Gaijin Gunpla

Four day weekend last weekend! You know what that means! It means I had a twice-as-long normal weekend and like normal weekends I didn’t get up to doing much. So I ended up doing half as much? But I did work on the Exia which is what you guys came to see.

The leg frames for the Exia have already been written about and are one of the big surprises for this RG. Well, the arm frames aren’t like their leg counterparts.

There are some differences though when you start to look for them.

And like the legs you add some foil stickers.

Put a part from the C runner on the side and add that blue clear part.

Onto the C runner part affix a sticker, and then lay the clear green effect part on top.

Cover that with a white piece.

Then more white.

Two more white pieces go on from the sides and the hand is then attached.

And there you are.

Actually, you’re not quite done yet. We’ll come back to these. But we will connect them to the torso.

Now we need some shoulders. The shoulders have their own clear blue parts.

And they go on like, well, let me show you.

You’ve got to thread the blue piece through an opening in the shoulder armour.

And like the torso it will hook on and hopefully stay in place.

Actually, it won’t stay in place very well. But that’s okay because you have one more armour part to put in place and when that is dropped on the clear blue strip is secure.

Add a little part onto which you can attach the sabre handle.

And now for this tiny part.

This part is actually very important. It is meant to go onto a tab that is jutting out from the side of the upper arm.

The clear blue strip will hook onto that tab and then be held in place by that tiny white part.

Adding the shoulders to what I have so far for the MS gives me this.

Not bad… not bad…

And the head is last. Start with the faceplate.

A grey part from the C runner is used on each side of the head and you need to add stickers to those.

The manual doesn’t give you an indication of the sequence for the head construction so my first attempt I put the face mask in place first.

This turned out to be incorrect, however, and so I pulled it back off and instead secured the green clear part between the C runner parts first.

Then the face mask fit in place quite easily.

Now we get to start putting on the armour beginning with the side parts.

From the underside you add some very small yellow parts.

I feel I should mention again how small those yellow parts are.

To get the proper fit you will need to make sure there are no gate marks on those tiny yellow parts so some knife work in small areas will be happening. Please be careful. But once you’ve cleaned the parts up and put them in place they do look good.

It is here that the last of the clear blue strips are used.

That’s an odd shape. I wonder how they work. Well, let me again show you.

This seems tricky.

While it’s easy enough to lay the blue strip in its proper place…

…getting it to ben around the curvature of the head and stay in that position while you slide the white part on from the side is quite tricky. If you lose your grip on things that clear blue piece may go flying off and if there’s one thing I know to well, it’s how difficult it is to find a very small Gundam part on a floor. That’s if it’s a normal part. If it’s a clear part, well then, I wish you the best and will keep you in my thoughts.

So here’s what I ended up doing (after I eventually found the clear blue part on my new floor).

1) Lay the clear part in its place and the narrowest end into place first and push the white part on but only push one side of the white part enough that the blue strip is held down.

2) With your design knife push down on the fat end of the blue strip while applying pressure to the back side of the white armour part. You should be able to hold that blue strip down just enough that the white part slides in over it and everything is in its proper position.

Then repeat for the other side.

With that accomplished, add the top armour and a green effect part.

Now for the last few parts, two of which have the biggest gate marks I’ve seen in an RG kit.

That is huge!

Cut it off, clean it up, and slide it into its spot on the rear of the head. Throw the V fin on while you’re at it.

How does it look?

It looks good.

Very good.

Categories: Builds, Exia, RG

7 Responses so far.

  1. Miguel says:

    Exia’s looking pretty handsome. Can’t wait to get mine! 🙂

  2. Archer says:

    I always like the Exia head, but the small part it’s giving me a nightmare, just like my previous Freedom(-_-), you must have a dozen of patience handling small parts like this Syd

  3. Gamba says:

    It looks fantastic!… except the feet, in my opinion, they are too small

  4. Frankon says:

    Im not a fan of that clear plastic in the shoulders. But apart of that this RG looks sick.

  5. Tony says:

    I just finished mine and its definitely a great build. I just wanted to give a warning and a tip about the one bad part of my experience. When I put the green condenser sticker on the first leg i used a q-tip like usual to make sure the sticker was on well. Unfortunately the cotton was enough to completely wipe out the white detail on the sticker leaving just the green.

    The tip part of this is that i decided to hold off on using the other stickers. Instead, i took the leftover reflective/holographic paper from MG Gundam X and cut out pieces to use under the green clear parts on the condensers and Wow do they ever pop! I ended up doing the same for the chest and sides of the head.


  6. Nik says:

    Just wanted to clear something up for you Syd but when you said there’s no indication in the manual regarding the order of construction for the faceplate and two halves of the frame for the head, there actually is. That little symbol with a black circle enveloping a smaller white circle means “put this part on last”. Conversely, the symbol with a large white circle enveloping a smaller black circle means the opposite, “put this piece in first”

    • syd says:

      Hi Nik, You’re right. To be honest I look more for the numbering Bandai often includes for the order of the steps. 1, 2, etc. If I don’t see that I’m usually just quickly following the diagram without looking at the other symbols. Because I’m lazy.

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