Gaijin Gunpla

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Look at this beauty. Although I got my hands on this kit a couple weeks ago I hadn’t yet taken the time to start on it, despite opening up the plastic bags so I could use the runners to spell GAIJIN, for the banner for this site. Well, the other day I watched the Sword Impulse in action and now I am ready to go!

Right away the manual has you starting on the Core Defender. Usually I hurry through the build for these little accessories, but this one seems rather interesting so I should take my time, でしょう。

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What you see is what you get. These pieces fit tightly together so a sharp hobby knife is a must, I think.

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Here’s the top half of the Core Defender. Those little white pieces on the top move, too. I sense some kind of transformation…

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And the wings move in and out. Yup, transformation. I can sense it coming.

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And here it is completed. I rather like the shape. It’s short but sleek and looks capable of high speed maneuvering.

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And the mountable rockets (?)

Tuddah!
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Blue? Hmm.

Not too much to note on the frame except for one portion I would like to draw your attention to, mostly because I didn’t pay attention when I was building that portion and almost wrecked the kit (already).

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Here’s the part of the manual which indicates that piece I-2 should go in like this:
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Not like this (which is what I did):
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When I assembled the frame with this piece incorrectly the arm shoulder articulation was very limited and I know right away I had done something wrong. So I thought I would just disassemble the shoulder joint. Not so. It would not come apart. I grabbed my file and used it to pry the piece apart, but, SNAP, the tip of the file broke off!
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Eventually I managed to get the pieces apart, turned around, and assembled properly. The shoulder joint now functions properly, but I’m afraid Mr. Impulse will never play the piano again.
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And to finish off this entry here are the pieces for the neck.
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Quite a bit of movement. I wonder how much it will be limited once the armor is one.
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And the hatch on the torso opens in a rather cool way.
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I’m digging this kit already.

Categories: Builds, MG, Sword Impulse

5 Responses so far.

  1. Busterbeam says:

    its good man. you’re going to love it

  2. G.G. says:

    So you have begun on this kit! Do your stuff and is going to turn out great.

  3. Tember says:

    This is a great kit! I have it sitting in my closet awaiting my attention. I love Gundam Seed and Destiny. A lot of drama, but also some great kits that I would like to see made.

  4. mangyver5223 says:

    That’s not Core Defender. It’s Core Splendor 🙂

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