Friday, April 20, 2012

HG 1/144 Sergei's Tieren Taozi Part 4

Milk bottle's counterattack

Rolling out the second "Gundam Double O" Gunpla kit of this month: HG 1/144 Sergei's Tieren Taozi, which was left waiting for its final assembly since a month ago. ^^

The weapons will be assembled first:

Parts of 200mm x 25 Smooth-bore Gun with Blade.

Done for the weapon, which is an exact repetition of the same weapon from the Space Commander type.

Parts of Advanced GN Beam Rifle.

Unfortunately, no sticker is given for the targeting scope. ^^;

Leftover foil sticker sheet from the work on BB Senshi Sangokuden Chouryou Gelgoog has just the right piece for the rifle's targeting scope. ^^

Done for this new weapon.

With the beam saber part attached.

The total length of the entire beam weapon is 17cm. ^^

All the weapons for this Tieren variation.
Not shown previously is the Carbon Blade, which doesn't require any assembly at all.

Parts of the arms.

Separable components of the arms before the final assembly.

180-degree flip for the shoulder shields' joint to collapse the components.

Done for the two arms.

Elbow articulation range is exactly the same as the Ground Type and Space Commander type.

A preview of the shoulder shield joints' articulation.

The Smooth-bore Gun and Advanced GN Beam Rifle can be mounted onto the right arm with no collision between the two of them. ^^

A peg on the rifle's handle can be tabbed inside the right hand unit to secure the connection.

Loaded with two weapons, the right arm seems extremely heavy now. ^^;

Parts of the shoulder shields.

Very simple assembly for the shoulder shields.

(Left) The shields are about 7cm long and 2cm wide each.
(Right) The bottom portion of the shields can be bent for a limited degree.

With the shields mounted onto both arms.

A wide range of possible movements for the shield, but it doesn't feel as flexible as the same component on the Space Commander type's I think. ^^;

Parts of the legs.
Like the beam rifle and shoulder shields, the legs are completely new components for this Tieren variation. ^^

Separable components of the legs before the final assembly.

With just a single "spike" as its heel, the feet seems a little smaller as compared to the Ground Type and Space Commander type. ^^;

Those yellow caps on the knee, calf and thigh are very cool-looking design elements that give this Tieren variation a special look. ^^

Two large blue caps that sandwich the knee joint give that component an enlarged look. ^^

Done for the leg.

Flexible knee bend that is consistent with that on the previous two completed HG Tieren kits. ^^

While the smaller look is subjective, the foot's inadequate support for the leg is beyond doubt. ^^; On its own, a slight bend to the ankle will cause the leg to fall down. ^^;

Parts of the waist.

Just three separable components before the final assembly.

The waist is done.

The giant "milk bottle" (XD propellant tank actually) behind the waist can be adjusted upward or downward.

The lower body is completed.

Unlike its Space Commander type brethren with its knees made of large propellant tanks, kneeling is extremely easy for Tieren Taozi. ^^

The assembly of the body and head will be shown in the next posting. ^^

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