Okay, first of all I’m a beginner at model making. I’ve always been interested in making a Gundam model since they looked really cool from the models I’ve seen, but I’ve always been intimidated by the sheer number of parts and the DIY nature of Gundam building. It doesn’t help either that when I search for beginner guides online I am bombarded by tutorial for weathering,pane lining and stuff like that making me even more apprehensive to start making my own model.
So I’ve put off making my own Gundam for a couple of years. That is, until last week, when I saw a Gundam sale at my local shopping mall. They were selling the kits for a fairly ‘low’ price (still pretty expensive but affordable, I guess) so I did some research online on the types of Gundam and what not and went back to the store the next day and bought my first Gunpla model.
First thing I learned is that Bandai makes several types of Gundam models (or Gunpla) that differs in size and difficulty. The easiest ones are the HG or high grades that are essentially the most basic ones that Bandai sells today. This was the type I bought. There are more difficult types like the MG or master grade, the RG or real grade and the PG or perfect grade. I won’t go into detail on what they are but here’s a great read on the basics of Gunpla building.
With my HG in hand, I went back home and started building my first Gunpla kit.
Here’s my experience building my own Gunpla.
Once you open the box, you are greeted with several plastic runners that contain the various disassembled parts of the Gunpla you are going to build.
It might seem intimidating at first, but don’t worry! There’s a guide to help you build your model…. aaaand its in Japanese. Again, don’t worry, most of the text don’t really matter since the pictures do a great job communicating the instructions anyway.
So I started cutting and building my Gunpla per the instructions. Cutting the pieces of the runners can be quite difficult so it was a good thing that I bought nippers as well to help separate the pieces. Of course,you can also just use your finger, but using nippers just made things a bit easier.
Assembling the parts themselves weren’t very difficult for the most part, except for some really small pieces that can be quite a hassle to handle. The most difficult part though, was putting the stickers on the damn head. The stickers were so small that it was really difficult to handle. I suggest that you use tweezers for this. I didn’t and it took me several attempts and multiple curse words later before I actually got the effing thing to stick properly (I have really clumsy hands).
After finishing a few more parts, I finally have a (mostly)assembled Gunpla model.
Just a few more finishing touches aaaaand….
Ta-da! My first Gunpla model!
Look at it posed!
Admittedly, I was kind of disappointed by the rather small size of my model. I bought the 1/144 model and well, it was smaller than expected. Especially since I formed great expectations after seeing the life size one in Odaiba.
But oh well, building my first Gunpla was still a fun experience and you won’t believe the satisfaction it gave me to finally finish my first Gunpla model.
Now, I’m hoping to start another kit soon. This time, maybe I’ll buy one a little bigger.
Afterthoughts: First post in a while! How are you guys? Building my first Gunpla was fun but I’m now looking to build a 1/100 model. Gotta save up.
How was your first Gunpla building experience? Or are you still apprehensive about buying one? Tell us in the comments below.