Back at the Perfect Grade Strike Freedom and now we’re getting somewhere. Having a skirt and a couple of legs is cool but it doesn’t look like much. With the torso attached, as you’ll see at the end, it definitely looks like it’s starting to come together.
First off, I got out the runners I was going to use.
Now that I have gone through a third of the kit or so I am starting to remember which runner is which and it takes me far less time to find the one I am looking for. Thank goodness.
Just like an MG, the torso is built around the pilot. Here he is in his little chair.
I still have no urge to hand paint this guy. Perhaps one day.
A few lame frame pieces later and he’s got his own cockpit.
A bar on either side is attached with little protrusions on each end which are there to stop movement past a certain point. These things don’t stay on too well but will be fine once you move to the later steps.
Now for some color!
I can’t help but notice the gate marks here. Perhaps painting will be unavoidable. heh
Leaving that to the side the next section calls for these tiny round piece, which are grooved to increase rigidity in the joints of the torso. Why they are molded as separate pieces though is a mystery to me. Engineering necessity or parts for parts sake?
Now come some big pieces. I really like seeing the details on the frame and am pondering going back after the build is complete and trying to bring those details out.
Here’s the opposing piece to the one pictured above. You can see the groove into which the cockpit will be placed.
And here are the two pieces which make up the neck.
Back to the silver-plated runner! I like these parts as it definitely makes the model look like it’s a working, metal machine (somewhat).
I like the silver parts so much I’m going to keep this runner.
Here’s where the work on the shoulder joints begin.
And here’s a terribly blurry pic to show you the other pieces that make up the shoulder joint.
Now it gets interesting. Here’s the completed shoulder joint, silver-plated cylinder subsection, and two pieces with which they are all held together. This is just for one side of the kit, and you repeat the process for the opposite side.
This attaches to the cockpit area but being inserted into a hollow and then slid down a groove. It works well, but because of how it is constructed you could theoretically pull the side of the torso back off at any time. I guess it’s the armor pieces responsibility to hold things together.
After you’ve composed this large subsection you put on a couple of the darker gold parts as well as the lighter armor pieces (not pictured).
I think everyone knows where these pieces go.
Here’s the very large dark armor pieces. Note the hole in the back of the big one.
There’s a polycap this shape fitted into the frame for attaching the backpack. My first thought is wondering whether it will be strong enough when you take into consideration the amount and size of dragoons that will be part of it.
Here’s the lower torso frame parts.
Next we get out the gold-coated runner and cut out what is probably the smallest piece in the kit; this small ball joint.
It attaches to this piece which is for housing the silver-plated cylinders. This picture (somewhat) gives you a good look at how the gold coated runners are done poorly in some regards.
Putting the frame together you have this:
Here you can clearly see the cylinders. However, when the armor is put on…
No silver visible! I be disappoint.
Despite that the torso looks sexy.
And, as mentioned previously, the work so far looks fantastic. Next up the head? or the arms? I haven’t decided yet.