Gaijin Gunpla

Home alone on a beautiful afternoon without anyone expected back for some time? Sounds like a great opportunity to get into a Perfect Grade (or any other model of any type whatsoever, or to engage in any number of activities). For me, the assembly of a PG kit is handled differently from that of other kits. Normally I would sit at the kitchen table, open up all the plastic bags containing the runners, and get started by cutting out the first pieces and then placing the runners that aren’t being used in the upside down box lid (providing there’s not cat sleeping in there and sometimes even if there is). With the PG, however, there are just too many plastic bags containing too many runners to start scattering them across the table and other places. Instead what I do is check the manual to see what runners I need for the section I’m working on, find them and put them aside, and leave the rest closed in the box. The PG Astray Red Frame assembly starts with the feet so I got out those runners.

And made sure I had the runners I would need for the second foot close at hand.

The Red Frame, like the other PGs I have built so far, starts with this little assembly.


People who have built a PG using this design will know exactly what they are seeing here. It is the centerpiece for the the foot and allows the ankle/leg to articulate.

Gonna need some pistons to move that large foot. Those pistons along with the item you first assembled now go into some frame parts.

Here’s the frame for the front of the foot.

The larger frame parts just secure everything together.


Add one part for the bottom.

And then the armor parts, first for the rear of the foot.

Then followed with the armor parts for the front.

The last parts are then put on.


But that doesn’t mean you’re finished. Nope. Bandai then throws something my way that I haven’t seen before.

These rubber parts with adhesive underside.

These go into gaps on the bottom of the foot to give the foot more friction enabling it to stand sturdier.

Now the foot is complete.

Repeat the process for the second foot and once that’s done you can decide if you have enough time to build a leg and when you realize you probably don’t you start anyway. First get the runners you will need.

And the extra runners for use on the second leg should be nearby.

Assembly begins with the upper leg and another pretty-much-PG-exclusive part; the die-cast piece.

This baby has some weight to it.

Lay that inside of the frame part, along with some smaller rings, and then enclose it inside the upper leg frame.

You then work around this assembly, first by building upwards. Note the fairly large poly-cap there.

Next come parts that float free inside the frame and various sections to move when the leg starts bending.

Here’s a little plated part that looks like something that is meant to resemble something you may find in a giant machine.


Now start adding frame parts.

The free-floating parts I mentioned before are now attached to some frame parts.

Moar frame!

You can see the start of the assembly which will attach to the knee armor.

It swings up and clicks into place.

More free-floating parts.

And another one of these PG joints.

And then some more frame with free-floating parts. This is an assembly for the lower part of the leg.

I was told previously how this PG Red Frame is very similar to the PG Strike and what I was told was correct. I’ve only been working on the legs up to this point but they are in many places almost identical.

But these are new.


Be sure to place in the poly-cap that will hold the piston houses before closing these up.

Add some small (for a PG anyway) parts to the bottom of the assembly.

That little metallic piece will be the piston for the back of the ankle.

And it’s hear that we start to see frame parts.

Lay that white part on top of the red part.

Turning it over you can see how they fit together.

Then place it onto the frame of the lower leg.

There are noticeable gaps but I’m sure they’ll be covered up when the other armor parts go on.

Armor parts for the sides.

And an armor part to cover up the poly-cap that hold the piston housing.

Time to put the sides on.



From there you start to grab the next part you need when you hear a voice outside. It’s a familiar voice and you know who it is the moment you hear it. It’s your daughter and she and her mother are home. They’re at the entrance now. You then quickly try to put all your Perfect Grade parts away and fold the laundry which you promised you would do while they were gone. The PG will have to wait.

Categories: Astray Red Frame, Builds, PG

5 Responses so far.

  1. fury-s12 says:

    “From there you start to grab the next part you need when you hear a voice outside. It’s a familiar voice and you know who it is the moment you hear it. It’s your daughter and she and her mother are home. They’re at the entrance now. You then quickly try to put all your Perfect Grade parts away and fold the laundry which you promised you would do while they were gone. The PG will have to wait.”

    i must of missed that symbol when i printed out the translation sheet of manual symbols!

  2. GN says:

    It’s a fun build eh Syd? It’s interesting to compare and contrast with the early PG I’m building now and reading you go through the red frame build above brings back memories of building mine. Bandai have come a long way with their skeleton frame design…

    • syd says:

      Ya, building a PG like this makes me want to build them all. I still haven’t built one of the older ones yet, but I think I may have to change that soon.

  3. ClayCannonII says:

    Man if i already didnt want it enough before, i definitely do now. Early xmas for me maybe?

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