Gunpla is a popular hobby that involves the assembly and customization of plastic model kits depicting various mobile suits, robots, and vehicles from the Gundam anime and manga series. The term "Gunpla" is a combination of "Gundam" (the iconic mecha franchise) and "plastic model."
Gunpla kits come in various grades that determine their complexity and level of detail. The most common grades are:
1. High Grade (HG): These kits are typically beginner-friendly, featuring smaller parts and simpler construction. They are affordable and offer a wide range of mobile suits from different Gundam series.
2. Real Grade (RG): These kits are known for their high level of detail and articulation. They are slightly more complex than High Grade kits and provide a more realistic representation of the mobile suits.
3. Master Grade (MG): MG kits offer an extensive range of mobile suits and provide a higher level of detail, larger size, and increased complexity. They often include inner frames and feature advanced articulation.
4. Perfect Grade (PG): These kits are the most detailed and elaborate, featuring large-scale models with exceptional detail, advanced articulation, and intricate inner frames. They are larger and more expensive than other grades.
Building Gunpla involves carefully removing parts from plastic runners, cleaning them up, and assembling them according to the instructions provided. Some kits may require additional tools such as cutters, sandpaper, and hobby knives for more precise assembly.