Tuesday, September 21, 2010

1/60 GN-001 Gundam Exia Build Part II

1/60 Gundam Exia Assembly

Was tempted to revisit the 1/100 Gundam Kyrios and do another series of flat coating and panel lining but decided instead to finally do what I had planned, which was to build the much delayed and much scheduled 1/60 GN-001 Exia.

1/60 Gundam Exia Assembly

Took stock of the parts and there are a lot of them. First step for we would be to always wash the plates with warm water and dishwashing soap to take off any mold release agent residue found on the plates. I use a used tooth brush to scrub the plates while partially immersed in the warm water and soap.

1/60 Gundam Exia Assembly

Ever since I had that paint stripping issue on my first MG build, the Rick Dias, I've been paranoid about making doubley sure that the paint will stick on the model kit. I scheduled to do the cleaning during lunch time, that time the pipes hold warm water so there is no need to have to actually waste warm water to use for cleaning.

1/60 Gundam Exia Assembly


The sprues of the 1/60 Exia are actually quite flimsy, so even in the plastic container the parts started falling off the runners. Had to be extra sure that no part was left behind. Oh, and also one reason why I position the plastic container over the drain hole so that none of the parts may actually fall into the drain.

1/60 Gundam Exia Assembly

Here's the final stack of runners. I usually leave it for a day to dry naturally. But I also usually help it along by grabbing the plate and fanning it to dry off the plate by wind evaporation. I doubt however I'll be able to do that with the 1/60 Exia because of the above mentioned weak sprues.

Taking a step back, I think I might have to buy another can of flat coat for this kit. One can of Bonsy Clear Flat lasted 4 kits for me. I might have enough to build this kit but probably would have barely enough for another kit.

Part III of this build could be found here.