(Mecha March 2019) Gunpla and Building The RX-O

I am still a complete noob at building Gunpla, but it is a hobby that I am glad I found. I have gone past the level of high-grade model kits yet, because those are still challenging for me. The instructions are incredibly vague sometimes and require a lot of study on how one part is going to fit another part. I’ve gotten used to a lot of the off the wall and questionable build instructions, so I am glad I am learning this skill which helps me learn patience and focus for an extended amount of time. Not only do I get to build some awesome robot figures by myself, I got a lot out of the experience through testing myself in some way. So totally relaxing and tension filled at the same time. Surprisingly, this also isn’t that expensive of a hobby either. Some model kits are as cheap as $20.

I feel like I should try building some gunpla with high grade levels after this just to see if I can do it. The RX-O was the most challenging gunpla for me to build yet and if I can build that, maybe I can build anything? Before that I want to show off a gunpla I made late last year that didn’t get its own post yet.

This is the Arbalest from the Fullmetal Panic series in Lambda Drive mode. I made this shortly before I went back to school to get my master’s degree, so I never had the time to post about it, but here it is in all it’s glory. Not as much fanfare as it should have gotten, but it’s here anyway and that is what’s important, right?

So here is what the instructions look like for The Unicorn Gundam. What throws me off here is the fact that no segment of this build tells you what you are building. As far as I know, most gunpla instruction kits tell you what you are building at the time. Context clues do allow you to figure out what you are building, but it can be a little infuriating sometimes.

I was worried about how complicated this model would be because, of the clear red plastic pieces poking out of it, but it didn’t turn out to be too difficult.

It just turned out that the legs were the most complicated parts because why do you need fifteen or so parts to create legs? It’s kind of annoying.

This model was a more complicated then everything else I’ve built up to this point in some ways, but I am proud of what I was able to do. The final product looks amazing and I couldn’t be prouder them I am. Yay, I did it.

Once again, I am glad that I discovered this hobby. It doesn’t feel like just something to do, it feels like a passion at this point. I mean, look at all the gunpla that I have built up to this point. None of them are flawless, especially the Nu Gundam, but I’m proud of building them. I want to build more! I just don’t know what to build now.

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  1. Looks great!

    I have a question, though I don’t know if it’s something you could answer. I used to build models as a teenager, mostly car and airplane kits, the kind that required gluing and sandpapering and painting and all that stuff. Do you have a sense for how Gunpla compares to that style of model-building on the difficulty scale? I understand that Gunpla kits are snap-together, which to me would seem to make things a bit easier, but at the same time it looks like they get pretty intricate with the amount of pieces and stuff. Just curious.

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    1. Depending on what grade of model kit you get, because my models here are the second level of difficulty because they are High Grades, the parts can be extremely tiny or fit only in particular ways so I guess that’s the trade off. I haven’t tried the harder kits yet, though I want to, but I can only assume that the curve gets harder from there?

      I wish I knew more.


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