At first, I thought "I'd never want to build one of those bling-tastic metallic-coated models, no, not I." I began to watch Zeta Gundam, and before long found myself fascinated with that "rather bright" Hyaku Shiki. But if it was so shiny that even Char I-used-to-pilot-a-pink-Zaku Aznable thought it was a bit much, certainly there'd be no way I'd be interested, no, not I. Besides, with that metallic coating, the clip marks would be absolutely atrocious, and impossible to hide. Then I found floating around on the net the comment of one of the top mechanical engineers to the effect that he regarded this Hyaku Shiki as the most gorgeous Master Grade kit — for it was the first and only one specially designed such that none of the clip points are visible after assembly.
A gleaming, golden spark was struck in my flinty heart.
This kit was quite satisfying, despite being a relatively older model in the Master Grade line. The whole model comes together quite nicely, poses well, and looks lovely. While indeed the clip marks on the gold parts aren't completely invisible, having the connection points molded so as to not be on the outer surface of the pieces where possible made a big difference. That's a feature that any kit would benefit from, and it'd be great if Bandai made it standard.
The biggest problem with the model on the whole is the fit of certain pieces. Some of the parts, notably in the forearm and the backpack, just didn't come together very closely. No doubt this is due to my negligence, but I've never had the same problem with the other MG models I've built so far. Fortunately, this issue was a minor one, and otherwise I've basically got no complaints.
I noted the odd minimally articulate hands above, and indeed it turns out they hold the Type 100's weapons fairly well, and don't look half bad. The bazooka is a bit unwieldy, but tucks under the arm without too much difficulty.
Brute that I am, I managed to snap the barrel off the beam rifle, and subsequently discovered my glue had all dried up, so that weapon won't be seen for awhile.
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