Gundam in Singapore is getting interesting tractions. While gunpla is the first choice of gundam Singapore enthusiasts, those who are new in the world of gundam do get confused when it comes to buying a new gundam kit.
In the first part of this ultimate guide to choose gundam kit that’s right for you, I have shared the most important things you need to know before buying a gundam kit.
One of the things that I’ve discussed was gunpla grade and scale system, which is sort of an overwhelming part that most gundam enthusiasts get confused about.
Many people who read the first part of this guide have reached out and asked if this guide is relevant only for those looking to buy gundam kit in Singapore or anyone looking to buy gundam can use the same.
Before we get into the actual nitty gritty of gundam grades and scales, Let me re-affirm the fact that the information presented here is absolutely appropriate for anyone, whether Singapore gundam enthusiast or anyone around the world.
understanding the Gunpla grade and scale system.
an important step in picking a gundam kit that is most right for you is understanding the Gunpla grade and scale system.
There are 5 existing Gunpla kit grades that you can buy in the market. They are the High Grade (HG), Master Grade (MG), Perfect Grade (PG), Real Grade (RG), and the Super Deformed Grade (SD), respectively.
Let’s talk about each grade in detail.
High Grade kits are the most collectible because the line-up of Gundams and mobile suits in this grade, whether it be a protagonist’s or an antagonist’s mobile suit. HG kits are vast and one of the most affordable grades available aside from the Super Deformed kits.
High Grade kits have two scales: 1/144 which is around 13 cm tall depending on the model.
Some models are a little bit taller like Sinanju and Sazabi, while some HG models are somewhat shorter like Exia. 1/144 kits are nice to collect and display because they occupy less space than Master Grade or Perfect Grade kits.
This is a great example of one of the best hg 1-144 gundam kit
The other scale is 1/100 which is around 18cm tall. You can easily find out that it’s a High Grade kit because it will have the abbreviations “HG” on the box and its box art is in landscape format. As for the 1/100 Scale High Grade kits, you won’t be seeing any HG letters on the box, though you’ll know it’s a 1/100 HG kit if it doesn’t have “MG” or “Master Grade” printed on the box art, and the box art is usually in portrait format.
Some of the firsttimers looking to buy gundam in Singapore get confused because both of these HG gundam kits look same.
With regards to detail, HG kits already look great when built straight from the box without any painting. They have a moderate amount of parts to assemble. Adding some panel lining will boost the detail and appearance of your High Grade kit as well as some minor painting in some areas. High Grade kits include some foil stickers for added detail of your model and sometimes the kit also includes some clear stickers as the model’s decals.
The ability to pose models has been improved over the years. In older High Grade models during the 90s, the articulation HG kits were limited but satisfactory, but in recent years, Gunpla technology has advanced a lot and articulation of newer HG kits are superb to the point of being comparable or equal to that of Master Grade kits!
High Grade kits are suitable for everyone, and it’s usually where first time Gunpla hobbyists start whether those newbies looking to buy gundam in singapore or around the world.
Master grade (MG) kits are the next level up from HG kits, and while more expensive, the pay-off is worth it due to the kits’ level of detail, included gimmicks,
mechanics and some dry rub decals that will greatly improve the awesomeness of your model.
Master Grade kits only have the 1/100 scale which are usually around 18 cm tall. Some recent MG kits are much larger like the
MG kits have the “MG” abbreviation on the box art, which is colored gold so that you don’t miss the labelling. The kit box sizes vary depending on the number of assembly parts with the largest being from models like
The details of an MG kit is where it starts to get very interesting and amazing. The big difference
between an HG and an MG kit is that MG kits have an inner frame or skeleton mechanic where you put on the armor pieces one by one just like a Samurai warrior would do when preparing for a battle. Color variation and separation of the armor pieces are also well designed; most MG kits don’t need additional painting since they already look awesome straight from the
box like HG kits. Some MG kits also include some LED light-up mechanics. One of the best parts of the MG kits is applying the dry rub decals! Decals, which are standard additions to MG kits, really make them model look realistic and add to the detail. It takes some practice to apply them to a kit but it’s worth it.
Master Grades are recommended for the enthusiastic Gunpla modeler/hobbyist, who crave more detail on their models. MG kits requires more effort and work but the payoff is wonderful.
Ok, so we have still covered two grades and hence the 3 are remaining. Rest of the grades and scales shall be discussed in third and the final part. most beginners at this point know what they have to buy as the rest of the three are a bit complex and usually recommended for somewhat advance users.
If you’re ready to buy your first gundam kit, congratulations.
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