Runners are the what the parts are molded on. Like a sheet of parts.
Gundam models aren't that expensive, well Perfect Grade models can be hundreds, but most of the time they are around $50 or lower. www.hobbywave.com and http://www.gundamplanet.com are good sites to get models from. I do most of my shopping from them. I would recommend getting a Gundam Lining Marker for detailing your model, as seen here. When detailed with this marker, your models will look a lot better.
MG's are nice because of how detailed they are and how much you can pose them, plus they don't need a lot of paint. I highly recommend the MG models over HG. Plus newer MG models are a lot more articulated and can be used with Bandai's Action Base, which is used for posing in the air. That is the stand you see in the picture of the Freedom Gundam.
MG's aren't hard at all. They just snap together without glue. They can take about 4-5 hours to build in one sitting though. MG's are a nice challenge and are about 7 inches tall once completed. 1/144 models are about 3-4" tall.
I own the 1/144 00 Raiser Gundam that you linked and it's a cool kit for sure. I picked it up today but have not finished it yet. Let me snap a picture of it for ya.
Wow thanks!! What are ....runners? Would it be easy to build? Where can I buy these actually good high quality one's in America?
So CHEAP! I was expecting hundreds...I want one now!
I don't want to paint. Should I just get a MG grade? I can build most things. Would I be able to build it?
Amazon looks good right?
i don't get it? I see stands...so are they on stands or free standing? Or both?
Ever since my school days and my first foray into Gundam (interestingly Gundam Wing too) I've always been very interested in these. I finally bought one back in the day, and I always thought that HG is the more appropriate one for starters and amateurs, frankly based on price. Never thought of it this way.