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Making My First Gundam Model

For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated with robots.

But not just any kind of robot (I’m looking at you Watson, aka the “Jeopardy Supercomputer”), its fantastical and sci-fi robots that really appeal to me. I’m not sure if it’s their uncanny symmetric form factors, gleaming metal, mechanized voices, or simply a nostalgic callback to the Power Rangers (the original, Mighty Morphin’ of course).

Whatever the case, as I was walking through the stalls of my first Fan Expo a couple of months ago, I noticed a particular vendor selling a bunch of robotic sculptures and figurines. I saw a particular Gundam model that caught my eye and, after confirming with the vendor that it wouldn’t be TOO hard to put together, decided to begin building it. I would find an hour or two one week to work on it, leave the model aside, and then come back to the Gundam the following week. I’ve chronicled the process for you below:

 

I started off with sheets upon sheets of corrugated plastic. Eventually, I managed to assemble the feet and kneecaps of the robot.

feet

 

 

Next, the legs were soon built on top and were capable of standing up by themselves.

legs

 

 

It took two whole hours to complete the upper torso and arms of the Gundam. You can see the plastic sheets in the background.

upper

 

The completed main body. I decided to detach the right arm and connect it to a wire module. This would give the illusion of the Gundam propelling his arm forward.

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Another angle of the detached arm.

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Phew! It was a long process, to say the least, and I’m still not completely finished. As you can tell, I’m no expert at building these little robots! The wings of the Gundam need to completed, as does its shields, but the main body is complete. With its completion, I feel like I have significantly improved my fine motor skills. I encourage you to find a productive hobby and pursue it as well!

 

Until next time,

 

-MAZ