I’ve been eyeing this one for almost two months until I finally caved in and bought it. I was holding myself back because of how much I spent on the FA-78 kit (review still pending, please understand). I pretty much stopped buying 1/144 Gunpla kits after that one so I can have enough money to spend for a few 1/100 kits including this GM.
I was pretty excited to dive into this build since it was going to be my first ever GM kit. The fact that I haven’t gotten my hands on a single GM before this surprised me since I am a huge GM fanboy. I ended up compensating for that because I now have the MG Jesta for my next build project.
Name: MG 1/100 RGM-79G GM Command (Colony Type)
Series: Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket/Universal Century
Manufactured By: Bandai
Purchased From: Sam’s Model Kits
Price: PhP 1,750.00
I really like this box art. I might try looking for an official print or something.
The kit comes with a set of clear stickers, but I bought the premium decal sheet instead. The sticker sheet marking options are the same as the decals, but I just prefer the final look and feel of waterslide decals. It also includes some foil stickers for the green markings on the head camera, eye, rifle scope and backpack.
- Side Cutters
- Precision Knife
- Gundam Marker (Black)
- Sandpaper (1200 & 2000 Grit)
- Isopropyl Alcohol
- Decal Setting Solution
I made sure to wash all the runners properly before starting the build. I usually skimp on this step because I am lazy, but I went ahead and did it because the model deserves every bit of care I could give it.
I couldn’t recall anything that made things frustrating during the build. I appreciated the mechanical detail that they put into the inner frame design (which I forgot to take pictures of lol). I’m a bit worried about the arm movement mechanisms inside the torso because they look a tad too thin for full weight and pose support. The thrusters fall off a bit too easily when handled, but stay in place if the figure is given a little shake.
It should be note that the head part (near the sensor/camera) is kind of a pain in the ass to panel line. I had no idea what to do with the shoulder square panel lining so I opted to do just the edges instead of filling them completely.
At the end of the day, most GM Mobile Suits and GM-based designs are mooks. But this one manages to pull off the feeling of a diligent soldier who manages to perform his duties well without standing out too much.
The whole build process had a relaxed feel and the kit was pretty fun to assemble. This GM’s design doesn’t exactly allow for extreme engineering feats and might be considered by some as too simple, but I still got more than what I hoped for.
One surprising thing about the whole process was that I managed to avoid any hobby knife related injuries. The new knife I bought is pretty damn good, apparently. Good cuts, no rusting and the edge holds true even after 3 model kit builds.
Post Assembly – Decal Application
I almost went overboard with the decals but managed to stop myself from putting every damn warning and caution label on the kit. I also didn’t use the cockpit marker decal. Who the hell would want to point out a major vulnerability to the enemy anyway. I also opted to use the number 10 because I was born on 01/10. I originally planned to put 00 but decided against it because it would end up being too tryhard or edgy.
The kit includes a respectable amount of accessories. Two beam sabers, one rifle, one shield, and 3 rifle magazines. The double beam saber rack (normally located at the back skirt) and two rifle magazines can be stored on the shield which I think is a really nice feature.
Too bad that the GM Command Space Type is a P-Bandai release because it has a cooler backpack. I prefer the rifle for the Colony Type though, the RGM-79GS beam rifle looks like a super soaker.
Pros and Cons
+Simple but cool design, specially the head
+Secure joint connections
-Shoulder droop due to arm and accessory weight
-Beam saber handle and thruster parts fall off easily
-Stiff rear skirt limits posing possibilities a little.
I highly recommend this kit because it’s fun to build, it’s a recent release and it’s also one of the cheaper Master Grades available. Stay tuned for the Post Assembly feature where I show how I weathered this GM.