MG Turn X Gundam ver MatX WIP Part V

It's been more than two weeks since my last update, and I haven't really had much Gunpla time. I've managed to finish the Chest just these past couple of days or so, and was able to fix a few design problems. Specifically, I had to reinforce the connective parts with small pieces of HIPS, owing to the fact that the connection is just a surface join.

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The fix, though without it is not an issue with my prototype, creates a solid connection between the slider and the chest's base frame, closing any gaps that would be problematic during molding.

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I've cut several pieces of HIPS for the chest armor.

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I've made the lower and upper chest armor parts as single units.

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In connecting the lower chest armor part to the chest's base frame, I employed a tongue connection scheme. The lower armor is cemented to the tongue and reinforced similarly like the base chest frame.

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The upper armor piece is connected to the base frame with two peg connections, while the two side armor pieces are connected via a combined tongue and peg connections.

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I've also carved "damage" markings on the uncovered "X" section of the base frame, inspired by the 2008 Turn X featured in October 2008 issue ofHobby Japan. In the lore, this is damage caused by the Turn A's beam saber, which, the Turn X's nanomachines couldn't "heal."

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Test fit.

Posted Image  As of this post, I've fixed symmetry issues that have occured as I connected the armor parts to their pegs.
More later.


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