What if the Zeonic Company's famous Zaku I prototype had lost the bid to become the mainstay mobile suit of the Principality of Zeon? What if Zimmad Company's vastly superior Zudah had won (hopefully with its fatal engine flaw corrected)?
For one thing, the Red Comet's first mobile suit would've looked like this. (And the Earth Federation's new Gundam would've had even slimmer chances of surviving at the outset.)
I won't say as much in the way of technical criticism here, for at this point my experience lies otherwise entirely with MG kits. Broadly speaking, I'm impressed with the construction and flexibility of this model, especially given my past experience with other high grade kits. Detailing is satisfactory: fairly limited, but suitable to the model and sufficient to make it interesting. Accessories and gimmicks are good, particularly the shield. On the whole, I felt that the grade of the model suited the scale, whereas all other HG's I've built or seen built (all 1/100) seemed cludged together and sometimes downright lacking in terms of detail and poseability.
Some trouble encountered while painting left some surfaces on Char's Zudah sort of blotchy, but fortunately the end result, though unsought, is a not-unsuitable weathered look. Inking struck me as much more difficult than on an MG model due to the smaller size. I get the impression that much more effort would be required to make one of these 1/144 models turn out as nicely as a modern MG.
If I manage to find another Zudah kit, I'll snap it up and eventually add a standard Zaku-style green unit to this gallery.