Knee Articulation Mod - HG 1/144 Unicorn Gundam (Destroy Mode)

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Tue 2011/09/20 14:36 JST
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Batangas, Philippines · Electronics Engineer & Hobbyist; semi-pro cardboard crafter

I really like the Unicorn Gundam's Destroy Mode, however, it shares a design problem (in my opinion) with some of the better known gunpla models out there (HG Ex-S, etc.), limited knee articulation.

The legs can bend a little over 90degress. But as I've been posing gunpla for years now, I want more to get better and more dynamic action poses.

This is a small guide on how to improve articulation that involves cutting away at some material, so when using sharp tools, always exercise caution.

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On the left is an unmodded leg. As you can see, some parts keep it from bending further. On the right is after modifications.

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Step 1: Take apart the legs, and look for the parts shown above. Cut away at the plastic using the lines as guides.

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Step 2: Now, cut away here. Be careful because this cut is kinda tricky. Take 'em further apart and do Step 1.

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Step 2a: This is where it'll go.

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Step 3: For the part with the verniers make a cut following the line shown above.

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Step 3a: Be sure to sand it properly after cutting.

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Step 4: Finaly, remove some material from these pieces, and do the same for both sides. Be careful to make the cuts as uniform as possible. And as always, sand properly afterwards.

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After all that, the knees will bend much further, allowing for better action shots (can bend to a degree at the same range as that of a Busou Shinki's legs).

I hope you guys will find this mini-guide useful. Until next time then!

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Not much to say, really... I build stuff and show them off, I guess...
Batangas, Philippines · Electronics Engineer & Hobbyist; semi-pro cardboard crafter