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It’s been a while since the last time i make some tutorial, and i thought i would explain how to make Gundam model kits and basically other model kits. WARNING: Most of you already know how to do this and this is just a basic tutorial for our new modeler to start their glorious way :)



So when you buy new gundam model kit, you see beautiful cover and cool looking mecha, you want to have this straight away but sadly, you have to “build” them first.





In every gundam model kit boxes there are “Preview” of what could you get after building the gundam plastic model or what we usually call Gunpla.









When you open the gundam box, what you see is basically like this, a manual book and a lot of PLASTIC we call runners. The runners should count exactly the same with the one inside the manual book.





Above are called decals and sticker, we’ll explain later and there’s another tutorial for just that.





What you need to build gunpla is basically just modeler side cutter, but a modeler knife would do a great job to make your work better looking.





Gundam model kit consist of many runners or plastic which need to be separated first from the mold. above is the example.





Manual book explaining the body part you need to build later.





For example in this tutorial, we’re gonna build the body part marked in the manual book.





Notice that you could see the number on every part listed there, for example part XA 22.





Search for runner marked XA first.





And then search for part number 22.





Using modeler side cutter, cut the OUTER side which connect the part to the mold, DONT cut the part itself.





What you see would be something like this, from this you need to “clean” the excess part.





Using modeler knife, trim the excess part or what we usually call “sprue”





Ta daaa, you will get a clean part as a result.





If there’s still any uneven surface in the part, you could sand it using sanding paper or sanding sponge, DO THIS ONLY IF YOU PAINT YOUR MODEL KIT. If you don’t paint your model kit, don’t do this because sanding paper would leave a mark to your part.





After you get parts like above, it’s time to snapfit to join together this part, see manual book on how to snap this parts.





Above is the combined parts (previously 5 parts).





Do the above step again continuing with the manual book, and combining you will get the result below:



















You don’t have to understand Japanese language to make a gundam model kit, but be sure to FOLLOW the instruction on the manual book to get a good result. Above is the result snapfitting the entire body part.





Done snapfitting the whole gundam model kit will give you satisfying result like picture above, of course you could add some lining and paint or even customize your model kit to further enhance it.





Some marking like above picture give you and idea which is right (O) and which side is wrong (X).





The number above explain which part need to be snap or combined first.





Sometimes in several part, there are excess part that need to be cut, marked with side cutter icon above.





Decals and sticker adds extra detail to your model kit, see our decals tutorial for further info and how to use sticker like above is just search for the same icon and then place it in your gundam models like marked above.



When you done snapfitting, painting, lining and decaling, you will get something like the picture below.





The entire process is called Gundam Modeling, Happy Modeling Guys ^__^


 


 


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