Gaijin Gunpla

Part 2 of the PG Unleashed RX-78-2 Gundam was a whopper but that is expected when you’re assembling the legs and waist.

Don’t worry. Part 3 won’t be as big. There’s only 136 images for this one. With all these images for only 3 parts so far, plus the First Look post, plus that remote First Look post, and this may end up being the most photographed kit on Gaijin Gunpla. Maybe. How would I quantify that? I don’t even want to think about it.

I just want to buiiiilllld!

So, behold, the Chest-Frame-1.

Main runner list for this section.

Here’s the stack.

But two of those were split off from runners used in the assembly of the legs.

Here’s an untouched runner.

Divide it by what’s being used (left) and what’s not (right).

Using this runner.

Or, rather, only these two parts from this runner.

So the pile of what is actually used is much smaller.

Sub runner list.

That’s these.

These we’ve seen before.

From the clear runner…

… I will use only a couple parts.

And only one part from this runner, which I can’t just spilt off.

This big white runner is involved.

But only these parts.

Sub runner stack.

And also…


The chest assembly starts with one very large frame part and a smaller one which drops into it.

After dropping the little part in you need to secure it by sliding in a clear part from the front.

Then a frame part that acts as a lever goes on.

Raise that lever up and the clear part is pulled out slightly.

Two frame parts will then go on around what looks to be the shoulder area.

Next, another clear part.

The middle of this part is meant to have a sticker.

Put that clear part onto what you have and then prepare a very large frame part.

Now for what looks like an arm joint.

Assemble a second, opposing joint.

Drop these onto the shoulder area and while you’re at it add small piece to the lever.

I realize I haven’t shown you the torso symbol (I think).

Autobots, roll out!

Grab the frame part that will act as the base of the neck and add some bling.

Speaking of the shiny, you have to add two small silver foil stickers to the inside of the frame parts that will house the neck ball joint.

Place that inside the base of the neck and connect the pistons to it.

Now to put that in its home.

That was a fair amount of assembling and that’s only the top section of the Chest. Now to build the lower half.

These parts join together and then fit onto a frame part that will make up the back of the torso.

Check out how they move.

I think this is what gives the torso it’s side to side tilt.

You’ll need two of these things.

You’ll need to fit the larger ball joint into this space.

And then swing it so it snaps into place.

Do the same with the one for the opposite side.

Now to connect the lower torso to the upper torso using… those two ball joints?

I think I see how they got it to tilt forward and at that point.

Two frame panels go on making up the sides of the Core Block chamber.

A frame part also fits onto the side, under the armpit area, by tilting the upper chest backwards.

Now for the…

Core Block, baby!

Prepare the pilot’s chair.

That little part hooks on.

And then swings down.

It will then go into the larger frame parts that make up most of the Core Block.

Add thrusters to the red armour part that fits on the bottom.

The other red piece in this stage of assembly connects to the only blue one used so far.


Needs the pilot.

Swing that arm down in front of the pilot’s face.

He will not be using The Force, apparently.

At this point you’re adding the sub runner frame parts which likely means you’re moving from Phase 01 to Phase 02.

It will be difficult to show a half and half Phase 1/2 combo because of the single parts which are used across both sides of the Chest but I’ll do what I can.

For instance, I’ll put only the part for this one side on.

However, the part for the back covers both sides.

Part for the cockpit hatch.

Part that fits just above that.

Part that goes on the base of the neck.

And one of the two parts that go around the chest vents.

This one was tricky to get on.

Part for behind one of the shoulder joints.

You need to swing that joint out to get access to the space.

Part for the upper back.

Now to see what it looks like. The manual shows how the Core Block connects to the waist.

There are four ridges in there apparently.

Secure that in there and then slide on the Chest.

There we go.

You can see the differences between Phase 01 and Phase 02, right?

This way of building reminds me of what I did when doing WIP for the MG Alex 2.0.

After finishing that I’ve depleted these runners.

Chest-Frame-2 time!

This is the backpack and here is what I need.

Guess I could separate this one.

I won’t get confused now.

I’ll need these.

I was looking forward to this part.

And these runners.

Split off this runner.

Really, I’m using only these, I think.

Into the large backpack frame you’ll lay the two clear parts which go in opposite directions.

Assemble the frame areas where the metal Verniers will attach.

They will swing instead of having the thruster pivot on a ball joint.

But at the top you’ll plug in two small, clear parts that do have ball joints.

Close up everything with another large frame part. It has a small frame part that plugs in afterwards.

Plug a small clear part, which just so happens to have a ball joint on it, into the metal Verniers.


With that done plug it onto the back.

Oops, don’t forget the red parts that insert into the verniers.

Manual shows you what your Chest can do.

There we go.

Time to stop for this round.

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

One Response so far.

  1. Darren says:

    I’m loving this series! Thanks a lot for these posts. I have the PGU sitting in my closet waiting to be built. I’ve been trying to wrap my head around how I may want to paint (or even just topcoat) the kit, and seeing your step-by-step is a huge resource.

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