waterslide decals. These are also precut, so applying them is a breeze and they certainly make the model look even better.
I'm sure once completed, this will be a real sight to behold thanks to the bigass sword.