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Gunpla Terminology
« on: March 04, 2011, 09:22:50 PM »

You asked for it (ages ago), so here it is! (Finally!) A beginners guide to some of the terms you may come across when discussing and reading about Gunpla.

This has taken many hours for me to compile and is entirely my own writing, so I would kindly appreciate if any reproductions could be run by me first and linked back to Gundam Australia. :)

Use your screen search function (CTRL+F) if you are looking for a specific word or definition, as this is a MONSTER body of text ;D

Ok now let's get down to business. Here is a list of terms you may find commonly used in Gunpla circles and what they mean.

"A Layperson's Guide to Gunpla Jargon ~ By Sonar at Gundam Australia"


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    •       00      "Double Oh" refers to the animated series Mobile Suit Gundam 00   
    •       0079      "Double Oh Seventy Nine" - Refers to the pivotal year of the Universal Century time line where the One Year War was fought, and the original Mobile Suit Gundam TV series was set.   
    •       0083      "Double Oh Eighty Three" - Refers to a point in the Universal Century timeline four years after 0079, and the OVA series Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory is set.   
    •       1/35      One Thirty Fifth / One to Thirty Five Scale, comonly reserved for the UC Hard Graph series as well as some resin kits produced by G-System   
    •       1/48      One Forty Eighth scale: A large scale model, typically from Bandai's Mega Sized Model range   
    •       1/60      One Sixtieth Scale: A large scale model produced by Bandai typically in their Perfect Grade line, but extends also to RD, NG, HY2M, and others (see below)   
    •       1/100      One One Hundredth Scale: Bandai's consumer favourite Master Grade line comes in this scale, along with other grades such as NG and HG 1/100 though Master Grade is synonymous with 1/100 for most gunpla fans.   
    •       1/144      One One Hundred and Forty Fourth scale: Bandais most heavily populated and highest turnover line High Grade and it's variants are commonly found in this scale.   
    •       1/288      One Two Hundred and Eighty Eighth scale: a small scale that many early Bandai kits were released in, popular among niche modelers and obscure and vintage kit collectors. Nb: Several other scales exist but the above are the most common Bandai Gunpla Scales   
                   
          A         
                   
    •       A Baoa Qu      A Zeon space fortress and their last line of defence during the One Year War.   
    •       AB      Abbreviation of Air Brush, a device used in conjunction with an air compressor to spray paint onto models   
    •       AC      Denotes After Colony - The time line used for the Gundam Wing Series   
    •       Acrylic      Refers to acrylic paint which is water or alcohol based.   
    •       AD      Denotes Anno Domini  - The Time line used for Gundam 00 Series, and our current time line on Earth today.   
    •       Air Compressor      A device used to pressurize air for use with an airbrush as listed above   
    •       Alclad/II      A brand of metallic paint popular among automotive modellers for it's high shine and excellent quality.   
    •       Amuro      Amoro Ray is the original protagonist character from Mobile Suit Gundam, a Newtype that grows to become an Ace pilot.   
    •       Armour      Refers to the outer protective pieces of a Gundam that cover the inner frame   
    •       AW      Denotes After War - The time line used for the Gundam X series   
                   
          B         
                   
    •       BAKUC/BMKWC      Bandai Action Kit World Cup/Bandai Model Kit World Cup: The former and current name of Bandai's worldwide annual Gunpla competition - the premier event on the Gunpla calendar each year.   
    •       Bandai      Provider of all that is wholesome and good in this universe   
    •       Battle Damage      A technique employed to add realistic scars, dents, bullet holes etc to a kit as though it had received the damage in battle   
    •       BB      BB Senshi Sangokuden - a series/line of samurai/knight themed models with oversized heads from the BB Warrior Romance of the Three Kingdoms anime.   
    •       B-Club      Bandai's official resin kit and part production channel. The only "Official" resin kit producer.   
    •       Bootleg Kit      An unlicensed, unauthorised replica of a Bandai kit   
                   
