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You’re Looking At A Gundam Model, Not An Anime Cel

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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.

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Samantha Ferreira

Samantha Ferreira is Anime Herald’s founder and editor-in-chief. A Rhode Island native, Samantha has been an anime fan since 1992, and an active member of the anime press since 2002, when she began working as a reviewer for Anime Dream. She launched Anime Herald in 2010, and continues to oversee its operations to this day. Outside of journalism, Samantha actively studies the history of the North American anime fandom and industry, with a particular focus on the 2000s anime boom and bust. She’s a huge fan of all things Sakura Wars, and maintains series fansite Combat Revue Review when she has free time available. When not in the Anime Herald Discord, Samantha can typically be found on Bluesky.

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