Penelope Gundoom WIP#1: Inner Frame
Now that the runners are washed clean, it's time for my 1st step in to this project - the inner frame!
Naked TruthA lot of you already know that Model Comprehend design their kits to be a tad different. They don't just re-cast Bandai kits right off the bat but also adds extra details; adding a little of their spice in to the mix. Well, given that the main mobile suits from the Hathaway's Flash story never got a Gunpla Kit treatment, they basically had all the artistic license to fully make the kits into plastic reality (but of course they basically are still unlicensed by Sunrise, etc). On the RX-105 Xi, they outed the first HG with a significant inner frame. Given that the Xi is just an improved version of the Penelope, it would not come as a surprise for them to get this one out as well. And so to keep everything short, here we are, my first step in building this kit.
Knowing that it has an inner frame, I treated it like an MG and so I went ahead and build the inner frame first. The good thing is that MC thought ahead and planned this kit pretty well. Armor parts are intended to be snapped over the inner frame which means you can build the inner frame first and work on the armor parts later which I have done here.
Though it is not evident on the pictures, I already airbrushed this with a Gunmetal color (Daryl's Spray (DS) - a very good hobby paint sold locally here in the Philippines). It doesn't really depart much from the default grey color of the plastic, but it adds a metallic highlight that I want for an inner frame.
- You can put the 1-1-3 setup (thumb, trigger finger, middle-ring-pinky in one piece)
- or you can use the swappable finger mount for a fixed open-palm or closed-fist
By the way, you get to choose what kind of shoulder joint you are going to use. The one I have put above is for accommodating the Minovsky Craft. This part is basically half a centimeter longer than the other one and has two pegs to connect the Minovsky Craft to. The other part is the shorter one (with no pegs for the Minovsky Craft). This is if you want to showcase the kit primarily just in its Odysseus form (which is basically the Penelope in its basic mobile suit form).
Beside from those mentioned above, I don't have anything significant to point out about the inner frame at all.
Now that the inner frame is technically done, I can now focus on the armor parts.
In the next step, I will be focusing primarily on the yellow parts of this kit. I am planning to candy-tone them with a clear yellow automotive paint. The Penelope has a lot of yellow parts which will be prominent in when completely built and so the same concept of 'contrast of textures' that I used for the HG GP02 MLRS will be used here.
That's all from me for this post - see you again next time!
*Next part of this build is here