The ZGMF-X20A Strike Freedom Gundam is Bandai's 14th mobile suit in their Real Grade (RG) line of models. It's the first real grade model to deviate from the standardized price of 2,500 Yen with a higher price of 3,100 Yen for the extra chromed pieces found on the inner frame of Strike Freedom's wings.
If you've seen other photos or reviews of the RG Strike Gundam, you may have read about complaints on Bandai choosing the mustard yellow color for the inner frame rather than chroming those pieces as well. To fix that issue, I picked up a can of Tamiya TS-84 Gold Metallic and spray painted the yellow runners gold before putting the model together. Obviously it'll be better to paint after you cut the pieces off the runner but I was worried about inconsistent application of the paint and getting all the pieces confused with each other.
The yellow runners
In a couple hours, the legs and hip are complete.
The gold shows up very well within the hip
In another couple hours, the torso is complete.
Back of the body
1/144 HG Gundam Wing Custom compared to Strike Freedom Gundam
Compared to 1/144 Real Grade RX-78-2
Strike Freedom Gundam with box art
Bandai has done an incredible job creating the Real Grade 1/144 Strike Freedom Gundam. It is the best 1/144 scale Strike Freedom. The gold metallic paint was an easy and definitely suggested way to improve your Strike Freedom Gundam model. I have yet to sticker him up and top coat him (I'll update this post once I do that) Posing him is also challenging because of it's heavy backpack. The Strike Freedom is a straight forward build that is a fabulous center piece for your 1/144 scale display.
MSRP: 3,000 Yen