Non-Scale SRW R-Gun Powered

Man, if size matters, then the R-Gun Powered is going to make all your other mecha feel like My Little Ponies. This guy's go the guns, FOR REALS!

Man, if size matters, then the R-Gun Powered is going to make all your other mecha feel like My Little Ponies. This guy’s got the guns, FOR REALS! (Yes, that’s a gun in his codpiece, although I’m sure he’s also glad to see you!)

If it’s one thing I love, its a mech with twin cannons on its shoulders.  From the little R-44 Guntank in Gundam F-91 (and it’s chronologically newer, but continuity-wise later relative the D-50 Loto) to the SDF-1, anything that has a gun on either side of its head is okay by me.

That’s what drew me to this guy; the Super Robot Wars Original Generation  R-Gun Powered. This mech was something like the old-school Transformers Targetmasters; it was designed to transform into a hand weapon for the colossally powerful (and horribly gaudy) SRX-00. In this mode, called “Metal Genocider” it was something akin to an ultimate weapon. I can see why, a huge mech that turns into a bigger gun has to be awesome.

The funny thing is, I almost didn’t bother to pick this guy up!

The colours on the box were so bad, and the mech was such a gaudy mismatch of scattered colours that it turned me right off of the kit. The thing looked like a quilt that had been eaten, and then vomited up, by some malevolent spirit with rainbow-coloured bile. Still, since this kit was cheap, and it did include both the R-Gun and the “Powered” upgrade set, and since it had the requisite cannons, I decided to take the plunge.

With a more uniform colour scheme, the R-Gun Powered, actually looks pretty nice.

With a more uniform colour scheme, the R-Gun Powered, actually looks pretty nice.

The Kit:

Like all Kotobukiya kits from SRW, this kit has, like, 1 billion parts. Literally everything that needs to be a different colour (and man, on this clown-suit of a mech that’s a LOT of different colours!) is separate. This is normally a good thing, but for some reason, Kotobukiya takes it too far. Waaay too far. Every little inset and sub panel is a separate piece, which means a lot more chopping off of racks and sanding of small,  hard-to-hold but easy-to-lose pieces. There is so much chopping and sanding (my least favourite part of a mech) that it rivals many Master Grade Gundams, despite being only 1/144 sized.

The pieces all fit together fairly well, but once you get some paint on them, they become quite a tight fit indeed. you’ll have a lot of scraping to do when you go to put this all together.  Also, note that this kit is NOT up to the quality of a normal Bandai mech. It is good, but there’s just an air of slight roughness about it. It won’t slow you down, but it won’t give you that “warm fuzzy” you get from an HGUC.

There are more pieces in the cannon pack than in most HGUC GMs or Zakus. The fit is 'meh' for most of them, so scraping, care and control are key for getting things together without problems.

There are more pieces in the cannon pack than in most HGUC GMs or Zakus. The fit is ‘meh’ for most of them, so scraping, care and control are key for getting things together without problems.

Painting/Finishing: 

There was no way I was going to saddle this poor thing with a paint job that induces epileptic seizures in children. I had to come up with something different, more subdued and uniform. Since I love purple (I am a Decepticon fan, after all) I decided to try something along those lines. I mixed up a greyish purple using a bit of Testors Model Master Light Ghost Grey and some Tamiya Purple. I then turned the tables and made up a lightish mauve (same as I eventually used on the Sundance Express’ interior!) using MMA Light Grey and a bit of Tamiya Purple. I needed a few more colours, so I used the straight Light Grey and a light green I’d mixed up for something (forget what, now…).

I primered the mech with the Walmart Colour Place grey primer (this stuff rocks and is CHEAP!). Looking at the mech at this point, I could really see that it was an attractive machine under its paint scheme. This inspired me to really make sure the end result was a lot nicer than the canonical paint! I painted the purples, light grey and green by hand, and then flat coated it with Delta Ceramcoat Matte Indoor/Outdoor varnish.

I used washes on the mechanical parts, and did the backs of the legs in steel; they looked like they should just be bare mechanism, for some reason. I did the clip on the rifle in green, just to be different, and did all thrusters Jet Exhaust on the outside and Orange on the inside. Both of these colours were Testors Model Master Acrylics.

Here you can see the Jet Exhaust/Orange thrusters. I always think these details make or break a mech; making them standout adds a lot of realism.

Here you can see the Jet Exhaust/Orange thrusters. I always think these details make or break a mech; making them standout adds a lot of realism.

Amazingly, this thing not only stands, it is incredibly stable. It comes with a support stand, to make it seem like it’s flying, but this is a very poor offering in comparison to Bandai’s stands (let alone Action Bases). I have had this guy on display for a few years now, and never has he even wobbled. To counter the weight of those huge cannons, there is a lot of weight in the backpack, and these really do seem to cancel out. Kotobukiya wisely put a few supports in the middle of the cannon rails; without them, I’m sure these puppies would warp something fierce!

Just in case you didn't believe me; those guns are why I'm amazed every time this thing DOESN'T fall down!

Just in case you didn’t believe me; those guns are why I’m amazed every time this thing DOESN’T fall down!

Conclusion:

Once you get rid of the crappy paint job, the R-Gun Powered is actually a very, very mean looking mech. It has a beautiful head, like a Jegan on steroids, with lots of cool little aerials on it. The body is angular and there are lots of blades and plates and cooling fins jutting out at all angles on this guy. The backpack alone is liberally festooned with such details, and it really gives a lot of personality to the finished product.

This kit was not a favourite to build, and it was annoying to cut off and sand all those pieces. I wouldn’t recommend it for someone who’s just starting out in mech building or for someone with a patience deficiency, but for experienced modellers who would like a chance to experiment with colours, it’s a pretty good kit. I’d recommend it, but with the warning that you are going to need to budget some real time for it.

From the back, you can see the bare steel plates on the lower legs, some of the detail washing, and the large number of fins and blades on this thing! It's like the bastard love child of a porcupine and a shotgun.

From the back, you can see the bare steel plates on the lower legs, some of the detail washing, and the large number of fins and blades on this thing! It’s like the love child of a porcupine and a shotgun. The ball in his crotch is for mounting him on the rather substandard stand that comes with the kit. I wish I had sanded it off, now that I see it from this angle…

You're going to need some shelf space for this thing. However, the guns angle upwards, so there's a lot of room in front of him you can still use.

You’re going to need some shelf space for this thing. However, the guns angle upwards, so there’s a lot of room in front of him you can still use.

R-Gun Powered 012

Look at that face; that clenched fist! This thing is MEAN, and it’s looking for REVENGE! (Probably on the idiot who gave him his original box-of-smarties paint scheme.)

2 comments

  1. Great looking kit,I’ve never seen it before so I might get one if it’s cheap,nice review as well.Thanks for the info.

    1. It’s not a bad kit, but it’s a pit primitive compared to the newest Gundams. It’s also, typical of Kotobukiya’s offerings, quite piecey. There are, to my mind, too many small separate pieces. Still, it is a cool looking mech, and I’d say grab one if you see it.

      Thanks for the complements, too!

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