Is it just a great Gundam 3D illustration or is it a wonderfully painted GunPla? This is the question often asked by people when they see champion GunPla modeller mumumuno53‘s highly detailed work. You be the judge.

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At first glance, one will really think that this RX-78-2 Gundam from the original 1979 anime series is just a 3D rendition, however, I won’t blame anyone if they think so, because I myself was also fooled. This is actually just custom-painted GunPla, and mumumuno53 has done an excellent job in painting, which is so excellent that he has fooled many into thinking it is just a 3D animation.

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He really paid a whole lot of attention to details as he blended light with shadow and gave his GunPla a particular shine to complete the illusion. He even painted the joints and made them look like the ones from an anime. Now that’s attention to detail.

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He also painted the effects, weapons, and props in a similar manner, which makes his illusion more complete. Also painted in an animation style is the RX-78-2’s core fighter.

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Here are more images from this great piece of GunPla art which finishes off with the RX-78-2 Gundam’s epic “Final Shot” pose as seen in the 1979 anime’s final episode.

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Here’s a little WIP shot of how he built his GunPla.

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So who here was fooled? I surely was!

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