I’ve received numerous emails from people over the months with questions along the lines of “hi, I’m a complete newbie. What is a good starting MG?” so I guess now is as good a time as any to make a post about what *I* find to be some of the easiest Master Grade models (or just MG kits that people can start out with). Hopefully this can help some of those who are just starting out ^^.
When I first saw “Master Grade” kits in stores, I was both astonished and intimidated by its name and huge boxes (compared to the EW 1/100 and 1/144 models). I thought “wow… I don’t think I’ll ever be able to build one of those. They look hella hard!”… har har. After ten years, Master Grades are now my Gunpla grade of choice. I’m sure many of you will feel the same way sooner or later :)
Even though all Bandai MGs are just snap-ons and “designed to not need paint” so “anyone” can assemble one, that doesn’t you can just go grab your favorite Gundam, snap it together, and think it’ll look great. As with any sort of modeling, the quality reflects your effort. The better effort you put in, the better the model looks. A big duh here. Anyway… on to the list… The models listed are in no particular difficulty order so my idea is just start with the one you like best (that is easy).
Whether you want to put on the decals/stickers on or not (that’s a different story), this will be THE easiest MG you’ll ever build. If you can build the original 1/100 Gundam Wing or Gundam X models then this one is barely, just barely, a step above. Plain and simple assembly. Nothing to worry to be confused about. This model looks great but the childish ease of assembly means its articulation is also that of the old 1/100 HG (aka almost none).
While its Striker packs can vary in difficulty (but none are actually hard; just time consuming), the Strike Gundam itself is easy to assemble. I remember finishing the Strike Rouge in one day. The Strike just follows a very simple MG Structure- snap inner frame, then put on armor parts. Easy. The model also has decent articulation to boot.
Yes, this is an old kit. Yes, it only has basic articulation (therefore no action poses). BUT this is model is a looker. You can’t deny that it looks great and one of the better UC designs! Difficulty ranks just about the same as the MG RX-78-2 Ver. Ka. There is nothing to it.
Surprised to see this huge beast as one of the easiest MGs? Yea, me too. I’m serious. For its size, this model is very straightforward and almost a breeze to put together. The pieces are big too so it is also easier to handle if you have big hands. The part that sucks the most is that all this thing can do is stand there and collect dust.
The Hyaku Shiki is released around the same time as the GP03S so it is assembled around the same (old) basic MG format. Hyaku Shiki has the bling though and relatively better articulation than expected of its time. The model is sturdy and looks great so why not?
This was my second MG… like a year or so after my first MG, the Stamen. I found it to be EASY. There’s not many panel lines to detail and assembly is a snap (pun intended). Great to just put together and have some fun posing it with its base. Problem is it will eventually turn back-heavy.
These kits are the easiest I can think of off the top of my head. There are probably more that are just as easy if not easier but these are the ones that are in my collection. People who are starting out on MG actually have quite a range to choose from ^^. Do share if you own some MGs that are also very easy or great for beginners. There’s no need to worry. Effort and practice makes perfect.
I’ll probably make a “Top Difficult MG kits” post tomorrow or something to follow this one.