Hate to say it but… I’m absolutely clueless about anything related to the Advance of Zeta stuff ahaha. I just know that the Hazel is one of the boxiest MS I’ve ever seen and it has been on my to-get list for awhile… just didn’t bother to because I didn’t know a single thing about it. Wait wait… isn’t this thing actually a GM?!
The Hazel II was one of three models given to me by a fellow comrade. Since I didn’t assemble this, I can’t really say if it was difficult or not ^^;. I can tell you that it comes with six runners and the level of assembly is that of 1/100 and almost borderline early MG. There are many little pieces to fill in the little details! Funny how it doesn’t come with any regular fist hands so the Gundam either has to be holding a gun or the beam saber with the right, and the only left hand is open. While you might think that the giant tail binder might make it backheavy but the model can surprisingly hold it up well. It does tend to tilt back if touched with the tail binder all the way up but that’s physics.
Two heads. I like how he painted the sensors with metallic green as opposed to using foil stickers :D. The water slide decals add a nice touch of class to the model as well.
The finer details of this model is where the original modeler and I differ. The original modeler did a nice job of adding color accents to thrusters, pipes, cables, bolts, markers, and all the little things whereas Iwould’ve left it as is ^^;. I see we agree on the same “screw foil stickers” policy and paint in what we could to avoid using it. The biggest difference is the way we do panel lines. I make sure mine is thin and light whereas his is a little thicker (but nowhere near dalong thick). I also must say…the use of semi-gloss on the Gundam and matte on the white backpack gives it a rather nice feel and look; shiny where it should be and matte where appropriate.
This is one funny looking beam rifle but unique nonetheless. I wasn’t digging how easy the hand can pop open when I twist the wrist.
GM Rifle and Booster Shield
The GM rifle looks like it just goes pew pew pew. Not very badass for this Gundam. The shield looks pretty awesome though ^^.
Beam Saber (my favorite shot ^^)
Nice of Bandai to include a real beam for the beam saber as opposed to a plastic toothpick. The peg on the beam saber looks like it can break very easily though if shoved in incorrectly. I really hate how the hand holds the beam saber; why the hell is the thumb sticking up on it? I know this is the case for like…almost all 1/144 models.
This is certainly a fun little kit. It looks great (well proportioned), feels sturdy and has great articulation despite the clunky and boxy looks, though the ankle can use a few more degrees of vertical rotation. The weapons aren’t all that fun either and the beam rifle hand is a bit on the loose side. With some finer attention to detail, this model can pretty much be a miniature MG. Can’t really complain or nitpick much about this simple kit that cost under $20.