What a disappointment. I should have known reality couldn't possibly meet my expectations, but even so I was seriously underwhelmed. The box art suggests the kit is a full formed Zero X, with MEV and correct proportions etc - at least thats what the picture suggests. As I can't read Kanji, it could be saying "ha ha gaijin, this is what we expect you will think you're getting - but no way!"
So, I lashed it together and then shoved it back in its box and buried it in disgust under my growing pile of Macross kits. Recently, having acquired a couple of other far superior models, I felt a bit bad and unearthed it, just to check how naff it really was.
So I was just as unimpressed as ever. Even so, I had a bit of blue automotive paint left, so I gave it a bit of a spray and dusted off the shield in silver, with red accents on the nacelles. The huge motor unit had to go too, even though it leaves a large open box on the base.
Its still a bit naff, even with a lick of paint, even the tiny 2" Morinaga version is more technically accurate, but it has grown on me slightly. Its basically the same size as the Bandai toy version and the Shinsha Fondly Remembered Collection model shown below.