Are you a fan of the Gundam franchise and looking to take your model-building skills to the next level? If so, you’ve probably heard of the Master Grade line of Gundam models. In this article, we’ll dive into what makes a Master Grade Gundam so special, and why it’s a must-have for any serious Gundam fan.
Which Gundam Model Grades Do I Need?
When it comes to Gundam models, there are multiple grades available, each with their unique features, complexity, and price points. To determine the right grade for you, consider your skill level, budget, and the amount of time you’re willing to invest in building your model. Here’s a quick overview of the most popular Gundam model grades:
- Super Deformed (SD): These models are characterized by their chibi-style proportions, making them cute and easy to build. They’re perfect for beginners or those looking for a quick, fun project.
- High Grade (HG): HG models offer more detail and articulation than SD models but are still relatively simple to assemble. They’re a great starting point for those looking to try their hand at more complex builds.
- Master Grade (MG): MG models boast a higher level of detail, more complex articulation, and often include an inner frame, making them a popular choice for intermediate and advanced builders.
- Perfect Grade (PG): The pinnacle of Gundam model building, PG models feature intricate details, exceptional articulation, and often include lighting features. They’re ideal for experienced builders looking for a challenge.
Super Deformed Gundam Models
Super Deformed (SD) Gundam models are an excellent entry point into the world of Gundam model building. These kits feature a simplified design and chibi-style proportions, making them perfect for beginners or those looking for a quick, fun project. Some popular SD Gundam models include:
- SD Gundam EX-Standard RX-78-2 Gundam
- SD Gundam Cross Silhouette Zaku II
- SD Gundam BB Senshi Unicorn Gundam 03 Phenex
Designing/Painting the Kits
Once you’ve chosen your preferred Gundam model grade and selected a kit, it’s time to bring your creation to life through painting and customization. Here are some tips for designing and painting your Gundam model kits:
- Research: Look for inspiration from official Gundam artwork, custom builds shared by other modelers, or create your own unique color schemes.
- Plan: Sketch out your design or create a digital mock-up to help visualize your finished model.
- Choose your paints: Acrylic paints are a popular choice for Gundam models, as they are water-soluble, easy to work with, and available in a wide range of colors. Some well-known brands include Tamiya, Vallejo, and Mr. Color.
- Prepare your model: Before painting, carefully remove any mold lines or imperfections from your model using sandpaper or a hobby knife. Wash the parts in warm, soapy water to remove any residue, then allow them to dry completely.
- Prime: Apply a coat of primer to your model to create a uniform surface for paint to adhere to. Primers come in various colors, but gray is a popular choice, as it works well with most paint colors.
- Paint: Apply thin, even coats of paint using a brush or airbrush, allowing each coat to dry before applying the next. If you’re using a brush, be sure to use quality brushes designed for model painting, such as Tamiya or Winsor & Newton.
- Detail: Add panel lines, decals, and other small details to enhance the realism and appearance of your model. A fine-tipped brush or Gundam Marker can be used for panel lining, while water-slide decals offer more precision than traditional stickers.
- Weathering: Give your model a more realistic, battle-worn look by applying weathering techniques such as dry brushing, washes, and pigments. Be sure to reference real-life examples or other modelers’ work for inspiration.
- Topcoat: Apply a protective topcoat to your model to seal your paintwork and protect it from damage. Choose between a matte, satin, or gloss finish depending on your desired look.
What Are the Different Grades of Gundam Models?
Gundam model kits come in various grades, each with unique features, complexity, and price points. Understanding the different grades will help you choose the right model for your skill level and preferences.
An Explanation of Grades
Gundam model grades primarily differ in terms of their scale, complexity, and detail. Higher-grade models generally feature more parts, greater articulation, and an increased level of detail, making them more challenging and rewarding to build.
- Super Deformed (SD): Chibi-style models with simplified designs, perfect for beginners or quick projects.
- High Grade (HG): A step up from SD, offering more detail and articulation while remaining relatively simple to assemble.
- Real Grade (RG): A relatively newer grade that combines the complexity of Master Grade with the smaller 1/144 scale of High Grade, perfect for those looking for a more challenging build without committing to a larger model.
- Master Grade (MG): Featuring a high level of detail, complex articulation, and often an inner frame, MG models are popular among intermediate and advanced builders.
- Perfect Grade (PG): The most intricate and detailed of all Gundam models, featuring exceptional articulation and often including lighting features. Ideal for experienced builders seeking a challenge.
- Mega Size: Larger-scale models (1/48) with a lower part count, making them less complex than their smaller counterparts but still offering an impressive display piece.
- RE/100: A line of 1/100 scale models that focus on less popular mobile suits, offering a level of detail and complexity similar to that of Master Grade kits but without an inner frame.
