Saturday, October 23, 2010

HCM-Pro Gouf Custom Part 3

The impossible split!

After the weapons in the previous posting, here's a look at the details of the figure itself, and the articulation design.

Mechanical details inside the head.
The interior of the helmet has some details molded as well.

Gold and silver hydraulic pipe inside the legs. I like. ^^

The vents on the side of the legs are painted in gold.

Mechanical details inside the backpack.
The interior of the thrusters are painted in bright red.

Similar to that of the MG version, the triangular parts of the cockpit seem to be made of clear parts, but they are very hard to see with the entire body painted in such a dark color.

The shoulder armor can be flipped downwards to allow the shoulder to bend up in a great angle.

Shoulders can move to the front or to the back, just a bit.

Very wide angle of articulation for the elbow.

Front skirt armor can move upwards as an entire piece.

Gouf Custom doing the impossible split! Not once, ...

... but twice! ^^

Good articulation for the knee and ankle, pretty much to the limit of Gouf Custom's design really - the armor behind the knee touching the back of the thigh.

Mechanical details inside the leg armor.

The very awesome hip joint is a bit uncommon for Zeon MS design, which seems to be always being limited by very large leg and most importantly, skirt armors that are very hard to move. The latter is always due to the conductive pipes of the waist, which limit how much the armors can be lifted to allow the legs to move more. The design of this HCM-Pro Gouf Custom looks to me like an attempt to overturn that traditional limitation, which is very commendable. ^^

In the image showing the figure doing a sideway split, you can see how the side skirt armor is lifted and sit on the side of the thigh just right after the pose. No strain on either the skirt armor, the hip joint or the thigh. Very nice. ^^ Also, in the image showing the widest bending of the knee joint, the rear leg armor very accurately fills in the space between the back of the knee and the rear thigh armor. That's another awesome engineering point there.

Very impressive stuff presented through this HCM-Pro figure. ^^

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