Dragon Momoko 1/144 Gerbera Tetra Review – Love and Hate Relationship
As I mentioned on MVPFigure FB Page, here’s the long waited review! To be honest I was so in love with the design, to the point I nearly ordered 2 of this Gerbera Tetra by Dragon Momoko, and luckily I didn’t XD. It is definitely a love hate relationship with this kit.
Dragon Momoko 1/144 Gerbera Tetra
Gebera Tetra – Packaging
The box is surprisingly big and it gives much better quality than the Gundam Age-1 Titus I made few weeks ago. Since it is made by Dragon Momoko, the packaging and manual are written in traditional chinese character. But just like Gunpla, not like we really need to rely on the text.
However, some parts of the manual are confusing need some trial and error, mostly due to the angle and unclear instructions given, even though I can read chinese quite well.
Gebera Tetra – Work in Progress
All the runners. One of them is surprisingly huge for a 1/144 kit.
Building the upper torso. The green circle are originally long peg that insert into the grey frames. I trimmed the peg so it can fit in better. This style is definitely a pull-it-out-and-break-the-parts design.
Upper torso + head + half backpack, front view and back view.
Arms and shoulders. The colour separation is great but those little white parts at the front of lower arm armor can easily drop off. To be honest I hate the elbow joint because they are very loose.
Unlike Bandai, this kit has unusual design to add the grey details on the legs. Inside each leg there are 4 grey parts work as the inner skin, and there are a lot of pegs there. Definitely need some trimming to fit them nicely.
Height comparison with HGUC 1/144 Zaku F2, almost the same height.
Dragon Momoko 1/144 Gerbera Tetra Gallery
A lot of great details for a HG 1/144 kit.
Dragon Momoko 1/144 Gerbera Tetra – Front view
Dragon Momoko 1/144 Gerbera Tetra – Back view
Dragon Momoko 1/144 Gerbera Tetra – Side view
Dragon Momoko 1/144 Gerbera Tetra – the main kit, Beam Saber X 2 (with hand) and a Beam Rifle (with hand)
The arm details and the signature thrusters on its shoulder. They are adjustable and the range is very big.
The legs are covered with nice details too. However I hate the feet there I have to snap in instead of using a PC parts. They ended up lose and can hardly hold the unit.
Dragon Momoko 1/144 Gerbera Tetra – holding beam rifle.
Dragon Momoko 1/144 Gerbera Tetra Review
The good side
- Good colour separation
- Reasonable price
- Hardly any defect on the part surface
- Original design full with nice details
- Acceptable articulation
The bad side
- Unusual parts design that take quite some time to build for a 1/144 kit
- Overly long peg and sometimes the holes are too tight to fit in
- Joints are very weak. The elbow and ankle can hardly maintain the pose I want. That’s why there isn’t much photos with actions.
- The shoulder armor pieces are always disturbed when turning the arms.
- Soft Plastic that you don’t want to apply too much force.
- The small parts keep falling. The round molds below the chest, the white pointy parts at the arm armor and the shoulder armor pieces.
- Some parts need some trimming to fit in nicely
This MS will never appear in battlefield because the moment the pilot activate the backpack thrusters, it will blow up the 2 fuel tanks that position right in front of it… I guess Anaheim engineer must really hate Zeon.
Did you order this kit? What’s your comment when you build this? I pretty much sealed them into a zip lock bag and hopefully one day I’ll paint it or use them for kit bashing