Tools For Your Gundam Hobby

Just want to share to you some of the tools and items that you may or may not need for your Gundam hobby. I’ve taken pictures of the those I already owned for your reference and I will tell you what I think of those items so that you will know in case you are planning to buy one. Naks puro english… nag nose bleed na ako… pero gaya nga ng madalas ni sabihin… Gundam costs money kaya dapat maayos din ang gamit mo.

 

Mga gamit ng medyo adik.

Basic Tools gundam Hobby

 

#1 – SIDE CUTTERS

A must have! kailangan meron ka nito. Wag mo hilahin, guntingin, kagatin at punitin mula sa TREE or RUNNER ung mga pieces ng model kit. Maawa ka sa plastic. hehe

the red and blue ones are the BANDAI side cutters included in the basic kit. The set includes one needle file, a nice tweezer and side cutter.
I did not like the quality of the Bandai side cutters. Ang dali mapurol, nawawala agad ung sharpness at mailis mabungi or mag-chip.  Tapos ang mahal pa. The second piece of the bandai sidecutter was bought by my girlfriend para sabay kami magbuo ng gundam. It costs 350 pesos from Best Toys Greenhills. While on the other hand, ung sinasabi kong set eh nag cost ng around 900 pesos. Nabili namin yun ng mga panahon na baguhan pa kami sa gundam. Sobrang excited bumuo na di na namin iniisip maghanap ng ibang source ng tools.

The black side cutter is the one from ALEXAN. pre the best na nabili ko kasi ang ganda na nya for Gundams tapos 110 pesos lang! Sarap gamitin, sakto ung pressure pag pinipindot mo at malinis ang cut. You can cut close enough to the piece na hindi ka matatakot na pangit ung pinagputulan.
Meron Alexan sa 4th floor ng Mega A, saktong ibabaw ni Lil’s Hobby Shop pag tumingala ka from basement.

tamiya and alexan side cutters

 

#2 – Gundam Marker or aka pang PANEL LINE

Fine tip markers that comes usually in black and grey. Depende sa taste ng nag detail. Black daw is for anime look at Grey is for natural, realistic look.

It cost around 130 pesos. Available sa inyong mga suking tindahan ng laruan. Pero I buy mine at Wasabi Toy Store Greenhills in case you want to know.

We also tried using tech-pens and ok naman ang result.

#3 – EXACTO knife and Blade Cutters

Exacto Knife – though it does not exactly look like your common kitchen or army knife, it does perform the same way. Pero precise ang control, meaning mas makukuha mo ung gusto mo ma achieve compare sa blade cutters. Maraming hobbyist ang gumagamit nito.

Blade Cutters – basic tool for slicing. if di mo naman kailangan ng malinis na putol, then gamitin na lang ang blade cutter.

gundam markers

 

#4 – Gundam Paint Markers

Used mostly for coloring or adding highlights, details on your Gundam model kit. Think of it as acrylic or enamel paints on pens. High-tech na pentel pen ika nga ng kapatid ko.

One set costs around 700+pesos. Per piece is around 150 pesos.

more info sa link na to –  http://www.gundamstoreandmore.com/gundammarkers2.html

The most popular set is the SD BB Gundam Market which includes colors with metallic  finish. I love here the silver and gold colors. Next is the Seed Destiny Markers. For none metallic colors you can find this set useful. The weathering set is for battle damage and weathering effects (mukhang luma) of course. It doesn’t stick permanently and I think it is oil based.

gundam markers set

 

#5 – Needle Files and Precision Screwdrivers

Needle files – well, pangkikil sa tagalog. pero maliit at manipis na version. Usually pino/fine ang texting, saktong sakto para pang pantay ng mga pinag gupitan or sa english eh for removing “NUBS” (pinag gupitan, portion na nakaconnect sa tree or runner). Meron sa SAIZEN nito. or other JAPAN HOME like na store. 85 pesos ung blue at red na needle files sa taas ng picture… maganda pa ung quality compared dun sa LOTUS brand na nabili ko sa Handyman na worth 280 pesos! pweh!!! bad trip ung quality, kailangan ko lang talaga kasi nun.