What Tools Do I Need to Build a Gundam?
Before diving into your first Gundam model build, it’s essential to gather the right tools for the job. Here’s a list of the basic tools you’ll need to get started:
- Side cutters: A pair of sharp side cutters, such as Tamiya Sharp Pointed Side Cutters, will help you remove parts from the plastic runners with minimal stress on the plastic.
- Hobby knife: A hobby knife, like the X-ACTO #1 Precision Knife, is perfect for trimming off excess plastic and cleaning up mold lines.
- Sandpaper: Sandpaper or sanding sticks with various grits (400, 800, and 1200) will help you smooth out imperfections and create a smooth surface for painting.
- Tweezers: A set of tweezers, such as the Tamiya Fine Craft Serrated Tweezers, are essential for handling small parts and applying decals.
- Panel lining pen or markers: A panel lining pen or Gundam Markers will help you create precise panel lines and add depth to your model.
- Paint: Acrylic paints from brands like Tamiya, Vallejo, and Mr. Color are popular choices for painting Gundam models.
- Brushes: Invest in a set of quality brushes designed for model painting, such as Tamiya or Winsor & Newton, to achieve the best results.
- Topcoat: A protective topcoat, like Mr. Hobby Topcoat, will seal your paintwork and protect your model from damage.
Optional tools for advanced builders include an airbrush for more even paint application and specialized tools for weathering techniques.
Recommended Gundam Models for Beginners
If you’re new to Gundam model building, it’s essential to start with a kit that matches your skill level. Here are some beginner-friendly Gundam models to help you build your confidence:
- SD Gundam EX-Standard RX-78-2 Gundam: A chibi-style model with a simplified design, perfect for those new to the hobby.
- HGUC 1/144 RX-78-2 Gundam Revive: A High Grade kit with more detail and articulation than an SD model, but still relatively easy to assemble.
- HGUC 1/144 Zaku II FZ: Another beginner-friendly High Grade kit featuring the iconic Zaku II mobile suit, perfect for those looking to build their first antagonist model. 4. MG 1/100 Gundam Barbatos: While Master Grade kits are typically more challenging, the Gundam Barbatos is a straightforward build, making it a suitable entry point for those eager to tackle their first MG model.
Remember, the key to success when building your first Gundam model is to take your time, be patient, and enjoy the process. As you gain experience and confidence, you’ll be ready to tackle more complex models and even create your own unique custom builds.
List of Master Grade Gundam
This comparison chart lists the Master Grade Gundam models released in the years 2018-2022.
|Year||Model Name||Series||Release Month|
|2022||Rick DOM||Mobile Suit Gundam||March|
|2022||DOM||Mobile Suit Gundam||February|
|2021||Gundam Virtue||Mobile Suit Gundam 00||November|
|2021||Eclipse Gundam||Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Eclipse||August|
|2021||Mobile Ginn||Mobile Suit Gundam SEED||April|
|2020||Wing Zero EW Ver. Ka||New Mobile Report Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz||November|
|2020||Gundam Kyrios||Mobile Suit Gundam 00||May|
|2020||Fazz Ver. Ka||Gundam Sentinel||February|
|2019||Gundam Barbatos||Mobile Suit Gundam IRON-BLOODED ORPHANS||December|
|2019||Gunner Zaku Warrior (Lunamaria Halke Custom)||Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny||September|
|2019||Gundam NT-1 Ver 2.0||Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket||June|
|2019||Ex-S Gundam/S Gundam||Gundam Sentinel||April|
|2019||Gundam Dynames||Mobile Suit Gundam 00||March|
|2019||Gundam AGE ll Magnum||Gundam Build Divers||March|
|2019||Sinanju Stein (Narrative Ver.)||Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative||January|
|2018||00 Qan[T] Full Saber||Mobile Suit Gundam 00V: Battlefield Record||September|
|2018||Jegan||Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack||July|
|2018||Gundam F19 Ver. 2.0||Mobile Suit Gundam F91||May|
|2018||Plan303E Deep Striker||Gundam Sentinel||March|
|2018||Unicorn Gundam 02 Banshee Ver. Ka||Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn (Novel)||March|
This comparison chart lists the Master Grade Gundam models released from 2014-2017.
