Month: October 2017

Building the Shin Musha Gundam (Master Grade) – Part 10 – Gauntlets and Shield

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The final part of the body assembly is the Gauntlet and Shield accessories which attach to the forearm and shoulders respectively. We’ll also be joining the upper and lower body in this section.

So first, let’s identify which runners we need:

Then we get them out ready:

The first pieces to assemble are the Gauntlets. The main section is built first so we consult the guide:


The pieces are then cut out of their runners and laid out ready:

Then they are assembled:

Now the inner part of the gauntlet containing the attachment part is built – so we consult the guide:

The parts are cut out of their runners and laid out ready:

Then they are assembled:

Some decorative piping is now added so we consult the guide:

The parts are cut out of their runners and laid out ready:

Then they are assembled:

Next we start on the Shield – the first part is the inner structure – so we consult the guide:

The parts are now cut out of their runners and laid out:

Then they are assembled:

Now the outer plates are added – the guide is consulted first:

These are huge pieces so we’ll just go ahead and cut them out and assemble:

There are some decorative elements to add next so the guide is consulted:

The parts are cut out of their runners and laid out ready:

Then they are assembled:

Now we need to attach the Gauntlets and Shield to the upper body, then join the upper body to the lower body.

The guide is consulted first:

All the pieces are now laid out ready to be assembled:

Now the Gauntlets and Shields are attached:

We then join the upper and lower body parts together:

The weapons are the only items left – these are fairly basic pieces so won’t be covered in the guide.

Building the Shin Musha Gundam (Master Grade) – Part 9 – Backpack

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The backpack is going to be a very short section.

In the build guide, this is built as part of the waist after attaching the upper and lower body but in practice, this can be troublesome so I elected to do all the upper body work before attaching it to the lower body, starting with the backpack.

As this is a continuation of the waist build, the runners we needed were already selected.

The main element of the backpack is first so the guide is consulted:

The parts are cut out of their runners and laid out ready:

The main element is now assembled:

Next are the thrusters – four of them in all – which hook into the attachment ports running parallel to each other down each side of the main element. The guide is consulted first:

The parts are then cut out of their runners and laid out ready:

Then they are assembled and the thrusters are attached:

The backpack itself is now ready to be attached to the upper body so the guide is consulted:

The additional part needed is cut out of it’s runner and all pieces are laid out ready:

The backpack is then attached to the back of the upper body:

The next stage of the build is the Gauntlet and Shield elements.

Building the Shin Musha Gundam (Master Grade) – Part 8 – Waist

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The waist is the next piece to assemble and this will join the upper body with the legs once complete.

To start, we first determine which runners we’re going to need:

The runners are laid out ready:

The first part of the waist build is the hip joint so the instructions are consulted:

Then the parts are cut out of their runners and laid out:

They are then assembled ready to move onto the next phase of the build:

The two armoured panels on the front of the waist are next starting with the right-hand one. These panels are made up of four linked plates getting narrower as they go up.

The first plate is the bottom one so we consult the guide first:

Then we cut the parts out of their runners and lay them out:

Then we build:

The second plate is next so we consult the guide:

The parts are cut out of their runners and laid out ready:

Then the second plate is assembled:

The third plate is next so we consult the guide:

The parts are cut out of their runners and laid out ready:

Then the third plate is assembled:

The top and final plate is next so we consult the guide:

The parts are cut out of their runners and laid out ready:

Then the top plate is assembled:

The left side is then assembled – this is a mirror image of the right side so isn’t documented here.

Next is the front armour which serves to also keep the two front armour pieces in place.

The guide is consulted first:

The parts are cut out of their runners and laid out ready:

Then they are assembled:

The lower part of the front armour is next so the guide is consulted:

The parts are cut out of their runners and laid out ready:

Then they are assembled:

The front part of the waist is now ready to be assembled so we consult the guide first:

The pieces are all gathered and laid out ready:

Then they are assembled:

The back part of the waist is next so we consult the guide – there are two front plates left and right:

The left-hand plate is first so the parts are cut out of their runners and laid out ready:

Then they are assembled:

The right-hand side is a mirror image so this is not documented.

There is then a back plate to hold everything together so the guide is consulted:

The additional parts are cut out of their runners and laid out ready:

Then they are assembled:

The final part of the waist build are two flanking pieces. The guide is consulted first:

The pieces are cut out of their runners and laid out ready:

Then they are assembled:

There are two of these to assemble.

The waist is now complete so we can attach the legs:

The parts are all laid out ready:

Then they are assembled:

The next part of the build is the backpack.

