|Armless, but still imposing.|
When assembling the pelvis/spine region of the body, you put three ball joints on the titan (one for each leg and one for the spinal column). These fit on so tightly that glue is not necessary, and I would actually recommend not using it at all. You need to apply a huge amount of pressure to get the balls to slide in completely, and if you apply glue it might set before they are completely in position. Even without glue, when you put them on they are not coming back off, so make sure you are committed when applying them. After attaching them, I did apply some super thin cement (something I really recommend if you are starting to build such a large plastic kit, because it can easily be applied after you have fitted pieces together and are certain they are attached properly).
The upper body slots onto the spinal column via a ball joint as well. There are also two pistons that connect the pelvis to the upper body. The bottom of the pistons are sandwiched between the hip and groin armour; both of the bottom parts are identical so there is no worry of switching them. The top section of these pistons fit into the upper body using a lock and key system. Although these are mirror images of each other, they can easily be removed if the wrong one was put on. The instructions at this point are a little less clear, in that there are not many included reference pictures showing how the completed sections fit together. This led me to attaching the upper body to the spine with the back section facing the front (this became clear when the pistons I mentioned barely fit). Luckily, this was as easy to fix as rotating the parts around the ball and socket joint (I simply removed the upper part of the pistons and rotated the body into the proper position and locked the pistons into place again). The kit has time and again shown clever design choices like this, allowing the assembly to be almost full-proof and difficult to assemble incorrectly (which is a relief, with such a complex model).
|Before and after adding the torso pistons; notice the interesting locking mechanism for the upper half of the pistons (can be added after the spine has been attached).|
|Adding the arm joints to the upper body.|
|Before the armour plates are added to the body.|
|With the armour plates on, the Crusader is almost done!|
|The Crusader in all its glory.|
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