This an archive replica of a blog post What I need to know about chemical compatibility written by Jack Jella circa 2014, from the National Association of Scale Aeromodelers. It's been referenced over on the Layman's Gunpla Guide for many years and it appears that it has been pulled from the original site. I'm guessing it got left behind when they did a global site redesign. In order to preserve it better I've created this archive copy.
While I'm fairly opinionated about many things, including Gunpla, I always wondered what the general consensus was about the best and worst kits of the line. I can answer pretty easily for MG and PG kits, but because I've decided to focus my collection with those grades I can't say much about HG while most of my RG thoughts are all second hand. Thus became the impetus behind the Great Gunpla Census of 2018. While planning things out I decided to add a few more questions to get a general idea of what the franchise fan base was thinking. After a few weeks of being called out on r/Gunpla and r/Gundam the census was completed as best possible by 839 fans. While parsing numbers and fixed answer questions is easy, trying to produce simple takeaways from open ended questions not so much, so I didn't want to go crazy and find myself with a 15,000 collection of answers to sort through.
Did a quick, straight build, of my BSC 1/35 scale Unicorn Gundam bust. It went together over the course of three evenings with very little difficulty. There's not too much I can say about the build that Great Lakes Gunpla hasn't covered in two great video reviews. They're highly recommended for anyone looking to build the kit.
Go back to the beginning and Try again, show.
Line art? What do I need line art for? When planning out a custom colour scheme for your build the best way to plan is to take some clean line art and go to down with an image editor. Take a clean piece of line art, select some colours, and have fun with the fill tool. It's a great way to get a general sense of what colours look good, and depending on the detail level of the kit/line art, even plan for what pieces get what colour.
The best place for line art is a collection maintained on the Seesaa Wiki. I don't know who maintains and updates it, but they do a great job. If it's not there it probably doesn't exist. Since most of the categories are in Japanese, here's a quick link list by series.
Here's a list of my completed projects in more-or-less order from the most recent completion to when I first got back into the hobby in 2007. You'll notice various spurts of improvements and, if you're like me, may cringe at some of my earlier works. Below are all of the projects that I've completed. The number of projects currently straight built or in mid-project state are too numerous to count. For a better list of those check out my Flickr gallery.
Don't forget to check out my overall collect and the kit reviews I've done.