Precision  Screwdrivers – though mostly snap-on ang parts ng Gundam model kits. May mga instances na kailangan gumamit ng screw sa parts. Maliliit ang mga turnilyo na kasama mostly since tamang size lang din naman ang model kits. Same goes with PG kits. maliliit din ang screws. Maganda ang BUFFALO brand sa mga ACE or Handyman shops or maski sa mga local hardware store nyo. 100 pesos yata bili ko. Yung nasa picture eh ung KYK na brand… mahina sya, nag loose agad ung pinakagamitin kong size… kaya bumili ako ng buffalo brand.

Needle File

 

#6 – Airbrush Kits, Bottled and Spray Paints and BLU-TACK

In most cases, we would not be contented with using just the GUNDAM MARKER. hehe pag ganito na nangyari, ilabas mo na ang mas creative na side mo at gumamit na ng alin sa mga sumusunod:

Spray Paints – Applicable for paint jobs na hindi ganun ka-detailed. With spray paints kasi, limited control mo sa paint. Malaki ang area ng buga nito and most of the time kailangan mo ng MARAMING MASKING TAPE. haha.  Pero wala naman impossible. And yung mga gusto mag try sa painting pwede kayo magsimula sa spray paints. Or try nyo mag top coat ng clear or flat clear para protected ung gundam nyo sa dumi at weathering. Usually BOSNY brand and recommended since acrylic based siya. It costs 120 – 150 pesos on ACE and Handyman. Pero sa mga local hardware stores ninyo makakakuha kayo ng 90 – 100 pesos.

 

Airbrush Kits – Applicable for detailed customization. And one note is that iba and finish ng airbrush, manipis at malinis. I’ve been using both kaya I can vouch for that. Though hindi pa ako masyado magaling sa pag AIRBRUSH. matipid din sa paint since precise ang buga, walang nasasayang and natitimpla mo pa ang paint mo. unlike sa spray paints na wala ka na magagawa. One downside eh kailangan mo mag invest ng malaking amount ng money. A good investment will cost you 5k above. MAHAL ang Gundam mo, so nararapat lang din na maganda ang Airbrush mo.

 

Bottled Paints – Nabibili usually sa mga hobby shops. TAMIYA brand and sikat pag dating sa bottled paints though you can use whatever paint you want as long as alam mo ang basic chemistry ng paints. Ito may freedom ka gumawa at mag timpla ng paint mo. Pwede mo gamitin ito either with a brush or an airbrush. Magandang brand din ang tamiya brushes. As you can see in the picture below. marami akong brush, pero ung Tamiya brand and pinaka maganda at maayos gamitin. worth 100+ yata bili ko.

 

You can refer to the tutorial in the forum about paints and airbrush kung nalilito kayo.

BLU- TACK – reusable na clay like material. Gamit na gamit ito lalo na para mahawakan ang mga maliliit na parts when you put them on a stick when doing paint jobs. Mabibili sa mga local hardware at school supplies store.

tamiya airbrush and colors

Tamiya brush

Bosny Spray Paints

 

#Others

Pliers – pang ipit ng mga parts

Cotton Buds – pang linis ng panel lines (pang tanggal ng tutuli mo habang nag buo ng Gundam)

Part Separator – Pag nakatulog ka at gusto mo paghiwalayin ang mga parts na napagkabit mo na – separate.

Tweezers – gamit na gamit sa pag lalagay ng stickers. Ito po ung mukhang maliliit na tongs na meron tayo sa kusina. 🙂

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68 thoughts on “Tools For Your Gundam Hobby”

  1. i love this post man..actually adik ako sa gundam pero i haven’t had the time plus gf ko is not into so im kinda inggit..am following your threads for resources and tips/tricks..

