The Third Encounter of the Gunpla Kind

Box art from the kit

Japan Plastic, Best Plastic

Hello. This is my first review of my budding Gunpla career. I’ve recently gotten into Gundam models after buying a kit from a Gamestop BOGO clearance sale about 6 months ago. I recently decided to build it about 2 weeks ago and I’ve been hooked since.

This review is for my latest build with a full finish on the real grade 1/144 scale Wing Gundam Zero from the Endless Waltz model series (and movie). Being as this build was my 3rd build, I was a bit more comfortable with the tools and the instruction manual. Bandai does not publish the instruction manuals in English, however they are very detailed in the images and you can find many resources online to get a better idea of what the ornate symbols mean to help you along your builds.

To get started building Gunpla all you really need is:

  1. Side Cutters – You’ll want to make sure the blades are actually sharp, otherwise you are just stressing the plastic until it snaps rather than cutting it.
  2. Hobby Knife/X-Acto – Allows you to remove nubs from the plastic when cutting to get a smooth cut
  3. Tweezers – I use angled and straight needle-nose tweezers

Anyway, moving to the kit itself, because it is a real grade, there are a lot of intricate, smaller pieces, which lead to some frustrating moments during the build and I would honestly not recommend them for beginners, I would say to go with high grade kits first. Since my first Gunpla experience was another real-grade I was already comfortable dealing with this style. Real grades have incredibly high detail, on par with perfect grade, on a 1/144 frame, these kits are often the best-looking version of a design you can find. Their main selling points are their two-tone color separation , an insane level of parts separation, ¬†and a revolutionary near pre-assembled inner “skeleton”.

I didn’t take any pictures during the build, because this post was an after-thought and I haven’t built my next kit, but I’ll borrow some pictures from Dalong.net

http://dalong.net/review/rg/rg17/p/rg17_runner.jpg

Runner sheets

http://dalong.net/review/rg/rg17/p/rg17_24.jpg

Tad Longhorn – Quarterback, Stevenson High School, Class of 2002

I didn’t have much issue with the build itself, it got finished in about 6 hours over two days with full decal application. This kit only had one decal sheet with roughly 60 pieces, which was the lowest I have encountered so far. The only issue that I ran into was the crest of the head does not lock in at all and is very loose, causing some annoying slips when trying to get the head together, other than that I think it went over pretty smoothly. I went through and did minor panel lining to get some extra detail into the crevices and finished with a Tamiya clear semi-gloss top coat. I used some sticky tack to keep the boy standing while I blasted it with the top coat and everything seemed to work out pretty well, let it dry for 24 hours and have it on a base stand.

 

My final result:

 

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