PG Strike Gundam WIP
Post 1 - 12 April 2012
Post 2 - 21 July 2012
Post 3 - 4 January 2013
Post 4 - 17 January 2013
Post 5 - 10 March 2013
Post 6 - 18 March 2013
Post 7 - 1 April 2013 (Latest)
1 April 2013 (Post 7)
Another mini update. I am beginning to gain momentum for this one. Today's work consist of cutting and separating the side armors. The purpose of this exercise is to beef up the separated armor pieces and reattach them.
Comparison before and after separation.
That's all for now. Will concentrate on detailing the side armors for the next few days.
18 March 2013 (Post 6)
Just some minor updates. Did some detailing on the front armors at the hips.
Added pla-plates to cover up the gaps when I extended the armors. You can't really see from the photo, but the two pla-plates are of different thickness.
That's all. I'm heading to Hong Kong right now! HooWoo!!!
10 March 2013 (Post 5)
For the past few weeks, I have been working on the Iron Kong and the PG Strike simultaneously. It was kinda distracting but I am getting used to it finally.
My last major modification on the Strike was to lengthen its torso. But by doing that, I have left a unsightly gap between the waist and torso. So I have to extend the cockpit hatch to cover up that gap and also make it more proportionate.
My intention was to "push" out the cockpit hatch because I felt that its too deep into the body. I lengthened the support (white part) for the hatch just for that.
I made the cockpit hatch into two pieces and added a heat sink to the middle to give it some complexity.
I added another layer of armour over the original to beef up the torso at the sides.
It looks like Rex's face, doesn't it?
Ok, that's all for now. Next, I will be working on the hip armors. Admittedly, I'm pretty slow while working on the Strike. That's because I want this guy to look good which is why I spent so much time designing and rectifying all the modifications I made so far.
17 January 2013 (Post 4)
In my last post, I lengthened the mid torso of the Strike. But that left a obvious gap between the torso and the hip. And the pistons at both sides needed to be lengthened as well.
The obvious gap between the torso and hips
Firstly, I have to add pla-plates to around the mid-joint of the torso. I had to think this one through as I wouldn't want the pla-plates to obstruct the articulation of the main joint.
The original pistons will be too short since I lengthened the mid torso.
Therefore, I used a discarded transparent rod and cut it to the desired lengths and glued them to the pistons. Had to be really delicate about this so I don't snap the rods.
Now, the torso can bend more to the sides. And fortunately, the rods withstood the test without breaking.
Added panel lines to the sides armors of the mid torso.
I foreseen that the joint will be weakened significantly once you joints by adding tiny strips of pla-plate at the poly caps. I also applied a layer of flat coat to the affected joints. To test the treated joint, I have attached the Aile Strike pack to the Strike Gundam and will leave it there for a few days. Hopefully, the joint can withstand the weight of the pack.
Lots of work for something you can't see after completion.
12 April 2012 (Post 1)
After much procrastination, I finally got down to work on the Strike. And like all my builds, I start on the head first. Nothing much right now, just some panel lines and basic pla-plating. Just some touch ups and I am all set to attack the body!
21 July 2012 (Post 2)
Finally got back to where I stopped. Before I resume on the detailings, I decided to work on lengthening it's torso. I always think that the body of the PG Strike Gundam is a bit short and can look better with a longer torso.
I cut out the supports marked in red so that I can pull down the lower torso. Once I got the position I wanted, I filled up the gaps with a mixture of putty and super glue. I have to be careful not to glue the polycaps as well.
Not too sure whether you guys can tell the difference but it looks much proportionate now to me :)