Gaijin Gunpla

People are probably wondering if I’ve been away or if even I’ve completely disappeared as I’ve been writing very infrequently of late. Well, I’d love to say it’s because of something cool like a new job, or moving to a bigger house, or winning the lottery, however the truth of the matter is that it is something not cool at all; illness. Don’t worry, I’m fine (for now… maybe.. actually I should probably look into that), and so is Gai-Gun Jr. though she has been dealing with some skin flare ups lately, one of which was quite severe. No, the illness can be found in my father-in-law. More specifically, in his stomach. I’ve written previously (I think almost every spring) how my in-laws live on a tropical island 1,000 kilometers south of Tokyo. As idyllic as that is, it also means they are short of important things like hospitals, so when my father-in-law started suffering from stomach pains he eventually went to the little clinic there, who checked him out, took some X-rays, and then told him to get to mainland Japan immediately. He came to Tokyo last week (the first time in 17 years!) and came to our house, spent the night, and then the next day went to the hospital. Can you see where this is going? I’ll drop a no-so-subtle hint here – think ‘C’.

Tests have confirmed that pops has stomach cancer and will need surgery to remove it, the stomach, not the cancer as it has spread to his lymphatic system and there isn’t really anything that can be done for that. The surgery is being scheduled as we speak and until then he has/will been/be staying with us as we try to make him as comfortable as possible. Obviously these kind of situations take priority over things such as Gunpla, but we have managed to settle into a little bit of a routine as my wife now uses a mixer to liquify everything he eats and I installed a satellite dish so he can watch his favourite programs in the room we all now consider his.

Because of all this I hadn’t really sat down to build anything but I did manage to make time this weekend to start on the Wing Proto, a kit I was really excited about up until last week when other more serious matters took hold in my mind. I’ll be able to focus a bit more on Gunpla during the waiting period before the surgery, but after that…

So let’s start the Proto like we start almost every kit, with the pilot.

Then just build the cockpit around him.

Interestingly, it appears the pilot seat sits right on the poly-cap for the lower torso.

The pilot seat slides in and out rather easily.

The arm posts then go on both sides.

You need to have them at a partially-open angle to allow the next piece, blue armor, to slide into place.

If you try to slide the blue part on with the arm pegs sticking straight out to the sides it won’t go on securely as these pegs…

…won’t be able to enter these holes completely.

Here’s the angle the manual recommends.

After this you can straighten out the pegs, no problem.

When it comes to the front torso piece you first slide in small, transparent parts from behind.

You’re also meant to apply stickers at this stage.

And then another sticker for that center, orb-thingy.

You’ll need to line the yellow part up perfectly with the frame piece as there are grooves around the outside.

Once you’ve got the orb and the top armor part on you can push the cockpit closed.

But we’re not done. We’ve still got those shoulder mounted vulcan cannons (or whatever they are).

When you push the top armor part into place on the shoulder vulcans it will drop a little too much to make opening it easy, so be careful and take your time opening the white piece. It will come.

Now the head, and the first step involves some very small connections.

The clear eye part on this wing is actually green.

But you still put on the green-eyed sticker.

Add the sides.

And the top.

And the trim.

The side fins (is that what they are) go on with a simple peg.

Me likey.

Now for the shoulders and these three parts.

Here is how I put them together. You’re actually looking at the underside of this section. You can flip them closed.

When constructing the main part of the shoulders you’ve got a lot of other parts to insert before closing up the sides.

Including this small part.

Trust me it’s very small.

Lay in everything and add the main frame part.

This frame part actually moves along grooves molded into the underside of the red armor parts. When you close up the shoulder assembly you then add some small white parts to the sides.

And then finish it off with the yellow parts as well as one small white part for the underside of the shoulders.

If you don’t have that white part in place it will pop off quite easily so pay attention there.

The yellow part is easy to put into the correct position thanks to how they’ve molded the underside.

It corresponds perfectly to the molding of the red part.

Now for the arms. These frame parts are all from the E runner.

But this one is from Runner F.

Were you lonely, Runner-F Frame part?

Okay, put these frame parts together.

Put the poly-cap in properly. You can mess this up.

The blue armor goes on from below and also from the top, covering the lower arm, while the white part drops onto the upper arm before finishing it by dropping in the shoulder joint.

And the (cringe) Wing hands.

Here’s the extent of the articulation of the arms with all armor on.

Plug the arm into the shoulder.

Then onto the torso.

And there you go.

You’ve got less than half the kit built. Maybe only one quarter of it.

Categories: Builds, MG, Wing Gundam Proto

19 Responses so far.

  1. Brian says:

    Prayers are going on your family’s ways from California Syd. I don’t know if everyone in the family believe in God or not but He’s there for you. Believe that, and you’ll all be okay 🙂

  2. syberio says:

    My thoughts are with you and your family. Unfortunately, I know well what you’re going through.

    But hey, maybe gunpla will be your safe harbour where you can leave those hard times for an instant. It’s Important to have that safe place.

  3. Ryan says:

    I Hope everything goes well for your family.

    I am super excited to get this kit. Gundam Wing was my first series and the Wing Zero will always be a favorite of mine. The 1/100 Hg version was my first kit as well, way back when (15 years ago….wow).

    The orb thingy is normally refered to as a “Search-Eye” I believe, which I always assume means fancy pants camera system.

    Do the shoulders actually hold the beam saber handles between the blue and white parts?

  4. Lawrence says:

    Prayers assured, Syd.

  5. BDS says:

    Syd, your website and the videos you do for HLJ have given me much enjoyment over the past few months. We appreciate everything you do as well as your commitment to the hobby. That being said, my prayers for your family as well as your father-in-law for a painless, speedy recovery.

  6. Toon song says:

    Be strong Syd

  7. Johnny B says:

    I hope things go as well as they possibly can for you and your family, Syd. We’ll be here for you.

    Johnny B

  8. Ger says:

    I hope he has an uneventful surgery and feels well soon.

  9. Tony says:

    Thoughts and prayers with you and your family. I hope that you all come through this healthy and happy. I know that the world of gunpla, including this very site, provides joy to many people around the world, and hopefully it can be a source of joy to you in this difficult time. We all would rather have you take care of what’s important to you before giving your time to is, I’m sure. Best wishes.

  10. GNParticles says:

    Best to your father-in-law. Please let him know that he has friends around the world that although he doesn’t know about us, we’re wishing him the best.

  11. ClayCannonII says:

    My prayers go out to you and your family.

  12. ClayCannonII says:

    My prayers go out to you and your family.

  13. wallz says:

    good luck to you and your family syd

  14. Mathai says:

    Our thoughts are with you in this difficult time. Hope all goes well.

    Matt and family

  15. AL says:

    My prayers go to your father-in-law and the family. Hope everything will get better day by day.

  16. zetaone71 says:

    My prayers for your family Syd. Thank you for all you do for the world of Gunpla, and for sharing your passion with us.

  17. mykman05 says:

    My prayers for your Family Syd, especially for your father-in-law.

  18. NoobSauce says:

    Sending over some positive vibes to Japan. Hope the best for your family.

  19. Tony says:

    Finally got around to starting this, and I wish they’d gone with having silver stickers behind the 2 small green slits on the torso rather than having green foils on the front. I scratched up one of the two stickers, which made it look uneven, so had to take them off and the plastic isn’t a bright enough green on its own. Other than that pretty much the same torso I’ve built twice in the Wing Zero Custom and Wing VerKa.

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