Gaijin Gunpla

Last time I showed the first stages of the MG Barbatos build which ended up being only the torso and head. That’s less than I wanted to show but the torso actually too longer than I had anticipated to put together, even without adding the armour, and I also didn’t have the time to go beyond that.

Well, I’ve found the time to work on the kit again and I’ve got quite a bit to show you so this post could be long.

Here is where the arms start, with the shoulder joints. To prepare for the actual shoulder armour you only drop on one more frame part.

You then move on to assembling what looks to be the upper arm and elbow.

As well as preparing the longer forearm.

The forearm assembles around the bottom of the elbow.

The final stage of the arm frame has you add a silver piston at the back and a cuff at the bottom.

To connect that to the previously assembled shoulder frame you first plug the shoulder peg into the upper arm and then a single frame part slides on from the front.

Here’s the first part of the hand assembly.

Follow that up with blurry parts for the back of the hand, the thumb, and the part you choose for the fingers.

As usual I chose the closed-fist look.

There’s the completed arm frame. Like I did with the torso I’m not putting any armour on yet.

Legs are after the arms and, like them, you start off with the joints that will connect them to the torso.

Unlike the shoulder joints, the hip joints will use parts off this runner.

The parts are designed in such a way that they can only go on in one place thus making their position unmistakable.

Here are the parts that start off construction of the feet.

Around the cylinder you assemble a moving frame part that looks to be the ankle connection to the lower leg.

Once that’s on snap on one frame part that is there to sandwich the large flipper feet frame parts around.

Flexible flappy flipper feet!

That ankle sure has some swivel.

So here’s what was done as x2.

Now it’s time to be right.

Right away I’m taking the hip socket and placing it into a small piece that will fit into the largest frame part for the upper leg.

After that add a piston housing and a second upper leg frame piece that looks to complete it.

Next you’ll add two circular parts at the knee, fitting around a piston that is first slid into its home.

Next joint these two parts.

You’ll fit this into two frame parts that go around the circle part that, so far, is Barbatos’ knee.

Into a hollow on one side you’ll plug on this slender frame piece.

It actually joins by fitting onto a peg that is down in that hollow.

If you can’t see that peg you’ll need to swivel the knee/lower leg frame parts around to bring it into a position where you fit on this next piece.

Recognize this piece?

It’s the part that came off one of my C runners when I was first starting the kit. When I was writing the first WIP post, I think I mistook it for the similar looking piece that fits into the neck. I’m correcting myself here.

It fits loosely into place and isn’t secure until a step or two later.

No one will object to a little bit of gold here.

This gold/frame part joins a piston housing in sitting inside the very long lower leg frame piece.

Join that large piece to the leg frame you’ve got so far making sure that the loose-fitting part is in its proper positin so that you can close everything up.

You can now plug the foot onto the leg frame and add another piston as a sort of Achilles tendon.

That’s a nice leg frame.

Now joined by another one.

That means I need a waist and I will have myself a completed MG Barbatos frame.

Categories: Barbatos, Builds, MG

3 Responses so far.

  1. Trevor Engbers says:

    I’ve heard of people having issues with the for design and breaking parts, which may just be builder error, but I was wondering if you encountered any issues there? I’m pretty much waiting for you to finish your build before I start on my own; the insights are quite useful

  2. Chin says:

    Yes, the hook joint between the leg and foot is very easy to come loose. So after I fixed the posture, I actually glued the joints.

  3. Darth Mingus says:

    Yeah, the hook piston on the foot is not as solid as the other ones on the frame, but the armour will help hold it in place. Overall, the frame is is pretty solid if you treat it with care. I can see people breaking parts if they twist the wrong way, but the plastic used in modern master grades is much more forgiving than the ABS they used to use (I’m looking at you Sinanju!!).

    If you assemble and disassemble to paint, keep in mind that the shoulder and hip joints are locked in place with frame parts (in the forearms and upper thigh areas, respectively). Yanking on the balls without removing the frame parts could lead to breakage.

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