Build – MG 1/100 RGM-79G GM Command Colony Type

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.

Kit Details

Name: MG 1/100 RGM-79G GM Command (Colony Type)
Series: Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket/Universal Century
Released: 2017
Manufactured By: Bandai
Purchased From: Sam’s Model Kits
Price: PhP 1,750.00

Box Art

I really like this box art. I might try looking for an official print or something.

Box Side
Premium Decal Sheet

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.

Tools Used

  • Side Cutters
  • Precision Knife
  • Scissors
  • Gundam Marker (Black)
  • Rag
  • Sandpaper (1200 & 2000 Grit)
  • Isopropyl Alcohol
  • Water
  • Tweezers
  • Decal Setting Solution

Build Documentation

Runners
More Runners

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.

Getting into the groove
Head
Torso
Waist
Arms
Partial Assembly
Feet
Legs
Backpack

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.

Completed Assembly

Profile
Front
Back
Left
Right

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.

Upper
Walk
Drop
Assault
Kneel

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

Front Upper
Back
Legs

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.

Size Comparisons

1/100 Size Comparison (Deathscythe Hell EW & FA-78 Full Armor Gundam TB Ver. Ka)
1/100 Display (with NG IBO 1/100 Kits)

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
+Great articulation
+Secure joint connections
+Cool shield
+Affordable
-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.

– D

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