Monday, December 3, 2012

HGUC Unicorn Gundam [Destroy Mode] Part 5

Smart concealment and exposure

Rolling out another Gunpla after HGUC Unicorn Gundam [Unicorn Mode] completed last month (even though its review has yet to be concluded). ^^ And, very related to that particular kit, this is the Destroy Mode of Unicorn Gundam. ^^

As a matter of fact, apart from this kit, I don't have too many incomplete model kit projects to roll out actually. ^^; I remember I had four Master Grade kits to build at one point last year, but I couldn't summon enough time and effort to repeat that (crazy) feat this year. ^^; It's too soon for 1/1 scale HoiHoi-san at the moment, since its work was done less than three days ago. ^^; I think I should start up more Gunpla or model kit projects just to give myself a little bit more options in terms of reviews. ^^;

Anyway, back to Unicorn Gundam [Destroy Mode]:

Parts of the right arm.

Large parts for the shoulder's Psycho Frame component, much which are concealed by the white armor parts that complete the assembly.

Tiny bit of rectangular peg that connects the white armor to the Psycho Frame part should be painted fluorescent pink to make the overall look more cohesive. ^^;

With the Psycho Frame parts and red polycaps, the entire inner forearm component is red . ^^

Very little of the Psycho Frame component remains after the forearm's armor parts come on. ^^;

Unlike the same part on the Unicorn Mode, the beam tonfa can be expanded for the Destroy Mode.
But there's no beam part included with this kit for this weapon. ^^;

Separable components of the right arm before the final assembly.

Done for the right arm.

Standard elbow articulation design.

Parts of the left arm.

Psycho frame components of the left arm.

Separable components of the left arm before the final assembly.

The left arm is completed.

The articulation design is the same as the right arm's.

Both arms are now done.

Parts of the right leg.

Fixed feet parts to "simulate" the heightened heel after its transformation. ^^ I'm sure it's a lot more stable and durable than the equivalent albeit transformable components on the Master Grade Ver. Ka kit. ^^

Small vent parts for the side armors.

From Runner A, the only repeated runner between the two kits comes the knee joint parts. The same treatment of "discarding the middle vertical slot as only the pair of large pegs on its side is needed" for the knee's polycap part from the Unicorn Mode kit can be observed again. ^^ It's not too special after assembling it the first time, but I still smile at how 50 percent of the polycap part's purpose isn't utilized for this joint. ^^

Assembled the knee joint onto one of the side armors.
The ankle consists of a fairly large Psycho Frame component.

True to its mecha design, Psycho Frame part is used for a small inner section of the calf armor.

Very smart arrangement for the thigh's Psycho Frame parts to realize its look. ^^ It makes you feel that a single Psycho Frame part is in the middle of the thigh and armors are appended around it for the concealment/exposure effect, but that's not the case at all. ^^

Separable components of the right leg before the final assembly.

Very awesome part separation for the knee to show off the zigzagging Psycho Frame pattern between the knee armor. ^^

Done for the right leg.

Standard articulation design for the leg.

Taking advantage of the double-jointed ankle joint, you can "slide" the foot forward and backward. ^^;

Parts of the left leg.

Separable components of the left leg before the final assembly.

The left leg is completed.

Same articulation design as the right leg's.

Both legs are now done. ^^

Parts of the skirt armor.
There are definitely more parts for this component as compared to the Unicorn Mode thanks to its exposing Psycho Frame.

Painting the connecting pegs of the side skirt armors back in Part 4 was a right call. ^^

All the skirt armor's psycho frame components.

Separable components of the skirt armor before the final assembly.

Done for the skirt armor.

No mechanical details whatsoever beneath the skirt armor.

As compared to the same component on the Unicorn Mode, the interior portion of skirt armor isn't painted. I reckon with so many colors and opening panels to be seen on this component, it would be nicer to dismiss adding on another color through paint work.

Swivel joint allows the hip to be rotated.

With the legs attached to the skirt armor, the entire lower body of Unicorn Gundam is done. ^^

Moving to assembling the rest of the kit in the next posting. ^^

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