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My Second Gundam Model Build - Barbatos Lupus

Written by Michael Earls
 hobbies  Gundam  Gunpla  models

I just finished building the Gundam Barbatos Lupus (021) kit from Bandai. It costs me $12 on Amazon and I spent about three hours total building it.

I finally see the differences in the models as this one was a much different experience than my first model.

This model is a little more stiff and doesn't have the same articulation variability as the Try Burning Gundam does.

However, it has a cool sword that it can hold.

Also, there are a lot more areas that require panel lining on this model. None of my pictures have the panel lining in them (yet), but I've been adding a little here and there since taking the photos. I may update this post with some panel lining after shots.

It's all about the quiet time

Once again, I really enjoyed the quiet time building this model. I woke up early on a Saturday and Sunday and worked on it in the silence of the morning. It was a very relaxing activity. It's amazing that these models require no glue (so far). I did add cement to the side of the head of my first model in an attempt to cover a seam line, but it didn't work. There's no glue or cement in this model.

Low standards for appearance

I'm also not cleaning or painting my models to any particular high specification. I'm currently just satisfied with having an assembled model. It's easy to see areas where I need to clean the edges on the model. I'm also not going to paint these models just yet as I'm not sure I want to go that deep into the hobby yet. I also used the supplied decals. A lot of really good model builders on YouTube don't use the decals, but paint the model instead. I'm not ready for that at this point.


All in all, this has been a fun hobby. I have to admit that I was a bit reluctant to start building this one right before I started, but once I got through the first few steps, I started enjoying it again.

I may buy a higher grade model in the near future (more parts and longer build times), but I still have a few High Grade models on my list at Amazon.

Build photos

Box art Box Art

Head Head

Head (side view) Head (side view)

Head (with eyes visible) Head (with eyes visible)

Upper body Upper body

Back of upper body Back of upper body

Legs Legs (I forgot a panel on the back of the left leg when this photo was taken).

Assembled upper body Assembled upper body

Here are some pictures of the model after I did some panel lining:

Panel Lining 1

Panel lining 2

Panel lining 3

Panel lining 4

Panel lining 5

My First Gundam Plastic Model (Gunpla) - "Try Burning Gundam"

Written by Michael Earls
 Gundam  Gunpla  models  hobbies

After working with electronics for awhile, I wanted to take a break from puzzles and try something new that requires less thinking (and less math). I decided that I wanted to build plastic models. After looking around local hobby shops, all I could find were cars, airplanes, and a few Star Wars snap-tites.

Then, while browsing YouTube, I found what I was looking for: Gundam Mobile Suit plastic models; "Gunpla" for short. I watched a lot of videos from some master Gunpla builders and learned some cool tricks.

The models come in different "grades" that indicate how difficult they are to assemble. I chose to go with High Grade (HG). That's the lowest grade and the easiest to assemble.

My birthday was last week and I received my first Gunpla model as a present. To get started in the hobby, I really only needed a few things: X-Acto hobby knife, nail files of various coarseness, and some liquid cement. I already had the precision tweezers and side cutters from my electronics hobby.

I started the model at around 6:00 AM this morning and finished up around 9:30. It was very relaxing to just follow the instructions and build the model. Once assembled, the model is pose-able and has a lot of points of articulation.

Here are photos that I took at various points along the way.

Chest area Chest area

Right Arm Right Arm

Work Area Work Area

Head (without forehead decal) Head (without forehead decal)

Right Leg Right Leg

Completed Model Completed Model

Completed Model Closeup Completed Model Closeup

I really enjoyed assembling this model. I'm looking forward to the next model.

I haven't added any effects or panel lining yet (lines around the edges of the "panels" on the model). I'm not sure if I'm comfortable trying to do panel lining on my first model. Maybe I'll do it in the future.

Update: I decided to add panel lining to my model. It makes it look much better. The details really shine! Here's a sample from the waist area:

Panel Lining Panel Lining