Figure Build – 1/60 ARX-7 Arbalest Ver. IV (Bandai)

I finally managed to finish this kit late last night. It was supposed to be a part of the work log for last weekend’s group build but I forgot to prepare spare side cutters. My friend managed to complete the OOB Build for his NG IBO 1/100 Barbatos Lupus while the rest of us watched the first season of MSG: Iron-Blooded Orphans. I tried to help with nub mark removalm but had to stop because the new Tamiya knife I got was starting to destroy my fingers.

With a day of rest, the cuts started to heal and I was itching to manhandle some plastic again. The ARX-7 Arbalest is from the Full Metal Panic! franchise and is driven by the main protagonist, Sousuke Sagara. This kit is the second non-Gundam model kit I’ve worked on, the first being the EVA-01 by Suntoys.

Kit Details

Name: 1/60 Arbalest Ver. IV
Series: Full Metal Panic!
Released: 2018
Manufactured By: Bandai
Purchased From: Sam’s Model Kits
Price: PhP 1,494.00 (PhP 224.00 shipping fee included)

About the same size as an HG Box
Model Kit Manual
Manual Contents

Tools Used

  • Side Cutters
  • Precision Knives
  • Scissors
  • Sandpaper (2000 Grit)

Build Documentation

Part 1

Head. Mouth vents can be replaced with a knife holster.
Torso with ball joint attachment for the head
Looking good so far

I had to stop after I finished the torso. It was already 1:00 am and I had to work in 7 hours. Putting the torso together made me appreciate the parts and color separation for this Arbalest.

Part 2

I thought I’d have to postpone the build again because of a power outage but thankfully our area still had power by the time I got home. The shoulders had a LOT of parts which made me think I wasn’t going to finish the kit again.

Arms – extended and bent.
Head x Torso x Waist
Legs. Nice double bend at the knee.

Finished Product

I managed to finish the limbs and weapons at around 2:00 am in the morning. Posing this kit was a blast. Below are some shots of the completed kit in “basic” mode.

Preparing to tackle?
Action shot with a gun and holstered knife.
Back details. Extra Lambda mode parts can be attached to the shoulders and “backpack”
Check out that leg pivot. It’s not even maxed out yet.
Trying to be stealthy

Build Time – 5 Hours

Completing this kit actually took more time than I expected. Maybe it was because I couldn’t properly hold pieces with my injured fingers or because the kit actually had an unusual amount of small pieces included. To be honest, I think it’s a bit of both.

Pros and Cons

+Decent part and color separation for a kit this size
+Included accessories and option parts are great
+Foot pivot makes low center of gravity poses easy
+Minimal amount of stickers (Eyes, Crotch, Back Skirts x2)
+The Arbalest design is pretty badass
-The figure is pretty back heavy
-The eye stickers
-Finicky “toe” bend mechanism

Overall, the kit is pretty awesome. It’s an easy recommendation to make despite the issues. The source material already provides the kit with a solid design basis, so Bandai only needed to figure out how to make it work at this scale. I haven’t actually followed updates on the series for a few years now, so I just might get into the lore again because of this build.

Anyone who’s looking for a breath of fresh air from building Gundam might need the kind of palate cleansing that this kit gave me. Or they can just build a Haro or Beargguy because that works too.

Now that I’m done with this, I can finally focus on the 1/100 Schwalbe Graze this weekend.

– D


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