Gaijin Gunpla

[I was planning on putting these posts up in September but other content caused these to be pushed back a bit.  Therefore, I declare October to be PG Aile Strike Clear Armor Version Month!  Oh, and there’s that contest this month, too.]


Last month, due to scheduling conflicts at work, I found myself unable to accompany my family to our yearly Obon Holiday destination of Chichijima (父島). While I was definitely disappointed, I decided to take the opportunity of being alone and put together the Perfect Grade Aile Strike Clear Armor Version.

Actually, I initially felt a little reluctant to crack this kit open as I was putting the finishing touches on Courage and starting a PG kit while not finished my first one seemed ludicrous, but when opportunity knocks you can’t turn out the lights and pretend you’re not home. So one morning, I woke up earlier than I felt like and sat down on the living room floor with my laptop, ready to build this Perfect Grade kit while watching The Office.

This kit is the PG Strike and the PG Skygrasper thrown into one box but molded with clear armor. It’s a special release for Bandai’s 30th anniversary of Gunpla.

So I got to work.

[Note: While I built this thing in a day I’m not going to make just one WIP post on this thing. There are far too many picture for that.]

What’s inside the box?

A whole lotta parts! And the instruction and construction manuals.

Check out ma sword!

With The Office Season 1 Episode 1 starting up on the screen in front of me I cut the first parts off of the runners.

[Note: A lot of this build is very similar to the PG Strike Freedom so you’ll see a lot of what you’ve already seen and I will try not to be redundant. I also am not going to be putting any of the armor parts on as I want to see the frame completed first.]

Just like the Strike Freedom we start at the bottom with the feet. This makes sense when you think about it. This thing is massive and heavy and needs to have the legs assembled to hold up the other parts you will build afterwards.

Here’s the first part of the foot. Look familiar?

This is the subsection which will attach to the bottom of the leg. The next step is to build the foot around it. Yay, for those metal looking parts.

Already I’m noticing the extra details on the frame. One of the reasons I wanted to build this kit is because the clear armor will allow the frame to be mostly visible so detailing the frame will really pay off.

With the foot frame done I move to the legs. I also move on to episode 2 of The Office.

Here’s the die cast part for the legs. Why were there no die-cast parts on the Strike Freedom, hmm?

Next I added the little moving parts on the leg frame. The PG Strike Freedom sure took a lot from this kit.

It’s got those metal pieces I like so much.

Here’s a display of this joint’s articulation.

Now to add some moving parts.

With a few more pieces add the knee is looking good.

Moving on I constructed this little contraption.

It, and a few other moving parts, go inside the lower leg frame.

Another metal looking piece.

It’s good of Bandai to include these kinds of parts. With the amount of pieces and the large range of articulation a lot of the actuators are visible. Making them metal (looking) really makes it feel that this is a giant machine. That said, there’s still a lot of work to be done on the frame to make it even better.

Leg and foot frame connected.

At this time I was halfway through episode 3 (or was it 4?).

Slap on the ankle frame.

And build the hip joints.

And you’ve got a leg.

But legs are useless unless they can work together. For that you need a waist.

Another die-cast part is utilized here.

Enclose that in a frame.

This is definitely more streamlined and less complicated than the PG Strike Freedom’s waist.

Now to add the front and rear frame pieces.

The parts for the side armor are, for now, simple. As I’m leaving the armor off I only need to go this far.

And here he is! Well, here the lower half of him is. It’s still an impressive looking lower half. “That’s what she said!”

8 Responses so far.

  1. Joe says:

    I should do this, just wake up early one day and start building… I would probably not get too far because I refuse to use foil stickers. I paint everything I can, and some places you just can’t paint once assembled…

  2. Busterbeam says:

    i still think the strike is the best pg ever made.

  3. fury-s12 says:

    wow i love the detail on the frame, im a fan of painted frames but not having the skill or eyesight to do such a thing seeing detail like that plus the metal look bits on top makes me happy, being a PG virgin do all PGs have that level or just clear parts ones?

    also what are the differences between diecast parts and regular “forgotten name” manufactured parts i can only assume strength?

  4. Syberio says:

    Die Cast are real metal parts

    someday i will have a perfect grade strike!!

    it will look great besides my RG strike ^^

  5. Hypnos says:

    PG kits are way out of my budget :P, i mean, i really want to buy the PG Strike freedom and i can afford it, but customs and taxes are going to kill me xD.
    there is something about the PG kits that i love, the attention to detail on the inner frame and all the articulations, is like building an engine.
    Seeing all the parts on the runner and you scratch your head thinking “how the hell all of this is a leg?” but once you are on it, everything starts to make sense in your head, all the parts moving, as if it was a real machine.

  6. Hypnos says:

    BTW… do i see an ACER Ferrari Notebook on the final picture ? 😛

  7. Dennis says:

    I really need to get up the courage to start my PG Strike Rouge. Every so often I get the box out; say I should build it; then I put it back. I don’t know, never had cold feet about any model before.

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