Building the Shin Musha Gundam (Master Grade) – Part 7 – Legs

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The leg assembly for the Shin Musha Gundam is very complicated and will require more explanation than the other stages thus far.

The first part of the leg is the skeleton – the inner structure.

First things first, we need to identify which parts we need:

This is actually a single part so we cut it out of it’s runner and lay it out ready:

The diagram suggests we need to remove some of the pieces:

These pieces are carefully removed:

After removing the pieces, we now need to rotate the sliders which will ensure the articulation is smooth and confined to the natural movement of the joints:

This step is now performed:

There is now a screw and nut to be inserted to ensure the structure of the leg remains solid:

The parts are laid out ready for assembly:

The skeleton is now assembled:

The two lower sliders are telescopic. The one on the right is attached, the one on the left is then extended and attached also to the claw hook that is just above it.

The first of the many layers are now applied so first, we consult the instructions:

The parts are cut out of their runners and laid out ready:

They are then assembled:

Now there is another layer to be added so the instructions are consulted:

The parts are cut out of their runners and laid out ready:

They are then assembled:

The next layer also includes the attachment of the foot – first, the guide is consulted:

The additional parts are cut out of their runners and laid out ready:

Then they are assembled:

The next layer is now ready to be added so we consult the instructions:

The parts needed are then cut out of their runners and laid out:

The layer is then added:

The next layer is now added – first, the instructions are consulted:

This actually forms part of another layer but needs to be built first – the parts are cut out from their runners and laid out:

This can now be assembled ready to be included in the next layer:

The instructions for the next layer are now consulted:

The parts needed are cut out of their runners and laid out ready:

Once assembled, we can move onto the next layer:

Now the next layer is added – again, consultation of the guide first:

The parts are cut out from their runners and laid out ready:

The layer is now assembled:

Again we consult the guide for the next stage of the build:

The parts are cut out of their runners and laid out ready:

The layer is now assembled:

The guide is consulted once more for the next layer:

The parts needed are cut out of their runners and laid out ready:

The layer is then assembled:

Following this, the guide is consulted for the next stage:

The parts are cut out of their runners and laid out ready:

Then the layer is assembled ready for the next one:

The guide is consulted once more for the next step:

The parts needed are cut out of their runners and laid out ready:

Then we can assemble the layer:

The next stage is then looked up in the instructions:

The parts are cut out of their runners and laid out ready:

Then they are assembled:

The final stage of the leg is now upon us and the guide is consulted:

The parts are cut out of their runners and laid out ready:

Then they are assembled:

The left leg is a mirror image of the right leg so this is not covered in this guide.

The next piece of the Shin Musha Gundam to be built will be the waist.

Building the Shin Musha Gundam (Master Grade) – Part 6 – Feet

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The legs are next starting with the feet.

First things first, we need to identify which runners we need:

Once we have done this, we then get the runners out and lay them ready for use:

The ankle joint is the first part of the foot we need to build so first, we identify which parts we need:

There is a joint here which will join the lower leg – the parts are cut out of their runners and laid out ready:

Now we assemble the parts ready to move onto the next piece of the foot:

The bridge of the foot is next – so we first identify which parts we need:

The parts are cut out of their runners and laid out ready:

They are then assembled ready to move into the next piece:

Now we move onto the heel – once again, we identify the parts first:

Note there are some parts in brackets – this means the guide covers both left and right foot in this case.

We cut the parts required out of their runners and lay them out ready:

Now we assemble the parts to create the heel:

The instep is the next piece of the foot – so we identify the parts needed first:

The parts are cut out of their runners and laid out ready for assembly:

The instep is now assembled:

Now we need to join the ankle, bridge, instep and heel together, so we check the diagram first:

The pieces we’ve already assembled are now laid out ready to be joined together:

The foot can now be assembled:

The other foot is now built before moving onto the rest of the leg.

 

Building the Shin Musha Gundam (Master Grade) – Part 4 – The Shoulder Units

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Following on from the arm build, we now move onto the shoulder unit.

I won’t be showing the parts laid out as from reading the first three chapters, it is assumed that this will be done.

So, first things first, consult the guide to see what we need first:

The parts are cut out of their runners, laid out then assembled:

The above are then joined to a further three parts which we identify first from the diagram:

These are cut out from their runners, laid out then assembled:

Following this, there is a small decorative piece which then gets added to the above – this is identified from the diagram first:

The part is cut out from it’s runner, laid out then assembled:

The next section to build is the outer casing for the shoulder so we consult the guide first:

The additional parts are cut out of their runners, laid out and then assembled:

Notice there is an attachment port on the left – we are now going to build the attachment itself so the guide is consulted first:

The three pieces needed are cut out of their runners, laid out then assembled:

The shoulder unit is then completed by assembling all the pieces we’ve just build together along with some decorative piping. The guide is consulted first:

The additional parts (the piping) are cut out of their runners, laid out then assembled:

The left shoulder unit is a mirror image of the right one and is not covered in this guide.