          C         
                   
    •       CA Glue      Superglue   
    •       CC      Denotes Correct Century - The time line used for Turn A Gundam   
    •       CE      Denotes Cosmic Era - The Time line used for Gundam Seed/Destiny Series. Many parallels are drawn between CE and UC, though they exist seperately. This was done intentionally to capture new fans to, and also as a respectful nod to the classic storyline.   
    •       Cement      Modelling Cement - when applied to the plastic creates a chemical reaction which causes the plastic to melt slightly. As the solvent evaporates the plastic welds together   
    •       Char      Char Aznable PKA Casval Deikun is the primary antagonist from the original Mobile Suit Gundam and revered as one of the most fearsome and skilled mobile suit pilots of all time.   
    •       Citadel      A brand of paint popular among miniature modellers eg: Warhammer 40K   
    •       Colony      In most Gundam Universes exist enormous man made habitable colonies populated by humans.   
    •       Colony Drop      Refers to Operation British, which occurred during the One Year War. The Principality of Zeon forced a space colony out of it's orbit with the intent of dropping it into earth's gravitational pull and causing it to crash to earth and destroy the Earth Federation's main Earth base. Due to an explosion it instead landed on Sydney, wiping out 16% of Australia's land mass and causing earthquakes, tsunamis, and global devestation and famine the world over.   
    •       Conversion kit      A set of after market plastic or resin parts designed to convert an existing Bandai kit into a variant or other unreleased design.   
    •       Curing      Refers to the time needed for paints, putties, glues etc to fully cure before they should be sanded, painted over etc.   
    •       Custom      Refers to a variation of the original machine.  Custom signifies this is a base machine modified for a specific purpose or pilot; not necessarily the next generation of a machine. (Examples: RX-78 -> RX-78CA Gundam Char Aznable Custom;  Gelgoog -> Gelgoog Marine Cima Custom, RGM-79N)   
                   
          D         
                   
    •       Decals      Refers to markings one can apply to a kit to enhance it's appearance. Can be dry tansfer or waterslide, the former typically being supplied with a gunpla kit, the latter typically being an after market purchase from Bandai or a third party manufacturer such as Samuels.   
    •       Dendrobium      A massively comprehensive HG kit comprised of the GP03 Stamen and the Dendrobium Assault Weapon. Also available in 1/550 scale.   
    •       Denubbing      The process of removing the Nubs from the pieces of your gunpla kit.   
    •       Despruing      The process of cutting the parts of your gunpla kit away from the sprue.   
    •       Detail parts/option parts      Aftermarket accessories typically sold as sets or kits that may be made of plastic, metal, or resin, and used to add details to or enhance the appearance of a kit   
    •       Diorama      A custom built setting or scenario that a model is placed in, often depicting a scene or telling a story.   
    •       Double Action Air Brush      An air brush that can spray air as well as paint   
                   
          E         
                   
    •       Enamel      A kind of paint that is typically oil or hydrocarbon based   
    •       Epoxy      Typically refers to a kind of putty or glue that is comprised of a two part mixture   
    •       EW      Denotes "Endless Waltz", A supplemental OVA occurring after the events of Gundam Wing, or the corresponding gunpla kits which are Katoki designs.   
                   
          F         
                   
    •       FC      Denotes Future Century - The time line used for the G-Gundam Series   
    •       Feddie      Short for Earth Federation Soldier or Federation supporter   
    •       Flash      A small unintentional fishscale like piece of plastic on your gunpla parts that is a result of a faulty injection mould. Flash is very uncommon in modern kits but can sometimes be found around fingers or very thin/tapered parts.   
    •       Floor monster/carpet monster      Refers to the imaginary monster that "eats" your small gunpla parts when you drop them on the floor and can't find them again. To be avoided.   
    •       Frame      Can refer to either the internal skeleton of a Master Grade or Perfect Grade Gunpla kit, or a runner/sprue   
    •       Future/FFA      An american product primarily used as floor polish but adapted for use as a clear coat/sealant by Gunpla modelers.   
                   
