From Video Games to 1/72 Scale Model Kits
The Armored Core by FromSoftware, is a popular mecha video
game series which is available on game consoles such as the
Playstations and X-box 360. Armored Core games, based on mecha
simulation genre, allow a gamer to pilot a large mecha called the
Armored Core, also known as AC. Basic gameplay will have players
take up missions, getting rewarded and customizing besides upgrading their
An Armored Core is made up of the
Various sensors and
optics are located within the head module. Some standard
includes Bio-Sensor, Noise Canceler, Night Vision, Noise
Canceller, Missile Sensor, Electronic Countermeasure and
The torso of the mecha where the pilot is located. The cores can
be upgraded by attaching various compatible Optional Parts, thus
improving its performance. Designs vary according to various
manufacturer and the role of a mecha. Lighter and mobile mechas
will have less armor protection while heavier unit provides
The arm module are further categorized to Normal Arms and Weapon
Arms. Normal arms are designed to resemble after a human arm.
Its manipulator or "hand" is used to carry weapons. Weapons
Arms, however, are weapons in itself. Hard points are also
included to further the offense or defense capabilities of unit.
The component that supports the Core in addition to providing
mobility. Various types of Leg modules include the Humanoid,
Reverse-joint, Hover, Tank Legs and Four-legged.
Additional systems such as Fire
Control Systems, Power Generators, Radiators and Boosters can be
added on to the mecha for enhancements.
Kotobukiya's Fine Scale Model Kits line
expanded to the Armored Core series in early 2007 featuring snap
assembly with the freedom for kit builders to customize or add-on
weapons to the kit.
Reviewed Kotobukiya's 1/72 Armored Core
Variable Infinity kits