Next stage is bringing the body, head, arms and shoulders together.

Building the Shin Musha Gundam (Master Grade) – Part 3 – The Arms

After the body and head, the arms come next.

The arms consist of the shoulder, upper arm, forearm, wrist and hands.

First thing firsts, we find out which runners are needed:

Next, we consult the guide and get an overview of what the arm is going to look like:

Final preparation is selecting the runners and laying them out ready:

So, on with the build itself.

The first piece to assemble is the shoulder joint itself – this is the actual part that will connect to the body.

The parts are identified first by consulting the instructions:

Next, they’re cut out of their runners and laid out:

Then they are assembled:

As you can see, this has two axis.

Next, we move onto the casing for the joint, so we consult the instructions first:

The parts are then cut out of their runners and laid out ready:

Then they are assembled:

The part protruding down will join the upper arm whereas the other joint will be to the body.

After the shoulder casing, the build now moves onto the skeleton of the arm featuring the elbow joint so we consult the build guide again:

Next, the parts are cut out of their runners and laid out ready:

Notice there are two joints here in addition to the elbow joint – these join with the shoulder and hands respectively.

The inner arm is now assembled:

Next to assemble is the outer wrist armour which consists of two parts. The guide is consulted first:

The parts are cut out of their runners and laid out ready:

They are then assembled:

There is an attachment port on the outside of the wrist as you can see on the illustration above.

This is now going to be attached to the inner arm so we consult the guide first:

The additional parts are cut out of their runners and they’re then laid out along with the inner arm we build earlier:

The assembly then takes place. Note that the new parts slide right up to the elbow joint of the inner arm:

Now the arm is joined to the shoulder joint we assembled earlier along with the armour for the upper arm. The diagram is consulted first so we know which additional parts we need:

The additional parts are cut out of their runners and laid out with the other parts already assembled:

And then they are assembled ready for the next part of the build:

The right hand is next to build so the guide is consulted once again to determine which parts we need:

This model has a movable index finger and thumb so the parts are cut out of their runners and laid out first:

They are then assembled:

The fingers are somewhat loose at the moment so there is another section of the hand to build which binds it together. The guide is consulted first to determine which parts are required:

The parts are cut out of their runners and laid out along with the previously assembled hand:

The hand is then assembled:

Before moving on, the debris from the cutting out is cleared,

The final part of the right arm is bringing all the assembled parts together with some additional decorative pieces so the guide is consulted first:

The additional parts are cut out of their runners and laid out with the previously assembled pieces:

The arm is now assembled:

The left arm is a mirror image of this so no need to cover the build itself here.

The next part of the build is the shoulder unit.

Building the Shin Musha Gundam (Master Grade) – Part 2 – The Head

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In this part, I am going to be assembling the Head.

As before, the first task is to determine which runners are needed by consulting the instructions:

Once I’ve done this, I then lay the runners out:

 

First first part of the head assembly is the face which is in the middle of the head itself so first we consult the diagram to see what parts we need:

The parts are then cut out of their runners and laid out:

The part that goes at the back of this set of three requires eye decals so these are carefully peeled off the paper and applied accordingly:

There is also a small decal to be applied to the piece jutting forward at the top – this will be visible once the outer head is assembled:

With these in place, the face can be assembled:

Note the decal we just applied has become lopsided – this will be fixed back into place before the front of the face is assembled.

Next, we check the diagram for the next part which is the front and rear of the head:

The parts are cut out of their runners and laid out:

 

The atlas joint needs to be inserted first before the back and front of head are joined:

With this in place, the head can be assembled:

Note the decal at the top which has been correctly aligned before assembly.

There are a couple of decals to apply before moving onto the neck armour – first, the back of the head:

There are also two decals for the front of the head either side of the forehead:

Now these are added, the diagram is consulted to find out what we need for the neck armour:

 

The parts are cut out of the runners and laid out ready:

Now they are assembled:

The diagram is consulted and the cheek guards are next:

The parts are cut out of their runners and laid out ready:

The cheek guards each have a decal to be applied so this is done next:

The cheek guards can now be inserted into the front of the head:

The final part is the forehead decoration so I consult the instructions first:

The parts are cut out of their runners and laid out ready:

Finally, the decoration is attached:

In the next instalment, I will be building the Arms.