Taking Flight! Though I will still be working on the Bathala, this will be the final update of sorts for this project overall, mainly because I have work projects coming in, and I have to decide if I'll even enter this year's GBWC. I might use this improved wing for another kit instead of entering with the Bathala, mainly because it'll be too costly for me to get another MG The O at Toys R Us at mall price just to be able to enter. I'm thinking of getting an Infinite Justice or Sword Impulse (or some other similar kit), but as of the moment everything is frozen, even my budget for any new kit.
Anyways, I've finished majority
of the wing, enough to be able to mount it and do a test fit to see if
the mechanism can hold up to the weight. As predicted, the weight is
rather significant, probably as heavy as the PG Strike Freedom's
backpack/wing. The central gear mechanism is able to hold both wings
when folded, or even when the main wing is spread, and so does the wing
arm. I've made adjustments to the gears of the wing arms, pinning the
gears on the receptacles aside from superglue, so that it holds it's
place even during high tension. I've also added lock washers to prevent
the nuts from slipping out when the wings are being handled.
wings spread out. The main wings look short because of foreshortening
especially since they curve inward. Looking at it at an angle reveals
how long the longest "feather" really is (left wing), and how it curves
inward (right wing).
fit. The Bathala can actually hold the wings up on its own when the
Main wings are folded inward towards its center of gravity. I've also
added another pair of V-fins, these coming from my PG RFA.
wings, "fully" spread. I can still spread it further but it would look
unnatural. Because of the overall weight, plus, the added leverage when
spread, I won't be able to do this kind of pose for the wing (unless I
make pose receptacles for them), not that it will be allowed if I enter
it in the GBWC this year. In this configuration, the wingspan comes to a
kewl ~100cm (~39in). I had to lay this down on the floor and set my
tripod up down angle to get the entire thing inside the viewfinder.
That's it for now. Will post another update if ever.
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