Re: [gundam] General modelling info


Edward Ju (gundam@loop.com)
Fri, 12 Feb 1999 14:35:47 -0800


>Thanks for the welcome and your comments regarding the 1/144 GP02A.
>
>I thought the photos in HLJ website were from kits built out of the box,
>without modifying o painting, their GP02A has quite a bit of details in color.

If the photos you saw were at:

http://www.hlj.com/cgi-bin/hljpage3.cgi?ban33469

That's a scan from the side panels of the box, which have been professionally
built and painted. Out of box assembly without painting will not look nearly
half as good.

>I use to build scale models, aircraft mainly and once in a while a tank or
>two. Is styrene plastic used in Gundam models? What kind of paint and glues
>do you use?

For Gundam kits, Gunze Sangyo is probably the best since they make colors
for mobile suits. I use Tamiya myself, so I need to mix colors on stuff
like the Dom's purple. As for glue, I use CrazyGlue. They are great as
putty substitute as long as you don't have a huge gap.

>Also, I have seen the parts come in trees or runners, like my aircraft
>models. With them, I have to cut off the parts with a sharp blade, but no
>matter how carefull, it always remains a small bump that has to be sanded,
>very often halves do not fit perfectly and filling with putty and more
>sanding is required. Then model needs painting to cover the sanded and
>filled spots under a smooth, seamless finish. How true is that you don't
>need glue or paint in a Gundam model? Do parts fit that well?

Parts on Gundam kits usually fit much better than aircraft or tank models
since the parts are usually smaller, but you still need to sand and paint
to cover up the lines and bumps. Some Master Grade kits were designed so
that most of these lines will be hidden upon assembly, the best one being
the MG Gelgoog variants. While almost all recent Gundam kits are snap-on,
the LM kits do sometimes require glue.

Eddie

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