Sunday, April 7, 2019

[Accessory Analysis] Bandai RE100 1/100 170mm Cannon (Painted Build)

A pretty good bonus included with the RE100 1/100 Guncannon Detector model kit!
Used by a MSA-003 Nemo Desert Color (for like three seconds before it got blown up) during the epic Battle of Torrington in the Unicorn Gundam OVA, the 170mm cannon resembles the older NNFHI·GMCa-type.09/180mm Cannon used by the RX-79[G] Gundam Ground Type during the One Year War.

Source: Gundam Wiki
While bearing remarkable similarity, the 170mm cannon differs from its predecessor in several notable areas: such as the caliber, the location of the magazine well, the placement of the trigger group as well as the mounted position of the forward carrying handle. An old-school shell-firing weapon in the age of powerful mega particle cannons and game-changing psychoframe-based weapons, the 170mm cannon still found use as a cheap and dependable tool to lay down long ranged suppressing fire in U.C. 0096. 

The model kit for the 170mm cannon (bundled with the RE100 1/00 Guncannon Detector and not sold separately) features relatively simple construction with a pretty decent parts count molded on a single grey runner that results in a rather sizable cannon that goes well with 1/100 scale model kits. The decent part separation allows for easy painting as well, as I've done:
  1. CT7 Gold
  2. CT7 304 Deep Grey
  3. Tamiya Silver Leaf
  4. Tamiya Light Gun Metal
  5. Tamiya Semi-Gloss Bright Gun Metal
  6. Mr DIY Sparkling Black
Wielding the weapon is fairly easy due to its low mass and balanced weight distribution, allowing appropriate model kits to adopt a dynamic firing stance without much trouble. Although the MG 1/100 Nemo kits use the older flexible-finger hands, the AGE-style interchangeable hand units found in many modern MG 1/100 GM kits work nicely as well.


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