|Year||Model Name||Series||Release Month|
|2017||GM Command (Colony Type)||Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket||December|
|2017||GM Sniper Custom||Mobile Suit Variations||November|
|2017||ZZ Gundam Ver. Ka||Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ||September|
|2017||Justice Gundam||Mobile Suit Gundam SEED||June|
|2017||RX-78-2 Gundam (Gundam the Origin Ver.) (Special)||Mobile Suit Gundam||March|
|2017||Providence Gundam||Mobile Suit Gundam SEED||March|
|2017||Providence Gundam (G.U.N.D.A.M Premium Edition)||Mobile Suit Gundam SEED||March|
|2017||Dramatic Combination [MG Freedum Gundam Ver 2.0 & Figure-rise Bust Kira Yamato)||MG Gundam SEED , Figure-rise Bust||February|
|2017||GM Sniper ll||Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket||January|
|2016||Unicorn Gundam (Red / Green Twin Frame Edition) Titanium Finish||Mobile Suit Gundam UC||December|
|2016||High Mobility Type Zaku II
||Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt||December|
|2016||Full Armor Gundam Ver. Ka (Gundam Thunderbolt Ver.)||Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt||July|
|2016||Freedom Gundam Ver.2.0||Mobile Suit Gundam SEED||April|
|2015||V2 Gundam Ver. Ka||Mobile Suit Victory Gundam||December|
|2015||RX-78-2 Gundam (GUNDAM THE ORIGIN Ver.)||Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin||November|
|2015||Gundam Amazing Red Warrior||Gundam Build Fighters Try||August|
|2015||Gundam Fenice Rinascita||Gundam Build Fighters||June|
|2015||Hyaku Shiki Ver 2.0||Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam||May|
|2015||Gundam Double X||After War Gundam X||March|
|2015||Gundam Exia Dark Matter||Gundam Build Fighters||February|
|2014||Gundam Astray Blue Frame D||Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny Astray B||November|
|2014||Hi-Nu Gundam Ver. Ka||Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack – Beltorchika’s Children||August|
|2014||CONCEPT-X6-1-2 Turn X||∀ Gundam||June|
|2014||Universe Booster||Gundam Build Fighters||March|
|2014||Build Gundam MK-ll||Gundam Build Fighters||March|
|2014||Unicorn Gundam 03 Phenex||Mobile Suit Gundam UC: One of Seventy Two||February|
|2014||Sengoku Astray Gundam||Gundam Build Fighters||February|
|2014||Gundam X||After War Gundam X||January|
|2014||Build Strike Gundam Full Package||Gundam Build Fighters||January|
This comparison chart lists the Master Grade Gundam models released in 2012 and 2013.
|Year||Model Name||Series||Release Month|
|2013||Sazabi Ver. Ka||Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack||December|
|2013||RX-93 Nu Gundam Ver. Ka Titanium Finish||Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack||November|
|2013||Wing Gundam Proto Zero EW||New Mobile Report Gundam Wing Endless Waltz: The Glory of Losers||October|
|2013||Strike Rouge + Ootori Equipment Ver. RM||Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Desiny Remastered||September|
|2013||RX-72-2 Gundam Ver 3.0||Mobile Suit Gundam||August|
|2013||AMS-119 Geara Doga||Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack||July|
|2013||Gundam AGE-2 Double Bullet||Mobile Suit Gundam AGE||June|
|2013||Aile Strike Gundam Ver. RM||Mobile Suit Gundam SEED||May|
|2013||Jesta||Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn||April|
|2013||Sinanju (OVA Ver.)||Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn||March|
|2013||ReZEL Type C [Defenser-B Unit][GR]||Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn||March|
|2013||Sinanju Stein Ver. Ka||Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn MSV||February|
|2013||Tallgeese EW||New Mobile Report Gundam Wing Endless Waltz: The Glory of Losers||January|
|2012||RX-0 Unicorn Gundam 02 Banshee Titanium Finish Ver.||Mobile Suit Gundam UC||December|
|2012||RX-92 Nu Gundam Ver. Ka||Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack||December|
|2012||Gundam AGE-2 Dark Hound||Mobile Suit Gundam AGE||November|
|2012||Aegis Gundam||Mobile Suit Gundam SEED||October|
|2012||Buster Gundam||Mobile Suit Gundam SEED||September|
|2012||Gundam AGE-2 Normal||Mobile Suit Gundam AGE||August|
|2012||Blitz Gundam||Mobile Suit Gundam SEED||June|
|2012||Marasai||Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam||May|
|2012||Gundam AGE-1 Sparrow||Mobile Suit Gundam AGE||April|
|2012||Unicorn Gundam 02 Banshee||Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn||March|
|2012||Gundam AGE-1 Titus||Mobile Suit Gundam AGE||March|
|2012||Gundam AGE-1 Normal||Mobile Suit Gundam AGE||February|
|2012||Duel Gundam Assault Shroud||Mobile Suit Gundam SEED||February|
|2012||Gundam Heavyarms EW||New Mobile Report Gundam Wing Endless Waltz: The Glory of Losers||January|
This comparison chart lists the Master Grade Gundam models released in 2011.
