Gaijin Gunpla

I teased you, and myself, with Part 1 of the
PG Unleashed RX-78-2 Gundam build but now this is the big time.

I am about to, wait for it…

Unleash this kit on you.

I intend to provide as much information, document as much as I can, and show as many images as necessary to do that. This is a build different than what we are used to seeing and I want the WIP posts to reflect that.

Be forewarned, this first WIP session ended with me having taken 159 pictures!

Let’s begin with Phase 01>02


This session is for the Legs and Waist.

Legs-Frame

There are the runners I will be using. What are the little red arrow things pointing at positions on the runners? They appear on the runner list at the start of the build.

Top part lists the main runners.

Then below that is the sub runners.

Here is the stack.

No wait, these runners are meant to be separated, as shown by the red dotted lines dividing them in the runner list.


Main runners I’ll need on the left and what I don’t on the right.

So what I’ll be using for the legs is actually these.

And the sub runners I’ll need.

Oh, and these.

I’ll need to go back to the runner list page to review the instructions on how to use them.

Let’s actually build!

Gonna need this.

I am getting RG vibes here.

Elongate that leg frame.

While doing so pop in the little section that will move as the leg bends/unbends.

Turn the top peg 90 degrees and the bottom peg 180.

I’m putting the pistons on the shin first which means I am using a plated silver part and the red housings.

Wait a minute.

What’s that little symbol?

It’s a legs symbol. Could that be what those little red arrows at the start of the build section are pointing at?

Looking at the other runners involved.


Yup, legs.

And this runner…

Yup. But the half the runner I broke off before starting…

Those are for arms.

Interesting. I guess this is meant to help you organize your parts better? I don’t really think it helps with the actual assembly in any way.

But in case you’re a newbie and don’t know what this is.

It’s for the shield.

And these.

They’re used all over.

I think maybe the best reason to have something like this would be if you’re short on space or perhaps travelling with limited space in your luggage but wanted to bring some Gunpla to assemble in your down time you could break off everything for the legs (or arms, or chest, etc) and just put those in your suitcase.

So let’s get back to building, I’ll take that red and silver plated part and put them into place on the shin.

Put the armour parts on at the top.

If you’re like me and want to see those pistons in action be careful as you move things because the piston isn’t actually secured in there yet.

Now for the frame parts that go on the sides of the knee.

Next up are small silver and gold plated parts meant to join together.

You’re told to tightly fit as far as they can go. To ensure you’ve got it check the back.

This fits into two frame parts that will fit onto the front of the knee and likely make up the kneecap.

Two small parts go on at the top of the knee.

Next you’ll secure the top of the piston setup with two frame parts.


The large frame parts that fit around the upper leg clamshell on from both sides.

This is interesting because with other PG kits they go on front and back and move independently as the leg bends. There is none of that here.

Next frame parts go around the ankle main frame.

You can see how much travel there is for that up and down.

Now the frame parts for the sides of the lower legs.

What’s this?

Huh?

Interesting. It’s telling me I’m done with a certain runner and can dispose of it.

It’s right!

With that the leg frame seems to be done.

Now for the foot. You’ll start with these two parts.

Manual says push that peg into the larger hole.

But um.. That smaller hole…

…becomes the larger one if I turn the part over.

I’ll just wing it.

That then fits between two more frame parts.

Add two more, no three more, frame parts starting by putting a small one at the end between the other two going on.

There’s some movement there.

Now three more frame parts are brought in to make up the front end of the foot.

With the foot completed you attach it to the end of the leg.


I always love just how tall Perfect Grade kits stand.

Now to add certain things. The first is a small light gray frame part to a place just behind the top of the knee.

And these.

The runner informs you there are undergates to be dealt with. The first instance of such with this kit.

And here we go.

Here come the etching parts.

Ready!

And remember…

I guess like this.

Looks great. But you have to cover it up.

More light coloured frame is next but this time they are bigger and go around the lower leg.

And parts from the same runner go on the bottom of both sections of the foot.

Ankle frame.

These also get some nice gold circles.

And there we go.

Manual shows you what it can do.

Let’s try.

When assembling the left leg I jumped around a bit preparing certain parts before the manual indicated I would, like putting the etching parts onto the small frame parts before putting those frame parts onto the leg.

And there they are.

And here is the stack of used runners that can be disposed of.

Remember to recycle everyone.

Can’t stop now. It’s time for the…

Waist-Frame

Main runner parts.

The stack.

The stack separated as per the manual.

Which means I’m using only these.

Sub runners.

Look at that.

The manual actually shows you what those runners should look like at this point of the build.

Yup.

RG type frame is used for the Waist as well.

And Poly-caps.

And…

Stickers?

Oh boy.

Poly-cap goes into main frame runner part.

Then a second, smaller one has a place. The same PC part fits into a second frame part.

Another frame part gets a PC part and a small frame part inserted.

You’ll join the frame sides you’ve got so far.


And then, you guessed it, add more PC parts to more frame parts.

Combine!

At this point a small gold-plated pin looking part is inserted into one side of the front of the frame and you’ll also be putting on stickers, one on each side near that pinhole.

It can only be inserted a certain way.

Nothing goes on from the other side.

Frame part goes on from the top.

It’s hel there by two small pegs.

Now the moment you’ve all been waiting for. You get to attach the legs.

And then add a frame part by inserting it in the top.

Now to prepare your skirting. You first need two of these.

They will fit onto the large skirt frame part.

Do the same for parts of opposing orientation.

That gives you two different pairs.

Now for the RG frame.

Bend it as instructed.

Rotate those three sections upwards.

You’ll then place that RG frame into other frame parts.

Onto this you’ll add the skirt frames, one of each, that you just assembled.

Swing those skirts down and add the larger side skirt.

You’ll do the whole thing again for the opposite side.

These will join with the main skirt frame by plugging in.

Those large pegs.

Fit into the holes in the upper half of the waist.

Oh, baby.



Having done that I pondered why Bandai called this section the Phase 01 and 02. I checked the Phase progression in the manual again.

Phase 01 seems to be just the RG type frame and bare minimum frame elsewhere. Hmm. To show that I’d have to…


Disassemble it to some degree.


My half Phase 1, half Phase 2 PG!


While I think I made some good progress, and good time doing so, that was still a couple of hours of work and that’s a good place to stop.

Categories: Builds, PG, Unleashed RX-78-2

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