So here's a shot of my work station:
Tool caddy, paper towels, clamp base with magnifying glass, the two models I'm working on, and the actual work area with parts and my cutting tool box.I'm working on this model and finishing up the HD version of the MG Hyaku Shiki. All that's left on that is the final details of panel lining, decals, stickers, and dry transfers.
I took a queue from Ngee Khiong and decided to use paper boxes to organize the parts as I go with this model. This is a great idea! Don't know why I never thought of it.
All of the parts are placed into boxes labeled for different parts of the Gundam's body: head, torso, backpack, left and right arms, left and right legs, and weapons.
I took care to separate all of the parts from the sprues with the clippers and trimmed the excess plastic with an Exact-o knife. The only parts that I have actually assembled thus far were the forearms, the lower legs, and the upper torso, because they needed cementing to hide seam lines.
I had to check and re-check the finished model on the box to see which parts of the leg and arm were seamless and which parts still had the lines intact because they were part of the design. I have to say Bandai did a wonderful job of hiding the majority of seams on the Gundam itself.
After cementing only the segments that needed to by seamless (top of the torso only, most of the forearm and the front portion of the lower leg and a small section at the bottom of the calve and base of the leg on the back), I gave the areas a rough sand with a sanding stick.
Next up, sanding and sanding and sanding some more.