Gaijin Gunpla

I’d assembled the torso of the 1/60 PG Gundam Exia (Lighting Model), and the hips that are part of that section, so the manual moves forward with you building the legs.

It starts with the feet and you’re going at them x 2.

Here are the toes.

And the heels.

The way those two sections are joined reminds me of designs I’ve seen a lot of in the recent past.

Then you’ll assemble the lower leg, also x 2.

The feet you just assembled will plug into something and that something is a poly-cap housed in the bottom of the lower legs.



After this you’ll assemble a small section for the upper area of the lower leg.


With those done you’re finished the x 2 portion of this stage of the Exia build and now it’s time for the right leg.

The lower legs housed no LED but the upper leg definitely will and that space is what you’re working first.

This is the LED that you’re using in that space.

You’ll be using some big parts here.

Fortunately, there is enough free space in which to lay the wire.

The manual offers some helpful advice.

That seems quite obvious but this next instruction is probably pretty important.

The inside of the of the knee will use these parts to fill in the space.

The outside uses, obviously, a clear part.

And a sticker.

Actually, there is a second sticker.

You are meant to lay that silver sticker on the inside of the black sticker.

But… you have a choice here.

Putting the sticker on will block out some of the light emitting from the LED but that black sticker has text on it so I would be blocking out the light meant to shine through the text. That’s not something I would prefer to do so I decided to leave the sticker off. For now.

That LED looks so small all tucked in the knee like that.

When you put the clear part over that LED you are also putting a poly-cap into the top of the frame.

Then some lighter gray trim.

Prepare for the next part of the leg by putting a clear part inside a clear part.

That will fit into one side of the upper leg frame.

Attach that to the section you’ve already put together.

You’ll then have to place the LED into its designated spot. You may need to twist some wires to get it facing the correct way.

At this point you attach it to the hip joint which you assembled as part of the torso. This is why the instruction manual said to leave space when you put the large poly-cap onto the hip peg.

Connect the LED units and tuck the wires into the empty space.

Close up the upper leg with another large frame part.

When you assemble the second leg you’ll use this small runner.

Some time later…

Now take those lower legs you assembled and jam them on there.

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Now, rather than assembling the arms, you’re doing the GN Drive. That uses this cool LED unit.

Add some frame parts around that.

And prepare the nose area.

You’ll combine these.

Now you’ll add armour and you start off by grabbing these parts.

These parts aren’t all the same, however. They are two sets of two parts.

Insert them into the ring from behind.

To get that ring onto the GN Drive you’ll need to line up some grooves.

You can open the flaps if you like.

Wait, we’re doing this again?


Stack ’em up!

There’s an interesting design on the bottom of the end cap.

I kind of screwed it on the top of the GN Drive.

And there you go.

I powered through this portion but had to stop so next time I’ll be putting this in the kit and switching it on to see just what it can do.

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