Gunpla Tutorial – Detailing Gunpla

Panel Lining Gunpla

There are several methods on drawing panel line on gunpla:

  • Panel line wash/pin wash
  • Lead pencil
  • Gundam marker

Panel line wash is the common method that people recommend on forums on panel lining. But you need to know how to properly apply this method.

I remember the first time I tried making my own panel line wash since I want to save $$$. There is a ready to use product from tamiya that you can buy which is panel line accent color. But only comes in 3 different colors (black, grey and brown) so I though I just invest in tamiya enamel paint since I’ll start painting my gunpla anyway.

  • Tools to Draw Panel Lines

    Top Coat Gloss Finish, Tamiya Black Enamel Paint, Tamiya Panel Lines Accent Color (Black), Tamiya Enamel Thinner

  • Tools to Draw Panel Lines

    Lead Pencil Sharperner, Eraser, Lead Pencil, Mechanical Pencil, Hobby Knife

  • Tools to Draw Panel Lines

    Paint Tray, Cotton Buds (Cue Tips), Gundam Marker Eraser, Gundam Marker Pour Type, Gundam Fine Tip

The plastic just cracked in several places because of two things

  1. I didn’t top coat the surface before using the DIY enamel wash.
  2. I left the enamel on the plastic too long.

Bandai plastics are known to be sensitive with enamel paint. So make sure you (top coat everything I mean everything from inner frames, joints and armor) before you’re doing panel lining with enamel base paint.

Since this tutorial is meant for gunpla beginners I won’t recommend using this method. Instead try using gundam markers. They are easy to use, inexpensive, can be use for weathering too and safe for plastic.

Gunpla Beginners Handbook 1.0

Guide book for Gunpla Beginners.
Exclusive step-by-step Tutorials (HD Videos) and Bonus Technique inside brought to you by Gunpla Jagat Raya.

Gundam Marker Panel Lining

For panel lining I recommend using gundam marker pour type and gundam marker eraser to remove excess. Note that you cannot use gundam marker to paint your gunpla. 

  • Tools for Enamel Wash

    Tools for panel lining using enamel wash

  • Type of Gundam Marker

    Type of Gundam Marker (Fine Tip, Pour Type and Eraser)

Here are the steps on panel lining using gundam markers:

  1. Trace the panel lines using the pour type marker or just press the tip lightly and the ink will follow through the panel line (by capillary action).
  2. Let it dry for a bit (3 - 5 minutes) then using gundam marker eraser and cue tip remove the excess.
  3. When you’re done working seal with top coat (optional).

Gunpla Weathering Preview

Here are some preview of tutorials you can expect from Gunpla Beginners Handbook 1.0.

For more detailed step-by-step tutorials on panel lining using lead pencil and gundam marker feel free to download my Gunpla Beginners Handbook 1.0. I’ve provided some  tutorial as well for you convenient.

As a bonus for you I’ve included weathering tutorials for beginner in my Gunpla Beginners Handbook 1.0 which cover two methods on weathering and two bonus methods on weathering with gundam markers (so you can make the most of your gundam marker).

Gunpla Beginners Handbook 1.0

Guide book for Gunpla Beginners.
Exclusive step-by-step Tutorials (HD Videos) and Bonus Technique inside brought to you by Gunpla Jagat Raya.

If you have any questions or topics you wanna ask you can post it bellow. Or simply send me an email. Cheers.

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