|Year||Model Name||Series||Release Month|
|2011||Full Armor Unicorn Gundam Ver. Ka||Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn||December|
|2011||Gundam Sandrock EW||New Mobile Report Gundam Wing Endless Waltz: The Glory of Losers||October|
|2011||00 Gundam Seven Sword/G||Mobile Suit Gundam 00V: Battlefield Record||September|
|2011||Delta Plus||Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn||August|
|2011||Gundam Epyon EW||New Mobile Report Gundam Wing Endless Waltz: The Glory of Losers||June|
|2011||00 Raizer||Mobile Suit Gundam 00||May|
|2011||Wing Gundam EW||New Mobile Report Gundam Wing Endless Waltz: The Glory of Losers||March|
|2011||Shenlong Gundam EW||New Mobile Report Gundam Wing Endless Waltz: The Glory of Losers||March|
|2011||Gundam Deathscythe Hell||New Mobile Report Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz||February|
|2011||ReZEL Commander Type||Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn||January|
In conclusion, a Master Grade Gundam is a must-have for any serious Gundam fan who wants to take their model-building skills to the next level. With its advanced features and greater level of detail, a Master Grade model is sure to impress anyone who sees it.
Overall, a Master Grade Gundam is a worthwhile investment for any Gundam fan who wants to take their model-building skills to the next level. Whether you’re a seasoned model-builder or just starting out, a Master Grade Gundam is sure to provide a satisfying and rewarding experience.
What's the difference between Master Grade and other Gundam model grades?
Master Grade models are larger and more complex than High Grade models, but not quite as large or complex as Perfect Grade models. They strike a balance between detail, complexity, and affordability that makes them popular among Gundam fans.
Are Master Grade models more difficult to build than High Grade models?
Yes, Master Grade models are generally more difficult to build than High Grade models. However, they are still considered to be relatively easy to build compared to Perfect Grade models.
Do I need any special tools to build a Master Grade Gundam model?
No, you don’t necessarily need any special tools to build a Master Grade Gundam model. However, having a set of basic model-building tools like clippers, tweezers, and a hobby knife can make the process easier.
Can I customize a Master Grade Gundam model?
Yes, Master Grade models are designed to be customizable. You can use Pla Plate, water slide decals, and other accessories to modify the model to your liking.
How long does it take to build a Master Grade Gundam model?
The time it takes to build a Master Grade Gundam model can vary depending on the complexity of the model and your level of experience. However, most Master Grade models can be built in several hours or a few days, depending on the amount of time you can dedicate to the project.
How do I choose a Master Grade Gundam model to build?
There are many Master Grade Gundam models to choose from, so it can be difficult to know where to start. If you’re a beginner, consider starting with a simpler model like the Master Grade Gundam Barbatos Lupus or Master Grade Gundam Age-1 Normal. If you’re a more experienced builder, you might consider trying a more complex model like the Master Grade Nu Gundam Ver. Ka or Master Grade Sazabi Ver. Ka.
How do I take care of my Master Grade Gundam model once it's built?
To keep your Master Grade Gundam model looking its best, it’s important to take good care of it. This includes dusting it regularly, avoiding exposure to direct sunlight, and using a topcoat to protect it from scratches and damage. Additionally, you should handle the model with care to avoid accidentally breaking any of its parts.
What is the highest grade Gundam?
The highest grade Gundam is the Perfect Grade (PG) line. PG kits offer the most intricate details, exceptional articulation, and often include lighting features. They are the pinnacle of Gundam model building and are ideal for experienced builders looking for a challenge.
Which is better: High Grade or Master Grade?
It depends on your preferences and skill level. High Grade (HG) kits are simpler to build, more affordable, and have a smaller scale (1/144), making them great for beginners or those looking for a less time-consuming project. Master Grade (MG) kits offer more detail and complexity, making them ideal for intermediate to advanced builders seeking a rewarding challenge.
What is the difference between Real Grade and High Grade?
Real Grade (RG) kits are similar in scale to High Grade (HG) kits (both are 1/144), but RG kits offer a higher level of detail and complexity, including an advanced inner frame. RG kits provide a more challenging build experience than HG kits, making them suitable for builders looking to progress from HG to more complex models.
What is the hardest Gundam grade?
The hardest Gundam grade is the Perfect Grade (PG) line. These kits feature the most intricate details, exceptional articulation, and often include lighting features. PG kits require a high level of skill and patience to build, making them best suited for experienced builders.
Who is the strongest Gundam ever?
Determining the strongest Gundam is subjective, as it depends on the context and specific abilities of each mobile suit. However, some popular contenders for the title of the strongest Gundam include the likes of Unicorn Gundam, Turn A Gundam, and Wing Zero Custom.
What is the easiest Gundam grade?
The easiest Gundam grade is the Super Deformed (SD) line. These kits feature chibi-style proportions and simplified designs, making them perfect for beginners or those looking for a quick, fun project.
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