Tokyo residents and Twitter users Tokyoboy0701 gave his father a Master Grade 3.0 RX-78-2 Gundam model kit. Last June, he tweeted a photo of said packaged and unfinished model and wrote, “I’m giving this for Father’s Day.” Months later, dad is done.
The dad, who is in his early 50s, sent photos of the finished kit to his son, and gosh, it’s great. No wonder this tweet went viral in Japan and garnered over thirty thousand likes.
“When I gave it to him, he didn’t even have diagonal pliers [for cutting the plastic], so what on earth is this level of perfection … ”tweeted Tokyoboy0701, including the photos his father sent.
“I gave it my all,” Dad wrote to his son in a DM, adding that it was quite easy to be honest. Ha! That doesn’t seem easy at all.
Tokyoboy0701 was obviously surprised when these secret Gundam model making arts seemed to come out of nowhere. Almost.
“He talked about how he had done them many times [Gundam models] in elementary school, but I never saw any at home, not even, ”he added on twitter, “and I thought he probably hasn’t done one since then.”
For this kit, his father apparently watched YouTube videos for tips and tricks.
The resulting model is really impressive. But it’s not just the shining eyes. They are very cool, but the fact that dad put an animesque paint job with combat damage. Anime-style paintwork has become popular in recent years with Kotaku report on them already in 2014. The paintwork here has hints of it, but with gross realism. I think dad did a fantastic job.
And no matter what he says, it wasn’t easy! Especially if the last time you really looked at building Gundam models was forty years ago.
For more information on Gundam models (also known as “Gunpla”), check out the Bandai official site.
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