Some years earlier, I had a dream of converting the 1/100 MG Shenlong Gundam into a 1/100 MG Nataku (a.k.a. Altron) as many modders have already converted some and they look really good (as seen below)
With that in mind, I hastily bought a bunch of 1/100 HG EW kits (yes like Henry, I too am a Wing fanboi) and one of them is the Nataku to be used as parts fodder for the MG conversion. So, I started chopping some pegs on one of the Dragon Fang brackets so that I can retrofit it to the MG Shenlong as seen below.
The project got sidetracked due to RL stuff, but sometime later Bandai released a proper MG Altron, even though it was a P-Bandai (I did manage to get my grubby mitts on one and I had to repair that one as well, see here) I suddenly lost interest in converting the MG kit. Now, I’m left with a damaged 1/100 HG Nataku! I decided to just mod and then paint the original Nataku kit as it is, but now it’s missing half of its weapons. Now, on to the repair!
First, I measured the pegs and found that the thick posts are 4mm, good thing I already bought 4mm rods!
Next, is to cut the 4mm rod to the same length as that from the surviving counterpart piece.
I salvaged another post from a previous mod work and found that it was the same size I needed for the missing post, so I reused it with its peg and transplanted it using a Tamiya thin cement on the Nataku!
Retrofitting the repaired part on the forearm.
Weight test seems to be a success!
The repair job seems to be a success, the part is holding up pretty well. Now, it’s good as new! I can proceed to mod some joints for better pose-ability and then paint it later.
With all this 1/100 Altron/Nataku repair I did with my kits, it kinda leaves me with a sort of stigma that an Altron kit is somewhat fragile mainly because of its Dragon Fang brackets that are made of flimsy pieces of plastic that can easily be damaged, or broken. Or it could just be me.
Source: Image from Gundamkits Collection