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Crystal Frame

And it’s done!

OMGoddess … I can’t believe I’ve really gone and took well over a month on and off to finish a GunPla (I usually did one MG or 1/100 in one or a couple of days)… It’s been fun while it lasts, having a great time posing and photographing my prized labour…

Here’s the last review of my PG Red Frame, with Special Custom Set thrown in…

But first, let’s strip the Red Frame to its fleshy nekkid self… XD

Seeing red, aren’t we? XD Red Frame’s inner frames are the exact duplicate of PG Strike’s, those who’ve constructed the last kit will quickly have a déjà vu as they put on this 2009 kit… Not I tho as this is my very first PG kit…

If I’m to put it in words, PG Red Frame consists of three separate layers: The darker red Inner Frame as seen above; The brighter red frame armour pieces, that cover most of those joints; The shining white outer armour, a last coat of brilliance…

Without the restricting armour pieces, Red Frame can really put out an incredible feat of articulated display with its elastic flexibility around the joints…

The delinquent squat made famous by the previous PG kit makes a comeback with Red Frame. Stiffness of movements around the shoulder joints are almost non-existent in this bare naked state…

Martial art moves are easy for the red nudist…

It isn’t possible with all the armour pieces on…

Now let’s have a look at the extra Gerbera Straight look-alike…

Tiger Pierce (The name of the extra piece) is pretty much an exact duplicate of Gerbera Straight, albeit its colour is a little darker, especially the reds. Between the two, I prefer Tiger Pierce’s Tsuka Ito (Handle Wrap) as its transparent body blends with the colour of the Tsuka, creating a much darker almost black hue than the standard dark grey on Gerbera Straight’s Tsuka Ito…

Bling-bling-ness aside, Kotte (The blade of Tiger Pierce) has a slightly dull gold coating when compare to Kiku Hitomoji’s shining silver… Kotte also has a rather irregular Hamon (Blade Pattern) whereas Kiku Hitomoji’s is much more refined…

A second Beam Rifle can be constructed from the leftovers of the runner that holds Tiger Pierce’s Tsuba Ito, but it lacks a vital part that locks the Hand Grip in place – a polycap. To fix this, I used a similar polycap from my collections of excess parts from my earlier GunPla kits and modded it to fit into the Rifle… It works perfectly…

Similar to the primary Rifle, this extra Rifle is meant for right-handed use, thus posing it with Red Frame’s left hand is a little difficult as it just won’t stay in its intended place but ultimately still possible due to the strong grip of the hand unit.

Notice that sensor unit on the Rifle? The primary one is green while the extra is clear in colour…

Now let’s drool at the Perfect Grade Astray Red Frame with all of its Special Custom Set pieces attached…

*wipes saliva*

The see-thru details are astonishing…

I can’t imagine why some people actually dissuaded from getting the 1st release with Special Custom Set on the pretense that they hate clear parts (I’m pointing at you, Ngee Khiong! XD)…

I’ve discovered another flaw in the design of Red Frame…

The twin connector pieces that hold onto the Holder Unit for the swords aren’t strong enough to sustain the weight of the Saya, resulting in constant sag and slide from their intended positions…

Bandai should have include polycaps onto these parts as the result is better, as seen on the strong grip on the hips and knee joints…

The light gimmick doesn’t work well on Red Frame’s semi transparent head, tho… >,<

LOL it’s the Crystal Skull from the latest Indiana Jones movie! XD

A gallery of PG Red Frame… ^_^ Gundam really does look best when posing with swords…

The above pose is based upon Saitou Hajime’s (He is left-handed, too!) Gatostu Ishiki stance from Rurouni Kenshin… :D

Double Japanese Sword wielding Red Frame looks surprisingly intimidating…

Thrusting forward with weapons drawn…

You can really feel the burst of speed there, eventho this is a still shot… ^_^

Too bad the Holder Units are meant to be mounted on the left skirt, eventho I can slightly adjust them to fit on the right… It just doesn’t look right if I do that…I had to put the Saya of the second sword in this way during the posing due to the weight problem I mentioned before. Now this is what I call X Blade (Screw that worthless piece of junk game called Oni Blade / X blade)… -_-

I realised I haven’t pose my Red Frame with its Beam Sabres yet, so here you are… XD

Two Beam Rifles are definitely better than one, tho one will have to be proficient in handling the weapons… :D

This is a summary of my verdict on the PG kit…

Pros

• Size (It’s huge!)
• Details (Thousands of pieces of art… o.0)
• Gerbera Straight x 2
• Beam Rifle x 2
• Rubber foot grip (It really helps in balancing the sheer weight of the kit, preventing accidental sliding…)
• It’s Red Frame!!!

Cons

• Limited range of movements around joints (Especially after applying all the armour pieces)
• Obstructive armour pieces (Most notable the rear thigh armour and armpit pieces)
• Weak grip between parts (to name a few: The chest hood, Beam Sabre holders, abdomen armour pieces, V fin, Holder Unit connectors…)
• Size (LOL I ran out of display space… XD)
• Clear Seal Stickers (I really, really does prefer Dry Transfer Decals…)
• Damaged instruction manual (Had to order a replacement from HLJ, paid 1000 yen just for the shipment… TT_TT)

Thus this ends my photo review… ^_^ Just saw a magnificent mod of 1/100 Red Frame elsewhere, kinda wish there’s a MG version in the future… :D

Look’s like my obsession with Frame Astrays won’t subside anytime soon… :P

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2 responses

  1. Unknown

    any suggestions on which kit might have the polycap needed for the extra beam rifle? I have a few old kits lying around that never see the light of day anymore, but I wouldn’t want to take them all apart and not find what I’m looking for.

    9th December, 2009 at 06:48

  2. Unknown

    Great poses and review btw :)

    9th December, 2009 at 06:49

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