Blue Destiny Unit 1 + Unit 2

Unit Name: RX-79BD-1 Blue Destiny Unit 1 / RX-79BD-2 Blue Destiny Unit 2
Series: Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story: The Blue Destiny

Scale: 1/144
Grade: High Grade Universal Century (HGUC)
Completed In: 2007/2008

I originally bought the [unit 2] first in hope to participate my local modeling kit competition, but alas I couldn’t make it due to time restrictions. Around 4 months later, I purchased [unit 1] and submit it as an entry for the Gundam Mid-year Modeling Challenge 2008.
I came to learn about this series when I was playing SD Gundam G-Generation game on the Playstation and found the official manga several years later.

While [unit 2]’s frame is flat blue, I used a metallic color for [unit 1]’s frame and shield. Both unit’s eyes/visor are red, indicating that their [EXAM] system is activated (original color is green when in normal mode). [Unit 2]’s frame is quite identical to it predecessor [unit 1], the only upgrades done are the head unit, armaments (from 100mm machine gun to a beam rifle), the shield and the thrusters (since [unit 2] is redesigned for space combat).
Both kits are fairly simple to assemble. The joint articular between legs and body has been improved, allowing more flexibility. The shoulder’s articular is also improved for a more flexible action pose. Number decals are provided with each kit for the shoulder and shield marking, while the stickers are not fully provided to give the kit its complete color details.

The Blue Destiny unit was originally modified from the mass-produced mobile suit GM. The engineer who built it had also equipped the [EXAM] system, which is an experimental auto-combat system to assist the pilot. The frame was also strengthened with Luna-titanium material for tougher defense. When the [EXAM] system is activated, the unit’s speed and offense are both greatly increased, making the unit a scary opponent to deal with.

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