Bandai’s Master Grade Char’s MS-14S Gelgoog Part 1: Build Plan And Start The Frame

Most of the time the kits I build are chosen based a “coolness” factor. I like building the GM “grunt suit” variants from Mobile Suit Gundam for instance. I think the armored vehicles from Warhammer 40K are really cool. In my airplane days I definitely built quite a few Spitfires simply because they were Spitfires.

Every now and then though, I pick a model not so much for the coolness factor, but because it goes over the top. Maybe it’s atypical of the genre, or has some definite aesthetic that makes it unique.

I decided to do a multi-part video series on this Master Grade Gelgoog from Bandai because it’s just so honking chunky. From the oversized chest and shoulders to the flared out bell bottoms, everything about it screams “over the top”.

And to top it off, it’s the personal mobile suit of the primary protagonist in many of the franchises titles, Char Aznable. From the very first appearance in Mobile Suit Gundam, to more recent incarnations in Unicorn and Origin, the man in the metal mask just keeps popping up.

So join me as I dive into building this fantastic Gunpla. This first episode takes a look at the model itself, discusses some build strategy, and starts in on painting and weathering the frame using a Bandai plastic friendly method.

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By Jon Bius

Jon Bius is a scale modeler, building models in a variety of genres, including Gunpla, Maschinen Krieger, Star Wars and other scifi. Through his blog and video channel, Jon shares the tools and techniques he uses to produce results than anyone can achieve - and have fun doing so!

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