Now it’s time for one of the huge MS units in the Unicorn series, the RX-160S Byarlant Custom.
This, by far, one of the more unique non-Zeon MS design.
The in the Unicorn OVA, the Byarlant Custom was an experimental unit designed with additional fuel tanks and thrusters for prolong aerial use.
As we can see from the rear, in addition to the large engine pods the side of the shoulders, it also houses an enlarged backpack thrusters with attached external fuel/engine pods. The lower waist thruster is also enlarged.
The Byarlant Custom features a compound eye system, a rarity for a non-Zeon MS. Here the clear green part covers the eyes in the head and extends to the top main camera. Sadly the movement of the head is restricted by the design of the sides of the head.
The arms are not joined to the torso directly, rather, its’ connected via a three-point joint system. The large side engine pods are attached by these.
Like most recent HGUC kits, Bandai incorporates MG-like frames with large units. Sadly, the inner wall of the thruster shielding had to be done with red seals/stickers, you’ll note the misalignment.
The foot of this kit is unlike many had done before, the two “claws” are independently movable. So does the front tip.
Extra armour-plating for the ankles, the light blue piece at the side is movable.
The Byarlant Custom’s shoulder, as a whole, is a dedicated engine, hence the arms are not joined directly to the torso. Yes, the red part for the inner wall of the thruster’s shielding vents are also seals/stickers.
The arms are… not exactly your typical arm. First off, it has TWO forearms. One houses the rapid-firing short-burst beam cannon, the other is for the claw arm.
The engine pod here seems, rather devoid of much detail.
The vent is large enough that it mandates a colour piece for it, the same case for the rear lower waist thruster.