||[Apr. 24th, 2005|06:16 pm]
I had done some model building before, when I was a child. It was mostly planes... so you carefully took the plastic sections, delicately painted them and set them aside to dry, then painstakingly assembled them with superglue. A year ago I decided to pick up a model from Sakura-con and try my hand at Gundam assembly.
It's much easier - all the pieces are colored well enough to pass in the final model, and they all snap together. Even better, the final product can move because of the rubberized joints. I do Master Grade models, which despite their name are fairly easy - you just have to pay some amount of attention during assembly. I've failed at that a couple of times and found myself having to carefully pry apart the pieces, hoping the plastic snaps just release and don't break. Just today I was paying so much attention to where to put the armor that I forgot to put in a joint and had to nervously pry apart the lower section of the leg to slide it in.
Oh, I'm currently assembling the Wing Gundam Zero, by the way. So far I've done the Justice Gundam (which is not technically graded, but is approximately Master Grade detail), and the RX-78 NT-1 (the prototype New Type Gundam piloted by Chris and featured in 0080).
There's one problem with model assembly though... it's hard to stop. Every model I've built recently, I've done in one marathon session. I'm sick right now, and still I found myself snapping parts together and peering at the design way past the point I started feeling nauseous. I finally managed to yank myself away (to write this entry) after finishing one of the legs. The sad thing is, I'm almost done with the main model - I've completed the torso, head and arms, the groin area and one leg. One more leg - by the way, the legs tend to be the most detailed of all - and I can put it together and it'll look like a Gundam. Then I have to assemble the wings, which are, to put it mildly, bloody huge.
I'm probably going to finish it tonight when I feel a little better.
I eventually have to take a stab at the two Zeon mechs I have too...
On to a related topic, I just finished episode 50 of SRW alpha, which leaves me 17 more episodes to go. At this point, the plots of all the series I don't know and the main plotline are so hopelessly jumbled up in my head it isn't even funny. I'm still getting over the fact that Millardo Peacecraft and the Wing Gundam Zero just sort of showed up in our base out of nowhere. I can't even discern the plot twists from the series I have watched from the changes that SRW has made to them. Sheesh. If you ask me to explain the plot of Eva to you right now, I'm likely to tell you that Shinji has a backbone, and he decided to leave Nerv to go join a highly armed autonomous force to save the galaxy against the other alien threats, which are much worse than the Angels. Oh, and did I mention that Quatre was talked out of his psychotic episode by a sort-of telepath? And the Gundam Wing boys were the ones who helped us infiltrate the Jupitrian base to help us save a couple of people from the Macross?
Heh... hehheh... hehehehehe.... HA HA HA HA HA!
...sorry about that.
It doesn't help that in my free time I'm reading Sohryuuden, which is hardly the easiest book to wrap your head around for a non-native speaker.
And I'm watching Full Metal Panic.
And Full Metal Alchemist (which are not the same thing, you bunch of crazed fans! Leave my mecha series alone, damn it! It's just as good in its own way!)
And I'm also reading the manga of Fruits Basket.
...I give up. No wonder my head feels like it's going to explode.