Wednesday, September 17, 2014

System Base 001 Part 1

One super large part after another

Reviewing another unique plamo kit this time, after King Exkaiser from Kabaya's Brave Legend Brave Gum shokugan set in the previous posting. ^^ Not a mecha on it own, but it's mighty useful to support other completed model kits, and action figures. ^^

System Base 001
Production company: Bandai
Release date: December 2011
Price: 900 Yen (exclusive of tax).
Official link

I must say, the makeshift display platform I put together for MG Sinanju Ver. Ka using Soul Stage Act 3 Action Support Clear Type in its final posting was the inspiration for me to start working on this special base. ^^ As with many other model kits in my collection, I got this kit because I like its creative design. However, the kit never landed on my list as a priority to complete, mainly because a specialized standing platform never seemed too important to have when I can improvise on what I already own to get a somewhat decent base for my model kits or action figures to stand on (like the case with MG Sinanju Ver. Ka), not to mention a standing pose is only one single pose, while other more dynamic, random action poses can be handled by other display stands. ^^ In the end, like many others in my collection again, this kit got sidelined as one of those projects I have plan for in the unknown future. XD The organization of weapons for MG Sinanju Ver. Ka reminded me of this display base set, and prompted me to "schedule" it as the second plamo to work on this month. ^^

This gray version is the pilot release of the System Base series, from the Builders Parts line. When it first came out in December 2011, it seemed very much like a standalone kit. "How many other colors a standing base that simulates a MS hangar should be in?" was what I thought for a while when pondering about possible variants that might came out of it. Not surprisingly though, two color variants, gunmetal, and white were eventually released, in February last year to be exact. ^^ I'm more interested in the novelty of the display base's gimmicks instead of its actual function, so I don't foresee fancying a whole bunch of this kit to assemble a factory of some sort for my model kits. ^^

Closeup on the completed, and painted System Base 001 on the box art.

Logo of the Builders Parts series.

Painted details of the base on the box art.

Suggestion on the base's usage, featuring HGUC Unicorn Gundam [Destroy Mode], and RG 1/144 Gundam RX-78-2, with a preview of the base's expansion feature is being shown as well.

Introduction of the kit on the box sides.

Comparison with the box of HGUC Gelgoog Jäger.

System Base 001's box is slightly shorter than that of HGUC Gelgoog Jäger.

It's also a bit shorter in comparison too.

System Base 001 has a sticker of Bandai's address printed in English plastered over the same info in Japanese on the box side (left image). ^^ The reason to provide that "translation" - the only one on the entire box is not very clear. ^^


All runners of this kit.

A look at the different runners in this kit:

Runners A1 (left), and A2.

The one-piece part for the side panel is huge! It's probably the biggest single-piece model kit part I have encountered so far. ^^

The exact size of the side panel: 18cm (height) x 10cm (depth). ^^

(Left) Some molded mechanical details on the outward-facing side of the panel.
(Right) Each panel has two rows of pin slots molded on them. The slots can be used to attach optional racks that hold weapons beside the base.

Hollow slits on the fake hydraulic pipe are not exactly pleasant to look at. ^^;

Inward-facing side of the panel.

(Left) Fixed bar-like details molded inside the cavities near the top pillar.
(Right) Large slots for the base's bottom pegs, which are used to adjust the rear plate's position on the entire base.

Runner B

Plenty more fake hydraulic pipes of different sizes can be found on the parts, mainly the two large pillars of the rear plate.

(Left) The standing platform parts are rigged with sunken vent details.
(Right) Each of the four weapon racks have a row of pin slots molded on it. Its design and size are identical to that on the side panel mentioned earlier on.

Runner C1

(Left) Clip parts that will function as weapon mount racks on the completed base.
(Right) Tube-like connectors parts to link between the bottom bases, when you have more than one set of System Base 001.

A fake hydraulic pipe can seen in the middle of the standing platform's expansion part.

Runner C2 (right)

The main base on this runner, is an even larger one-piece part as compared to the side panel on A1. ^^

The exact size of the main base: 16cm (width) x 10cm (depth). ^^

The instruction manual.

Unlike the ones included for regular Gunplas, System Base 001's instruction manual uses blue for its text and images. ^^
For some reason, the design style is very close to that of the HCM-Pro series (example: 00 Gundam).

Smaller-sized removed parts are organized and stored in separate paper containers.

A very rough, incomplete build of the base to get an idea of about its size. ^^

Comparison with Lacus Clyne from MS Gundam Seed Heroines 9.

All the narrow slits that form the parts' mechanical details, plus those in hard-to-reach spots that are perceivably difficult to detail using a normal panel liner, are done using Tamiya's Panel Line Accent Color (Black).

Will start to work on those hollow slits molded on all the fake hydraulic pipes next. ^^

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