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.
Name: 1/60 Arbalest Ver. IV
Series: Full Metal Panic!
Manufactured By: Bandai
Purchased From: Sam’s Model Kits
Price: PhP 1,494.00 (PhP 224.00 shipping fee included)
- Side Cutters
- Precision Knives
- Sandpaper (2000 Grit)
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.
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.
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.
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.