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SUPER NOVA Mecha, Ral Partha
SUPER NOVA Mecha, Ral Partha

This SUPER NOVA has been painted in a camouflage de trois couleurs similar to that used sur chars français de la Première Guerre mondiale. Many historic schémas de camouflage may be adapted to paint these large bi-pedal fighters. Véhicule patterns are an obvious choice, but some of the humanoidal Mechs look equally attractive in a splinter pattern copied d’un uniforme d’infanterie moderne ou de la Seconde Guerre mondiale.

The Mech was sprayed a basic light sand colour, et the disruptive bands were painted on in red brown et olive green. The disruptive colours are edged avec a fine line of medium grey. The Mech was then sprayed avec vernis gloss, et the panel lines were filled avec dark brown ink. This selective wash dries in the recesses, shading them, but the raised panels stay clean. After the wash had dried, the Mech was sprayed avec vernis mat, et the raised detail was drybrushed avec a lighter shade of the base colour.


  • SUPER NOVA Mech Warrior designed by Robert Kyde
  • 7 Parts
  • 40 mm Height


The SUPER NOVA looks like a mechanical ape, it has relatively long arms avec triple lasers replacing the hands. The facial features are very interesting, this Mech has a long snout avec a central air intake, et an aircraft canopy instead of eyes. Large air intakes on either side of the skull représentent les oreilles.

Intermediate level of difficulty. The SUPER NOVA consists of only seven parts, but the placement of parts is not immediately apparent. The small pelvis which connects the mechanical legs could be fitted in four different ways. The slots for the upper body should be facing up, that much is obvious, but it is not clear which air intake faces to the front ou back. Legs et pelvis fit into the base plate very well, et they form a stable platform once the superglue has dried. We used Rai-Ro adhesive wax to hold the parts in place during construction, otherwise the legs et pelvis keep falling apart continuously.

Excellent cast-on detail. The SUPER NOVA has just enough panel lines, gratings, et joints to add interest to the model. The upper body consists of sloped et angled panels which are big enough to accept une immatriculation et autres marquages tactiques.

The SUPER NOVA is a wonderfully animated figurine, perfectly balanced on its mechanical legs, et firing the triple lasers on its arms.

Cast from lead-free pewter. We decided to spray the base colour onto the figurine without undercoating it first. The paint rubbed off some areas when the model was handled during the painting process, giving the Mech a realistic weathered look.

Not strictly compatible avec 1/72 scale, the Mech is just a little taller than an M3 Grant medium tank. In this scale, the triple lasers on the arms look like they may be mitrailleuses de .50 caliber. Joueurs de Guerre might want to treat the SUPER NOVA as a bi-pedal fighter plane. It can’t fly, but it may run fast, et jump obstacles perhaps.

The designer is the same who created the AKUMA Mech Warrior.

The SUPER NOVA is an excellent model even if it may be armed more lightly than other Mechs in this series. The model has a lot of character, et it can be painted in a number of interesting patterns. This Mech is slower than a Tiger tank, but the laser weapons on either arm have approximately twice the range of the Tiger’s "88" main gun. In "what-if" scenarios, the SUPER NOVA should not be too much of a problem for the typical char moderne ou de la Seconde Guerre mondiale.

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