Update, 6/27 page 23 I've gotten numerous requests on how I go about building stuff, what tools I use, where to get stuff, etc. So, I figure this is the perfect opportunity to showcase that all. With that said, expect this to be a VERY picture heavy thread, with, hopefully, plenty of text too. I hope this thread will answer some questions, but at the same time give some tips to beginners and old-timers alike. Let's begin This first post will cover what I'll be using for Prowl: The kits I'm using: AMT's 1/25 Datsun 280ZX Turbo: I could choose between a Tamiya 1/24 Tamiya 280ZX, or the above mentioned kit. Tamiya's kits are of exceptional quality, and it was in my preferred 1/24 scale....but it was the wrong model car. There are some minor differenced between the non-Turbo and Turbo, most notably the hood vents. In the end I felt the proper model car was more important than the ever so slight difference in scale and the slightly lower quality of kit. Bandai's Master Grade G3 Gundam Ver 2: I'm using this kit for numerous reasons. Foremost is probably the nearly fully articulated hands! But there's lots of Gundam kits with those, however this kit (and the RX-78-2, by default) has such fantastic, generic, blocky arms and upper legs. They transition easily into Transformer limbs with just the proper outer details added. This kit is also very sturdy, nearly all the joints use ABS on ABS plastic versus polycaps(*See later) for stronger joints that won't sag over time. My Tools (all listed from left to right): Tamiya Modeler's Knife:Blades are sharper (and cheaper!) than X-acto brand Tamiya Side Cutter: Great for small pieces of styrene, and of course model parts from their sprues. Rulers: Metric and US, plus the right angle is VERY useful. Pin Vise with drill bits. X-acto Razor saws in various sizes, included sized to fit a knife handle Blade style Line scribe: Great for straight lines, or over/around edges Bare Metal Brand Line Scribe: Carves a ridge-less channel Pick style Line Scribe: Great for curves or coners One of my various files Wire Cutters/Craft Clippers: Great for cutting metal wire, thick plastic, etc Fine-tip Gundam Marker: Perfect for marking styrene! Scissors: Cuts styrene easier than you'd think. And up top, various styles of specialty knife blades. Styrene: I use (nearly exclusively) Evergreen brand styrene, mostly just because is convenient and cheap! I mostly used various thickness's of sheets, strips and tubes. However there's textured sheets out there too, usually meant to resemble various roofing, building, siding, and even sidewalk patterns. Alot of those work great for mechanical detailing too Polycaps (or Poly-unit, or poly-joints, or just plain old "joints") Whatever you want to call them, this is what I get asked about the most. These are mostly found in Gundam (and such) kits, and are the softer, rubber-like parts used to create the smooth, resiliant joint rotations. I use Kotobukiya's Poly Unit parts, which you can buy from HLJ, here: Kotobukiya Poly Unit . I feel Koto's poly's are very tough and hold a position much better than the typical Bandai Polycap.