This is just a quick compilation to the WIPs (you need to click the part title to see the whole thing) and some added commentaries. So, if you already read the WIPs before, you don't really need to read this part. Nonetheless, on with the second part!
Part 1: Box, Runners, Materials & Manual Scans
Part 2: Work in Progress (WIP) Compilation
Part 3: Overall Review
Note: Those who are familiar with Dalong's PG reviews may find it kinda similar though not as good since this is just added commentaries to old shots. ^^;
Part 0: Before Building a Bootleg...
Before building any Gunpla, you much have the necessary tools which consists of a side-cutter and a hobby knife (or a stationery knife will do) by the least. Some right colored markers to hide the nubs if you can buy em'. As this is a Perfect Grade (PG), you'll also need a screwdriver. Make sure you have a good one!
As for a bootleg Gunpla, you'll surely need to have a knife handy. This is to cut any excess plastic off as some parts might not ant to go in easily. You will also need some superglue ready. Some parts may want to drop off easily or you just want to secure some sections of the body. Be warned that you must be extremely careful with superglue as if you apply it wrong, the model might get problems...
07/01/10 - Edited in some extra notes at the bottom.
08/01/10 - Noticed something about the feathers which I didn't do. XP
Part 1: Arms
I actually put together the shoulder armor of the right arm wrong in that shot. I fix it right after though. x.x
Gotta love the pre-assembled fingers. The fingers are pre-assembled, so putting this part together is relatively easy and painless.
Note: The rear area of the blue part of the arm has some obvious molding marks on them. Not so obvious through the shots I've taken though. I know some of you may not like this fault but it doesn't really bother me since I normally look from the front. ^^;
Part 2: Legs
Relatively simple build. I advise you to use superglue for the gray connecting section of the feet to the red armor in the front (if you understand) so that the feet armor don't come off easily. ^^;
Part 3: Waist, Torso, Head
Due to the LED gimmick, construction of this part virtually continues from waist until the backpack...
Painted it gold since I already painted gold on the yellow shoulder parts for color "correct" sake.
Part 4: Wings & Weapons
The feathers are made of rubber with a metal strip inside. The metal strip allows you to bend the feathers to your liking (but don't do it too extreme).
Furthermore, the construction manual tells you to gently bend the feathers around the middle to give it more "depth", which I didn't do. I just bent it a little bit now but it seems some of the earlier shots for the next part won't have this feather effect. XP
I also suggest you to sand off the "peg" of the beam part as it won't go in easily if you don't.
Okay, that's all for this WIP compilation. Until the next post~
A few things I want to say before the final part of the review (hopefully can be done by tomorrow);
- I managed to tighten the waist a little after a bit of re-enhancing the sturdiness yesterday.
- I put in some cut pieces of plastic bag for the rear wings since it sags too much by the connection to the backpack. You can use the superglue trick as well for this.
- How tight or loose some parts are depends on how tight you screw in the parts. So, don't screw in too hard or too loose. =)
- Not all screw points can screw completely. As in, they won't tighten until you can turn it no more. Not really a problem as the screws doesn't drop off, for most of them, that is. Some didn't work out such as the screws for the battery holder (to hold the wires in place).
- I seem to be one nut missing. Either it was my fault or they forgot one nut. Thus, there was one part I didn't screw in though I think it had no effect on the overall kit in the end. @_@