Giant guns just win. Period.
This was also the first in a line of me waiting for more complete versions of HG kits, which is why the Master Gundam + Fuunsaiki kit will be a day-one must on my list! Hopefully…
Part 1: MSN-00100 Hyaku-Shiki
Probably one of the more unique MS piloted by
I: Main Body
The model for this version, unlike the individual release, is not gold plated. I don’t know about you, but I honestly like it better without, as compared with the rest of the HGUC line, the plating comes off as rather distracting. Although, the shiny mustard color that it actually comes in also wasn’t desirable, either…
Hopefully these photos show it well enough, but I repainted the entirety of the gold parts in a coat of Testors Inca Gold Lacquer (Don’t let anyone tell you lacquers won’t work). It took almost 2 cans to do the whole thing. But for my first spray job, I think it was a success.
Head & Torso
The torso comes up very blue in these photos. However, it's really closer to a navy, but it's fine either way. Aside from the gold, not much painting for the torso, just the black panel gaps in a few places. The head required the visor to be gloss black (for that nice dark sheen) and the main camera my usual silver + clear green. I would have honestly used a sticker to rid myself of that hideous seam, however it didn't have one...
Also some work on the backpack/Ransel (two pictures up), mostly for the inner thrusters, which got dark red inner rims and flat black nozzle hollows.
The “Hyaku” (100) symbols come as the rub on decals (probably a throwback from the coated version). They applied nicely enough on the lacquered surface. Although I did have to touch up the left one with a little black paint.
The red inner parts of the thrsters and other things were done after the gold spray, so I didn't have much confidence to let the paint sit too long before rubbing off the excess with a wet Q-tip. most of the black was panel-lined in instead of flat black for better control. The elbow joint and part behind the forearm cables were painted in Testors Gunmetal, a perfect match to Hyaku-Shiki's base mechanical color.
Same thruster treatment as the arms and Ransel. Also painted the cable that runs down the back of the knee in the same dark red. Not a perfect match, but it does well as-is.
I always liked the look of the Hyaku-Shiki for it’s exposed mechanics. Definitely got some of Mamoru Nagano’s imprints on it.
The gold parts of the feet suffer from a noticeable gap. I chalk this up to the thinner plastic due to the removal of the gold plating it was originally molded to have.
Added at Qubeley's request, the simple three part construction attaches to the backpack. they can move a little. Simple, but they seemed like they were designed with a purpose that went unused.
Fairly basic rifle that’s almost like Rick Dias’ set. Save for the gold pipe along the top. This was also sprayed with the Inca Gold, whilst having the main gun taped to avoid unwanted coverage. Some still seeped through, however, so I was forced to repaint the gun at those parts. Luckily the Testors’ Gunmetal is an exact match.
Nothing really to note here (Besides in the Action Pose section). I painted the inner barrel and back exhaust vent flat black for depth.
The bazooka does clip nicely onto the Randsel, but not very stably. I suggest filing the space between the hooks on the bazooka to widen the gap, as it’s not enough to get around the bar in the backpack's slot.
I am SO glad these had no issues when I painted the hilts, as I did not want to paint the blades solid just because of leakage. Simple enough one-piece design.
There are hilts stored on the rear skirt armor. However due to my OCD, I adhered mine to the skirt (after the photos) so they’ll stay in position, as they just kinda float there. Usually, uneven.
III: Final Assembly
Given the full (base) armaments, it carries a very
IV: Action Poses
Not much you can do with the beam rifle, but it still looks decent. A definite sign of this kit's age is it's low posability.
However, this pose... I love. Can't remember if he ever did this in the series, however I loved it when you would see
And this is all you'll get out of the clay bazooka. Yet another bazooka hindered by the poor handle position.
Beam saber does well, however...
Since the original gimmick of this kit was the gold plating, it's articulation is largely horrible. They probably could have updated the design in a couple of places for this release, since they seem to want to avoid an HGUC Ver.2.0 line (Please don't kill my wallet that way T~T).
