Hello there, it's been awhile. Though I've had more than a few experiences with model kits since I was a kid and growing up, I'd like to consider this as my start in "serious" Gunpla building. Back then we didn't have those cool paint markers, or panel pens and kits didn't normally snap on (we used those horrible cements that if mishandled, would glue your fingers like modern day super glue), we used nail cutters or just plain cutters to get our plastic parts separated from the sprue and availability was not as prevalent today.
Which brings me to my first project (since I passed my MG zeta to a friend) and have more or less the basic tools and pens for the job. The HG Gundam Double X (1/144).