Brotzmann's SD kits

I’m starting a separate WIP for my SD kits I’m working on. I tend to do 1-2 SD kits while working on a larger kit. It lets me have something else to work on when waiting for paint, putty, or clear coat to dry. I’m a lot more patient having a few things to work on so I’m not thinking about one kit constantly.
Here’s my current SD
Psyco Gundam SD
Resin kit (my first resin kit)
I’ve started by just working on the head. I got the LED wired in tonight for the clear part that lights up red for the eyes and front/back camera. I had to solder stuff together and come up with my own wiring since they only provide the battery holder and LED.
I also have some of the head glued together and primed. I also applied some putty to fill in some gaps. So far its been quite a bit of work.

Just by looking at that last picture, this thing is going to look really cool.

Looking good! I love that mini switch! I need me more of those lol i have to use dip switches sometimes.

Yeah, they are nice little switches. I wish they had tiny push button on/off switches but all the ones I’ve seen are just momentary type. They cost a little over 2$ each a Radio Shack but I just ordered 50 of them from China for $14 with shipping.

I’ve never done an SD kit, what are they like? As in are they more or less complicated than a regular?

I’m very excited to see that Psyco Gundam.

As for your question Tiger, SD kits are probably the easiest of all modern kits to build. They are aimed at a younger audience. I hear that they’re very popular in Japan.

SD kits are also a great way to start on more difficult techniques. This resin kit is a great example; you want to try your hand on resin, but don’t want to invest in a conversion set or an entire kit? This one is a good starter.

I’m curious about the LEDs. Makes me want to go on eBay and buy some myself to play with.

That’s basically what I did, I ordered a solderless breadboard (this will let you play around with building prototype circuits without soldering)with wire and lots of different LEDs, watch batteries, battery holders, switches, and so forth and just started experimenting and reading info on the net. You can get LEDs and components really cheap if you don’t mind waiting from places in HK and China. Radio Shack is pretty expensive for a few parts, you’ll pay way way more than online. I got a solderless breadboard, battery holder, and a ton of wires for $5 with free postage on Ebay. I think they want $15-20 at the shack.

Yeah, I like SD kits because they are inexpensive ($5-$12) and good to learn new techniques on. They are simple, not even HG level. Some of the new ones on the Legends and Unicorn SD lines actually have a bit more detail and articulation. I take them on as a challenge to make them look like a cool model instead of a little toy. If you mess one up it’s not that big of a deal. The first couple SD kits I built I gave away to Goodwill so a kid could play with them and maybe get interested in Gunpla. They looked so bad to me after I got several builds under my belt. This particular kit is a resin garage kit that was made in a small batch by a 3rd party (not Bandai) and requires more work than a regular plastic kit. To fit it together properly you have to drill holes and add pins to connect parts, use epoxy or super glue instead of model cement, and do a lot more surface work than a regular plastic kit. This SD kit actually has 124 parts, way more than a regular SD. You also have to buy ball joints and polycaps if you want to make them articulated. More work but fun if you like really working on the construction of the kit.

I sanded down the putty and added some more.

Did the putty shrink on you?

Dang, that’s a ton of putty work.

It didn’t really shrink. I had a few areas that needed more and some gaps I didn’t get it down in the crack enough so when I sanded they showed up again. I probably should get some of the faster curing type but I’ve never used it. I always miss a few spots and it bugs me to see them if I don’t go back and fix them.

The same thing happens to me. It looks like the putty filled up the seam, but nope, you see a slight dip after sanding it smooth. Makes me rage a little whenever that happens.

Ive been working on my kit for the HLJ contest but it’s almost done so I’m back to work on my SD Psyco Gundam. I gave all the parts a bath and I’m letting them dry overnight.

That’s a good deal of parts. Did you have to remove a lot of mold lines?

The casting is pretty clean. I’m having to do a bit of flash and imperfection removal but nothing major. The biggest thing is just cutting off and sanding down the little tabs on all the parts they use to pull them out of the mold. I’m also trying to figure out what polycaps I need if I want the kit to have some pose-ability. I have some Kotobukiya, Wave, and leftover Gundam PCs to work with. I think the original kit had polycaps but this recast has resin casts of the PCs which wont work well I’m guessing.

Man, even an SD resin kit requires a lot of thought and work. It’s a relief to see that a good cast means less clean-up work, though. I’m still thinking of doing a resin kit one day so this is all good info.

Indeed it is. I’ve thought doing a resin kit. But it seems like it requires a lot more prep and detail work than a normal kit. Plus, can they even move once completed?

Yeah it’s more work, you have to drill holes and add metal pins to fit the parts together if you build them the way you see on the youtube tutorials. As far as pose ability, it just depends on the kit. Some resin kits have moveable parts and some don’t. You have to read all the info you can find on them. There’s even a SD Optimus Prime kit that supposedly transforms on e2046 but I’m guessing it takes a little work to get it working well. It’s hard finding reviews of resin kits since they are made in smaller numbers. I think alot of the reviews done are not in English so it’s not easy to find them. They are fun if you enjoy the building process for sure.

I’ve gotten a little work done. I’ve had too much going on the last week or so to get much done. Stupid responsibility…sigh. :wink: