Gaijin Gunpla

The First Look had me all excited.

I am ready to go nuts on the RG Hi-Nu Gundam and this build starts on my favourite part of a kit, and possibly my favourite part of the Hi-Nu itself.

The legs.

This is a new Real Grade kit so that means the B runner isn’t used much in the frame build and instead we get runners (and runners!) of frame. I’ll be using both of this runner.

Ooh, these look interesting.

Kind of reminds me of the frame parts we see in those MG Zaku II 2.0 builds.

This leg build is x 2 (both legs assembled at the same time).

Start with these two parts and slide them together.

This frame makes up the base of the foot so there are some armour parts to go on next.

Then you’ll add the frame parts for the front half of the foot.

Blue armour parts, a top and a bottom, are next.

Watch out for undergates.

There will be a lot on this kit.

Add your top white armour piece.

Then you have the blue part that makes up the end of the foot and the thruster that goes on at the bottom.

That thruster has to go on a specific way.

The final part of the foot is the ankle joint frame.

A very small foil sticker fits into place on both sides.

I’m rusty so it was tough to line up those small stickers. For my second attempt, on the second ankle assembly, I opted to place the stickers on before final assembly of the joint.

Two big, beautiful feet.

Now for the legs and things get interesting right away.

That ‘gold’ piece is part of the pistons. I love this idea. Back in the day when I was painting kits I often used gold and silver for frame parts representing pistons and such. Close that up and then work on another joint.

Plug that joint into a frame part for the upper leg, add the frame with the gold piece to the bottom to form the knee.

With that done you’ll add more frame below that and include the silver part which slides into the gold part used previously/

Are those ridges? Similar to Perfect Grade kits?

The silver rods are one piece whereas in Master Grade kits the rods are separated. That shouldn’t matter as I don’t think the end will be exposed enough when the joint is bent.

Here is what we’ve got so far and a look at the articulation.

So now it’s time for the lower leg and this guy has some long legs so this next frame piece is sizable.

There is a small frame part you’re meant to put into place before straightening the leg.

It slots in at the top of the lower leg frame right next to the ridged circle.

When you straighten the leg that small frame part you just put in is mostly covered.

Find the thruster for the back of the leg and it’s white housing.

Working on the back of the leg, you’ll add the first armour part to the upper leg, a small frame part that has its home just below the back of the knee and that thruster.

The manual tells you how these should all fit on.

I think I got it.

Before closing it up you’ll need to add the frame piece that will accept the peg from the ankle.

It may take a bit to line everything up and close everything tightly.

With those parts on I’ll provide another look at the leg articulation.

Now for the armour for the upper leg at the front and two tiny gold(ish) circles to fit onto the outsides of the knee.

Even those small circular parts have undergates?

Man, they are tough to see.

To get the upper armour part on you’ll need to bend the knee to access the corresponding frame area.

Here you can see how the upper armour separates when you bend the leg.

Onto each side of the knee area you’ll add a silver part with one more silver piece fitting onto the front of the knee.

Undergates here too!

Cut those off correctly to get a tight fit.

View from the front.

Now you’ve got a gold part for each side of the shin, a silver piece that needs to fit into place on the kneecap, and a white armour piece that will finish off the knee armour.

The trickiest part is getting that silver part lined up and pushed into place.

In front of the gold piece you’ll slide a silver part with a blue part following that.

Again, alignment is important here.

The large white armour part for the front of the lower leg goes on next.

Now for something I didn’t expect.

There are two silver parts that fit on behind that large white part. They slot onto pegs which means they can also swing somewhat.

When you’ve got them on there will be a small gap between them and the white part.

To continue you’ll drop a white part into a frame part.

Then you’ll put another white piece on and swing it downward.

This section then slides onto an area sticking out the back of the lower leg.

And remember that moving frame piece you put in place before closing up the lower leg frame? There’s an armour part that snaps onto that.

Manual says things should go on like so:

Like so?

But there is still more. The section of the lower leg that still lacks armour gets it now but to do that you’ll attach those armour parts to little frame parts.

There’s a little bit of movement there.

Push that frame part into the side of the leg.

Push it in all the way and close up all that armour snug against the frame.

Some shots of things when the armour is tucked in.

Same shots with things opened up.

Final shot of articulation before we designate which is right leg and which is left.

What determines right or left is the way the hip joint peg faces.

Feet on!

That was awesome!

Categories: Builds, Hi-Nu Gundam, RG

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