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Article by Paul Nortness

Alright, now that the limbs are complete let's turn to the torso. First, we need to assemble the waist. The waist is pretty simple, two outer halves with poly caps on the sides and an inner piece. The inner piece has two balls that will later serve as connecting points for the legs.

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Now we need to build the lower torso. The lower torso is just two halves with a large poly cap in the bottom.

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Note the pegs on the top of the lower torso piece. These pegs slide into holes in the upper torso. Fit the poly cap on the top of the torso for the head joint and put on the front half of the torso.

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The only thing left is the head. The head is pretty easy, typically just snapping together the front and back halves and adding the distinct "V" on the front. Usually, they have you apply a sticker for the eyes but I am skipping that step right now as I will be showing you how to paint eyes in the next article.

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Don't forget the weapons!

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OK, so now all our major sub assemblies are complete. Let's see what we have.

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Now, it's just a matter of putting the sub assemblies together. The balls on the waist easily pop into the sockets in the legs, then the peg on top of the waist slides into the poly cap in the bottom of the torso.

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Finally, slide the arms onto the pegs on the shoulders and fix the head onto the neck. Attach the weapon and shield and you have yourself a Duel Gundam!

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But wait, there's more! What about the "assault shroud"? First off, you may be asking yourself what exactly an assault shroud is. Well, basically it's combat armor for the Gundam. When the robot will be going into heavy combat areas and needs a little extra protection and firepower, it uses the assault shroud. The armor in this kit is very easy to attach and can come off so the model can be displayed with or without. The armor for the torso is just one piece that snaps onto the front of the Gundam and the shoulder has little tabs that slide into place. For the piece de resistance, a second gun snaps into place on the shoulder.

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There you have it, Duel Gundam Assault Shroud!

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I started building this at 11:15AM and finished just after 1:00PM. In the next installment, I will show you how to really make your Gunpla pop. Until then, Have fun and happy building!

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