Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Gunpla (ガンプラ) as it's known in Japan refers to Gundam plastic model. For those of you who don't know Gundam are basically giant robot fighting suits, or some such thing. I don't watch the anime so I have no idea.
I recently started working for an internet based hobby company here in Japan that deals in all types of Japanese hobby products and sells these Gundam plastic models as well. I thought I would take the plunge and try one out.
... and I love it! It really is a lot of fun and can be completed quickly and easily, or with much difficulty depending on how much detail you wish to get into. This is a picture of my first one ever. It is the Shin Musha Gundam. Ya.. I have no idea, either.
Gundam models range from the small 1/144th scale easy to put together to the 1/60 'Perfect Grade' that can take a long time. I seem to have dropped myself right in the middle as my first kit was a 'master grade', and after spending many enjoyable evenings assembling it I don't want to switch to the easier kits. Essentially they are the same as any plastic model with pieces coming on a frame, or sprue, that you clip off and then assemble. Gundam models, however, require no glue or paint, unless you want to.
I had such an enjoyable time with this one I promptly picked up another one.