Some view the Rick Dias as being under appreciated, others I imagine hate it. Personally I think it's an awesome design and a worthy evolution of the Rick Dom family. Coincidently, it also makes up a damn fine model.
This was my first time using real Gundam markers, the Real Touch version to be specific. They work excelent and cleaned up very well.
First timers might be wondering where exactly to start. There have been hundreds of kits released since 1980, if not thousands. Over the years the complexity and engineering has (generally) improved as Bandai's production technologies and design methods advance.
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Probably the most important thing you can do after putting together a model is give it a pose. Add some life and personality to your kit.
It's a rookie mistake, your Gundam shouldn’t stand around stiff as a robot. It should be allowed to loosen up as to look and feel more natural.
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From here on everything is up to you. Reenact a scene, pit it in combat against another model, make it dance, facepalm, etc. If you’re working on your first kit with individual fingers, do what everyone does the first time, flip the bird. I really shouldn’t have to help with this part.
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I decided to break this page down into three different sections relating to airbrushing equipment, hand and detailing painting equipment, and everything else that you'll need. Of course, you're also going to need some paint!
Picking out an airbrush can be pretty daunting at first. Here's some information on the basic types of airbrushes...
Before you run out to buy your first kit it's important to have a few tools on hand. Below is really the bare minimum you'll need to get a nice, clean, straight built kit. All the other fancy stuff is covered elsewhere on the Guide.
Hobby Nippers and a Hobby Knife
Hello and welcome to the Layman's Gunpla Guide!
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, unlike many Americans, found my way to the other series in the franchise and have been a fan ever since. I'm not quite sure when I started with Gunpla but it followed shortly after. Many of my early kits were built by physically twisting and ripping pieces from the runners (shudder) before I progressed toward cutting and sanding. Interest in the hobby faded away through college but returned not long after. Getting into it and learning more than I had ever known about putting together models and Gunpla I thought it would be beneficial to put together a guide built from lessons learned. Thus, the Layman's Gunpla Guide was born.