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Gacha-Nen 2.0

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  • Member since
    May, 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Gacha-Nen 2.0
Posted by Real G on Friday, April 19, 2019 1:06 PM

I recently got a box of Maschinen Krieger mini kits that sell under the label of "Gacha-nen".  They come in a blind box capsule so you don't know which one of three designs you get.  There are four colors (light blue, yellow, green and brown) and six decals.  Like Pokemon, gotta get em all!  If you buy the whole box as I did, you do get all three designs in all four colors, but the decals are truly random, so I ended up not getting one of the six.

https://flic.kr/p/RL6RXg] [/url]Gachanen-01 by N.T. Izumi, on Flickr

https://flic.kr/p/24UVmXZ] [/url]Gachanen-02 by N.T. Izumi, on Flickr

https://flic.kr/p/Tof1m1] [/url]Gachanen-05 by N.T. Izumi, on Flickr

The kits are 1/35 scale injection molded and include instructions.  The decals are waterslide.

I did a quick assemble of two of the kits, the Strahl Demokratisch Republik's PKA H.0 (the one that has an OH-6 Cayuse helo for a body) and a Mercenary "Raccoon" Super Armored Fighting Suit (the one that looks like a toilet).  The pink guy is a "Snake Eye" from a previous Gachanen release.  (Edit:  Pinky scales out to the same size as the curent Fireball SG kit, so my bad!)  The two newer kits feature blanking plates (not yet fitted to the PKA H.0) for their inner legs, something that Pinky did not.

https://flic.kr/p/RNyN74] [/url]Gachanen-16 by N.T. Izumi, on Flickr

Note that the kits in the photo do not have their detail bits added yet.

For little kits they are surprisingly well detailed and you could go nuts with detailing them further.  The decals include teeny stenciling in addition to unit markings, the only caveat is that no paint/marking guides are provided.  MaK fans will have references to do them "proper", but these little kits were intended to be built any way you want.  Creator Kow Yokoyama even says "There are no rules!" on one of the instruction sheets.

  • Member since
    September, 2006
  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Friday, April 19, 2019 5:27 PM

Yeah, a lot of MaK builders are getting these sets and building them up eagerly.  They're nice little kits, and fit with the previously released 1/35 suits that were included in some of the AFV kits (was one a 1/35 Oskar with 2 suits?).  Plus you get those cool plastic balls and round sprues, which have all kinds of possibilities for scratchbuilding or kitbashing.

 

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  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, April 22, 2019 5:39 PM

Neat! I've seen these capsule kits on HLJ and wondered what they were. Those are really cool!

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

  • Member since
    May, 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Monday, April 22, 2019 5:50 PM

Here's the PHA H.0 with a few more parts added.

https://flic.kr/p/2edmGpx] [/url]Gachanen-18 by N.T. Izumi, on Flickr

The exhaust guard on the standing rocket (Panzerschreck) was molded solid, so a conical hole was drilled out from the back and then the areas between the supports were trimmed away.  I'm not completely done yet, as some area still need refinement.

  • Member since
    May, 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 1:03 PM

Here are quick paste-ups of the other two in the set, the Raccoon recon suit and the Fireball SG space combat suit:

https://flic.kr/p/2edmGxP] [/url]Gachanen-20 by N.T. Izumi, on Flickr

The Raccoon reminds me of the character Johan Krauss from the second Ron Perlman "Hellboy".

https://flic.kr/p/2eviaq1] [/url]Gachanen-19 by N.T. Izumi, on Flickr

I think my camera phone will have an easier time focusing when they are primed and painted.  These kits are very detailed for 1/35, and only lack small cables and antenna wire, which will be easy to source.

 

  • Member since
    May, 2013
  • From: From the Mit, but live in Mason, O high ho
Posted by hogfanfs on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 1:06 PM

Real,

They look really cool! About what size are they? 1.5" - 2"?

 Bruce

 

 On the bench:  1/48 Eduard MiG-21MF

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  • Member since
    May, 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 2:41 PM

Yeah about there.  I’ll take a ruler to them tonight.

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, April 25, 2019 11:14 AM

Thanks for the additional photos. Some really nice detail there for smaller kits. 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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