Series: High Grade Universal
Century (HGUC) 1/144
Title: MS-06Fs Zaku II Garma Zabi Custom
Release Date: 09/2002
Suggested Price: ¥ 1000
No. of Parts: 92 + polycaps + paper stickers Plastic colors: dark green, red-brown, gray,
black Gimmicks: heat hawk, heat hawk holster, 120mm
machine gun, Zaku bazooka, Magella Top cannon
Contributor: Carlos "Cardi Doorl" Dieguez
Date: January 15, 2004
The head is simple: only seven parts and a sticker for the monoeye.
There is no way to turn the monoeye. This is quite an annoyance,
as the completed model will forever look in the same direction.
Other than that, there are no noticeable seam lines. As is common
with model heads, some pieces are fragile.
The torso has two seam lines down the sides, but, fortunately,
these are usually covered up by the arms in the completed version.
Since the hip and torso are one piece, this model is incapable
of pivoting at the waist. The torso is also low-detail, most noticeably
so in the backpack, which lacks thrusters. There are pegs to connect
the arms, and ball joints for the head and legs. A latch can be
found on the rear skirt armor to store the Zaku bazooka, but once
the backpack is in place, it becomes a hassle to pull out.
The most notable aspect of the arms is that they can fold forward,
so that the right shoulder's shield can protect the torso, or
the left shoulder's spiked dome can prepare for ramming. Seam
lines can be seen on the shoulder dome and forearms. The hands
are the two-pieced types, with two versions of each. (a clenched
hand for the heat hawk, weapon side grips, and Magella Top cannon,
and a hand with the trigger finger extended for the 120mm machine gun
and the Zaku bazooka) The joints at the elbows, wrist, and shoulders
move smoothly and do not fall off much. Overall, the arms are
sturdy, but not much to look at.
the leg mobility is not impeded by the coolant cables or skirt
armor. Seam lines are hard to notice. The knees are double-jointed
and bend smoothly. Unlike many of my HG models, the legs have
no problem staying attached to the hip joints. To account for
the common problem with ducking among models, the ankles can extend,
allowing this Zaku to take a knee with ease. However, the pose
looks somewhat unnatural, even awkward.
heat hawk is little more than an annoyance. It fits very loose
in the Zaku's hands, so it slides out easily. The holster for
the heat hawk is a headache. I have found no way to keep it attached
to the skirt armor where it belongs; it invariably slips right
out. On the plus side, the other weapons are fine. The 120mm
machine gun is comprised of six pieces, including a folding side
grip and adjustable scope. Positioned right, the Zaku can look
quite fierce with the machine gun. It's also nicely detailed. The
five-piece Magella Top cannon is fine, too, with a cap in the
front to make the barrel seem hollow. The Zaku bazooka has a folding
side grip and adjustable scope, with caps to make the barrel seem
If you keep in mind that this model is merely an HGUC, it's quite
fine. As with most, if not all, 1/144 scale models, this is best
for beginners, while expert builders would probably feel disappointed.
This was one of my earliest models, so I enjoyed it. Just remember
that it's HGUC 1/144, so don't expect the detail of a Master Grade
or Perfect Grade.