Gaijin Gunpla

Would you believe I haven’t touched this model in over a month and a half?  Time sure does go by quickly.  Even more so when you’re wrapped up in a major project.  But with Typhoon #6 rattling windows and promising torrential rain, painting Courage, will have to wait so that means I need a kit to fill my spare time.   This one seems like a good candidate.

All I really have left to build on Heat Metal are the legs and weapons so, without further ado…

As both legs are the same, color aside, I need only show the assembly of one. The cool red one.

First off, snap these two pieces together.  

I wrote ‘snap’ because it will make that sound when they go together.

Follow that up by putting two poly-caps in this piece.

They are not circular. There are angled sides which need to be lined up correctly.

Then a few other parts are added to complete the assembly.

Now back to the first piece, it fits in with what you’ve just assembled and makes up the upper knee joint.

Follow that up with a very funky looking poly-cap.

Encasing that in its own section you now have the hip joint.

The lower half of the legs starts by being built onto the knee joint, first by putting in these narrow pieces.

Then the larger parts are added to completed the length of the leg.

The leg is finished by adding the one gold part at the bottom and two large piece to enclose the upper thigh.

Flexible!

But all that flexibility means nothing if he can’t stand up. For that he needs a foot.


This assembly is the ankle joint. You can see there are two points of articulation for the ankle alone.

The bottom of the foot consists of these two plastic parts. They are not solid but rather pliable like poly-caps are but perhaps even more so. Very bendy.

Here are the pieces you need to assemble a foot.

You can see there is a polycap there in which to connect that ankle assembly.


And here is what it looks like before the final pieces. You can see the design allows for a point of articulation at the ball of the foot. Just like a human!

Here is the leg completed.

Onto the silver one!

Well, that was quick and now here is Mr. Heat Miser, I mean, Metal, himself.

Now I get to play with it! I was looking forward to this.

Here is a kamae, (構) or stance, found in many traditional Japanese martial arts. It is called Ichimonji no Kamae (一文字の構), which can be translated as being the stance of one line.


The idea behind standing like this is because in the old days of warfare in Japan you were pitted against opponents carrying sharp weapons who were intent on putting the sharp ends of said weapons into you. Be standing in this way you limit the body area you are showing your opponent and also keep your vital organs somewhat safe. Well, as safe as you can be against a guy with a sharp weapon.

Speaking of weapons! (Actually I should have put ‘Writing about weapons!’ as this is a written medium…)

Heat Metal comes with his own staff weapon (love staff weapons!)

Just put those pieces together.

Then get out the extensions.

These slide into the main body of the weapon and can extend when you want them to.

Bandai has shown some foresight with these as those extensions may have a tendency to slide out if they are loose so for that Bandai has included a shorter version of the weapon which looks the same but does not feature extendable ends.

Here they are side by side.

And attached to his back.

Bandai has done a good job in making a kit like the human body and I spent some time playing with it putting it in various stances. Of course, it can’t stand perfectly regardless of the position you put it in so Bandai has included a clear stand. I’ll show that in the next post (in a month and a half?) but for now.

Hidari Tsuki!

(左突) A tsuki is a thrust using the whole body which derives from weapon use. Don’t confuse it with a left punch. heh. He should be leaning slightly forward towards the target but I couldn’t get him to do it. Already disappointment.

Just kidding.

6 Responses so far.

  1. sniperaven says:

    nice syd, is it only me or is the legs not so proportionate to the body height, may need another set of glasses …>_<

  2. Dennis says:

    Seeing these kits getting built up gets me excited to get my Kamen Rider Shin Ichi-go kit. I can’t wait for it to come next month.

  3. Busterbeam says:

    moar posts with martial arts stances!!! love this stuff!

  4. Yuri Barbosa Ordeste says:

    Wow! I didn’t even know my MG W could do such cool poses! I love W’s MG, the only thing I wish is that his were longer and his feet bigger. But very nice post, so cool to see some Martial Arts stuff 🙂

  5. Zeta Newtype says:

    Dude, Syd, that was the longest “Henshin!” i’ve ever seen! The bad guys have already wrecked the city!

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