The MG Gundam Dynames is one of Bandai’s most articulated and detailed Master Grade kits to date. As the primary long-range combatant of Celestial Being in Mobile Suit Gundam 00, the Dynames Gundam is equipped with specialized sniping equipment and weapons.
Translated into Master Grade form, the MG Dynames boasts enhanced articulation and the possibility to recreate dynamic aiming and firing poses, along with special modifications to the backpack and accessories to augment its sniping abilities.
As such, building and perfecting the MG Dynames requires some specialized techniques and skills. Here are some tips and tricks to help you get the most out of this fantastic Master Grade kit:
1.Carefully Assemble the Body for Maximum Articulation
The most vital asset of Dynames Gundam is its incredible range of articulation and flexibility.
- To achieve its signature low-crouch sniping poses, you’ll need to carefully put together the legs, torso, arms, and backpack so that they have the maximum clearance and range of motion.
- When assembling the hip joint, adjust the angle so the legs can spread apart and crouch low. The thigh armor can also slide downwards for more flexibility.
- Construct the torso so it leans forward slightly to allow the head and arms to angle downwards easily.
- Use the pull-out shoulder joints so the arms clear the chest armor when aiming the rifle.
- Position the front and rear skirt armor plates on their joints so they can flip upwards during kneeling poses.
2.Customize the Backpack and Shields for Sniping Modes
A staple of the Dynames design is its angular GN full shield, which transforms into a support stand for stabilizing its long-range shots. When building the backpack:
- Use the hinge joints to adjust the shield panels into different sniping configurations. You can face them forwards, stretch them out sideways, or tilt them back.
- The rifle grip latches onto the shields for support, so position them appropriately for your desired firing pose.
- The shield segments can also rotate down or detach entirely for mobile firing stances.
3.Enhance the GN Sniper Rifle for Accuracy
No great sniper is complete without an excellent primary weapon. Make full use of the features on the MG Dynames’ 1/100 scale GN Sniper Rifle:
- The bipod on the rifle’s barrel can be folded down and lengthened for added stability when aiming. Use it in prone positions.
- For kneeling poses, the swiveling grip underneath can be tilted 90 degrees for a vertical hold.
- Remove the targeting scope before painting and detailing – it’ll be easier to handle.
- Add precision to the scope using metallic paints and a fine-tipped brush.
- Use a scriber or hobby knife to deepen the panel lines on the rifle barrel and body.
4.Customize the GN Beam Pistols and Holsters
While designed for long range, the Dynames still packs twin GN Beam Pistols for close encounters. Make them shine with these recommendations:
- Detach the pistol grips from the holsters before painting – avoid getting on the legs.
- Metallic paints like gunmetal work great on the barrels and energy caps.
- Use gold paint to accent critical areas like the triggers and side panels for added flair.
- Weathering like soot or scratches around the edges of the pistols can add realism as a secondary weapon.
- Panel line each pistol thoroughly – they feature lots of grooves despite the smaller size.
5.Apply Paints and Decals for Realistic Weathering
Although a cutting-edge Gundam, adding painted effects like chipping and weathering can make the Dynames appear battle-worn:
- Prime the white armor pieces before painting to help the colors adhere. Focus on edges and protrusions.
- Use a sponge dipped in silver paint to dab on chipped areas along the feet, shoulders, torso, and shields.
- Mix a custom grimy wash with paints and thinner, applying it across the legs, waist, and backpack to simulate dirt and soot.
- Water slide decals are great for realistic warning signs, insignia, and serial numbers. Seal carefully with Mark Softer.
- Consider broken patches on the chest, head, and arms to depict battle damage on the outer armor, revealing the internal circuitry.
6.Install LEDs for Bright Accent Lighting
LEDs can enhance the MG Dynames with bright accent lighting in several key areas. For starters, a green LED in the GN Drive turbine gives it an active, powered look when illuminated. To install it, use clear plastic cement to neatly affix the green LED into the part.
Additionally, blue LEDs work nicely in the head and chest pieces to simulate the GN particles and sensors with a cool radiant glow. Moreover, install red LEDs into the tip of the GN Sniper Rifle barrel to recreate the firing beam effect for an added dose of realism.
To control the lighting across all the various LEDs installed throughout the kit, use a primary LED circuit with watch batteries, a small switch, and resistors to manage the voltage. Finally, to make the LED lighting diffuse evenly, apply clear paint to the specific parts where the LEDs will beam through, creating a transparent light-piping effect.
With these handy tips, you’ll be sniping in style with an MG 1/100 Dynames that exemplifies the specialized design and skills of its Gundam Meister.
Carefully follow the instructions, utilize all accessory features, emphasize the signature sniping profile, and top it off with custom paints and effects to bring out Dynames’ marksman potential.
Your Master Grade collection will have an imposing new long-range combatant ready to eliminate all targets with intricate accuracy.