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Star Wars Corporate Alliance Droid

Published: April 14th, 2009     
Star Wars Corporate Alliance Droid
Reviewed by: James Woody, IPMS# 33899
Company: AMT

All right, a new Star Wars kit.  AMT has finally released the Corporate Alliance Droid from the Revenge of the Sith(c).  This kit features 37 parts molded in light gray plastic and instructions.  There are no decals or painting instructions provided with this kit, even though the instructions call out 11 different colors of paint.

The molding is fairly sharp with some ejector pin marks and mold separation lines.  One part has the Lucasfilm copyright marking right were it will be seen, rather than on the inside of a part.  The tracks are molded in one piece with separation lines down the middle and mold stubs all over the inside that will require some careful cutting to remove.

Overall this is a welcome kit from the Star Wars universe and with a little research on painting should make up into a very nice model.

(c) 2005 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All rights reserved.

Millennium Falcon

Published: February 6th, 2009     
Millennium Falcon
Reviewed by: James Woody, IPMS# 33899
Scale: 1/72
Company: Fine Molds

What can I say about this new model kit except WOW.  The box is a whopping 17.75" x 27.75" x 4".  Inside the box there is 16 part trees, a poly bag of screws and poly caps, decals, and a 24 page instruction booklet.  The instruction booklet has 34 steps with options to build the Falcon from either Episode 4 or 5, because you get figures of Han, Chewie, Luke, Leia, C3P0, and Obi-Wan seated (for display in flight on the display stand) or of Leia, Luke, Han, and Sandtroopers standing with weapons.  You get a paint and decal placement chart that is the size of the box, and a second sheet that has color photos of the filming prop.

The molding it top notch with only few ejector pin marks.  The parts were all protected inside three parts boxes and all the trees were inside poly bags.  This kit looks to be one of the best that I have seen this year.  It is a very welcome release for those of us who like the Star Wars movies and hated that the kits were in odd scales.  With this kit you can now do that Hoth ice hanger diorama that you have always wanted to do...

Ferrari 126C2 - Long Beach 1982 - Part 1

Published: January 1st, 2009     
Ferrari 126C2 - Long Beach 1982 - Part 1
Reviewed by: Jack Kennedy, IPMS# 12511
Scale: 1/20
Company: Fujimi

This kit is Fujimi's second 1:20 scale Formula One Grand Prix racer. Their first was also a Ferrari 126C2 but from a different race in 1982. This particular car ran at the U.S. Grand Prix held at Long Beach, CA. The thing that makes this car different is the rear wing.

The G.P. at Long Beach required a high down force wing for the street circuit. The rules at the time stated that any piece of bodywork (wings included) behind the rear axle could be a maximum of 110cm wide but did not specify that this be measured from the center of the car, so Ferrari fitted two individual wings, one slightly ahead of the other, each 110cm. In the race Gilles Villenueve finished 3rd on the road but the race stewards later declared that this wing was illegal and the results didn't stand.

At first look, I was very impressed with the detail of the parts and the vast number of them. This looks like it will be an easy build. The instructions are very well illustrated and numbered so I don't foresee any problems with any part of the build. The decals are very sharp and crisp and include all the markings that were on the real car.

Ferrari 126C2 - Long Beach 1982 - Part 2

Published: January 1st, 2009     
Ferrari 126C2 - Long Beach 1982 - Part 2
Reviewed by: Jack Kennedy, IPMS# 12511
Scale: 1/20
Company: Fujimi

When I wrote the first part of this review, I briefly outlined the story behind this unusual race car. In this part I'll actually build the kit.

Upon opening the box I found 144 parts. All molded very crisply with fine detail. I didn't follow the instructions step by step as I was anxious to build the engine. This consisted of 44 parts. Assembly went very quickly with a terrific fit on all parts. Basically no cleanup was needed. When completed I primed it with Duplicolor Automotive light grey primer and then airbrushed with Duplicolor Silver. When this was dry, I gave the engine dark washes and a light drybrushing with bright silver. This really popped out the detail.

I think the engine is a standout on its own. I airbrushed the sub assemblies for the chassis and suspension with Model Master Flat Black and Silver. The assembly of the chassis was very simple and all parts fit nicely. The suspension was a bit tricky to get all lined up properly but with a little patience and trial fitting it all went together. I used CA glue on some of the parts that would require a solid hold and Tenax for the rest.

Space Shuttle Egg Plane

Published: January 1st, 2009     
Space Shuttle Egg Plane
Reviewed by: John R. Lee, IPMS# 11172
Company: Hasegawa

I was happy to see Hasegawa reissue these kits as I have several of the "Eggplanes" but not some of the re-releases. The kit comes in a sturdy top opening box - great for holding the parts as you work on the model. There are thirteen White, Eleven Black plastic parts and one crystal clear windshield and with a colorful decal sheet with the names of three different shuttles. The canopy is loose in the box allowing it to be scratched up a bit, but a little polishing and a dip in Future took care of that problem. Some of the parts were also scratched but nothing a little polishing and painting would take care of. One thing about these re-releases is that Hasegawa have eliminated the bases that were in the original issue. This kit no longer has the clear Blue half earth base and the wire to support the shuttle above it, see picture. Missing from the kit I received was the wire that goes from the shuttle bay load to the Astronaut that is shown in the instructions.

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