Wednesday, February 1, 2012

1/100 Gundam Virtue Part 11

Delicate details despite humongous size

More images of the just completed 1/100 Gundam Virtue:

Closeups on the details:

I forgot to push the two supporting handles on GN Beam Bazooka to the front of the body before taking all the photos. ^^; They are in the "Burst Mode" configuration as seen from the images above, for those who care. ^^

1/100 Gundam Virtue is a huge Gunpla, there's no doubt about that at all. ^^ I have been anticipating its completion since Part 8 as I was going through all its components, which are very big themselves. I was wondering about how all the components would be liked when combined. ^^ The only "slim" components on this kits are perhaps the shoulders, upper arms and thighs, but overall, everything about the completed model is projecting the image of its intimidating size, and weight too. All the large parts really make it a heavy kit. ^^

Despite its size, I'm glad that all the details on the kit look great. Most of the parts painted in gray in Part 2 and 3 are for Gundam Nadleeh, which are obviously hidden by Gundam Virtue's armors right now. The others on GN Field Generators, leg armors and skirt armors, plus all the line details give the large armor parts a greater depth in appearance, and make this kit on par with 1/100 Gundam Exia, Gundam Dynames and Gundam Kyrios in that aspect. ^^

Of course, it's important to recognize size and weight mentioned above as factors that would cause a great deal of stress to the joints. For example, support for the leg armors and GN Field Generators rest on the knee joints, as well as the hip joints. The latter is made of ABS hard plastic, but the knee joint is just normal PS parts, and articulation depends on polycaps anyway. The point is, despite the unconventional size and weight of all the components, part design for their articulation is like most other 1/100 scale kits. If those kits which are not as big and heavy as this kit are suffering from loose joints after some time, it's very much for certain that Gundam Virtue is going to have it worse. ^^; So I'm very cautious about having the Gundam performing "extreme" poses - that won't happen. I think that's why I never bothered trying to have the lower body adjusted for a kneeling pose (which I always try on other kits) back in Part 9. It might be possible, but I don't want to strain the ankle and hip joints in doing so. ^^;

Limited as they are, some action poses from 1/100 Gundam Virtue are coming up next.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Nice! What do you use for panel lining your gundams?