I received this submission from Nik who was excited to share his Real Grade GN-001 Gundam Exia. It’s a beauty. Normally I keep my writing to a minimum in Reader Submission as I don’t want to take attention away from the Reader who has taken the time to submit something but I will say now that I am working on expanding the Reader Submission section of the forum. You can see I’ve renamed the main category Community and am working on a way to have more people post their stuff. I’m trying to organize themed contests with prizes. Once I finalise the details I’ll post about it, but for now enjoy Nik’s Exia.
I grew up in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia so like most North Americans my first exposure to Gundam was through Gundam Wing. My dad was big into Plamo when he was younger, mostly Robotech and other sci-fi stuff. So him and I would buy some of the old Wing 1/144 kits and I would absolutely mangle them with my 7-year-old skills. Fast forward a few years and now I’m living in Trenton, ON and started seriously getting back into Gunpla about two years ago while on a training course in the United States. After starting to get back into the world of Gunpla, I immediately fell in love with the RG Line and it awokened the inner completionist in me. Something about the numbered releases made them impossible to resist trying to get them all.
And with the slick designs of 00 Gundam the Exia was a no-brainer. I’ve built this straight out of box, with Gundam Marker for panel lining. I found this to be one of the best in the line in terms of poseability, and accessories level. The plated parts are a nice touch however for OOB builders like myself the nubs are a nightmare. The markings are numerous as is standard for the RG line, but the finished product is worth that extra effort.
I’m currently in the RCAF in Trenton Ontario. I’ve been there about 2.5 years now and have been seriously into Gunpla for the majority of that time. In that short time I’ve completely filled a Detolf display case, with a few kits already rotated out and in storage, as well as a backlog of 8 other kits. Most of the time I do out of box builds with markings, gundam marker for panel lining, and a matte top coat. I have however completed and painted one kit with spray cans, and have recently purchased an airbrush to venture further into this slippery slope of a hobby.
I found the Exia to be a very good overall experience from start to finish. The build was challenging without being overly frustrating (other than those clear blue plastic strips, ugh). The articulation is top notch, but it can be a bit too much at times and make it difficult at times to find an exciting yet natural looking pose. And while I had mentioned the numerous markings, the sheet really wasn’t as overwhelming as say, the RG Zeta or Strike. I personally think this kit looks great simply built out of box, but it’s already been seen how great it looks all painted up as well.
I hope you enjoyed my finished Exia as much as I enjoyed building and photographing it.