Gaijin Gunpla

Christmas. Such a hectic time. When you’re not digging the tree and decorations out of storage, buying and wrapping presents, and preparing the house for guests you may be lucky enough to squeeze in some Gunpla. Or force it in there somewhere.

At this stage of the 1/60 PG Gundam Exia (Lighting Model) you get to put it on the stand and test out the lights.

But I’ve already been doing that so I’ll move on to the next part and if you’re building the regular version then you also won’t be worrying about this part. This makes me wonder, does the regular version have a different manual than the Lighting version? Can someone confirm this?

And while you’re looking I’ll be starting on the arms.

Which means digging out these runners.

Construction starts with the elbow joint.

The arms use the last two poly-caps on the runner.

You’ll pop in the poly-cap at the wrist at the same time you lay in the clear part.

That hollow in there is definitely meant to hold something.


Well, this if it’s marked correctly.

Yes, they designate left and right for this LED so because you’re building the right arm first you’ll grab the one with an R on it.

Put that R labeled LED into the hollow running the wires through the elbow joint and out.

Add the large frame part for the wrist and you’ve got a clear part to place on as well.

Onto that clear part you’ll place a black sticker just like what you’ve done with the chest and side of the knee areas.

You’re also given the option of using a foil sticker here as well but, like the knees, I’m leaving it off for now until I can test it.

The upper arm and shoulder are, interestingly, assembled together.

That’s one side. Now for the other.

Note how the design allows the shoulder to bend only one direction.

Lay the long clear strip into the frame.

Then place the wire into position.

At this point neither of the remaining two LEDs for the arm/shoulder is secured.

The first to be is the upper arm and for that you’ll need this clear part.

This clear part gets some foils and this is not optional (well, you could choose not to do it).

They are somewhat small.

You’ll just be laying them on the inside of the sides.

Place that clear part into the upper arm frame.

And that will house the LED.

Now you have to be very careful how you position the wires at this next step. They need to be set a certain way.

You’ll then be able to place on the frame part that closes up the LED.

Now what you have looks like a completed arm/shoulder assembly.

Still some parts are added.

The first covers a gap at the elbow which would expose the wiring.

And you’ve got these two parts.

Some have lamented that PG kits no longer have the cool working mechanisms in the frames because Bandai has been designing LED functionality instead but look!

There they are!

I do miss the silver parts for pistons like in the PG Strike variations.

These parts slide into the back of the lower arm once you’ve bent the elbow joint.

We have one more LED to deal with in this arm.

It is easy to see where it goes.

But you’re actually instructed to attach the arm to the torso first and you’ll need this part.

Fit the wiring through that part and then hold it in position while you plug the shoulder joint in.

You can not connect the arm wire to the torso.

And plug in the last LED.

Finally we are making some hands, and they involve many pieces, similar to what we did with hands for the PG Strike Freedom.

Let’s run through this quickly.

The movement in the wrist is partially built into the connection to the hand housed behind the armour part.

And there it is.

You can build two other moulded hands as well.

Giving you three in total at this time.

Now let’s test out this LED.

So difficult to take pictures of LED lights.

The areas where I chose not to put in a foil sticker are quite bright and the LED is shining right in your face.

Luckily, because no armour has gone on, it is simple to just pop off the clear parts and place the sticker on there.

Take your time in lining these up. If you are slightly off the LED will expose it for all to see.

That is not satisfactory so I’ll spend some more time realigning it.

3 Responses so far.

  1. Damien Payne says:

    I Can confirm that there is no instructions for the LED Kit in the unlit version.

    However, the gaping holes in the frame are obvious.

    • sablenk87 says:

      With all the holes, we can easily make and put our own leds, but without all the changing colors gimmick off course, just simple lights up.

  2. QUANTA says:

    Lookin good! Just waiting for payday to get mine. On the topic of perfect grades, my buddy got a mk II for Christmas and after looking at the runners, I think it’s a kit that you would very much enjoy. If you have the time of course.

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