Sharing My Modeling Skills

Keeping a Five Year Old Boy Busy!

My five year old Grandson, Jake, loves my models. He says “they’re really, really cool Grandpa!” …”Can I build one?”

The problem is that a five year old child gets impatient quickly, and has generally not developed enough to build most of the complex models that I have. I do have trouble figuring some of them out myself! Although, I was surprised to find that my Grandson is quite skilled at putting things together; and he even thinks ‘out of the box’ by putting some toys and figures together in a different way than the norm.While looking after him during the day, after Kindergarten, I was able to find some simplified ‘cool’ paper craft robots and characters on the internet that took Jake and I an afternoon to make. We made a few. Interesting, but simple to create, paper crafts are hard to find. I found that I had to do most of the paper cutting, folding and gluing.


However, we did find a stubby Ironman. He helped in put it together. He plays with it often and loves the removable mask.

Colorful Stubby Little SD Gundams:

In my collection of models, I have nine Japanese plastic models of SD Gundams. These were purchased second hand as a lot a few years ago in Hawaii. A few weeks ago I pulled one of these from my shelf, and found that it only took a couple of hours to build one, with Jake helping. When completed, he thought it was very cool. Finished, the figures are about 3 inches high.


Assembly:


The model parts are pre-finished in White and other bright metallic type colors. One really doesn’t need to prime and paint them. I applied plastic Testors glue to the parts requiring glue, and Jake put the pieces together. Other figure parts just snap into each other, for movability, requiring no glue. Easier for Jake to help.

Details:


Bright metallic colored stickers are also supplied for applying to the SD Gundam figure’s Japanese armor, helmets, weapons etc. to add graphic detail. The evening after making the SD Gundam, I applied, with brush, a clear coat of Future Acrylic Floor Finish to the face and edges of the stickers to seal and protect them.

We just completed our second SD Gundam (shown above and below) which came with extra parts to pose it in different ways.

Note: Extra hand paint detailing of parts is not necessary, but for professional display purposes it would add that extra ‘wow’ to these little figures!


Incredible Model Box Illustrations:

As well as the images of the figures above, I include some SD Gundam Box Illustrations below of the figures I have. They are ‘really cool’ too! Personally, I have no idea how many were made by Bandai or others. My odd model box numbers range from No.39 to 122.






 

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