          G         
                   
    •       GAF      Gundam Australia Forum (Hi!)   
    •       ganbatte      Japanese for Good Luck   
    •       Garage Kit      Resin kit cast in polyurethane resin by a third party   
    •       Gate      The part of the sprue that attaches to the piece - typically where you will perform your cut when removing pieces from the sprue.   
    •       GFF/GFFN      Gundam Fix Figuration - a line of highly detailed Gundam Figures   
    •       GN Drive      Solar driven propulsion and power system from the Gundam 00 series   
    •       gomen/gomen nasai      Japanese for sorry   
    •       Gravity Fed      An airbrush that has the paint vessel on top, thus the paint is fed into the brush by gravity.   
    •       Grunt      A mass produced mobile suit used for frontline combat or it's pilot   
    •       Gundam Marker      A pen used for detailing   
    •       Gundam Official      North America's official Gundam site. Very infrequently updated it does however contain a wealth of information about time lines and synopses for all of the series therein.   
    •       Gundanium      Similar to Gundarium, but from the Gundam Wing AC timeline. Main differences being that it is practically indestructable and has to be artificially manufactured in space.   
    •       Gundarium Alloy      Technically Luna Titanium Alloy, it was renamed after the OYW in honour of the Gundam. Incredibly strong and light weight material used to construct Mobile Suit armour in the Universal Century timeline. Very expensive to produce due to the difficulty of mining and refining the ore, Gundarium was used sparingly.   
    •       Gunpla      Short for GUNdam PLAstic model, derived from the Japanese abbreviation Plamo - for PLAstic Model   
    •       GUNPLA TV      Educational and promotional web TV channel set up by Hobbylink Japan and hosted by Syd Sked aka Gaijin Gunpla   
    •       Gunplar      One who builds Gundam Models, or Gunpla   
    •       Gunze      Short for Gunze Sangyo, makers of the Mr. Hobby line of products. Now known as GSI Creos.   
                   
          H         
                   
    •       HF      Hobby Fanatics Forum (USA based)   
    •       HG/HGUC/HGAW/HGFC and variants      High Grade, High Grade Universal Century, After War, Future Century etc commonly referring to 1/144 scal Bandai Gundam Kits   
    •       HLJ      Hobbylink Japan - Online Japan based reseller of Gunpla kits and other hobby related goods. Sponsors of Gundam Australia.   
                   
          I         
                   
    •       Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA)      A water soluble solvent, typically 98% pure alcohol used to dilute acrylic paint, safely clean and prepare plastic surfaces and more.   
    •       Iwata      Brand of Airbrush. Very highly regarded.   
                   
          J         
                   
    •       Jeep Style       Defined by Busterbeam as "A type of gunpla style that uses a considerable amount of metal after market parts, with the focus on high mechanical detail." Named after the pioneer of the style or the modeler who made it popular, Japanese modeler 'Jeep'.   
                   
          K         
                   
    •       Katoki/Ver.Ka      Hajime Katoki - Reknowned recluse and mechanical designer extroardinaire, Katoki is responsible for many of the greatest Mobile Suit designs ever put to paper. In Gunpla terms, Ver. Ka. Kits are his namesake and specifically his designs. Reknowned for having a profuse amount of markings. It is said that Katoki became a recluse after being cornered in a toilet by a crazed fan many years ago.   
    •       Knit Line      A visible but completely smooth line in a plastic piece. During injection moulding plastic is injected through multiple ports, and a knit line shows where the different sources met.   
    •       Kosutte Ginsan      Literally translated as silver's rub, this is a black powder made from highly refined graphite and other secret ingredients that when applied to plastic and polished can give a highly shined chrome finish.   
    •       Koto(bukiya)      Make MSG modelling Support Goods and many other brands of option parts and also many different kinds of non-gundam mecha kits.   
                   
          L         
                   
    •       Lacquer      A kind of paint that is typically organic solvent based.   
    •       Lagrange Points      Lagrange points are locations in space where gravitational forces and the orbital motion of a body balance each other, actual real world science employed in Gundam storytelling to demonstrate the plausibility of space colonies   
    •       Lens      The eye piece of a mono-eye suit such as a Zaku, the clear plastic piece that adds dimension to a rifle scope etc   
    •       Light Box      A box made of white fabric designed to diffuse and reflect light for use in photography   
                   
