Hello again. I would like to show you the process I go through when I build a kit. For this series of articles we are going to focus on a straight build for the time being. For those of you who do not know, a straight build is building and assembling a kit without any major modifications or paint.
As the title gave it away, we are going to build the 1/100 Saviour Gundam from Gundam Seed Destiny. 1/100 represents the scale of the actual kit once it is finished. An article explaining the difference in scales will follow in the future but for the time being, I chose this particular scale since I believe it would be more enjoyable to build for anyone.
First off, when you open the box, look for the instructions manuals.
The first thing you want to do is look inside for the list of runners. Runners are the plastic skeletons to which the various parts of your kit are attached.
In this case the list starts at A all the way to H with two special ones labelled SB and PC. PC stands for polycaps and they are mainly used for the articulations of your kit. Obviously every single piece has a purpose but it is very important to not lose the polycaps as they are hard to remake. They are mostly standard among Bandai’s Gundam kits so if you lose one and happen to know someone who is in the hobby, chances are he will have spares. Once you have made sure that you have all of the runners in your box you can start building.
First thing you will notice is that everything is in Japanese. Do not panic as you have very detailed images showing you how to assemble everything. All of the instructions manuals will have different logos to indicate something specific about the part that you are building. For the Saviour Gundam they are as follow:
Now that you have a basic understanding of what to expect and how to build a kit, get your nippers and sanding file ready!
We are starting with the chest of the Saviour. As you can see on the image, it says D-2. Locate the D runner and look for the number 2. The piece should exactly the same one as the one drawn on the page. That is a good indicator that you have found the correct part.
Proceed with cutting the part away from the runner like this.
Now we repeat the process with H-10,PC-C x2, D-3 and H-8 x2.
As I have mentioned in my introduction, I like to paint everything. If you are planning to paint or mod your kit, it is more than likely that you will take the pieces apart and put them back together several times before you are satisfied with the end result. If that is you plan I highly suggest that you make the holes of your parts slightly more loose in order to make the taking apart process easier. Do not overdo it as the pieces won’t be able to hold together on its on and you will have to use masking tape or blue tack for the time being.
This is the final result. Although the chest piece itself is not complete the base for it is.
I hope this was very informative for all of you who want to give this hobby a shot. Stay tuned for the next article of Let’s Build A Gundam!