Bandai MG 1/100 MSA-0011 Ex-S Gundam

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Good evening, all. This will be my first ever build log for anything I've ever done, so please bear with me.

First, a little history on this particular unit, since I know the Gundams aren't very popular around here ( or so it seems ) ...




"The MSA-0011[Ext] Ex-S Gundam (aka Extraordinary-Superior Gundam) is an upgraded version of the MSA-0011 S Gundam that appears in Gundam Sentinel. The mobile suit is piloted by Ryu Roots."

" By adding several new armor, weapons, and engine modules the engineers of Taskforce Alpha's Pegasus III were able to upgrade the basic MSA-0011 S Gundam into the super powerful Ex-S Gundam. The Ex-S Gundam has almost double the power of the original S Gundam, making it a fearsome unit indeed. The Ex-S Gundam still had three cockpits, but Ryu Roots was the only person who piloted the mobile suit, and due to Ryu's poor piloting skills it was up to ALICE, the Ex-S Gundam's highly advanced artificial intelligence combat computer, to do most of the fighting against more skilled opponents.
With ALICE functioning as the co-pilot of the Ex-S Gundam "she" was constantly getting more advanced. ALICE was constantly growing in comprehension and depth, and was swiftly evolving into something more akin to a fully rationalizing and thinking creature than a simple machine. ALICE could still take full control of the Ex-S Gundam, or any of its various components or weapons, at any time, and would begin to do so constantly at times when "she" felt the Ex-S or Ryu were threatened. ALICE proved to be a useful co-pilot of the Ex-S Gundam, and "she" was more than capable of compensating for Ryu's lack of skill.

For defensive purposes the Ex-S Gundam featured additional armor on the front of the chest which afforded extra protection for the first two cockpits. This extra chest armor also featured an I-Field generator which created an invisible barrier of Minovsky Particles around the Ex-S Gundam's cockpit block which could nullify ranged beam attacks made against the mobile suit. Additional armor added onto the front of the torso also protected the third cockpit, while extra armor on both sides of the legs featured more after burners, additional propellant tanks, and thrusters.

Two new large thruster units were mounted on the Ex-S Gundam's back, giving the unit incredible thrust power and speed. Two large caliber beam cannons were mounted on both of the thruster units, giving the Ex-S Gundam two more back beam cannons than the S Gundam. The Ex-S Gundam's beam smart rifle was now attached to the front torso of the mobile suit instead of the hips, making room for the two large hip beam cannons that were optional on the S Gundam to be attached to the sides of the Ex-S Gundam's waist permanently. The Ex-S Gundam's head featured four 60mm vulcan guns, while four additional 60mm vulcans were mounted on the tail stabilizer attached to the back.

The Ex-S Gundam also had remote weaponry in the form of an incom, which was a small wire-guided red disc stored in the Ex-S Gundam's forehead that could fire beams when deployed. But the Ex-S Gundam also featured two reflector INCOMs, stored in brackets in the large knee armor, which could be deployed and guided by wire like a standard INCOM. Reflector INCOMs could not fire their own beams but instead were able to reflect incoming beam fire from the Ex-S Gundam or another unit, and redirect it in another direction. Lastly, for use in melee combat situations, the Ex-S Gundam featured two beam sabers, also stored in the knee armor.

Like its predecessor, the Ex-S Gundam was also capable of undergoing a transformation into a waverider mode of sorts, but unlike the S Gundam, which divided into three separate components, the Ex-S Gundam re-combined into one large unit called the G-Cruiser. For its size, the G-Cruiser was incredibly fast and the Ex-S Gundam would travel in this mode whenever it needed to travel over a great distance in a short amount of time. To conserve the fuel of the Ex-S Gundam for use in actual combat situations the G-Cruiser had two large propellant tanks mounted in the front over the Ex-S Gundam's shoulders. These extra fuel tanks would be jettisoned when the G-Cruiser would reach the battlefield and transform into the Ex-S Gundam. "




Sorry if that was a bit much. But I like giving as much info as possible... So on to the model itself, and sorry about image quality. I like in a sub floor apartment with crap lighting... and some were taken with the lights off cause the kiddo was asleep.

Here's some box art and the internals




 

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The base..



The beginning of the chest cavity / one of the core fighters



Core fighter # 1 complete



Both core fighters completed.




That's all for tonight. I'll update more tomorrow. :)
 

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I've got one of these kits that I haven't opened yet, so I will be following with heavy interest. :)
 

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Looks like a lot of work ahead. But off to a decent start
 

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ronrod62 said:
Off to a good start kiddo. Keep it up ;D
Thanks pop, make your way out here and I'll see to it that you get an MG Nu or MG Unicorn Destroy Ver Ka.

Quaralane said:
Looks like a lot of work ahead. But off to a decent start
This isn't far from the truth. I think I kinda went about it the wrong way, but time will tell when it comes for gap filling and painting. First Gundam ever so we'll see how bad I wreck it. ;)

ModelMakerMike said:
I've got one of these kits that I haven't opened yet, so I will be following with heavy interest. :)
Thanks for following!

Ravhin said:
That thing is EXceSsive ;D
It is for sure. But it will look good on my desk once it's done ( I hope )
 

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Good evening, folks. Got a few things done today. Would have done more but had some fitting issues. So here we go!

Here's the beginning of the hip section.




Here you can see how the core fighter " docks " with the leg section...



Here it is, docked..



How bout some stabilizers?








And finally, resting on its base so we can build the rest on that. Next to a satellite speaker from the Logitech X 530 set for size.



Thanks for viewing, and any C&C are welcome!
 

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I know little to nothing about Gundam, but I know that looks SWEET!
Intense looking kit too..., how many parts is that?
 

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Myke said:
I know little to nothing about Gundam, but I know that looks SWEET!
Intense looking kit too..., how many parts is that?
I honestly couldn't tell you. I'd have to say at least 500 considering all the runners, likely more. My google fu is failing me right now so the best I could tell you is, A TON. Thanks for viewing!
 

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Looks good. Might have to try one sometime. Keep up the good job.
 

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ronrod62 said:
Looks good. Might have to try one sometime. Keep up the good job.
If you do, be wary of the joints. I've noticed the moving parts wear out the quickest there and they don't hold their position. I'm considering laying down some stiff wire under all the panels to correct that issue.
 

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Looks like a nice kit. I have a few but I have not really ventured into these kits that much.
 

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Good afternoon, everyone. I haven't posted the last few days, but I have been building. So I think I'll just get a photodump going and then we should be caught up for the day...

Getting in some footwork...





Now for some legs...





 

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Starting the chest cavity / head






This will end up being the nose when it's transformed into its cruiser mode. It attaches to the back and swings forward during transformation.




Beginning of the head piece...







The boosters




That's it for now... will have some more tonight. C&C welcome!! :D
 

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Coming along nicely. Keep up the good job kiddo. ;D
 

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That's some "Fancy Footwork" there....and the rest looks pretty darned awesome!
;D ;D ;D
 

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Lots and lots of parts going together here. Keep posting!
 

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