Tuesday, December 6, 2011

MG Char's Gelgoog Ver. 2.0 Part 17

The trump feature

More images of the just completed MG Char's Gelgoog Ver. 2.0 for this posting, but before that, a bit of mentioning on equipping all the weapons to the model first:

The beam saber is mounted to the back via a dedicated connector part mentioned in Part 11.

Adjustment of the arm and peg joint behind the shield ...

... to mount the latter to the back of the kit as well.

A fully equipped MG Char's Gelgoog Ver. 2.0: ^^

Closeups on the details:

The only pose I can think of to for the cockpit hatch XD

With the shield mounted on the back, it's time to look at the extension arm's mechanism for the hand to reach for the shield, which is a heavily promoted feature for this kit.

The extension arm allows the shield to slide to the left hand side of Gelgoog.

Detached the shield from the back for a closer look at the extension arm's action.

The left arm needs to be bent backward before sliding the hand into the shield's handle.
It's a mighty cumbersome configuration that requires the entire shoulder armor to move at the same time. ^^;

Jackpot! ^^
After numerous attempt, the hand can be slide into the handle compartment.
The extension arm is then removed from the back of the model to pose with the shield freely.

This better not be the actual mecha design of Gelgoog, because if it has to spend that much time and effort reaching for the shield, it would have been shot down long before the shield can be deployed. ^^;

For this Master Grade kit, this "special" feature is just too awfully troublesome. It kind of makes you wonder which component is more important: the extension arm? or the actual shield itself? ^^; For me, there's really no point trying to extend the shield from the back of the kit, when the entire thing needs to be detached at the end of that step anyway. It's even more meaningless considering you need to bend the shoulder armor and elbow a lot in order to get the hand to slide into the handle compartment. ^^; I really don't want to be bothered about this feature anymore.

By the way, the ability for Gelgoog to have its shield mounted on the back isn't unique really. Its rival Gundam RX-78-2 has this feature as well. I've never seen any model kit of Gundam RX-78-2 trying to explain and implement how it can reach for its shield when it's mounted on its back, I really don't see why Gelgoog needs to do so. ^^

Action poses from MG Char's Gelgoog Ver. 2.0 coming up next.

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