With the monstrosities that were the legs out of the way I ask that you turn your attention to the next section of the Perfect Grade Strike Freedom Gundam. That’s long. Maybe I should go with PGSFG, or PGSF to make things flow better.
Irregardless, which is not even a word, let’s get on with it.
The first step was to get out the runners I would be using to build the skirt.
Holy crap! That’s a lot of runners. Each time I go to work on the PGSF the sheer amount of stuff inside that box surprises me. Looking for 10 runners out of 55 is quite the task. I also have to get everything out beforehand because, if I don’t and leave the box open, the cat will try to crawl inside.
This is considered part of the leg. I hadn’t assembled it yet because I was not going to be putting the armor parts on and this assembly, which joins onto the skirt, should be put on after the upper thigh armor according to the manual. But since when do I pay (close) attention to that thing?
Starting off the actual assembly of the skirt frame some big pieces are put to use.
Here is the protrusion that will attach to the upper part of the leg. Each side of the skirt move independently of the other.
This is the first time I have encountered this type of locking mechanism on a kit. It’s designed to have the hip joint in one of two positions and locked into place. Again each side moves independently.
The upper part of the skirt frame, which will attach to the torso, also houses the gimmick which will allow the side guns to move.
It’s at this point I realized that there are no side skirt armor pieces. Just big guns. あれ？
The two previously assembled sections go together with this third narrow piece sliding into the bottom part. This will allow the rear armor parts to move up and down, clearing the way for those big guns.
Now we get to bring in these big armor pieces.
The frame of the front skirt is only two pieces connected by the non-poly cap. This design will not only allow the front skirt to move when the legs move forward but also to drop down slightly to accommodate the movement of the torso. Nifty.
There’s a lot of details to this frame. Someone with good attention to detail and the desire (and the time) could really make this frame look amazing.
Here’s the center block for the front. I don’t think I need to go into any more detail here. The back is more of the same. (That must be why I failed to take a picture.)
Next up is the thrice-mentioned big guns.
What you see is basically it. The sliding mechanisms works well. Nothing innovative, though.
Repeat the process with a shorter piece.
Here is how they connect together. You can see the gears line up well.
Moving one side will move the other.
With those done, the work table looked like this.
And the PGSF looks like this.
(Yes. I cannot resist the urge to show the Sword Impulse. Decaled last night btw.)
edit: I just realized that Spongebob is staring wide-eyed at the massive PG Strike Freedom.