Hello again folks and welcome to the second update of Let’s Build a Gundam – GP03S. Let’s jump right to it.
Here you can see the tighs of the Gundam, one built and one disassembled. What I like so far about this kit is that the inner frame and the outer armor pieces are well separated. Therefore when I will be painting this guy there should be little if any masking involved. That is a big plus for me.
The next step consisted of building the feet. Most mobile suits have thrusters underneath their feet to help with jumps under gravity and mobility in zero-g environments. Those were always a bit difficult for me to paint as the thrusters and the underside of the foot would be one molded piece. In the picture depicted above, you can see the peg designated to hold the thruster in place. From past experience, I know for a fact that once the thruster is in place I will have a hard time removing it.
I drilled a hole through the peg so that once the thruster is in place I can just use a needle through the top of the foot to push it back out to paint it separately.
What you see here are one set of the hydraulic pistons that will be showcased behind the ankle armor. I am really really excited about this. I remember having to do some very extensive and time-consuming masking to be able to paint the same type of detail on my 1/144 Hazel Gundam. With the GP03S, the pipes are one piece of plastic (picture on the left) which go through casings part of the inner frame. (picture on the right) This will make color separation much easier on me and will contribute to added realism.
Here you have the completed join systems for the ankles. The ball joint socket (yellow circle) has a fairly decent range of mobility. Combine that movement with how the pistons can move as well (red circle) it should not be a problem posing this kit on his feet. I do not like how to spread the legs of some kit to make them stand and the limited range of motion provided by the joints will make one of the feet slightly raised above the surface it is standing on.
Here you have the ankle armor for partially covering the pistons we were discussing previously. I have issues with ankle armor in general as usually the way they are made you would have to paint the pieces first and then snap them on together on the kit’s leg, at the ankle section making the removal of seam lines nearly impossible unless you come up with some sort of amazing mod. I clearly remember that problem when I painted my first 1/144 Hazel Gundam and it gives me shivers.
For the GP03S it is interesting to note that the plastic that Bandai has used for the ankle armor parts is much thinner. It can bent inward and outward very easily. Obviously you have to be careful when you are handling those pieces but it is amazing in the sense that I can put the pieces together, clean them, paint them and install them on the legs without having to worry about coming up with mods of masking strategy for painting.
That is it for today.
Stay tuned for the next part!