Hasegawa 1/20 Robot Battle V Maschin Krieger 44 Type MK44 LE
In the dark, futuristic world of Machinen Krieger, most of Earth’s population was burned to ash by World War IV. As life returns, war erupts. The power-suited soldiers of the IMA struggle against the roving robots of the SDR. Innovation and adaptation is the key to the IMA’s victory. New to the field are a sophisticated smartgun and a fixed armgun-perfect for blowing apart mindless SDR constructs at maximum range. This limited edition kit combo features two pilot figures with new parts.
When I received this kit on the mail I knew I was in for nice ride. Having painted metal figures in the past I found suddenly like I was working on a gigantic version of those Warhammer figures. This is the 1/20 scale MK44 AMMOKNIGHTS Robot Battle V (Five) © Kow Yokohama and brought to us by Hasegawa Models.
The model kit is set apart first by the packaging. These kits don’t come in the regular glossy white boxes were accustomed to with aircraft and other Hasegawa model kits. The box art is incredibly done. It would have been nice if an 8×10 print of the box art was included with the kit. The injection gates on the sprue are moderate and removing the parts with your sprue cutter will leave the parts with little to no stress marks at all. The fit of this figure in general is completely fine. No heavy clamping whatsoever and no filling was needed on the legs and arms.
There are a few variations of these Robot Suits so we end up with few ‘poly-parts’ left and a couple of regular stryrene parts will end up in our spare box as well. The instructions are of the spread sheet time and assembly of the model consists of 32 steps. Please make sure you follow those steps especially where they instruct you to follow the order. There will be a degree of articulation via poly parts. Be gentle with the cement on those areas or you might end up with cemented parts that will prevent your figure from articulating.
Painting the Hasegawa 1/20 Robot Battle V Maschin Krieger 44 Type MK44
Paint calls on the Maschin Krieger 44 are for the most part in RLM colors. Dust off your German colors and the fun begins. Except for the parts or areas I knew they would look good black, I pretty much took the whole color scheme without following the suggested colors. I used Tamiya XF-66 Light Gray as a base coat. On top of it I started to airbrush randomly with Testors Acryl RLM 70 (4780), Dunkelgrun RLM 71 (4781). The interior was painted with a base color of Acryl Pale Green (4739) and detailed with an assortment of shades of brown from Vallejo Color. The green camo scheme was made as you can see with ripped sticky notes free hand. I used the Pale Green and LICHTBLAU RLM 76 at random with a brush in a very rough strokes.
The brush was semi-wet to achieve the radomly brush painted look. Once these steps were finished the model was coated entirely with Testors Glosscote. All decals were applied followed by 2 coats of Dullcote. By the way, the decals provided with this kit are of very good quality. The entire model was the washed with AK-302 Wash for Gray Decks. AK-305 Streaking Grime and even a bit of AK-306 Salt Streaks on the top of the figure’s shell. AK-012 Streaking Grime was used and very diluted in some areas as rust deposits. I did cut a strip from a sponge and the with the tweezers I started to randomly pluck bits of it. I used it the to create the scratches on the paint with Vallejo Black-Grey and Brown colors.
If I had to do another build of this model kit, it will look quite different from this one. I did not follow any techniques that I had used on any other models that I have built over the years. In fact, I was pretty much improvising on the go on the entire build. I’m glad with the results and I hope you my dear reader friends like it also. If you like Mecha and Space/Battle Suits, this model kit is for you. It comes on a very decent 1/20th scale. There is a standing figure which is very good for an styrene injected subject. Of course there’s room for improvement, but a better sculpted resin figure would cost as much as the whole kit itself. There is also half a figure (torso) provided as an option in case you want to inhabit the cockpit.