I'd be out a kidney...
Resin Ma.K kits have come a long way. Not just in quality of production, but their availability to folks outside of Japan. The majority of Ma.K. GKs normally come from Japan and South Korea. These licensed GK Kits traditional debut at Japan's winter and summer Wonder Festivals. In recent years, some have become available through mail order directly from the GK producer, JP hobby web retailers like HLJ.com and through brick and mortar Japanese hobby shops. I went the days when the only way I got my hands on a JP WF licensed Ma.K GK was to buy it from a private seller on Yahoo Japan. After shipping and proxy commissions, typically I would spend three times more than what the kit sold for at WF.
The SIRENE is the latest garage kit to come from an American based producer. You don't have to wait for Wonder Festival to get it either. This beauty is from the Garage of FUTCH FACTOR.
99.9% of the model is based on Kow's design/build. FUTCH has been producing some of the most iconic Ma.K designs in resin for at least 10 years now, all of which can be seen HERE.
What's in the box...
But first, rather let's look at what is to the kit's box. The box art is straightforward and clean. The kit's parts come packed in a nice flip top box which is the packaging of choice for high-end GK producers. The cardboard is strong and has nice weight to it. The strength of the box combined with ample interior bubble wrap protects the resin ensuring a smooth transit for resin. A bonus for kit collector because it will store well.
The first thing I notice upon unwrapping the resin is how crisp a cast the kit's parts are. Futch's kit is up there quality wise and hangs with kits produced by HexaModels, Love Love Garden, Rainbow Egg and WHP (aka Workers Holiday Party).
Part organization: resin parts are nicely separated in packets.
Clean resin casting- I anticipate doing very little parts cleaning.
Nice direction. The layout is thoughtful, the steps clear and the kit's parts are well drawn and easy identifiable.
True to old school Ma.K kits, an assortment of multimedia parts of resin, metal springs and wire make up the kit.
My Two Cents.....
I've bought many Ma.K GK resin over the past six years. Most of the kits require many hours of work to build because of casting quality, warped resin or parts from styrene donor kits are required to complete the build. While those kits are fun, if you want to get to painting or spend time creating personal details and still want a big boy build, then this is the right Ma.K GK kit. Good thing for resin addicts it's available now here.
Thanks and congrats to Futch for completing and making his kit available. A big thank's to Kow for creating the SIRENE and blessing Ma.K fans with supporting Futch's release of it.