Okay so this is the final part that I worked on yesterday, the arms. I didn’t take photos of the creation of both arms, that would take too long lol, however I did take photos of the differences between the two arms. I think the differences are specifically to allow certain weapons and the shield to be attached etc. Anyway the first arm in the book that you work on is the right arm.
Alright so I skipped ahead here and what you see is the inner structure of the arm with the first parts of the armour ready to be placed onto it. The arm structure is different for both left and right as you’ll see later in a photo of the left arm. The dark grey piece is the inner structure (its upside down in this photo lol), the white piece with the squiggly line on it is the armour for the upper part of the arm, the larger white piece goes on the front of the arm, and the silver piece is underneath it (its just seen in the final construction). I panel-lined the entire inner structure, even though it gets covered up. (Some parts of it are visible though).
Front armour covering is now connected as is the upper arm (and you can see its the right way up now). This arm has a small piece attached to the bottom back of it which was a pain to clip from the runners and clean up since it was so small. I’m not yet sure what its purpose is but I suspect I will find out after the full structure of the gundam is complete. First parts of the blue armour are now appearing here too. The black piece doesn’t actually seem to click into the arm unit, and I’m not sure what its for yet.
The construction of the hand is now about to get underway. Unlike many other gundam model kits, the hands on an MG are more maneuverable (sp?) in that its index and thumb can move about independently of the rest of the fingers which are joined together. This makes it easier for the posing of the hand as well as the different grasps of weapons. Here you can see that black piece I was talking about earlier being placed into the back of the arm unit. It doesn’t fall out easily however its not actually clicked in there either. I’m thinking that it gets pulled out for the insertion of the shield or perhaps something else.
Right arm completed. It looks good so far! You can see the hand how it is set up and how the fingers can be moved about. The top of the arm is the ball-joint for connecting to the body. It will be hidden from view when the shoulder is created. After I completed this arm, I then went onto create the left arm which is slightly different.
This is the inner structure for the left arm. You can immediately see there is a difference with this extra extension out the back of the arm. This gets covered but I’m not sure on what its uses will be just yet. Underneath the ‘wing’ is an extra part which can actually slide in and out while remaining connected to the arm unit. It has a connector piece attached to it which will be covered with an armour piece, again I’m not sure what this is for just yet, it could be the hiding space for the beam saber weapon.
Left arm completed. As you can see the blue armour covers up the ‘wing’ itself, and there’s an extra white armour piece on the outside of that which is what is connected to that slide out piece. I’m still thinking its for the beam sabers but we’ll see later on! Now we move onto creating the shoulder pieces.
Here is the construction of the shoulder piece. Both shoulders are exactly the same so I only took photos of one under construction. You are looking at it from the outside – ie when the shoulder is sitting in place, this part you can see. The white and grey bits are extremely tiny and were a pain to get out of the runners, clean up and then put onto the unit. Four pieces for each shoulder. The large grey piece it is sitting on is the connector to the body. The shoulder piece does not actually connect to the arm, it just covers it.
Shoulder piece is completed. As you can see the armour has been placed on to cover everything up. The black piece you can see is the connector to the body. This connector moves allowing the entire shoulder unit to lift up, making it easier to slip over the body-arm connector. Once placed over that, the arm itself can be connected to the body, then the shoulder is moved back into place and it covers the ball joint and connectors.