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At a glance, one could be forgiven for thinking the image above was a Gundam anime cel, or some original art for the series. Heck, those who take a good hard look would probably say the same. The colors, the shading, the lighting, it just looks like a perfect drawing of the RX-78-2 Gundam.

Except, it’s not a drawing. It’s a model.

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Modeller mumumuno53 crafted a custom paint job of the iconic robot, which mimics the look and feel of a classic cel-animated show. It was a long, detailed process, that required a lot of time, a good amount of patience, and copious amounts of masking tape.

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The end result, though, is nothing short of magnificent. The model looks as if it’s been pulled from the show’s world into our own, down to the smallest details.

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Really, this is an accomplishment of model building, that is simply a joy to behold. It’s an amazing presentation of an icon, that just begs to be examined and adored.