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Author Topic: Max Factory 1/72 Combat Armor Dougram  (Read 967 times)

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Max Factory 1/72 Combat Armor Dougram
« on: February 11, 2014, 03:32:55 PM »

Max Factory 1/72 Combat Armor Dougram

Year of release: Jan 2014
Release number: Combat Armors Max 01
Size & weight: 310mm L x 195mm W x 75mm H, 367gr
Approx cost: $43
Origin: Fang of the Sun Dougram
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Re: Max Factory 1/72 Combat Armor Dougram
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2014, 03:54:15 PM »

This is Max Factory's first foray into model kits. Up until now you would have known them for amoungst other things the Nedoroid line. They are supposedly doing a number of mecha from Fang of the Sun Dougram and I hope the rest are as good as this. Battletech fans will know this as the original Shadow Hawk.

The kit comes with a fantastic set of art work done by none other Tenjin Hidetaka, the person responsible for most of the Bandai Gundam and Hasegawa Macross art work. The kit is made in China and whilst Max Factory may have a hand in the design the parts themselves are surely made by Kotobukiya. The box markings, the instructions, the way the sprues are made & packed all smell of Koto. It would not be feasible for Max Factory to set up a manufacturing site just for this kit so they are getting someone to make it for them.

The parts themselves are nicely molded although the sprues are a bit thick in places and are full size right up to some of the parts which will make trimming all that more difficult. It is molded in a number of colours. Dark blue, grey green, off white and red. It has three canopies, two are completely clear and one comes with the frame painted (another Koto gimmick). Why it has three is not obvious in the instructions. It also comes with a reasonable set of water slide decals.

Apart from the upper legs and the cannon there are no seams to deal with so it would look pretty good just snapped and in fact the instructions show three different studio models. One snapped and decaled, one fully painted with all the seams cleaned up and one weathered just like the Tenjin box art.

All in all a great kit apart from the price and I hope they get the other ones underway pretty soon.

Edit: I've just checked the Good Smile site trying to find any more info on the other kits in the series and there was an announcement about the release of this kit and it was going to held in the Kotobukiya Building in Akihabara so I think that pretty well confirms that Koto are making this for Max Factory/Good Smile.
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