I’ve been trying to get people into gunpla for a while now, and this is a guide to building for absolute beginners. You don’t need to know ANYTHING to start with this guide.
Gunpla (Gundam Plastic Model) is a great hobby! It’s really fun, even if you never built anything before and don’t know much about the Gundam shows you should try it out!
I won’t be covering advanced techniques in this guide, but rather only the bare minimum to build a model kit. When I first started out, I didn’t jump right into everything and make my model epicly awesome. I just did the bare minimum. I built a few kits that way, learn a new skill, build a few more kits using that skill, then learn another one, and so on. I gradually incorporate different techniques into my process as I go.
I recommend starting with a High Grade kit, then moving on to Master Grade kits later on. The Grade determines the size and amount of detail (and price!). High Grades are usually $15-$25, 1/144 scale, 13-15 centimeters tall. They have decent detail and movement, but can’t compare to a Master Grade. MGs are $50+, 1/100 scale, ~20cm tall and have very high detail. Since they’re more complex and expensive, I recommend you build a few HG kits first to get started. There are more Grades, but these are the two main ones. I’ll write about the other ones later!