Jumped right into the Hyaku-shiki after finishing the Zeta Gundam kit. As mentioned by Lupes, the Hyaku-shiki is a very fast build. This makes sense as this kit is several years old, and was released simply with a new coat of paint (literally). I find the coloring to be excellent on the kit though, that I think pictures really can’t do justice. Good points about this kit is that about 95% of the gold parts are connected to the runners by undergates, which basically means you can snip them from the runner without fear of sprue nubs. This is incredibly good because as this is an extra finish version, if you damage gold parts you get the crappy yellow/brown color underneath, that stands out. Of course there are still 5% of those gold parts that aren’t undergates, but the kit is engineered so that they aren’t visible or hidden by other pieces.
Other than that, the internal frame is basic compared to the MG’s that are released now. This is noticable especially with the hands, and the fact that some parts have too tight a fit, but in a way, helps to make it a quick build. The seals/decals were easy to put on, but as I mentioned with the HD version of Zeta Gundam, the HD waterslides are for the most part really shoddy. This time around though, I picked up some Mr. Mark Setter, which helped out much more than Mr. Mark Softer on the HD waterslides. I actually screwed up the regular 百 seal on the left shoulder so ended up using the HD 百 seal instead. Other than that, I used a black Gundam Marker panel line marker in a few areas.
Overall, while the internal frame is basic, the new shine and quick build makes for a great kit, and you can’t go wrong with it. Highly worth your while.
Check out below for my pics, but I would suggest checking out Lupes review as he finished building it just recently and took some excellent pictures. One thing to note in my gallery is that I broke out my Gundam Mk II along with Zeta Gundam to finish up the AEUG “Gundam” lineup. Take a look below.