Hello and welcome to the Layman's Gunpla Guide!
When I created this guide back in 2008 I wanted to translate all I was learning about Gunpla into an easy to use guide for all ages and all skill levels. Since then I’ve seen a lot more people enter the hobby, fads come and go, and the proliferation of YouTube and other video tutorials. Me, I’m sticking with the written format - just think it’s easier and more approachable than videos stuffed with ads and filler. The proliferation of social media has also helped connect hobbyists across the globe. In the end, there are lots of great resources now and I encourage you to use them as well. Make sure to check out this section of the guide with my favorite sites and Discord channels.
A bit about myself. I, like many Americans, came to know Gundam through Gundam Wing when it aired on Cartoon Network during the 90's. From there I found my way to the other series in the franchise and have been a fan ever since. I started with Gunpla shortly after discovering the franchise and, admittedly, most of my early kits were built by physically twisting and ripping pieces from the runners (shudder). Interest in the hobby faded away through college but returned not long after. I discovered that building Gunpla not only scratched my craftsman’s itch, but became a great way to unwind and de-stress. As my skill level progressed I figured I should give back and return what knowledge I could. Thus, the Layman's Gunpla Guide was born.
The Guide has gone through many changes over the years. As I've grown as a modeler so has the guide. I've done what I can to keep the guide as user friendly as possible and open to builders of all skill sets. It is my wish that this guide provide helpful information to those just beginning and those looking to try something new. Though putting together a Gundam model may seem overwhelming at first, it is really quite easy. It just takes time and patience. The same goes for many of the tutorials. Remember that building Gunpla is about having a good time. Whether you're doing a build straight from the box or going all out with modifications makes sure to enjoy yourself. Beyond this guide there are communities of modelers all around the world willing to share helpful information and partake in the hobby with you. Don't be afraid to reach out!