I'll let the photos do the talking this time.
- A few years back, this kind of elbow articulation can only be found on Perfect Grade models ^^
- Although the fingers can be separated for individual movement, I only did so for the left hand. I learned from MG Zaku Ver. 2.0 that individual fingers are harder to control and pose ^^;
- Notice that I didn't panel-line the hands as well - since they are the 'heavy-duty' parts for holding different weapons and performing different actions, I'm worried that the lines might be rubbed off easily.
- Considering the weight of the upper body, Strike Freedom's legs seem really thin to me XD
- The joints are extremely sturdy, and can support the completed model with no problem at all
- Apart for the separated pelvis joints and the sliding thigh armors, Strike Freedom's legs are quite similar to that of Freedom in terms of appearance and assembly.
- The lock to control Strike Freedom's ability to bend his back (the white part in the first picture) is really a must - the Super Dragoons are just too heavy for the upper body to handle if it uses a ball type joint instead ^^
- Plenty of parts for the head, many of them being very tiny as well.
Complete Inner Frame
- Plenty of PG level details all over the body
- This is the last time I see the complete inner frame of Strike Freedom, since I normally do not take the armors off to look at them again after this.
- As mentioned in Part 1, although the parts for the Super Dragoon are very similar to each others, they are actually different for the mechanism of the wings. If you find the pair of wings hard to assemble later on, you might want to check the joints circled in red above to see if you have mixed up the parts.
- The completed Super Dragoons are really heavy. With that (the weight issue) to be considered, as well as the many advices from other bloggers about the joints, I don't think I'll be playing around with the Super Dragoons a lot, even though the combinational movement ability is cool...
- The wings with the Super Dragoons on look nice, but when they are detached, the wings really look like tree branches to me XD
- I really like the beam rifles. They can 'gattai' XD
- The combined beam rifle is quite heavy though, and is hard for one hand to hold even though there is a little lock on the palm for the handle of the rifle to attach onto.
- The rail cannons of the waist are also quite fun. They are also the closest connection between this model and MG Freedom.
- I painted the nozzle of the rail cannons to gold for added details
- The beam shield is a bit disappointing though, since the edge of the shield will always hit the shoulders of Strike Freedom unless it's posed in some really exaggerated way.
- The box cover action pose isn't exactly copyable ^^;
The next review will be on the action poses of this model. By then, my Strike Freedom will also get some 'make-ups' with his decals and clear stickers XD
You can have a look at the rest of the photos here.