Gaijin Gunpla

This week has been really busy with the end of the month approaching and the Black Friday and whatnot. I’ve been putting in some late nights and haven’t been able to sit down and write anything for the blog much less build a model kit. But, I don’t need to! While I haven’t written any WIP posts on the Zeta yet, I have built it. In fact, I had the suit completely assembled within three hours of posting the First Look post. That said, I’m not going to do the entire WIP in a single post because it would be far too long. At last count I had 155 pictures to go through so rather than take on that large task I will break the WIP up into several parts of which this is the first one. Don’t worry (or maybe you should worry) there will be lots of pictures in this post anyway.

So here’s the frame runner. As you can see it looks similar to the frame runners on the previous RGs when it comes to layout and size but there are far more differences than similarities.

Here’s a shot showing the RX-78-2 marking sheet (below) compared with the sheet for the Zeta. Size up!

Here is the runner which holds the majority of the armor pieces.

Check out the detail!

So the first thing you do is cut off the frame part for the foot assembly.

As I warn everyone in Real Grade posts, take some time to work in the frame before applying any armor. This will allow you to grasp the frame firmly and reduce the risk of breaking something.

The front part of the foot is first. Only two pieces.

Then follow that up with two pieces for the rear.

They go on like so.

Before putting both on I took a moment to play with the joint design in the foot/ankle.

Just a little hint at the transformation can already be seen.

After applying the ankle armor piece to the top of the foot you put on a tiny wedge-shaped red piece at the bottom of the heel. This then flattens out allowing the foot to stand upright.

Working our way upwards the leg frame is next.

Doesn’t look like any RG leg frame I’ve had experience with.

Be sure to work it through its range of motion and loosen things up.

For each leg a G runner is used almost entirely.

These uniquely-shaped pieces sandwich the leg frame.

Then these smaller black pieces do the same to the bottom.

Then again!

I like the grooves in the back of that frame part. That was molded as part of the frame that way. Technology is cool.

Now for these little suckers.

They are inserted into each side of the leg frame to be used later.

Now for some armor!

Yay, different color tones!

Slap the armor part for the knee on…

…then tilt it forward so you can proceed.


This part is obviously for the side of the lower leg but first you need to insert/attach a couple of the G runner pieces.

Then place them onto the leg frame.

Now for this small little contraption.

This will be for the back of the leg.

Now to get the foot onto the leg.

The frame part of the lower leg attaches to the ankle joint and then onto the lower leg frame.

Add the lower leg armor flap.

Then add the larger armor pieces to the leg front and back.

‘Yellow’, he thought.

Inside of the leg is finished.

For the outside you first put on a frame piece followed by the yellow.

There she is.

After building the leg all that’s left of the G runner is three parts.

Now for the skirt and the first part is rather small.

This, too, is from the frame runner and has movement. In fact, that’s what you do first. Bend it 90 degrees and then attach it to some frame parts.

Here’s what the skirt frame looks like at that point.

There are lots of moving parts.

Now for Zeta’s.. um.. groin.

The next step involves moving stuff out of the way, inserting a part, then putting the moved parts back. Aw heck, I’ll just show you.

Rear portion of the skirt frame viewed from the side.

I think we’ve found a locking mechanism.

When you get this far you move on to the torso build.

Here’s the first part for that. Again it’s the B frame part and it articulates.

Add the little neck frame part there.

Now the head. Start with the eyes.

Like every other RG (Skygrasper aside) you get two choices for the eyes.

I went with the easy one.

Now to add the vulcan piece.

I’m disappointed that this piece is white but I’m happy that it is a separate piece. I can paint the vulcans easily.

Zeta facemask.

These attach to the funky frame part.

Add this very small red part.

And the side armor parts.

You’ve got something resembling a Zeta head.

The next step is to add the yellow collar piece but I found that the step afterwards was kind of difficult with that piece on so I took it back off and put it aside until later.

That difficult thing? The V fin.

These parts are small.

Insert these from above until they ‘click’ into place.

Now I can put that yellow collar back on.

The head assembly then attaches to the skirt.

Notice how it can slide up and down.

Lock that into place with frame parts on either side.

The lower torso is comprised of just two parts.

This little section that sticks out from the bottom…

…snaps into the side of the torso frame.

And some blue for the torso.

Now you have to join the torso and legs together.

But the torso isn’t done, you say. That’s right. You actually come back to that after the legs are on. To get the legs on you insert the top of the leg frame into the hole in the skirt frame.

But this doesn’t snap into place and of course there are no poly-caps. To secure the leg to the skirt you need this piece.

It’s small.

It slides into a groove locking the leg onto the skirt.

Which gives you this funky looking Zeta.

And it’s there that I will stop.

What does everyone think so far?

Categories: Builds, RG, Zeta

15 Responses so far.

  1. Tony says:

    Wow…. I’ve built a Master Grade and a half, but dang is that a complex build. Very cool, looks like a very attention demanding kit, which is nice.

    • Tony says:

      Also, glad to see you’re back… lol worried that we literally buried you under a pile of Gunpla after that sale and that you’d been trapped for days.

  2. Yuri Barbosa Ordeste says:

    The level of engineering… F*ck space travelling, this is where it’s at!

  3. Kefka says:

    I’m gonna say sid the reason the guns were not in separate colors is that Zeta has white guns

  4. ClayCannonII says:

    So sharing this on Facebook

  5. Mick says:

    The engineering is really comprehensive for such a small kit. Even tho I got the zeta 2.0, you just convinced me to get the RG aswell. I realy dig the decals for RG’s aswell 😀

  6. Fermar says:

    Nice to know that Bandai did the colors on the clear parts right in this RG installment unlike the previous ones(Freedom, Justice) which are just clear… Now RG fans don’t have to worry about color discrepancies on the clear parts on the RG Zeta this time…

  7. Paul Emical* says:

    Is it only me, or does the last photo look odd/creepy?

    Probably it’s just that I can’t figure out the proportions at this stage of the build, but the head seems too low… as if it was stuck inside the chest…

  8. cipher says:

    you stop at a weird moment…

  9. NoobSauce says:

    That was an exhausting read.

  10. ClayCannonII says:

    Is it just me or does the inner frame look blue in the first picture

  11. Dan says:

    Wow, just Wow. That is an amazing kit. Can’t wait to get one.

    Sid I am guessing that you will be doing some panel lining. I was wondering how you will be doing that.

    Thanks for the great read!

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