Gaijin Gunpla

The pictures you’ll see in this WIP were taken immediately after I hit Publish on the RG Sazabi‘s First Look post.

A comment on that post asked a question which I would like to take a moment to answer here before I move on.

Here is what he wrote,

Mr Syd, if I’m allowed to ask, do the didas on the box say if the photographed kit is painted, please?

I’m not sure what ‘didas’ refers to unless it’s a mistype of the word images but here is what the box states regarding the images found on either side.

For this image:

The text reads:

While for the images on the other side:

The text states:

So there you go, Alberto from Italy. The images on the side of the box are of an unpainted kit. Looks pretty good just like that. One of the many reasons I love the Real Grade.

Now let’s talk about how you put this kit together.

Of course, we are starting with the legs, which means we are assembling those huge feet.

No RG frame is used here, and won’t be for some time, so instead we are using parts from one of the many frame runners to make a joint of some kind.

The movement of that joint.

Then place that joint, and one other connector piece, into some more frame parts.

You’ll have something that looks like this.

You’re assembling both feet at the same time so you should have two things that look like this.

Notice this area here?

You need a sticker.

Now to add the bottom parts of the foot.

And now we are putting on armour and be sure to notice…

Undergates!

You’ll find them on both black parts you are meant to put on each leg.

One of these black pieces also needs a little more attention in the form of a sticker.

Hint, it’s number 20.

That’s a large sticker surface area for a little effect. I suspect I’ll see more of this judging by some of the sticker designs.

It’s worth mentioning the way those black parts go on.

You can only plug them in a certain way.

Gone are the male/female peg connections that may have seen some builders put parts on upside down. (I may or may not have been one of those builders…) With these unique connections you’re sure to get it correct.

This reminds me of the old style of Japanese joinery used in constructions centuries ago that is still used today.

Look at these clodhoppers!

For some reason the word clodhopper is what popped in my head when I saw these. I’m old.

Now we finally get to the red parts.

Again with undergates.


More undergates fond here as well.

Check out how Bandai designed this area of the armour.

The two red parts join together and one of them flips over leaving you with that distinct shape.

The back of the foot is the last part you’ll need to take care of.

And there you go.

Then you move onto the legs but I’m actually going to continue for a bit here to show the things you build x 2 to prepare for the leg assembly itself.

First is this.

Join the two frame parts at the peg and slide on the small red part.

That gives you your knee joints.

Then move to this.

Slats are used here again instead of pegs.

That will fit into one of the armour parts that make up the lower leg. You’ll also add the piece that will be used to connect to that foot peg.

You’ll stop there with a half constructed lower leg frame.

And that’s where I’m going to stop because to continue and show the remainder of the leg assembly would double the size of this post.

Back soon!

Categories: Builds, RG, Sazabi

10 Responses so far.

  1. Paul Emical* says:

    Hello Syd, “dida” in italian journalism’s jargon is short for “didascalia”, which means “caption” as in “image caption”.
    I suspect it has been a slip of the tongue of my fellow compatriot Alberto… 😉

    Also, I wanted to let you know that there’s a “w” missing in the link to the first look at the very beginning of this post, so it’s not working.

  2. Huey says:

    Syd, I watched an early review of the kit where the shoulder-torso connection broke. It’s the only one I saw so far, and it seems to have happened when the dude was trying to activate the extended slouch. You might want to look out for that one.

    I’m so excited for this. I mainly collect RGs and from what I’ve seen, it will be an absolute unit!

    • takerukain says:

      it’s not when he tried to extend the shoulder, but he was putting it wrong, and he want to disassemble it, but it broke. He tried with the other one, and it broke too. So my conclusion is the connection is very precise, so you’ll need to do it precisely the first time, if you need to disassemble it, do it with EXTRA care.

      He confirms this in one of the comments below.

      • huey says:

        I see. Though that’s still a terrible thing to do, especially when you say DISAPPOINTING!!!!! In all caps, and especially when the mistake was his own fault for rushing things to try and get a review out first.

    • Aruya says:

      if im not mistaken the guy who broke the shoulder-torso connection apologize for making mistake, he pointed out that he should “swing” the shoulder-torso connection, but instead, he “pull” the connection. thats why the connection broke, sorry my english is kinda horrible

  3. GBD says:

    Hi Syd, odd question, but does this kit seem to have an extra finish like glossiness to you, similar to the Sinanju/the white on the RG Tallgeese? They didn’t advertise that for the Tallgeese and it ended up having some nice glossiness to it, so I’m wondering if this is the same way.

  4. Ragnaroc715 says:

    Well damn, I was wrong and gave Alberto some bad info. Sorry about that

    I’m kinda liking the way they’re doing the Sazabi with building the frame. Hopefully its a lot stronger than the Sinanju was.

  5. Alberto from Italy says:

    Yeah, sorry for using didas, but that’s exactly what I meant. An American friend of mine has been using that term for eons, so I never checked if it was standard English or not. My fault due to lazines… Anyway, thanks for showing the writings on the box. So it is unpainted… Quite interestng, quite great!

  6. Paul Emical* says:

    Figures…
    I know the term because of my past as a freelancer writer, I never knew it was US jargon as well.
    It seems I’ve learned something new, too. 😉

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