Part 2: Mega Bazooka Launcher
As stated several times above, the Mega Bazooka Launcher is, by FAR, the best reason to get this version over the original plated Hyaku-Shiki.
I: Closed Mode
Being a kit in-and-of itself, the MBL has a few parts (two runners worth)to build the beast, and is more color accurate than the Hyaku-Shiki itself. That's not to say that painting wasn't necessary, though.
The small verniers on the sides got a more basic red rimmed paint with black nozzles. The cables were also sprayed, to match the gold of the Hyaku-Shiki.
Unfortunately, due to them being a softer plastic, the paint didn't hold very well. But it's only noticeable when looking for it, so I'm not let down by the result.
The shock absorbers, I actually referenced the episode from Z Gundam, "Unidentified Mobile Suits," (Sorry, can't take screenshots) and they had them kind of a brown-ish color (Probably supposed to be fabric or cushioning). I made them to color-match the red on the Hyaku-Shiki to tie it closer, and I think it looks good. Better than basic blue, like the promo photos.
II: Open Mode
To prepare it for its weaponized version, a couple extra parts are needed.
First the display base.
This came molded in blue, however that was too blendy, and instead painted it Gunmetal to give it a nice neutral feel. I didn't bother with the little details, as there are too many and I think they would overwhelm the display.
The other is the foot brace.
Instead of making a small, fragile part extend, they gave us the ability to swap the compact one for the extended one. They both have notches at the connectors to stabilize themselves to the MBL.
Here are the steps, as follows:
1. Swap the condensed foot brace for the long one.
2. Extend the barrel (both parts).
3. Rotate the back end downward. You will have to open the vernier pack, handle covers at about the half way point to finish this step.
4. Extend the shock absorbers.
5. Extend the main camera.
6. Attach to the display base. The "clip" on the base will go around the polycap of the right-hand handle cover.
The full open version is much larger than most weapons included with a mobile suit (Dendrobium aside, again).
A view of the scope not easily seen in its closed mode. Painted the inside silver. The clear part was actually a decent green, and thus left it as-is.
The handles are kinda clever in that they open at the top to allow the hand to slide onto it, then the top covers the end to make it a solid handle. Probably since these hands might be a little too primitive to take apart over and over again.
I also forgot to state above, the red verniers on the handle covers were molded in gray.
No. That just will not do.
III: Hyaku-Shiki with the Mega Bazooka Launcher
While I would call this section "Action Poses II," that is not exactly possible without a lot of "outside" help. (See second-to-last picture)
Now that's a cannon! I can only remember the one usage from this "Bazooka" in the series, so if I'm wrong, let me know. But it definitely left an impression, despite missing with almost every shot its intended target.
The shock absorbers do a good job actually reaching the Hyaku-Shiki's torso, despite its own poor reach. The whole thing does center well.
And the foot can even reach the brace very well! I suppose being 4 years after the base kit's original launch, they had a product to build the MBL around. So we can be grateful for that. The pre-molded footprint in the base really helps hold Hyaku in place, too.
Back in closed mode, the cannon's still taller than the MS! There is a really awesome picture by Morishita Naochika that's kinda like this (but not). I tried to re-enact that here... Thanks alot, Nofancyhands McCantpose.
This was a pain in the ass to pose. As you can undoubtedly tell, I had to use two out of the three Tamashii Stages I have to set this up. And, in the process, missed one of the wings being uneven.
Anyway, love this pose!!
I never plan on getting the regular Hyaku-Shiki HGUC due to lack of interest, but I'll use this to rate it now, since the only difference is the coating.
While this version lacks the overly-shiny gold plating (a plus in my book) that leaves the plastic somewhat thinner and frail, the poor posability and bad color separation make this kit difficult to make look good compared to the at-the-time current kits.
The Hyaku-Shiki on its own: 2.5 out of 5
However, when you tack on a huge transforming gun using updated gunpla technology, even this lack-luster Hyaku can be worthy of
FINAL RATING: 4 OUT OF 5