          M         
                   
    •       MAC      Mech Arts Community (USA via the Philippines )   
    •       MAHQ/Forum      Mecha Anime Headquarters: Phenomenally comprehensive resource for line art, specs, mobile suit info   
    •       Man Salmon      The colour of Char's Mobile Suits   
    •       Masking      Refers to the process of covering an area of your model with modeler's masking tape, blu tack, or otherwise to prevent paint from covering that area. Also used to achieve different paint effects such as camouflague and slash striping.   
    •       MG      Master Grade. Bandai's premier 1/100 scale line of models. Typically with very good colour seperation, detail, articulation, a high number of parts, and a detailed inner frame   
    •       Minovsky Particles      Particles which when scattered disrupt low-frequency electromagnetic radiation and interferes with the operations of electronic circuitry, and destroys unprotected circuits    
    •       Mobile Suit      A mechanized giant fighting robot, typically with arms, legs, and a head from the Gundam universe.   
    •       Mods/modding      The process of altering a gunpla kit from it's original shape or design  to achieve a different look or greater articulation. Range from subtle to extreme.   
    •       Moisture Trap      Part of an air compressor that allows moisture from the pressurized air to condensate so that it is not forced through the air line.   
    •       Monoeye      Single eye camera lens mobile suit. Commonly referring to Zeon units or any unit with a single camera "eye" in it's head.    
    •       Mr. Color/Mr.Hobby      Brands of paint produced by Gunze Sangyo (See above)   
    •       MS      See Mobile Suit   
    •       Musou      Commonly refers to Gundam Musou /Dynasty Warriors Gundam video game   
                   
          N         
                   
    •       Newtype      the next stage of human evolution, in the UC timeline, resulting from evolutionary adaptation to life in space.  Newtypes typically have heightened mental awareness and are able to "sense" the presence of other Newtypes. This extends to Coordinators and Innovators in other timelines that essentially are of a similar theme.   
    •       NG      No Grade. A grade lacking in detail, articulation, parts, and colour seperation. Available across various scales   
    •       Nub      The small piece of plastic left over on the part after you cut it away from the sprue. Typically shaved down or sanded away.   
    •       Nub Mark      The mark left behind when a nub is either cut away too deeply or the plastic is torn causing stress and discolouration to the plastic. Can sometimes be removed by sanding.   
                   
          O         
                   
    •       OOB      Acronym for 'Out Of the Box', and can refer to a kit that is a snap build directly out of the box with no paint, or a kit that has been painted in the original colours with no further modifications.   
    •       orz      Means sorry. It is a man bowing in apology   
    •       OVA      Acronym for Original Video Animation. A short series, extension, or side story that does not run a full 40-50 episodes like a full series.   
    •       OYW      One Year War - a pivotal event in the universal century time line and the first major conflict between the Principality of Zeon and the Erath Federation. Several of the Universal Century series/OVA's take place during the OYW.   
                   
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    •       Panel Lines      Lines moulded into the kit to add detail to the armour or denote seperation. Many modelers choose to add extra panel lines to their kit by scribing. Panel lines are often inked with a Gundam Marker or using a panel line wash technique to highlight detail and add depth to a model.   
    •       PC/Polycaps      Polyurethane joint parts. Typically a soft, floppy grey runner but can be moulded in other colours. Often used in ball and socket connections or pin and hole connections where an amount of flexibility is required.   
    •       PG      Perfect Grade - Bandai's premium range. Often have a very large number of parts, very high detail, and high articulation. Very detailed inner frames that often are comprised of a frame within a frame.    
    •       Pin Vise      A small hand drill shaped like a screw driver   
    •       Pins/Rivets      When a modeller adds metal pins or metal/plastic rivets to a kit to enhance appearance.   
    •       Pla Plate/Styrene sheet      Flat thin polystyrene card used by many modelers to scratch build and add detail. Also known as Plasticard and Evergreen Styrene Sheet.   
    •       Pledge/POG      Australian variant of Future Floor Acrylic   
    •       Photo Etched      Saw blades or option parts that are wafer thin, created using photographic emulsification techniques.   
    •       Pre Shading/MAX      A painting technique involving spraying black over angled edges and panel detail, so that when the following base colour is sprayed over the top it shows up as having darker edges. Helps add depth to a model and used extensively though not pioneered by Max Watanabe. Often referred to as MAX technique.   
    •       Prep      Preperation work. Sanding of nubs, seam line removal, priming etc   
    •       Priming      Spraying a coat of primer. Primer helps fill minor imperfections and provides the perfect base for paint to adhere to.   
    •       Proportion      Often discussed by Gunplars, proportion refers to the comparitive size and symmetry of a Mobile Suit's various parts and if they are in proportion to one and other.    
    •       Putty      A product used to fill gaps and sometimes sculpt new shapes. Pliable when wet, it dries hard and can be sanded and cut.   
                   
