In this post, I will discuss the difference between
1. MG Strike Freedom Gundam (SFG)
2. MG Strike Freedom Gundam Special Version (Special SFG)
Now, one obvious difference is the price (about $20). But nearly 73 bucks for MG gundam??
What is the difference indeed?
I am using photos some from dalong.net as reference. Plus I took some photos of my own for your viewing pleasure.
First difference is that the Special SFG will come with extra stand so you can do this!
Second difference is the inner frame of Special SFG is gold plated so that you can enjoy the awesome, "anime-like", sparkly gold frame views!!! (well supposely).... but wait a minute..:( ?
Here is a front and back frame shots of Special SFG. Notice something?
So these are it? Not the whole body frame?.... that's sad.
Due to uneven-ness of gold plated parts, Special SFG present these following gold color schemes..some are gold plated, some are not.... to me that is a deal breaker (These none-gold plated frame color looks the same as the color of runny-poo my dogs create when they are sick! LOL)
Legs too (runny, yellow poo!! BOO)
Now, enough with the negative talks. What will I do to address this..? Well to me, the answer was "Krylon Spray Paint: Metallic Brilliant Gold" from wal-mart!... If you do this, please make sure that spray paint is safe for the plastic, other wise your gundam WILL FALL APART!
First, I cut out all the runners of SFG (normal version) and secured them on the cardboard using masking tapes (Also, I took the photos below so that I can easily find them later. Also, noticed how yellow these original parts are? Click for the larger photos).
Next, I gave two light coats to cover the parts (Both front and back). When you do this, make sure it is light (I mean "LIGHT" applications, keep them about a foot away from the parts, then just go side to side fast so that there are no dripping of paints on the parts. If you do, some of the frame details will be covered by it) applications.
It turned out vey nicely (This is practically same as airbrushing). Click to view larger pictures.
Here are some frame shots of "SFG: Zebu's Special Version" lol.
1. Gold plated frame
2. Very evenly painted (no irregularity)
3. Gold plated parts are (in my opinion of course) not as bright, but definately not that yellowish ugly poo color of normal SFG.
Sustained from Normal SFG
1. No extra stand to do that cool action shot display.
2. ALL mobility preserved. Paint job did NOT altered the mobility.
*Note: Except for the last photo, I did not change any brightness and/or contrast of the photos so what you see is pretty much what it look under normal desktop lamp light. Click to view larger photos.
Pretty isn't it?