WiP: PG Strike Freedom #00

As mentioned, the PG Strike Freedom arrived on Friday, and while I wanted to jump in, business kept me away for the weekend.  However, I’m back and it’s time to unbox and get ready to get at this monster kit.  First off, one thing I notice is despite this PG being the biggest in terms of volume and runners, it comes in a smaller box than you would imagine.  The OO Gundam Raiser kit and the GP-01 definitely take the cake for big boxes, but Bandai stuff 55 total runners in this box rather efficiently.

Front

Back

Sides

Unfortunately, while cutting back on box size, you have a ton of plastic bags to open up to get at the runners themselves.  So much for thinking ecological?  But still, just the sheer amount of runners is amazing.  The wife was definitely wondering when I would stop taking runners out of the box.  She was also not happy with the amount of plastic bags leftover from unbagging.  I think it must have taken five minutes just to get the runners unbagged….

Mount Plastic Baggies

After getting these all unbagged, we go from Mount Plastic Baggies to Mount Plastic, as all I can say is wow, this kit is going to take some time!  Having been building HG kits lately, I’ve started to get used to building a small kit with 5 or 6 runners, but unboxing this kit reminds me of the effort and dedication that a PG requires.

Runners

With everything unbagged, it’s back in the box.

Normally I organize my runners in alphabetical order, but the idea of doing that with 55 runners wasn’t appealing, so I went with separating by color. Looking close at the runners, we see that dull yellow gold color (I hate this color, it looks so cheap and bleh) runners take up quite a large portion of the kit.  Thankfully the design calls for those yellow parts to hidden behind armor, and uses extra finish to be used for visible areas.  My bigger concern going forward will be how gate placement will be for other pieces.  The downside of PG size means you have larger gates, which means larger damage is always a possibility.  Speaking of going forward, my plan will be to work on the PG Strike during the week after work, depending on how many Japanese end of the year parties I have to attend, while continuing to make the MG ReZel my weekend project.  Rather than going in order as well, I’ll probably be jumping around, and will most likely do the head, dragoons, and weapons first.

WiP #01 coming soon!

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15 thoughts on “WiP: PG Strike Freedom #00

  1. Yeah, I went with the head because it was pretty much the fastest thing you can build. Just looking at the 6 Dragoons and I’m already cringing at the mind numbing repititiveness. Of course my plan of actation is actually guns, backpack, dragoons next though before actually moving on to the frame.

  2. I know what you mean about the larger gates. Building 00 right now. Coming from armor I wish Bandai would take Dragon’s approach to molding, fine gates and little ‘nodes’ to cut off of small parts instead of knock out marks and such. It’s like they do brilliant engineering on the kit design, but fall short when it comes to the actual sprue molding (am I allowed to say sprue? I mean runner).
    That said, this thing looks pretty awesome. Should be an impressive kit. One observation I have is that the waist looks pretty similar to the 00 Raiser design.

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  4. @AstrayP03: Repition is indeed the name of the game with the dragoons. Still have decided if I’ll do them next after the torso or save them for last. I hear the hinge tendes to break so I need to look at a solution before hand.

    @Evan: You and I are the same page about Bandai’s sprue design. I meant, honestly, is it that hard to think about designing with undergates in mind? And some of the spures are HUGE, which means you’re going to hav some damage no matter how careful you are…. Makes me think they keep this design so peoeple will continue to buy all the supplies needed to clean up the damage…?

    @Tom: True that!

    @Sonar: I’m getting tired of going through them to find the ones I need, I need to library system or something.

    @Aya: Part 1 is up!

    @gunpla4eva: I can’t stand the frame gold, just because it’s not a gold color but crappy yellow.

    @Setsunator: I’ll take a look and see what I can do. Feel free to link to my site if you’d like though.

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