          R         
                   
    •       Resin      Polyurethane resin is what most garage kits and aftermarket conversion kits are made from. Resin is often coated in an oily substance called mould release agent and needs to be washed in degreaser and then detergent prior to commencing work.   
    •       Robot Damashii      "The Robot Spirits" - A popular line of Gunpla and Mecha figures by Bandai.   
    •       Runner      The entire alphabetised rectangular plastic frame containing the parts with which you build your gunpla.   
                   
          S         
                   
    •       Scale      Refers to the size of the model, for example a 1/100 model is one one hundredth of the intended size of the fictional robot. So if a 1/100 model is 18cm tall, its real life counterpart would be 18 metres tall.   
    •       Scratch Build      To build something from scratch. A piece, part, section, weapon, extension, diorama, or entire model for example.   
    •       Scribing      The process of carving lines or details into a model using a scriber, needle, awl, chisel, or blade.   
    •       SD      Super Deformed - An animated series and line of subsequent models with big heads and stubby bodies.   
    •       Seam      A part of a model where two halves of a section, e.g. an upper thigh, join together. Referred to in the context of 'seam line' and is something that many modelers prefer to remove with the use of cement and/or putty, where the seam line is an unavoidable part of the construction and not disguised or intentional. Common in older kits.   
    •       SEED      Animated series Gundam SEED   
    •       Senki      Refers to the PS3 game Gundam Senki, or Mobile Suit Battle Record 0081   
    •       Side Cutters/Nippers      A sharp pair of cutters intended for cleanly cutting the plastic gates that attach the parts to the sprues.  I always recommend Tamiya Sharp Pointed Side Cutters For Plastic as my favourite.   
    •       Single Action Airbrush      An airbrush that can only release a combination of air and paint, as opposed to double action airbrush above.   
    •       Solomon      An asteroid and strategic base for Zeon during the OYW.   
    •       Sparmax      Brand of resonable quality compressors and airbrushes. Made in PRK.   
    •       Spray Booth      A booth with a filter and vacuum ventilation designed to facilitate working with your airbrush indoors.   
    •       Sprue      The passage through which molten plastic is introduced to a mould, so therefore all of the stuff left over on the runner when you've cut out all of your parts.   
                   
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    •       Tamiya      Japanese model paint, supplies, and accessories. Tamiya acrylics are widely available and widely used by Gunpla modelers.   
    •       Thinner      For thinning paint   
    •       Thruster      Bell shaped rocket used for propulsion   
    •       Time Line      A period or canon in which a Gundam universe is set. Often unrelated between the Gundam Universes in order to not interfere with the chronology of the earlier time lines. Eg: What happens in the Universal Century and the After Colony era are completely unrelated because they are from seperate universes.   
    •       Tomino-sama      Yoshiyuki Tomino - Creator and father of Gundam.   
    •       Top Coat/Gloss Coat/Matt Coat/Flat Coat/Clear Coat      A clear sealing spray. Available as an acrylic spray can in gloss, semi gloss (satin), and matte (flat) in the Mr Top Coat range, as a lacquer gloss (Mr. Super Clear), and as a lacquer flat, satin, and gloss in Tamiya's range (clear is gloss).   
    •       Turn-A      A Gundam Series set in an alternate universe. May also refer to the main protagonist Mobile Suit.   
                   
          U         
                   
    •       UC      Denotes Universal Century -The time line of Mobile Suit Gundam and many subsequent series (Sentinel, Crossbone, Unicorn, Victory...) Is currently also used to denote things related to Gundam Unicorn depending on the context.   
    •       Unicorn/UC      A Gundam OVA set in UC0096   
    •       Universal Century/UC      The fictional timeline widely considered by purists as the main or important canon in the varying alternate Gundam timelines. Where the original Mobile Suit Gundam Series was set, as well as nearly a dozen other series, OVA's and side stories.   
                   