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  2. bro sn mo bli ung mga markers…wala kc akong gngmt n mga tools dt other than a scissor kakasimula ko lng ule namiss ko dhl dun sa mga nkadisplay sa toy kingdom last july yta…nice post btw

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  3. Which one po sa mga sidecutters sa picture yung sinasabi mo po na 350php lang sa Best Toys?  Gusto ko na kasi bumili ng bagong sidecutters na mura lang, pinagtsa-tsagaan ko lang kasi yung sidecutter ko na bungi-bungi at puro kalawang na eh. hehe

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  4. Hi there! just want to ask, san po nabibili yung x-acto knife? i tried asking for one in Lils Futaba in Parks square makati kaso they don’t have it na daw 😦 also, would you know po the name of the shop carrying the alexan side cutters? im trying to steer myself away from that pesky Php 900 priced gunpla building tool kit set kasi parang namamahalan ako. 😦 money saved from tools = more gunpla diba hehe

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      1. unfortunately you cannot find one in national bookstore… you can be sure to find one in greenhills, particularly in viramall and shoppesville

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  5. sa boss may nabibili na part separator? meron ako nakita pero kasama sya sa tool set. ok din may kasamang tweezers. pero kung yung separator lang meron din ba? thanks

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    1. hmmm wala ako alam na nabibiling part separator…. ung akin eh galing lang din sa mga kits… meron ako alam na substitute, ung sa saizen sa mga robinsons mall… white na plastic sya, ung para sa pampalitada ng masilya…. pwede un…

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      1. sir, ano ung GTO? pangasinan kasi ako and i’m looking for online store shipping locally, para ndi ako pabalik balik ng manila…

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  6. kahit hindi ako gundam model hobbyist, pero dahil sa ang interest ko ay assembly ng 1:35 models ng world war 2 military vehicles, this site is still absolutely helpful. ang swerte mo din dahil pareho kayo ng interest ng gf mo. haha. kudos 😀

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  7. thanks i have gundam since i was a kid MG grade sya ngaun ko lang nalaman :3 kya gusto ko na bmli ng iba tyka gusto ko i repaint kasi mukang luma na ung white parts

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  8. kahit anong pigment ink water based ba pede pang panel line? may nakita kasi akong uni-Pin (.05) at Artline Drawing System (0.1) mura lang

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  9. Unfortunately even when playing one has to perform the tedious
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  10. Sir salamat po, sobrang helpful para sa gunpla noob tulad ko. Ask ko lang, what king of bosny spray paint you use? Lacquer? Enamel? Or etc? Tska yung top coat po ba ang magbibigay ng ‘flat’/non-gloss finish or kelangan yung paint ang non-gloss? Thanks po ulet! 🙂

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    1. sa greenhills meron yan. sa wasabi toys at greattoysonline magkatabi sila pero ngayon out of stock eh. meron din sa 3rd floor ng virramall kakabili ko lang ng black GM1 sa kanila. meron sila black and grey.

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  11. Napakauseful po nitong post po ninyo. 😀 Salamat po. 😀 saan po kayo nakabili ng parts separator? At anong brand po? Thank you

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  12. boss paano po ba lalagyan ng metallic effect yung kulay ng gundam? ano anong type ng pintura ang dapat gamitin? thanks! 😀

    – sorry noob here

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    1. Bro, try mo maghanap ng side cutters sa Foremost Screwtech Bolts & Nuts sa Pasig, sa may Shaw Boulevard ata yun. Doon kasi ako bumibili ng mga tools ko for automotive and mga cutting tools at screws din.

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  13. hi po san nyo po nabibili yung nga tools nyo… sa batangas po ako nakatirsa san po kaya ang pinakamalapit na store… tnx po paki email na lang po ako… tnx po ulit

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  14. Thanks for the tips. Will build a tool box for my bf.
    Mas mahilig syang mag build ng Gunpla, pero nakapagbuild na rin ako ng sa akin. 😉

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  15. Hello! Pwede magtanong kung san makakabili ng tool box (lagayan) for gunpla tools? Panregalo ko sana kaso diko alam ung sizes ng tools kya alangan ako bumili. Salamat!

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  16. Hello! San po kaya nakakabili ng tool box (lagayan) for Gunpla? For small tools lng. Di ko kase sure ung sizes ng mga tools kaya alangan ako baka hindi kasya. Panregalo sana. Thank you!!

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