Zoids models are intriguing. And expensive. More involved than most Gundam kits, HG and even MG, Zoids involve a lot of parts and a lot of steps, though often the manual has the steps all crammed together like a car model kit and are very hard to follow. My blog focuses on Gunpla (of course, duh) but I’m not going to skip an opportunity to build a Zoids or other snap-fit kit. And when a distributor sent in a kit for free for me to build I mini-hopped at the chance. Behold the Blade Liger AB Leon Renewal Ver.!
That’s quite a few parts right there. I like these ones:
I don’t have to paint them metal colours!
The manual starts off with the head, specifically the lower jaw.
Now take that jaw and build a head around it. It’s so simple!
After getting the basic ‘skull’ assembled you can add the upper teeth.
And pilot seats. Two of them!
The seats go in after the frame of the head is assembled but the fit is really tough. It took me some time to pop the rear seat in.
Now I am assembling what I think must be whiskers.
The way the whiskers go onto the head are quite interesting. You have this little cylinder with poly-caps at both ends.
The biggest whisker goes in first. You have to slide it in from inside but it’s tough to figure out exactly where to put it.
It’s not until you put a second small piece on to hold the whisker in that you know where it is supposed to go.
Now put in the cylinder.
The remaining whiskers go on in order.
Both sides of the head are assembled the same way.
Before putting the sides on you assemble the hatch for the top of the head.
So put in your (pre-painted!) pilot figure.
But nothing holds the pilot in place.
That guy will start to tilt over as soon as you drop him in.
So add your sides.
Then you can add the top.
But that figure is all loose in there. You can hear it rattling around.
That’s all I had time for. Zoids take time, even for someone with experience with snap-fit gundam kits. I’ll be working on the torso portions of this giant kit next.