i began my road to OTAKUdom long ago, as a young teen back in the early/mid-1990s, by proxy of leftover 1980’s Paint-and-Glue Anime Mecha model kits.
around 1997, i took my first major leap forward thanks to my first GUNDAM-related kit,
with multi-color molding, press-fit assembly and extensively-polycapped joints, it was a quantum leap
beyond the standard no-frills plastic model fare i was used to up to that point.
around 1998, i got my first MASTER GRADE series GUNDAM kit, and from there i scarcely looked back.
my most recent kits, -just finished in late 2019- are also my most thoroughly satisfying.
2001 BANDAI MG MSZ-006A1 and MSZ-006C1, from 1988 ZETA GUNDAM side-story GUNDAM SENTINEL;