I’ve always appreciated the time and effort needed when building model kits, but I never really got to experience making my own kits. I popped my gunpla cherry about two weeks ago when I wasn’t able to find any noteworthy games to buy for my Switch. Instead of going home empty handed, I went ahead and bought two kits.
I originally intended to just get one, but bought two instead because they were relatively cheaper than a full priced video game. My friend suggested that I get an SD kit since they’re usually easier to build due to having simplified designs compared to full scale models.
Since it was my first ever gunpla building session, I went in blind and didn’t consider the general guidelines in terms of making the most out of a kit. Nub marks, sloppily applied stickers and bland posing made me realize how little I knew about the hobby. It also made me realize how fun it was. After finishing these two, I was completely hooked.
As for the kits themselves, they’re actually not bad as completed figures. Articulation is a bit limited, but that’s to be expected with SD figures. The parts and connections were sturdy enough that I didn’t feel like the figures would suddenly fall apart when being handled. What I did not like were the stickers. Color separation was pretty bad and stickers were pretty much essential for the SD gundams to come close to their intended design.
Hopefully, I’ll be able to paint my next figures instead of relying on stickers. Once I get a variety of paints, I’m gonna give these two a design refresh.