It must be because I was really enjoying Iron Blooded Orphans so much that I decided to try out Bandai’s latest line of model kits – “HiRM Hi-Resolution Model”.Box is nice and glossy. Inside, the pre-built frame is hiding in its own box, with the armour and weapon parts on runners as normal. When you pick up the frame you can feel the use of metal parts in how heavy it is. I did look to see how far I could disassemble it, but although the arms and legs come off easily, the actual structure was a bit hard to get into, so I just left it as is. I did however use some thinned Tamiya smoke to bring out some of the details, and Tamiya Weathering master light gunmetal just to hide some of that plastic look. Most of the plastic parts you’re going to cut out and add to the kit have special coatings. The white armour pieces have a lovely glossy pearl finish. The blue and red are nice metallic colours, and the gold is also pretty decent. However, I found the finish on the blue pieces a bit delicate. In handling, I managed to rub off some of the blue leaving the chrome visible. I decided to re-paint all the blue pieces with Tamiya clear blue paint. Here you can see the re-painted blue pieces. I also gloss coated the red pieces with Future Finish to protect them for the build. There’s lots of detail on the armour parts and really nice colour separation. The red logos are all separate pieces of clear red plastic with a silver painted back to reflect the light. I panel lined most of the pieces ahead of assembly. The knife-edges on the back of the knees are also another special coated plastic. They have a nice metallic gunmetal sheen to them. Nearly there! Most of the armour parts are sufficiently under-gated making nub removal safe and easy. There’s a few normal gates, but for the most part they’re hidden away on the kit, so the end result is great, even though I’m doing a mostly unpainted build. Great details and articulation on the legs and feet. More nice detail on the skirt armour. With just a little panel lining with Tamiya smoke, the details really pop. There are working hydraulics all over this kit. The parts separation really helps add to the kit. Although the grey plastic has no special finish, it looks really great against the dark frame and pearl white. The backpack was a fun build. I couldn’t leave the pistons and hydraulics the default brown plastic, so I quickly painted them up with Alclad pale gold and polished aluminium. The articulation on the backpack is to hold the weapons, and deliver them to the hands. They hold the massive sword quite easily. I used Alcald flat on the sword, then took to the edges with Uschii chrome powder. Complete, Barbatos is a very impressive Gundam.The gun is pretty large too. I left the brown plastic as-is, just adding details with Tamiya smoke. The black plastic parts were painted with Tamiya gunmetal. I’ll top-coat it all with Alclad flat, and then go over the edges with Tamiya Weathering master oil-stain and light gunmetal.
I’m just getting my nice photo setup back in action, so hopefully I’ll soon be able to get some better photos of my recently completed kits online.