Gaijin Gunpla

Now that the base is all ready and waiting it’s time to start the build of the 1/60 PG Gundam Exia (Lighting Model). And that starts with the torso or, as they call it in the manual, the Chest Frame.

This will involve the big LED unit.

Those who went with the regular version PG Exia may have the same manual but would be skipping any area of the manual explaining the LED install.

You’ll have to make sure you have the Poly-cap runner handy.

One of those pieces goes into some frame parts.

Then that whole thing fits onto another frame piece.

You can see the grooves at the top.

Those fit over the slats sticking up in the other part.

Another poly-cap piece fits into a new frame part.

You’ll do a second of that and then build around what you’ve already got.

Grab the large torso frame and one more part off the poly-cap runner. This one has a very distinctive shape.

So now it’s time to work with the LED and you’ll grab the biggest one in that LED box.

Other side.

It looks like a stick figure.

When you think about how this will run from the torso and out to the appendages, yes, it should resemble a human body.

You’ll have to put it into a large frame piece.

View from other side.

You will need to run the bottom center wire through the poly-cap piece that is inserted at the bottom of the frame part before pushing the LED into place.

Now what you have assembled before comes into play.

It slides onto the long wires at the bottom which will run out for the legs.

Slide it up to meet the torso.

Notice the tilt

Dig out the runner of clear parts.

Put one on either side of the torso.

Then find this guy.

He is a runner unto himself. But he needs a chair.

Join the pilot now seated in his chair to another torso frame piece.

You’ll put that part onto the torso you’ve assembled so far and include two more clear parts for the front.

And two clear parts for the back.

Now for this hinged unit.

It snaps onto the side of the torso at the bottom…

Then swings up and clicks into place at a second point.

Start a new assembly, with another poly-cap part.

Continue adding parts.

That skinny part just drops on and secures the parts together.

More parts are added.

Until you have this.

This now connects to the torso via a peg.

This is the shoulder joint on the Exia and you’ll need to run the wire through there.

Careful to hold the wire in its designated place fold that shoulder section up against the torso.

Add another part at the bottom.

Now repeat the process, including the hatch-like thing at the bottom, for the other side of the torso.

Now I’m instructed to get stickers. When I grabbed the plastic bag with the sticker sheet in it I noticed this smaller set of stickers on the other side.

Didn’t realize those came with this kit but I’ll worry about them later because this is the sticker that is needed.

Check out how the text on that sticker is done in reverse.

This is because you’ll have to apply the sticker text side out to the underside of a clear part.

Then place that inside another frame part.

In your huge PG box filled with runners find this runner.

You’ll be putting one of the parts from that runner onto the center of the chest overtop of the part that has the sticker.

Now to add the part for the top of the torso which has the neck attached.

Thread the wire through there as you push it into place. It may take some effort as the pegs are quite wide.

At this point I was concerned with the length of wire coming out the neck.

It seemed short to me. I wasn’t sure if I would have enough length to allow me to build the head around it but I didn’t want to take apart what I’d built so far for nothing if this was how it was supposed to be. So, I flipped forward in the manual to find the head assembly portion.

I pondered assembling the head at that point, much earlier than indicated, in order to judge if my length of wire was sufficient or not. It would be much easier to disassemble the head rather than the larger torso I’d just finished. But then I saw this in the manual.

The way it showed the wire sitting at the neck matched what I had in my assembled torso and so I breathed a sigh of relief.

At that point I decided to take a break and test out the connection of the Exia to the stand, both mounting it on there and attaching the wires.

(I also played around with the LED but you’ll need to check the Gaijin Gunpla facebook page for those videos.)

Due to the limitations on my free time now I was determined to get through as much of the Exia as possible so I took it off the stand and continued on.

Those three pieces attach to the back of the torso and look like they’ll be securing the GN Drive in place.

I then had to slide another piece up the wires at the bottom.

And then build a cylinder around those wires threading them inside.

Add a poly-cap part to each side.

Then slide the whole thing up into the single piece you slid up there just a short moment ago.

Getting the poly-cap pieces to fit into their place on the underside of the single frame part was tricky because if you pushed in the wrong area things would start coming apart. I ended up turning the whole torso upside down and sitting it on the floor and then pushing down on the section I needed in place.

From there you’ll be working on the waist of the Exia and that starts with these two parts.

You’ll have to get those on around the wires at the bottom.

The smaller piece sits on a peg on the inside of the waist frame and just looking at it at that point I wondered what its purpose was. Then I realized that the waist will have several pivot points when you’re posing it and maybe that smaller piece will work to keep something in place while all that movement happens. I guess I’ll find out.

There is an empty area on the inside of that frame assembly where the wires will go.

Close that up with two more frame parts, for the opposite side.

More frame pieces are added.

Culminating in a final waist piece going on at the bottom after you’ve moved the wires out of the way.

But the upper body portion of the build doesn’t end there. You actually carry on assembly what will be the hips. Those start by inserting a poly-cap part into a frame piece.

Plug just that onto the large peg on the waist and run the wire through it.

Now you’ll build around that.

It was interesting to see that I was building around a poly-cap/connection rather than building an entire unit to then connect.

I also grabbed my first white pieces at this point and they were from this runner.

This is the undergated runner.

The big fin!

I actually only needed two smaller parts from the runner at that moment.

Attach the white part to a frame piece and then snap it onto a hinge which itself snaps onto a frame part.

You’ll then join that to what you’ve got for the hips so far and add a poly-cap part to the bottom.

The manual shows you need to leave a gap there.

I hope this is sufficient. If not I’ll worry about it later.

This completed the Chest Frame portion of the build.

I still had more time and so I continued with the build.

But that’s for the next WIP post.

2 Responses so far.

  1. jangothebluefox says:

    they actually give you alternate stickers for the GN condensers. the alternate stickers are completely clear with white text.

    the ones you went with were black with clear text.

  2. Helpful? says:

    You might wanna push that lower waist joint in further, its supposed to sit flush to the bottom and will fall off under the weight of the legs later if not secured

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