Gaijin Gunpla

I’m guessing, no hoping, that everyone out there reading this has heard of and is very aware of the current Pandemic around the globe, Covid-19; aka Novel Coronavirus.

I hope everyone is safe and calm and healthy. And I hope that so far this horrible thing hasn’t reached you personally.

It’s surreal, isn’t it? We hear about the spread and the deaths and those sickened and, if you’re like me, have yet to see it. Likely it is because of this that there is panic. I’ve had a hard time trying to locate groceries and household necessities. There’s still food available, though I have had to go to several places to look for bread, but pasta and rice are scarce and are being rationed. And then, as I’m sure you know, there is the panic-buying of that life-saving commodity; toilet paper. It’s ridiculous. And enraging. And, for me, it reminds me of something I’ve experienced before. The empty shelves here are a bit of deja vu for me, back to 2011 and the aftermath of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.

At least this time, this circumstance, has the world acting. In 2011 not much info was forthcoming when it came to the Fukushima Nuclear Reactors and their Meltdowns. In a way, it’s comforting.

And so we are being told to observe a certain social distance. To keep a certain amount of space between ourselves and others. In some cases, we are being told to self-isolate. You don’t realize how difficult, how trying, these kind of things are until they happen and are put upon you. I’ve had to stop my weekly martial arts classes indefinitely. That was really hard for me to accept.

It occurred to me that ourselves, we Gunpla enthusiasts, are well suited to what we are being told to do. To spend time by ourselves and find something to occupy our time as we do so. I don’t think I’ll have much trouble if I’m told to self-isolate for any length of time. The premise of this website is basically that; working on something, alone, that takes up a fair amount of time. I think we are good here. I’m already being told to work from home and it’s difficult to keep myself focused and not stare too long at the kits I have waiting for me.

I want to encourage everyone out there to hang tough. We are told to be alone but we are all together in this. It will be a long, hopefully boring, road but we will get through it.

May your backlog keep you balanced, your customs bring you comfort, and if you’ve not go much to build I hope the content found here on Gaijin Gunpla can keep you entertained for a good length of time.

When all this is finished and the world settles into its new normal let’s get together and enjoy the presence of others again.

7 Responses so far.

  1. Elijah says:

    Thanks Syd!

    It’s always comforting to have a reliable constant in your life to fall back on (talking about your site and Gundam in general)

  2. Kamille says:

    Don’t have any Gunpla of my own but reading your build posts is very enjoyable. I guess I will go and re-watch as many Gundam series as I can. And probably study.

  3. Alberto from Italy says:

    Thank you, Syd.

  4. Paul Emical* says:

    I’ve been struggling to chip away at my backlog, in the past months. Seems now I can find the time… 🙂

  5. Ray says:

    I have no backlog to work from unfortunately. I have a Barbatos on backorder but given the situation, i have no idea when i’ll actually get it. Having something to build would help but my toddler keeps me busy enough most of the time. Stay safe!!

  6. Aaqib says:

    Stay safe sid. Looking forward to seeing some more post on the site .

    I think I will make my either my rg sazabi or the mg thunderbolt ver ka.

    Desperate times call for amazing builds.

  7. Jimmy says:

    Hi syd. Gunpla enthusiast should be very suited in this kind of situation if u are alone. But if u have kids & wife, u had to deal with them first before u can pursue that dream of building that backlog project of yours. Anyway glad to know you are safe. Take care, stay healthy & keep it safe.

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