With the torso completed the next step is to assemble the arms. The arms are pretty standard for a Master Grade kit which means that a number of pieces are required, but the Wing Gundam has a little gimmick in both forearms so the manual has you assemble those sections first.
Next you take the subsections you just assembled and start putting it together with the arm frame pieces. Here is the arm:
And here is the shoulder. Bandai has done us all a favor and with this kit has separated the vents from the vent casings. What this means is that if you wish to paint the vents you can do so before you put the casing on. In older Master Grade kits you would have to mask the casing in order to paint the vents, which could lead to some mistakes or messiness if your masking wasn’t perfect. Thank you, Bandai!
Rounding out the arm units are the hands. At this stage Bandai gives you the choice of building it with an open hand or a closed hand. I first discovered this method for hands when I built the excellent 1/100 MG Victory Gundam Ver. Ka. On this unit, just as with the Wing, the fingers are one piece while the thumb is independent. The molding on the hands is excellent so the clenched fist looks much better than building a moving hand and trying to get it to close into a fist.
With the shoulders, arms, and hands finished you have your completed arms.
And here is what your build should look like so far. I have gone ahead and put the head on so it doesn’t roll around on me while I am packing/unpacking the box, or moving things around while I build the model. The next part of the build is the feet and there are some distinct differences from previous Master Grade kits which I have experienced.
The frame of the foot is a subassembly, including poly-cap, attached to more frame parts, which allows it to pivot. What is different is that the pivot is opposite of pivot found in other Master Grade feet. In those kits the foot would bend so the heel came up which is more akin to how a human’s foot works. With the Wing the pivot is in the opposite direction bringing the heel down. I can only speculate this serves some function for the transformation into Bird Mode. I’ll find out if my speculation is correct the first time I try transforming this kit. I’m really looking forward to it.
Now here’s the part of the build that surprised me. The feet armor don’t attach by means of the old, tried-and-true male-female connection! Instead there are a series of grooves which fit into the the grooves on the frame. You need to line them up perfectly to slide the feet armor together. The same applies to the heel of the foot, as well.
The completed foot is quite nice to look at. The gaps in the armor on the bottom of the foot are the perfect size to allow the verniers which are part of the foot frame to show through.
And from the side you’ll notice that the gap in the armor between the two pieces which make up the heel lines up with the panel line thatis molded into the armor for the front part of the foot. This creates a line that flows from the heel all the way to the toes. Nicely done!