So, life has thrown a curve ball at me. A little over a month ago, I did something (don’t really know what) that strained a muscle in my neck/shoulder. And, after about a month of just hoping it would work itself out, but then having it consistently re-tweaking itself, I went to the doctor. He tells me that I need to avoid activities that have me bending my neck forward for extended periods of time until it’s healed. Which means… I’ll have to take a little break from building.
I had, however, already started on the Black Dragon, by Piececool. I really didn’t want to leave it in a partially completed state, so I paced myself, limiting to roughly 1-hour build sessions, generally no more than one per day (I did one morning and one evening session on a Saturday). Probably not the best choice, but I have been taking it easy. But doing so meant that… I just couldn’t finish my post in a timely manner to get a post out this week (it takes a while to put the graphics and reviews together). However, I had decided to take photos of [almost] every step in the build (as Piececool numbers their steps). So, I decided it might be interesting to put those together and share that in the meantime.
I didn’t really think it would be appropriate to put in a gallery of 54 pictures, so here are six pictures with nine steps in each picture:
And yes, I know I left out a few steps. Some of them really didn’t make sense as separate steps, and some of them I just forgot. Sorry. Oh, and steps 58 and 59 were attaching the wings, and I decided, cruelly, to not include a “finished” picture in this post, as I wanted to save that for the big review. Sorry, not sorry.
As for the future… I’m hoping to write up the actual post/review for this model for next week, and then I’ll either take a complete break, or just stick to some simple builds that can be done without much time potentially aggravating my injured muscle. I do have a few Legends / Legends-adjacent models left in my backlog. Anyways, apologies for the potentially low output over the next few weeks.
So sorry to hear about your neck/shoulder issue. Kind of an important part of the anatomy so take care of it. I find it hard to build without looking down.
The Dragon looks pretty cool. Cant wait to see the reveal.
As far as legends go I just built the Guardians of he Galaxy group. The way they include the legs and chest together in one part looked ominous with so many folds but it turned out to be a much better assembly process. I have not built the LOTR or Transformers groups yet but this was the first set that I have seen this process. Thought it was sweet.
Take care of yourself.
Thank you, Jeff! I probably should have gone to the doctor earlier, cause things definitely seem to be improving quite a bit now. But you’re right. It’s important to take care of yourself.
On the Legends – I fully agree on the change being for the better. The Guardians were the first set of Legends released with the redesigned leg construction, and it made it so much better. Sadly, I ended up building a couple of those before finishing off the original sets (DC / Avengers). Going back to the old design of the legs was frustrating. The LOTR and Transformer lines depart even more from the “stock body shape” of that first set, so they are definitely worth building. At least from my perspective.