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How to buy the right Gunpla and build your first model

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On the hottest days of summer 2021, I was looking for a good hobby to pass the time in the great indoors, preferably something that didn’t require me to stare at another screen. I’d long been Gunpla (a portmanteau of “Gundam plastic model”) curious: I was a fan of many of the anime and manga on which the models are based. I love building Lego sets. I’d even bought a Gunpla kit right at the beginning of quarantine and promptly forgotten it in my closet. Getting into Gunpla seemed like my fate, but would I truly enjoy it or only find it frustrating?

I opened up my RX-78 Gundam and was relieved to discover I didn’t need glue to hold it together. The finished model was shockingly posable, like an action figure. It was also…



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