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Patlabor Ingram 1

By Matthew Panas

I like Patlabor. I like having cool stuff to take up space on my shelves.

That said, here's something I did over my summer vacation: Bandai's 1/35 MG Patlabor Ingram 1. This was my first swarre back into plastic modeling since I was about ten, my first encounter with a Bandai kit, an import shop, and with Tamaiya paint. Sorry about the red background.

The kit built up well, though painting all of those armor shingles was a real pain. It's a fun kit to paint and detail, and is capable of some pretty cool poses, but the screws that hold the knees together seem to loosen when they're flexed back and forth. Moral: Pick something that looks cool and get used to it.

It could use a double jointed foot too. It's not capable of the kneeling pose seen on the box art (boo hoo). Still, for anyone who's into Patlabor, or mecha in general, this kit is a faithful representation of the subject and a must have.

Image: Freeze!

Image: Front view

Image: Left side

Image: Right side

Image: Rear view

Image: Closeup, cockpit

Image: Closeup, 37mm revolver

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