HG 1/144 MVF-M11C Murasame – Review

HG 1/144 MVF-M11C Murasame - Complete!

It’s taken a fair bit of work but I think this could well be my favourite kit to date! Image laden review goodness inside.

Details
This is a really well designed kit and the fact they’ve managed to make it transformable even though it’s an HG is pretty impressive! Most pieces have plenty of panel lines to keep you busy and also need a bit of paint if you aren’t interested in using the foil stickers provided. Being brave enough to try masking and spray painting with this kit has yielded some awesome results! I’ve hijacked an upainted shot from Dalong for comparison.

Unpainted Murasame

Murasame back view

Went a little nuts with the custom decals as you can see!

Weapons
Murasame comes armed with a beam rifle which can be mounted to the hip, a single beam saber which is also hip mounted and 4 wing-mounted missiles which were a nightmare to paint! It’s arm-mounted shield would also make a pretty decent weapon thanks to that pointy tip.

Murasame


Articulation

As you can imagine, those wings do get in the way a little even when fully folded back but it’s no biggie. Legs have some great movement especially in the feet. Sadly the hips are a little constrained by the rear skirt but again, that’s not really the selling point of this one.

This is…

TRANSFORMATION!

Remove the head...
Remove the head…

And the arms...
And the arms…

Flip the chest up...
Flip the chest up…

Next you remove the legs and lower half to attach this special piece
Next you remove the legs and lower half to attach this special piece for the legs during waverider mode

Reattach the legs
Reattach the legs to get something seriously stupid looking

Reattach the torso
Reattach the torso, nearly there now!

Snap the shield onto the front
Snap the shield onto the front

Finally, the legs and feet have to be adjusted, fold out the wings and you're good to go!
Finally, the legs and feet have to be adjusted, now fold out the wings and you’re good to go!

Ikimasu! So cool
Ikimasu! So cool.

With all the painting this kit feels like it’s taken forever, but it’s so worth it! The design is awesome, the colour scheme is great too with the custom decals complimenting the look. Lots more pics below.

HG 1/144 MVF-M11C Murasame - Complete!

HG 1/144 MVF-M11C Murasame - Complete!

HG 1/144 MVF-M11C Murasame - Complete!

HG 1/144 MVF-M11C Murasame - Complete!

HG 1/144 MVF-M11C Murasame - Complete!

HG 1/144 MVF-M11C Murasame - Complete!

HG 1/144 MVF-M11C Murasame - Complete!

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12 Comments

  1. BlackSun88
    07/03/2010
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    so the head and arm is removed during the transformation? thats kinda disappoiting but i always like the MA design of this suit ^^

    • 07/03/2010
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      Yeah it’s a bit of a shame but I think it would’ve been pretty much impossible to implement on an HG. It’s unlikely but maybe one day it’ll get the MG treatment, I can dream right? 🙂

  2. 07/03/2010
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    It’s transformation is very cool indeed. Great job on it. Painting is nice and sharp. ^ ^

    • 08/03/2010
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      Thanks Flawless! 🙂 I was very pleasantly surprised how well masking actually works, believe me though I did had a few angry moments!

  3. 08/03/2010
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    nice site here.. that is why i like murasame so much.. it don’t even need part swapping for the transformation to MA mode

    • 08/03/2010
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      Cheers! Indeed no part swapping but I have to find a safe place for the head and arms so I don’t lose them 🙂

  4. rich
    11/03/2010
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    nice figure, well done and good build log! all this and from a fellow leeds gunpla! thought i was the only one in england, as this is a lonely hobby in this country!
    keep them coming!

    • 11/03/2010
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      Thanks alot! And wow small world, guess there are more of us than we think 🙂 found anywhere that actually sells kits for a decent price over here?

      • rich
        11/03/2010
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        not yet , so i just import the things from hong kong. works out cheaper in the long run.
        gundammad are “cough” rather too expensive at the moment!started with hg 1/144, then hg 1/100, now into mg!!!!!! maybe pg one day,if the bank allows…

        • 12/03/2010
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          Good plan, I usually just stock up when I visit Japan but no trip over this year 🙁 I have plenty to keep me busy though!

          Yeah gundammad are a bit shocking, not mention a real lack of long term stock, it’s as if they only get a few of everything or something.

          Do you have a site or any shots of your kits? Sounds like you’ve built alot! I tend to flit between grades depending on what kit I want to build, MGs are always a treat!

  5. rich
    12/03/2010
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    try symphonyofruin.wordpress.com.
    still very much in its infancy , but ive build 3 1/144 ending with the exia(fantastic build!), and a 1/100 sword strike that im in the process of pla plating at the moment. only simple mods but its a start , before i get the airbrush and compessor out and really attack one.
    also on with a 1/144 red frame astray and zaku at the mo.
    loads to do , so little time!
    drop me an email if you need any advice , ive been modelling for years!

    • 13/03/2010
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      Awesome I shall keep an eye in it and will be sure to badger you if need pointers, cheers 🙂

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