HobbyCorner: Gundam Building
Hi, I’m Lincoln and today I’m going to show you the basics of Gundam model building.
First, gundams are from the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise. These robots are often varied in size, shape and color. However, they are most famous for their popular model kits from Japan. Now, enough about introductions, let’s get into it.
Gundam kits are categorized into four levels of difficulty. High grade, master grade, real grade and perfect grade. The easiest to make are the hg models, which are simple, somewhat detailed and small, making it to perfect for beginners. They range from $10 to $25 and come in boxes like these:
The next level of difficulty is called “Master Grade”. These are harder model kits that require more time and experience to build. However, they have greater size, details and pieces. They also require more tools, like plastic cement and mark setter. Their boxes should look somewhat like these:
The next one is a newer grade known as “Real Grade”. They have an extreme amount of detail and articulation, but the are the size of hg model kits. They are easier to build than master grade, but their water decals take time and precision to put on. The boxes they come in look something like this:
Finally, the hardest model kits are called perfect grade. They have amazing detail, articulation and size. You must be extremely experienced to make one. Their boxes look like this:
To build a gundam, you should have these tools:
- A hobby knife to cut out the pieces
- A sandpaper file or sandpaper to rub away nub marks
- A bottle of mark setter to stick on water decals
- Q-Tips to dry water decals
- A coin or 3ds pen to apply dry transfer decals
- And finally, a cutting board to cut your pieces
To apply water decals, cut out the decals with a hobby knife and then let it soak in warm water for 30-40 seconds. Then, remove the deals a place it on the intended spot that is dabbed with mark setter. To apply dry transfers, tape the sticker onto the intended spot and rub it on with a coin. Then, remove the tape and plastic sheet when the decal changes color.
So, now you have the supplies to make a gundam. But which kit should you start with? Typically you should start with a hg kit, but starting with a rg kit is fine as well. If you want to start a new level of difficulty, then take this quiz.
- Have you made a gundam kit before?
- Are you confident in your abilities?
- Are you looking for a challenge?
- Did you finish your last kit fast and easily?
If you are confident in saying yes to all of these questions then you are ready for a Master Grade. If you want to build a perfect grade, then answer these questions.
- I’m one of the best gundam builders I know
- I’m looking for the hardest kit out there
- I’m confident in my abilities as a builder
- I have built several master grade
Again, if you checked yes on all of these questions you are ready for the hardest kits out there: Perfect Grade.
Well, that’s it for this week. Tune in next time to see an article on fish aquariums.