Hey everyone,my name is Sameer Chaudhry and this is my blog. In case you couldn’t tell, this blog is about model kits.Specifically, gundam model kits (or gunpla for short).You’re probably thinking “There’s a ton of these types of blogs on the internet,so why is this one special?”.Let’s start with the fact I’m in high school, therefore a lot younger than most people who build model kits by more than a couple of years.I’ve built about 15 different models,though that isn’t much compared to other people.What separates me from most other model kit builders(aside from my age) is the fact that i don’t have any tools specifically made for model kits. Everything I use was repurposed into model kits,and
I still get great results.I’ll add a picture of the Rg(Real Grade) Build Strike Gundam Full Package.Without any further stalling(hey i got a quota), let me show how to snap build(using only what’s in the box) a HG (high grade) gunpla.
Topic: How to snap build(using only what’s in the box) a HG (high grade) gunpla
There are a ton of gunpla to choose from, ranging from tiny,$10 dollar kits to huge hits going over $300.(Caution:not all kits are made equal.A golden rule of thumb is if it was made before 2005,it’s probably not worth it.They often look terrible,fall apart really easily,are super hard to build and pose.They are onlr really bought for the parts they contain for custom Gunpla .)The kit i am going to use is going to be the HG Dantalion Gundam Full Cowl T.The reasons I’m using a HG are:
A) I’m not sponsored,so no reason to use a more expensive model.
B) they are quick and easy to build,having little to no complexity
C) they make for a great starting point into the hobby and
D) they are fairly cheap for this hobby(they mostly cost around $20).
For this how-to, you’re going to need a few tools:
Nippers(the cost varies, but you can pretty easily find one on amazon for $10-$20)
A pair of tweezers,
sandpaper or a nail file(these can be found a a local store),
a hobby knife or X-acto blade,
some paint thinner,
and of course a paint brush(you can find these at the art section of any local hobby store)
That may see like a lot and expensive,but you can probably fit all these tools in a small box, and it shouldn’t cost more than $50 to get all these tools at a decent quality.After you get these tools you can start on the model kit.There are two rules in gunpla,don’t rush and gunpla is freedom. The second rule only applies to custom gunpla,which I will not be going over.The first rule does apply though.Really, don’t rush.It only leads to mistakes and broken parts,which you will have to re order from Bandai( the company that makes gunpla).That entire experience is a pain,so best to avoid it.Take your time and read the instructions carefully.
When you get home after buying the kit, the first thing you want to do is get started,right? Wrong! The first thing you should do is make sure all the parts and runners ( the things the parts come in) are there and are undamaged.If any part is missing or damaged,you’re going to have to buy the runner from Bandai or some 3rd party seller)That’s something you really want to avoid at all costs.However,that’s only really a problem when buying used or already opened kits.
When you take out the runners, you will notice there is a number and letter like A3 followed by some kanji(Japanese letters) on it. This is how the instructions tell you what runner to use.There are also numbers near the parts.These numbers tell you what part to use.Once you know what part(s) to use you use the nippers to cut them out from the runners.
When cutting,make sure you don’t cut into the part. Always cut a bit away from the part to make sure you don’t damage the part.If there is any part of the runner left,use your hobby knife and/or sandpaper/nail file to cut and/or sand away the excess plastic.
Connect the parts the way the instructions tell you to. Some older models before this year recently have the directions in kanji,but you should be able to figure it out if you look at the pictures.If a part doesn’t fit,examine both the part(s),in case you need to sand or cut something,and the instructions in case you misread them.Unless the instructions call for it,never force two parts together. This has a high chance of breaking the part and hurting yourself .On top of that,you will halt your progress until you properly put in the part.
Take those painting supplies out,because now we will be panel lining.What’s panel lining,you ask?Basically, you use black paint to make the detail molded into the plastic pop more.Apply the paint over the lines of the kit,and wait for it to dry. Then you use the paint thinner and go over the paint which gets rid of the excess black paint. There should be some black paint,but that was the point to this.
(Caution: do not put stickers on before panel lining.This is to prevent the paint from getting on the stickers.)Dry off the kit and take out those tweezers,because now we put on the stickers.
(Notice:Not all stickers look that great.Some of them are so bad that some people leave them off altogether)
The instructions should tell you where to place them. Pick them up off the sheet with you hobby knife or tweezers and place them where you want it. After all this you should be left with a great representation of the picture on the box in toy form.Most modern Hgs can take a fair amount of punishment,so yes you can play with them,but be warned,some parts can fall off and you can choke on the small pieces.You can always glue the pieces in( I recommend using plastic cement to do this), but you don’t have to.
(Notice#2:older HGs[or any older kit] are much more fragile so you might not want to play with those).
Well,that’s a basic tutorial on how to build gunpla,and I hope that you enjoyed it.This is a great hobby,and it can be fun if done right.But above all, I hope you learned something from this.I mean,if you didn’t there really wouldn’t be any point in reading this.Oh, and sorry to those of you who are decent builders and just came to learn a few tricks.This was geared towards complete novices,so sorry.I might to an advance lesson if this one turns out good,so look forward to that.Here are some pictures of the finished Dantilion.If this blog gets 100 views,I’ll add some more.