Gaijin Gunpla
There are lots of them!

The Victory Gundam, although very small when compared to other MG kits, has the transformation gimmicks requiring it to have a lot of articulation. In other words, there are lots of small parts.

My partner in crime on this build, The American Salaryman in Tokyo has already blogged about the size/pieces of this kit so I don’t feel the need to repeat him. You can read what he has to say here.

Instead, the first thing I will talk about is polycaps. Yes, all gunplars should know what those things are and most of us have a rather large collection of spare ones as the runners for polycaps are often interchangeable between kits.

The polycaps for the Victory Gundam, on the other hand…Those are them. All six of them. At first I was rather surprised as I have not encountered this before, but then after some thinking I realized that these are awesome! Normally the polycaps for joints are a half circle, concave piece into which you push the ball joint. This is seen in many a gundam’s hip joints. I have found that those concave polycaps tend to expand with use over time creating a loose joint.

The V Gundams polycaps are pushed onto a rod and attached like so:
I am going to hypothesize (ya, take that! I still have a large english vocabulary) that this will allow the joint to stay stiffer, longer [giggety]. I mean, it will hold up for a longer period of time.

Here you can see the groundbreaking polycaps used on the waist unit.
While I am mentioning the waist unit allow me to say that the design is very cool. Of course, we expect that kind of thing from Katoki-san, ne.

Here is a shot of the waist unit closed and then opened. Notice the little latch that catches to keep it closed.

Other than the waist unit the only other sections of the V I have assembled is the legs. I have left a piece off until the painting process is complete. I will explain in more detail at a later date.

I have also prepared the blue and red pieces for painting. Some of the pieces are very tiny, even by MG standards. For these pieces I have left them on the sprue and just cut away a section of the runner.

The rest are staged as I normally do it; yakitori sticks, chopsticks, and Australian Blue-tac.

The weather is supposed to be very nice this weekend so I will have the painting and touch-ups done by Sunday night. Then nothing will stop me on my quest for world domination, I mean, for assembly of the V Gundam.

Categories: Builds, MG, V Gundam Ver. Ka

7 Responses so far.

  1. Syful says:

    what are you doing with the sprue again?

  2. Gaijin Gunpla says:

    Hi Syful,

    For the very small pieces for the head that are being painted, I am leaving them attached to the sprue so I don't lose them.

  3. Tonzo says:

    I was similarly surprised by the RX-78 ver 2.0 only having 6 PC's for the entire kit. A feat of engineering in my books.

    Hooray for Aussie blu tac!

  4. mangyver5223 says:

    WOW, Looks like this guy is complicated when I saw the manual…

  5. marc says:

    looks good, im looking forward to your painting schemaics and stuff.

  6. moemoekyun says:

    O_O;; small I tho F91 is the smallest MG ever

  7. Gaijin Gunpla says:

    @Tonzo: I was impressed with the RX-78 Ver 2 as well. The Sinanju was my first encounter with a non-polycapped kit, but I think it was designed that way due to its size and weight. Are PC's on the way out? Well the GNX didn't think so.

    @mangyver5223: You're right it is complicated. I will right an entry giving my thoughts about that very subject.

    @marc: all painting is finished but the scheme won't be revealed until the end. Patience everyone.

    @moemoekyun: I have built the F91 and at the time was rather suprised at its small size. However, the F91 is actually taller than the V Gundam which makes the engineering of the V all the more impressive.

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