HG 1/144 Gafran


Hello viewers! Time for a simple gunpla review! Nothing fancy this time, just a straight build with some panel lining and a heavy coat of clear matte. =3

I present to you HG 1/144 Gafran!:DSC_0004 He was a present from a friend for my birthday! Thanks again! 🙂DSC_0006I tried spraying a heavy coat of clear matte to see the outcome, and I love how chalky Gafran came out, a really great matte finish! =3 As usual I’m using Bosny clear matte lacquer spray can, it’s been a long time since I’ve used Topcoat because Bosny is way cheaper and produces that matte finish that I like.DSC_0007Gafran is an interesting HG kit to build, my experience is that the build process and structure is different than most HG MS kits.DSC_0008I think it is because he can transform into a kind of animal mode, which they labeled as flight mode, but to me, the mode looks like more of a ‘lizard mode’ or maybe a flying lizard. That’s some scary stuff, a flying lizard! Sounds like a dragon to me! =3DSC_0009That long thing on his back? That’s actually his tail and a long range weapon, It can be stretched out to be a tail in flight mode or be used as a weapon which is his beam rifle. DSC_0010Here’s some details about him from the gundam wiki: http://gundam.wikia.com/wiki/Ovv-f_GafranDSC_0012He was easy to build. Took me about 5 hours or so to finish building him, one of my fastest build actually. XDDSC_0013It can’t be seen clearly on the photo but he has a clear green part in the middle of his torso, it is actually the diffuse beam cannon. I’ve seen it being used in the Anime series, usually during close range they use it, when they are wrestling with the enemy MS.DSC_0014So far it’s only the Gundam Age series that I’ve seen this kind of head unit, what should we call it? It’s not a mono eye.. so.. any suggestions? I can’t think of any name to call this kind of head unit yet, particularly the eyes.DSC_0017
He sorta looks evil don’t you think? Well he is an enemy MS after all. XDDSC_0018Time for some articulation, as you can see the head can go way up, it’s actually intended for the flight mode later on that I will show you.DSC_0019And his.. uhm.. I don’t know what to call it.. head flaps? LoL! The flaps on the sides of his head can be opened like the photo above.DSC_0020He has a pretty interesting shoulder joint, the shoulder is connected to the torso via a ball joint but the socket on the torso itself can be also moved so its kinda double jointed. But wait there’s more! The whole gray colored part on his torso can also move forward as can be seen on the next photo. Now that’s some articulation, well yeah it’s again actually intended for the flight mode. Interesting build structure though. 🙂DSC_0021DSC_0022DSC_0023His arms are also double jointed in the elbows providing more articulation.DSC_0024DSC_0025And attached on the palm of his hands are the Beam Vulcan that can also generate a Beam Saber. But the kit doesn’t come with any beam sabers.. 😦DSC_0026Nothing special on his torso-waist joint, typical ball joint, not much articulation.DSC_0027He actually has wings that looked like frontal skirts in the previous photos. Neat huh. 😀DSC_0028And there’s the joint for the wings. DSC_0029Opening them wings.. to reveal the legs! =3DSC_0030Simple ball joint for his leg-waist joint. Less articulation for his legs.DSC_0031But to compensate for the poor leg articulation, he has nice knee joints! Again intended for the flight mode.DSC_0032Here’s what he looks like with wings open and ‘head flaps’ open too. DSC_0033Now I show you his tail/beam rifle:DSC_0034Its long and back heavy giving me a hard time to balance Gafran when his tail is out on his back.DSC_0035Turning it into a beam rifle gives Gafran better balance, but still poor balance.DSC_0036DSC_0037The beam rifle can destroy a single MS in one shot if hit.DSC_0038Why the balance issues? Take a look at this:DSC_0039Small feet! His feet though can transform and have claws (which makes balance ironically worse)DSC_0040And showing you the flight mode:DSC_0041Now he looks like an awkward dragon. XDDSC_0042DSC_0043DSC_0044DSC_0045DSC_0046DSC_0047

What I like:

1. Overall interesting build structure.

2. Nice knee joints and shoulder joints.

3. The beam rifle is nice because it can be his tail or vice versa, readily attached to his body, no separate equipment needed.

4. I actually like the MS design in normal mode.

5. Taller than most of my HGs.

What I don’t like:

1. No beam sabers 😦

2. Nothing much to panel line.

3. Really poor balance with the small feet, especially when the beam rifle is not in use, tends to be back heavy.

4. I personally don’t like the looks of the flight mode. At some angles he looks great, but at some he looks awkward, like a screwed up dragon from someone’s experiment. XD

That’s it for today! Overall He looks great standing in normal mode with his Beam Rifle on the ready! Till next time! =3DSC_0048 DSC_0051 DSC_0050 DSC_0049


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