Tools 101This quick list will provide all the tools you'll need to get started in the fantastic hobby of Gundam plastic models (Gunpla)!
Xuron 410 Micro-Shear Flush Cutter
These are your bread and butter tool (sometimes called nippers), you use them to remove parts from the spru (the thing all the individual parts come on). Side cutters are sharp and neatly cut through the plastic, nail clippers, pliers and scissors crush the plastic instead, leaving rough, stressed plastic.
Xacto X3311 N0. 1 Precision Knife With 5 No. 11 Blades
You use a Xacto knife to remove the nubs on parts leftover by the nippers. Change blades often, and be careful not to cut yourself.
X711 #11 Blade Carded Handi Pack (40)
Buy your blades in larger packs to save money. This is how I buy mine, I'll typically use 3-4 blades per kit!
3M assorted sandpaper pack
Sand paper is used to sand an remaining evidence of the nub off of a part. I like using fine grades of sand paper because they leave less visible scratches in the plastic. This is crucial if you don't plan on painting your kit!
3M SP3010 Nylon Spudger Tool
This tool has a funny name, and about a dozen uses. I use mine to seperate parts, move decals and adjust tiny gimmicks on my kit. The spudgers are made out of Nylon, so they shouldn't scratch your plastic up.
Self Healing Green Cutting Mat 18 x 24 inches
A cutting mat will protect your table top and can prolong the life of your xacto knife blades.
GSI Creos Gundam Marker Basic Set (6 Markers)
If you're new to Gundam and modeling and general you might want to start out using Gundam markers instead of painting. You can use these to cover up any marks leftover from removing nubs. You can extract the paint from the markers by pushing down on the tips, you can then paint it onto a kit with a brush.
Panel Lining Markers
Gundam Marker Black Fine Point GM01 (For Panel Lines)
Gundam Marker Ultra Fine Grey
Sakura 30062 6-Piece Pigma Micron Clam Ink Pen Set, Black
Panel lining pens are essential for highlighting detail in panel lines, and on edges. Some people prefer the reduced contrast of grey panel lines on white. I prefer black, Sakura micron pens are also a good alternative, because they offer similar thickness pens, at a fraction of the price.