Gaijin Gunpla

Yes, I haven’t updated in a while but I have a good reason for that. I’m actually back in Canada as I write this. For the first time in about 4 years I am back in the Great White North visiting family, drinking slurpees (coke and orange mixed), gorging on Mr. Big chocolate bars, and watching a hell of a lot of hockey. I had wanted to finish the MG Exia Dark Matter WIP posts before leaving but that never happened. Actually, I’m really far behind where I want to be. I’ve got a Reader Submission post to put up, a review for the Elf Bullock, and some Gentei kits to show off and I never managed to find the time during my preparations for my trip to do what needed to be done to post them. But just before I left I loaded the next batch of Dark Matter pics so that I could write while I was away. So here I sit, in my buddy’s 9th floor condo, in New Westminster BC, Canada enjoying some awesome sunshine, watching lame TV (has it gotten worse since I left?), and thinking about Gunpla.

In my last post I finished with the construction of the head so with that done the next step is the arms and here there isn’t much of a departure from the normal MG Exia.

This assembly is for the upper arm. We assemble it now but won’t need it for a bit.

The arm frame looks like this:

The first of the armour parts goes on the lower arm from the side but first you attach the elbow armour.

For the other side you’ll need to put a sticker on a frame coloured part.

Over that foil sticker you place two clear parts and then the armour part.

This is where that first upper arm you built comes in.

With the whole arm assembled you just need the hand.

Articulation in the arms seems decent.

Next up, the shoulders.

Simple enough. Just slap the frame parts together and add the armour.

But before you put that armour in place you need to put on a very small foil sticker.

Now just slap these on the torso.

This isn’t easy to do. In order to apply pressure on the upper arm to push it onto the torso joint you need to go from a specific angle, but the shoulder gets in your way. Unfortunately, you can’t tilt the shoulder up and out of the way like other kits, due to its design. I found I had to do this.

I popped off the angular chest piece and disassembled the shoulder leaving only the connection piece in place. Once it snapped into place I reassembled the shoulder.

However,when secured in place the shoulder is really tight against the torso which really limits the amount they can move. Out of curiousity, I checked out the various images in the manual to see how Bandai had posed their kit for photographs.

It shows the shoulders up a bit but only to the extent that the torso allows the shoulders to move up. I’ll test it out more when it’s fully assembled.

I’ll stop here for now because I’m craving some Fish n Chips and for the first time in a number of years I can satisfy that craving just like that!

Categories: Builds, Exia Dark Matter, MG

5 Responses so far.

  1. Jim says:

    dont they have slurpees in Japanese 7-11s?

  2. JP says:

    Love your work! Send me a message, I’ll buy you a beer or three any time this week, senpai!

  3. Imateria says:

    Looking good.

    BTW, what happened to the Blade Liger you were working on last year?

  4. shaomu says:

    Oh dang, you’re like two cities away from me, that’s pretty cool. There are a few shops that deal the plastic crack not far from where you are, you should check them out to see how nuts prices are if you get the chance. There’s Ages 3 and Up in Lougheed Town Center, and SakuraMedia in Metrotown.
    Welcome to the not-so-white North!

    • JP says:

      There’s toys planet at Crystal mall as well! I propose a slurpee splurge to commemorate Syd’s homecoming! =)

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