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[GUNPLA] SVMS-010 Over Flag 1/100

December 14, 2008

“Tonight, I surpass even Asura!”

Graham Aker; Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Season 1, Episode 17.


That’s right. I FINALLY GOT THE OVER FLAG DONE!

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Welcome to Graham's Gun Shop, would you like Howard with that?

Armaments:

Triple-barreled Railgun (200mm x1, 60mm x2) x1

Sonic Knife/Plasma Sabre x2

Missiles x2

Defense Rod (with anti-beam coating) x1

20mm machinegun x1 (Somewhere on its body…)

Summary: The Over Flag is a limited-production variable mobile suit from Mobile Suit Gundam 00 (Season 1) in use by the Union’s “Flag Fighters” Anti-Gundam Squad. Fast, well-armed with a triple-barreled railgun rifle and boasting superior maneuverability compared to other mobile suits of its time, the Over Flag easily ranks top and in the hands of a skilled pilot is excellent in what it does; being anti-Gundam. A semi-mass-production variant derived from Graham’s Union Flag Custom, its only bad point was the somewhat low fuel capacity it had and its almost total lack of armor, which made it a real lightweight compared to other MSes of the Anno Domini timeline. Their track record in-series was not good however, since they were foiled time and time again by a combination of bad luck, formation breaking, and the superior technology of the Gundams. Graham Aker would remain the only person who scored a hit on a Gundam unit using an Over Flag, but it would greatly cost him his physical health, having pushed his Over Flag to the limits of its capabilities… and well beyond human boundaries.

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My name is stupid sexy Flag, babe!

With a new camera, I managed to get all the pictures in high-quality.

Previously, I mentioned that the Savior Gundam is capable of looking good even without paint, markers, blah blah. One of the key factors was that it wasn’t black. The Over Flag, however, is decked out in nothing but sexy black, so nub marks are the first and foremost concern. Black makes the nub marks show more than any decent or fledging modeller would like to see, and of course, that means that some sanding is in order.

I didn’t get the required materials before I lost to my urge to put the entire kit together, so while I tried my best with careful filing and sanding, I can only make the marks less obvious, and not disappear completely.

The Over Flag, however, is one hell of a beauty.

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As least Graham is manly enought to drop the "ikimasu" part.

However, there’re two problems I’ll like to highlight. Modellers  who plan on getting this should make sure than the trigger grip of the Flag’s railgun is tight, since mine is loose and it plays havoc whenever I pose it in MA mode. The second is the very obvious problem of balance; the Flag tilts backwards whenever I swap out parts for its landing gear(ya it have landing geeeeers) and even without that, the Flag doesn’t face straight like it does in the anime; more like facing the ground forward.

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Searching for Exia in his spare time.

MA mode is great to see in the real deal, since I really didn’t catch much of the mode-shift workings during the anime. Basically to get into MS mode from MA, the entire torso section lifts upwards…

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He found Exia. Pre-battle warmup stretching.

… And while the top part of the torso bends backwards to reveal the face, the entire torso, which includes the head, top body and the middle part(round thingy, cockpit position in the anime) in the picture bends forwards and snaps down. The arms go from behind the smaller pair of wings to in front, and the legs fold down and forwards. Also shown above, the feet have small protrusions are upright in MA mode and act as the vertical stabilizers of the entire Flag, which flip forward and gives the feet the visual looks of two “fins” in Ms mode. Horizontal stabilizers are the two smaller pairs of wings, and the main wings are, of course, the largest pair, fixed just right behind.  Rifle goes from front of the entire Flag into the hands, and BAM! Henshin complete.

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FALCON KICK!

Unlike the previous holder of the Sacred Gunpla Stand, the Over Flag is much more flexible than the Savior, and Aker uses the Spinzaku Kick to demostrate its power to Setsuna in the Exia. This is probably explained by the fact that the Flag itself is built using a simple body frame not unlike our skeletal system, while normal Gundams are built by fitting parts over a skeleton (at least, that’s the impression they give.) It also explains the Over Flag’s super dexterity. 😛

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I has kool inexplicable head ornaments. But they're kool and that's all that matters.

Bandai probably couldn’t do much about the faceplate though. Stickers, transparent orange… I’m surprised it looked as good as it was.

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Defense Rod. Yes, the handheld 'shields' of the MSes in the A.D. Gundam universe are rods.

While its backpack isn’t as big as the Savior’s, the Over Flag can certainly hold its own in that category. It is, however, surprisingly well-balanced despite that, and can stand straight with no problem unless you poke it real hard.

I decided not to rely too much on the stickers this time since I said they really suck the ‘feel’ out of the MS, but using Gundam color markers for the tips of the defense rod and the two fins flanking the Flag’s head was only marginally better; looks great from far, but up close you start to notice the uneveness. Time to shell out more moolah for paint and a nice thin brush. T_T

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Taken three seconds before I stopped both of them.

The Verdict:

Overall, the Over Flag is a nice and cool addition to any modeller’s collection; it is easy to pose, ridiculously limber judging by no-grade 1/100 kit standards, and it looks really cool. Not to mention that it comes with landing gear and even three miniature figures that you can include in your handcrafted diorama for the Flag, one of them undoubtly Graham Aker(despite a lack of color and a really small size, 1/4 times of those cream-colored plastic human figurines that came with the old 1/100 gradeless SEED kits). However, if you’re not a fan of stick-thin lightly-armored models, you’re better off picking the Tieren.

Detail-wise the Over Flag has alot of mechanical workings that require skill beyond mine to effect; the kit is mostly black, and my main marker is black, so yeah… But it’s still cool, especially when you see the work they put into the Flag’s flight engines.

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Not even modern day jets have spare thrusters in their ailerons.

Several parts are loose, however; namely the third, middle grip on the railgun that one would use to attach the gun to the Flag in flight mode. I checked around and that was my personal error, so it was fine. The second point were parts for the wings; it seems that the bits you put at the back of the wing, those aileron-like attachments, can actually open up as powerful thrusters, though those open bits come as spare parts. They’re attached rather loosely, so watch those fingers when you handle the Flag.

Mobile Armor form is a bit of a letdown, actually. Like I mentioned before, the thing is unbalanced while in MA mode; no fault of anyone, just circumstance that the legs weighed down the Flag more than you would realize from watching the anime. However, the not-so-tight joints of the Flag also contribute here; one wrong twitch will send a perfectionist into despair, since the mobility and poseability afforded by loose joints won’t keep well with a MA mode requiring everything to be stiff and uniform.

Die-hard fans of the Flag will also be disappointed to find out that…

THE PLASMA SABERS/SONIC KNIVES OF THE OVER FLAG ARE DONE IN CLEAR PLASTIC! NOT EVEN A BLUE PIECE TO INSERT INTO A BLACK HILT LIKE THE BEAM SABERS OF OTHER GUNDAM MODELS! THE ENTIRE PLASMA SABER, IN ONE FRIGGIN BIG PIECE AND IN CLEAR PLASTIC!

FRIGGIN’ CLEAR PLASTIC!

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2 comments

  1. i find the clear plastic for the beam sabre a good thing. you can paint it any color you like


  2. Well it can be taken that way, but personally I thought it was prettty careless of Bandai to just leave it in clear.

    And by clear, even the hilt was included.



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