Saturday, May 8, 2010

Meaning of the Symbols Found in a Kotobukiya kit’s English Manual

Was hoping to translate the symbols found in their model kit manuals but haven't found any scans of good manuals till I found the one from Dalong.

If you are looking for the meaning of the symbols found in a Bandai plastic model kit's manual, check out this older post.

Kotobukiya makes great model kits. Notable for me are their Armored Core and Zoids line. They also make excellent add-ons/detail up parts for the scratch builder. They also make option kits for diorama detailing that include such things as bases, vehicles and support craft. Well that's just naming a few as there are more products made by them related to modelling.

Insert/Inlay the part
Insert/Inlay the part

Firmly/Strongly Insert the part
Firmly/Strongly Insert the part

orientation of the part
Be careful / Take Note of the orientation of the part

Be careful to not damage
Be careful to not damage/break/cut off the part

no distinction between up and down
Part has no distinction between up and down. This usually means that the part looks and can be used the same either upright or upside down.

Use of Pinset
Use of Pinset/Tweezers is recommended

Use of glue
Use of glue/adhesive is recommended

Use of glue/adhesive is recommended
Use of glue/adhesive is recommended

cutoff Tear Off the part
Cut Off/ Tear Off the part

Option is presented to choose
Option is presented to choose. Usually which part or configuration to install between 2 or more options presented.

Left-Right Selection
Left-Right Selection/Option

number of copies of the part has to be assembled
Number of times to build. Usually means that a number of copies of the part has to be assembled.

order of the part for insertion
The number inside the box depicts the order of the part for insertion/inlaying during assembly

movement one should follow
Direction Arrow Orientation to move the part. This usually means that this is the movement one should follow for the part.

cut off the gates found at the bottom of the part.
Cut off the gates found at the bottom of the part. This means to cut off the excess gate found at the bottom of the part that are left behind when you cut it off from the runner. Similar to under gates in Bandai kits where the gates are connected to the underside of the part to give it a cleaner finish.