          V         
                   
    •       Vernier      Bell shaped rocket used for stabilising during flight/space use.   
    •       Ver.      Refers to an abbreviation for "Version".  Initially used in referring to models designed by Hajime Katoki (Ver.Ka) or to signify an updated kit design (Ver. 2.0), Ver. has now been more broadly adopted to indicate something about the production of a model kit.  It is often propogated by Gunpla builders to signify a model bears their personal modifications or adaptation.  (Examples: RX-78-2 Ver DC23., RG Zaku Ver. Tem).  Models labeled with Ver. can be dramatically different from the original model kit, based on the artistic interpretation of the model builder.  Where Ver. is used to indicate the production version of a model kit, it is usually a newer generation of the same model (Examples: MG RX-78 -> MG RX-78 Ver. 2), Anime/Manga Series Variation (Example MG Gundam Wing -> Gundam Wing EW Ver.), or a design variation.  (Example MG RX-78-> MG RX-78 OYW Ver.). Typically a Ver. 2.0 model is engineered in a superior or more modern way allowing greater articulation with fewer faults.   
    •       V-Fin      The antennae or horns at the front of a Gundam's head is called the V-Fin.   
    •       Vignette      Like a diorama, but does not include any large pieces of scenery or structures, and is used to give specific insight into a particular event or story.   
                   
          W         
                   
    •       Wash      Refers to Panel line wash. The process of inking panel lines using heavily thinned paint and capillary action. Not to be confused with washing parts prior to construction.   
    •       Weapons Block      Akin to writers block, weapons block occurs when you have completed the main construction of you gunpla and get to the weapons and lose your motivation to keep going. The only solution being to stall completely or power through.   
    •       Weathering      The process of making your model look worn, dirty, or used by employing various techniques from adding oil stains, to soot, to dirt, to mud, to chips, dents, scratches, cracking et al.   
    •       Wing      Refers to the animated series Gundam Wing set in the After Colony alternate timeline. May also refer to the main protagonist Mobile Suit.   
    •       WIP      Acronym for Work In Progress. Typically used to denote a topic on a forum or a blog post whereby the modeler will be demonstrating parts of the build/modifications/paint.   
                   
          Z         
                   
    •       Zeke      Nickname for Zeon soldiers/supporters.   
    •       Zeon, The Principality of, The Duchy Of      Inhabitants of the space colony known as Side 3, the Principality of Zeon declared and simultaneously waged a war of independence against Earth in UC 0079   
    •       ZERO G      Zero Gunz Forum (Malaysian based)   
    •       Zeta/Double Zeta      Gundam series based in the Universal Century timeline. Continuations of the story and featuring some of the original characters and referencing earlier storylines frequently, but with new antagonists and protagonists.   

             
    Anything that I've missed would be a welcome addition so please post your suggestions below. Please be aware that I have tried to keep this as relevant to terms one may encounter around here and as such I have not listed every last detail of every single category. :)[/list]
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    Re: Gunpla Terminology
    « Reply #1 on: March 05, 2011, 01:40:18 AM »

    What about the "EW" for the newer endless waltz MG's Sonar?

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    Re: Gunpla Terminology
    « Reply #2 on: March 05, 2011, 02:47:49 AM »

    Any object to me using this list on my tutorial? With full credits of course. :)

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    Re: Gunpla Terminology
    « Reply #3 on: March 05, 2011, 02:53:10 AM »

    I suggest that adding time lines/time periods to this post.

    U.C. / Universal Century -The Time period use for the original MSG series and many subsequent series (Sentinel, Crossbone, Unicorn, Victory...)

    C.C. / Correct Century - The time period used for Turn A Gundam

    A.C. / After Colony - The time period used for the Gundam Wing Series

    A.W. / After War - The time period used for the Gundam X series

    F.C. / Fighting Century - The time period used for the

    C.E. / Cosmic Era - The Time period used for Gundam Seed Series

    A.D. / Anno Domini  - The Time period used for Gundam 00 Series
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    Re: Gunpla Terminology
    « Reply #4 on: March 05, 2011, 09:01:20 AM »

    Thank you for the suggestions, they have been rewritten slightly and included along with definitions for Gundam Official, Time Line, Alclad/II and some others.

