Oh boy! These legs are something else. Lots of stuff going on and lots of information and pics coming your way.
With a PG, more than any Gunpla kit I’ve done previously, you really need to have your runners laid out and organized before you start building because you definitely don’t want to have to go through 55 different runners to find the one you are looking for while you have a half built section of a leg waiting.
Note: the manual says to build everything ‘x2’ as the only difference between the right and left legs is the part you assemble last which joins the skirt.
The first part of the leg you construct is the upper leg near the knee.
Again you are inserting the tiny non-polycap rings.
Up next, another plated silver piece! Knee piston.
A few more pieces are used to hold the silver plated piece in place while allowing it to slide as the knee bends.
Wait. This piece…
It’s bending.. but.. it’s not the knee. It’s just above the knee.
At the top you add the shiny gold frame pieces that will be exposed when the joint is flexed while the bottom has you assemble the part that will be joining the other leg section which is as yet unassembled.
More shiny gold parts above and less than shiny below. One leg, three different colors of gold.
The gold pieces stay in place while the top of the joint bends.
Now another subsection. More shiny gold parts.
This next step looked simple enough but proved a bit of a challenge. The bottom part snaps in like so.
And then is supposed to swing up and snap into place however, if the angle of the pivot shaft, for lack of a better word, isn’t correct it will snap into place but not be flush against the leg. There is more than one articulation point at work here so I had to get them lined up for it to snap perfectly into place.
Once it’s done, though, you can bend the joint to its fullest extent.
The next section has you put on your first armor piece. I admit I hesitated here. I originally planned to build the frame first and then apply the armor. If I don’t apply the armor here, will I be able to do so afterwards? I took the plunge and did not attach the armor. We’ll find out later if that was the right move.
Now comes the big parts! Well, this part here will go in the big part.
Then add a moving part at the bottom.
Now we’re back to here. This looks familiar, ね.
I built something almost exactly the same for the foot.
Now the lower part of your leg looks like this.
The watcher approves.
Up next is the work on the ankle joint. More shiny gold parts and the cylinder housing.
This is a really tight fit. You need to have everything lined up and in place for it to come together properly. There is really no room for error here.
Put it all together and what do you have? One monstrous leg. It’s enormous. So this is what a PG is…
Perfect Grade articulation.
The ankle joint pivots pretty well, but how much the armor will hinder it is yet to be determined.
The manual then has you put on the armor parts but I am not going to do that yet. I did, however, add a couple more gold pieces. Undergates are plentiful in this build, but not all gates are undergates. I wonder how Bandai decided which needed to be undergated and which could be left alone.
This weekend I am heading off to Osaka to hand out with ASM and Busterbeam from Plamo Addiction. Buster is heading back to Canada soon and this just might be the last time we’ll see him. Of course, Gunpla will be partaken of.
Have a great weekend everyone.