Dom Test Type 1/144 High Grade Unboxing
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Today, we’re going to be looking at, and unboxing, a kit from The Origin MSD line of goods. In particular, we’re looking at the YMS-08B Dom Test Type High Grade 1/144 scale kit in the ground type configuration. For those of you who don’t know, The Origin MSD stands for the Mobile Suit Discovery, wherein a number of suits are prototyped prior to their final designs. Basically, this is where the mobile suit designs in Gundam The Origin originate. Serialized in Monthly Gundam Ace in 2015, the MSD is still technically ongoing, so who knows what we’ll be seeing from it in the future!
This kit was first released about four years ago in February of 2016. It arrived in stores with a price of roughly 1,800 JPY, which comes in at around £13, or $17 for those of you in the states. This particular build will be going into my personal collection, seeing as how I’m quite a fan of the Dom suits in general, so we’ll be going into this build with all the tools in play. What this means is that you can expect detailing stickers, panel lining and nub removal, so this may not represent the kit as built straight out of the box, we’ll be applying a bit more effort this time!
First things first, what’s in the box? A potentially intimidating amount of plastic, that’s what. But it’s not as bad as it looks; the Dom just has some very flared armor on the lower legs and some super big feet. This means that parts are a bit more spread out than usual. In total, you’ll find 13 runners with a set of polycaps to go with them.
The legs, and certain arm components, are cast in an off-white, somewhat creamy color. There’s a decent chunk of detail here too, so expect to do some panel lining to really draw it out. This might look a bit strange at first, because the advertising images for the suit look distinctly more pure white, but that’s not the first component to look a bit off.
Appearing black in the advertising material, you’ll find that the vast majority of the armor plating is actually a de-saturated brown color. I really had to get the lights on this one to make sure it was picked up properly. At first, I wasn’t in love with the color, but once it’s all together and properly detailed, I think this brown color was the right choice. If it were any darker, all the detail would be lost in shadow.
The Dom Test Type is certainly not the most colorful suit in the world, with most of the armor being either the above mentioned off-white or de-saturated brown. There is, however, one iconic part of the Dom that is color-accurate in the extreme, and that’s the red cross-shaped face piece and the heat sword.
Speaking of a sword, what accessories can you expect to find in this kit? Well, not a great deal, but what you will find is excellent.
Heat Saber Type 2 – The Heat Saber Type 2 forgoes the use of an energy blade and instead places a long piece of superconducting material in the users hands which is heated to incredible temperatures to melt through enemy armor with ease.
Beam Bazooka – A tremendously large Beam Bazooka with a self contained generator was paired off with the Test Type Dom, but it was never officially adopted by the Zeonic forces due to issues with its firing performance.
For those of you who may be interested in the painting chart for the sake of doing your own work on the kit, here it is! Looking at this, it looks as though the suit that was advertised has been painted in these colors as they are quite different from what can be found on the base suit. Not that this is a bad thing, of course; variety is the spice of life.
That’s all that can really be said about the Test Type Dom at this point! It’s not packed with sneak features and nor does it come with a vast array of equipment, but it’s a great little kit for the price with plenty of customization options. So be sure to check back next time when we’ll be having a look at the finished product!