    Thanks Sandrock, that is excellent. If everybody could please use that format for submissions including a brief definition it would be really great. FC is Future Century BTW :P

    No Falldog I don't mind if you use it in your tutorial with credits. You might want to give it a few days as the submissions will probably keep coming in and I will keep updating the list as they do. You could provide a link to the thread in your tutorial? That way the readers will be getting the most current list.

    This is a work in progress guys so if you have any other suggestions I'd love to hear them. I don't know that I covered tools and materials all that well. Please search before making a submission though ;)

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    Re: Gunpla Terminology
    « Reply #5 on: March 05, 2011, 09:38:24 AM »

    Just a few small things.

    Mega's are 1/48 not 1/35. U.C.Hard Graph are 1/35.

    The Dendrobium is also available in 1/550 in the HG Mechanics range.

    Gunze doesn't exist any more, they are now called GSI Creos.

    I think Sparmax also go under the name of Delta.

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    Re: Gunpla Terminology
    « Reply #6 on: March 05, 2011, 06:14:15 PM »

    1. Noted and amended. The toll of creating such a list is in getting some basic details incorrect.

    2. Thanks, noted.

    3. I didn't know that. Mr Hobby products are still commonly referred to as Gunze in certain circles.

    4. I cannot find anything to substantiate that.

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    Re: Gunpla Terminology
    « Reply #7 on: March 05, 2011, 06:52:42 PM »

    You forgot

    SONAR - Too much time on your hands


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    Go build a kit !!
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    Re: Gunpla Terminology
    « Reply #8 on: March 05, 2011, 10:03:18 PM »

    Only suggestion is to switch 1:288 to 1:220 as half scale kits were a one off in 2 series where 1:200/ 1:220 are more popular and are regular lines across a few series.

    I would also like some source on this...
    Man Salmon      The colour of Char's Mobile Suits  

    I think Sparmax also go under the name of Delta.

    Sparmax may share some parts with the delta but is made in Taiwan which is cheaper to import then from the U.S at the time. Both are good products.
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    Re: Gunpla Terminology
    « Reply #9 on: March 06, 2011, 05:38:31 PM »

    4. I cannot find anything to substantiate that.

    For what it's worth. Top is a Sparmax, bottom is my Delta. Specifications and parts are exactly the same and both made in Taiwan.



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    Re: Gunpla Terminology
    « Reply #10 on: March 06, 2011, 06:33:23 PM »

    For what it's worth. Top is a Sparmax, bottom is my Delta. Specifications and parts are exactly the same and both made in Taiwan.

    Didn't know both were made in Taiwan. I have 0.3mm model from both mobs and found the rear case and trigger mechanisms are different but everything else is the same. Funny my Delta comperssor says it's made in the US.
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    Re: Gunpla Terminology
    « Reply #11 on: March 06, 2011, 08:05:37 PM »

    @Sonar,
    Great abbreviation guide,
    Loved how you described the "Floor monster/carpet monster",
    made me laugh quite a bit,

    But you forgot to add the most important word out of the whole
    abbreviation guide, *whisper*Gundam*whisper*

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    Re: Gunpla Terminology
    « Reply #12 on: March 06, 2011, 10:51:35 PM »

    well, working in a hobby store, i know that we stock both delta and sparmax, i will probably have a closer look at both of them now that this has been mentioned.

    you might like to clean up the paint type definitions too,
    acrylic, is water or alcohol based
    enamel is hydrocarbon or oil based
    lacquer is organic solvent based

    in hobby terms we only differentiate the paints by the solvent that carries the pigment, because the pigment is pretty much always a fine acryl powder
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    Re: Gunpla Terminology
    « Reply #13 on: March 07, 2011, 01:18:06 AM »

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    Re: Gunpla Terminology
    « Reply #14 on: March 07, 2011, 10:47:25 AM »

    @Mokana: Man Salmon is something HF/Mechatalk users may find familiar

    @Dazz: If I need to define Gundam then the reader has come to the wrong site, obviously they are looking for Google. :D I will consider adding it in.

    @ Noless: thanks, I'll get to it

    @Z2TX: I will get to that also.

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