Gaijin Gunpla

エバグリプラ (e-ba-gu-ri pu-ra) is how Evergreen Plastic is called here in Japan. Evergreen is a company that sells sheets and rods of styrene for modelling purposes. It cuts, glues, sands, and paints very well. I picked up some at work for this project. I am using .3 millimeter thick sheet plastic and just cut and trim it to size. Luckily I have quite a lot more than I need so I can make mistakess.

Here is the back skirt portion of the F91. I have added depth and/or detail by cutting and gluing the Evergreen plastic.

I then put some more cement along the seam lines to completely fill the gap and then once dry sanded it down using 400 grit paper and then smoothed it out using 1000 and 1500 grit. It turned out much better than I expected.

This is the shoulder portion. Both sides have the styrene added. I had to putty the seam along the top and sand that down as well. Seam lines.. boo! Hiss!

And this is part of the weapon system of the F91. I just added a small section of styrene. Most likely you won’t be able to see it on the completed model. But I know it’s there and that’s good enough.

Next up… getting ready for painting. Will I be able to fix that problem with the head?

Categories: Builds, F91, MG

3 Responses so far.

  1. Gundam Guy says:

    Nicely done. I am learning to work with pla-plates myself. But not always successful.

    2 Questions… what type of cememt do you use to fill the seamline, and is it easily smoothen by sandpaper?

    And what is your methods of using putty to cover the seam line? Do you mix your putty with thinner..etc?

    I always love to learn from other modellers. Thx

  2. Gaijin Gunpla says:

    Thanks for the comment!

    For the cement, I am using the basic, cheap Tamiya cement. It sands very easily. If the gap in the seam is not to wide it might be a good alternative to puttying. Here you can see what it looks like:

    And I am using, once again, basic, cheap Mr White Putty:

    I didn’t thin it before use and, although more came out of the tube than I needed, it wasn’t that difficult to use. I used an old blade from my design knife as a spatula to remove the excess then let it dry.

  3. Busterbeam says:

    wow intense stuff. i’ve never seen anyone use evergreen plastic before. nice job!

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