Gaijin Gunpla

Normally, when I decide I want to modify a kit it involves painting most everything. Some kits I’ll leave the frame while painting the majority of the armour, while on others I’ll paint the frame a gun metal or metallic to draw attention to it, however with the MG Hyakushiki 2.0 that gold-coated armour is the big draw, so I thought it best to leave the frame very subdued. Any metallic colour I would use would go on the armour and not the frame which means the blue armour is a metallic blue:

The red parts a metallic red:

And gray parts around the torso sprayed with Gun Metal.

The frame, meanwhile, would be a combination of a Mr. Hobby military gray and Tamiya’s German Gray.

The difference is kind of hard to see from some angles.

(The pistons, of course, I painted Silver Leaf.)

Because I’m not painting armour and most of it is undergated, I gloss-coated the gold parts while still on the runner and the applied the markings.

I use a knife to put these on so I had to be very careful not to scratch that beautiful gold finish.





There was one piece of armour that I did paint. The antenna.

Note to everyone. The antenna is very fragile and will snap about midway. Luckily you’re given two in the kit when you only need one giving you a spare.

One area on this kit that I wanted to change was the red piping found on the backpack and the back of the knees.

I didn’t want that red contrasting with the frame and the red markings on the gold.

At first I considered using a spring like I did on the Musha Mk II.

But, as I’ve done that before, I thought I’d try something new. Like these cable parts from Kotobukiya. You can see them here.

I’ll need two sets.

As the backpack was already painted and assembled I decided I’d start their first.

I went with this cable.

One end fit perfectly where it was meant to go.

While the other end needed to be altered before it would fit into its spot.

Not too bad.

I’ve also painted those tiny thrusters as well.

One drawback to how I do things, mainly painting with spray cans outside, is that I am at the whim of the weather. Right now in Japan the rainy season has just started. While I managed to paint all the armour before it began the gray parts weren’t completed before the rain started failing. I did find a half day to get some spraying done and ran out and did as much as I could in a hurry but that left some areas undersprayed and obviously so. Ah well, no kit is perfect (well, no kit of mine anyway). Normally I’d go back and respray but I leave the country in a few days and wanted to get the Hyakushiki done before I left because I’ve got lots of kits in the backlog I want to get to upon my return.

With the armour parts as done as they are going to get I started putting the frame together.

As well as use the after-market cable parts on the back of the legs.

I didn’t mind the length when it came to the backpack but for the back of the knee the cable is too long. So I just cut it in half.


I did have to modify one end again.

Looks perfectly fine to me.

With that complete I can now assemble the frame in its entirety.









Now to cover that all up with the gorgeous gold armour.

Categories: Builds, Hyakushiki 2.0, MG

7 Responses so far.

  1. Tri says:

    Hi Syd, nice to see some modification. I just know that we can buy Spring and Cable parts separately. Have you ever came across any Spring and Cable parts that could fit on 1/144 scale before? My RG Zaku power cables are missing.

  2. Tri says:

    Hi Syd, nice to see some modification. I just know that we can buy Spring and Cable parts separately. Have you ever came across any Spring and Cable parts that could fit on 1/144 scale before? My RG Zaku power cables are missing.

  3. NageQ says:

    Hey just wondering about the gold armor parts. Since there are places that wasn’t undergated what are you going to do with those ugly nub marks, like the wing binders and the beam saber handles?

  4. Cian says:

    Hey Syd,

    Awesome job painting the kit!

    What kind (or brand) of gloss coat did you use on the gold parts?

  5. syd says:

    I just my old trustworthy friend Mr. Hobby Gloss.

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