So, you’ve been eyeing those cool gundam model kits and wondering how to dive into the world of mecha building? Bandai, a Japanese toy company, meticulously designed and manufactured gundam model kits to replicate the iconic mobile suits from the Gundam series.
The universe of Gundam models might initially seem overwhelming, but don’t worry. This beginner’s guide will break it down from the basics to the must-knows so you can start creating your robot army.
1. What are Gundam Model Kits?
Gundam model kits, often referred to as Gunpla (a fusion of “Gundam” and “plastic model”), are more than just plastic pieces in a box—they’re a gateway to mecha-building. If you’re impressed by Gundam robots in anime series or movies and longing to have a miniature version, Gunpla is your golden ticket.
What makes Gunpla particularly appealing is the comprehensive nature of the kits; everything you need to assemble your Gundam is neatly packaged within the box. From the head to the toes and every intricate detail in between, the parts are carefully molded and ready for you to bring them to life.
2. Grades Galore
Dealing with words like High Grade (HG), Master Grade (MG), and Real Grade (RG) in the Gundam model kit world can feel like deciphering a code. These designations aren’t simply language; they enable builders of all ability levels to select a kit that suits their tastes and expertise.
HG: Entry-Level Excellence
High-grade (HG) Gundam kits open Gunpla’s huge world. These are ideal for mecha modeling beginners. Simplicity distinguishes HG kits. These kits are easy to assemble without sacrificing Gundam’s trademark style. Despite being simpler, HG kits have amazing articulation and detailing that depict the Gundam universe.
Master Grade (MG): Upgrade
After jumping into Gunpla, enter the Master Grade (MG) tier to improve your building talents. Complexity and detail increase with MG kits. Building larger models with more intricate elements is more difficult and rewarding here. For stability, MG kits have internal frames, improved articulation, and more realism. An MG kit’s extra effort pays off with a Gundam-quality finished product.
Real Grade (RG): Highest Precision
The best Gunpla kits are Real Grade (RG) models for precision and realism. Consider them the most intricate. The 1:1 size RG kits match anime dimensions to a remarkable degree. Advanced articulation, internal frames, realistic panel lines, and color separation are included in these kits.
The choice of grade depends on comfort and desired experience. An HG kit is a great place for beginners to start building. After building a few models, an MG kit may offer additional complexity and detail. It’s a wonderfully immersive experience for seasoned builders who love precision and realism to explore RG kits.
3. Tools of the Trade
Before you jump into the Gundam-building adventure, learn about the tools. You’ll want a pair of nifty plastic nippers to neatly cut the pieces from the frames, a hobby knife for fine-tuning, and a cutting mat to keep your workspace safe. Optional but cool extras include panel lining markers for added detail and a topcoat for a polished finish.
4. Box Breakdown
Cracking open that Gundam kit box for the first time can be like unveiling a treasure chest. But what’s inside? Don’t panic—it’s not a puzzle. You’ll find plastic runners holding the individual pieces, an instruction manual (your new best friend), and sometimes, stickers or decals to add extra flair.
5. The Assembly Adventure
The instruction manual is your guide to the real fun of building your Gundam, showing you how to assemble each piece. It’s like a LEGO set for giant robots. Take it step by step, and soon enough, you’ll see your Gundam taking shape before your eyes.
6. To Glue or Not to Glue
Arranging your Gundam model kit doesn’t involve messy glue. The pieces’ snap-fit method is cleverly designed to fit tightly.
The Snap-Fit System
One of the Gundam model kits’ features is Snap-fit. Masterfully constructed, each piece has specified connecting points for smooth assembly. No adhesive is required. The result is a beginner-friendly, tidy assembly.
While assembling your Gundam, a mistake may happen because we’re all human. Fixing is simple with the glue-free method. Just disassemble and reassemble if you find an issue. This technique lets you undo and redo without leaving a sticky residue or damaging your model.
No glue also simplifies customization. The absence of glue allows you to simply disassemble and customize your Gundam without mess if you change its color scheme or add details. This versatility allows you to experiment and customize your Gundam to match your vision.
Ever dreamt of having a Gundam with your unique style? You’re lucky because Gundam kits are like blank canvases waiting for your artistic touch. From simple color changes to advanced customizations, you can make your Gundam truly one-of-a-kind.
8. Panel Lining
Want to take your Gundam to the next level? Enter panel lining. It’s like outlining the cool features of your mecha with a fine-tip pen. This easy step adds depth and definition, making your Gundam look like it just stepped out of an anime.
9. Pose-ability Power
Once your Gundam is built, it’s time to strike a pose. Most kits are designed with articulation in mind, meaning you can move arms, legs, and even the head. Experiment with poses and create your Gundam’s signature stance.
10. The Display Dilemma
Your Gundam is complete, but now what? Find a cool spot to showcase your creation. Whether it’s on a shelf, in a display case, or even on your desk, let your Gundam shine where everyone can admire its mecha glory.
Build Your Gundam with Friends Today!
Keep in mind that the Gundam community is large and welcoming as you build. Online forums and social media groups are great places to share insights, get guidance, and exhibit your work. A universe of Gundam fans is waiting to support and inspire your next construction. Join this mecha-loving community while you enjoy finishing your first Gundam model kit.