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Bandai 1/144 HG00 GNX-609T GN-X III ESF Type

$25.99 AUD
1/144 HG GN-X III ESF Type: Blue-gray Earth Sphere Federation variant of the powerful GN-X III. Features iconic Trans-Am mode, versatile weapons, and excellent articulation. Great for Gundam 00 fans and model builders who love unique color schemes.
Key features

1. Exclusive Blue-Gray Color Scheme:

This kit boasts a striking blue-gray color scheme, signifying its affiliation with the Earth Sphere Federation, contrasting with the standard GN-X III's white and blue.

2. Unique GN Lance Weapon:

The ESF Type comes equipped with a versatile GN Lance, which can transform between a powerful melee weapon and a long-range beam rifle, expanding its combat options.

3. Enhanced GN Drives and Trans-Am Mode:

The ESF Type features improved GN Drives, granting it even greater power and speed, further enhanced by its iconic Trans-Am mode with glowing red GN Drives.

Series Assembly Guide FAQ

Bandai 1/144 HG00 GNX-609T GN-X III ESF Type

Introduced in the second season of "Gundam 00," the blue-gray GN-X III is the Earth Sphere Federation's mass-produced Mobile Suit used by the peacekeeping army. This HG kit shares the same mold as the GN-X III A-Laws Type but has a different color scheme. Upon completion, it can be equipped with its GN Lance, which can switch between lance mode and rifle mode. Other weaponry includes two GN Beam Sabers, a GN Beam Rifle, and a GN Shield. A sheet of foil stickers is provided for detail. 

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Assembly Guide

Skill Level.2 Basic modeling skills are required. Parental supervision may be required for younger children. These kits are generally suitable for beginner builders. A basic set of modeling tools are required including nippers, hobby knife, sanding sticks/paper, file, and tweezers. No glue is needed for the general assembly. Parts will need to be removed by using a pair of nippers and cutting the part away from the runner. Parts may require clean-up where they were removed from the runner.

Gunpla (plastic model kits) are a snap together assembly and do not need plastic cement to complete. We always recommend having some plastic cement handy as a part of your modeler's tool kit. If you prefer to fix your model in a particular pose then plastic cement will work. Plastic cement is also perfect to use if a joint is loose. Apply plastic cement in a single thin layer and allow it to dry completely before test fitting. Re-apply more cement if necessary.

Gunpla (plastic model kits) are designed to be built and displayed without the need for painting. Kits are molded in different colours replicating the colours of the actual mecha from the Gundam series. A technique called colour separation, where multiple parts of the model are molded in different colours on the same sprue is also used. Gundam kits often include stickers or water-slide decals that can be applied to the model to enhance its appearance. Some Gunpla kits come with pre-painted parts or parts with pre-applied details, such as metallic or translucent finishes.

Many modelers still choose to paint their kits to customize and add further detail. Painting allows for more creativity and personalization, enabling modelers to achieve unique effects, weathering, and colour schemes that may not be available out of the box. However, the kits are designed to be enjoyable and visually appealing even without painting, making them accessible to a wide range of hobbyists.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between the GN-X III ESF Type and the standard GN-X III?

The primary difference between the GN-X III ESF Type and the standard GN-X III is the color scheme. The ESF Type features a blue-gray color scheme, reflecting its affiliation with the Earth Sphere Federation, while the standard GN-X III is usually white and blue. There may also be minor variations in the weapons or accessories included with each kit.

Does the GN-X III ESF Type come with any unique weapons?

While the GN-X III ESF Type shares most of its armaments with the standard GN-X III, including the GN Beam Rifle, GN Shield, and GN Beam Sabers, it may come with a specific weapon unique to its ESF role. This could be a different type of beam rifle, a special GN-X bit, or other equipment tailored to its mission objectives.

Is the GN-X III ESF Type more poseable than the standard GN-X III?

The articulation of both the GN-X III ESF Type and the standard GN-X III is generally considered excellent. Both kits boast double-jointed elbows and shoulders for smooth arm movement, along with good range of motion in the legs and head. However, there may be slight differences in specific joint tolerances, which could affect the overall posability for some builders.

Is the GN-X III ESF Type a good kit for beginners?

While not the most complex kit, the GN-X III ESF Type still requires some model kit assembly experience. Its smaller size and some delicate parts might be challenging for absolute beginners. If you haven't built other HG kits before, it's recommended to start with a simpler model first.

Is the GN-X III ESF Type worth the price?

The price of the GN-X III ESF Type might be slightly higher than the standard GN-X III due to its exclusive color scheme and potential unique weapons. However, for fans of the Earth Sphere Federation and the GN-X series in general, the additional cost might be justified for the unique variant. Ultimately, the value proposition depends on your individual preferences and budget.