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Star Wars Jedi Starfighter

Published: January 1st, 2009     
Star Wars Jedi Starfighter
Reviewed by: James Woody, IPMS# 33899
Company: AMT

Well now, AMT finally gets the 'Star Wars Revenge of the Sith(c)' models to the store shelves just in time for Christmas and after the movie is on DVD for your reference.  So what go you get with this new release?  You get 56 parts nicely molded in light gray plastic, 2 clear parts, 2 metal bars, decals and instructions.  The parts are bagged and the clear parts are double bagged in bubble wrap. 

What you don't get is any painting or decal placement information in the instructions, even though the instructions do list 11 different paint color call outs.  The other thing that you don't get is any information on this kit, for example, in two different places (one for the cockpit and the other for the moveable wing panels) you are given optional part selection without any information about which Eta-2 Jedi Starfighter had which options, so you had better take good notes when you are watching the movie.

USS Enterprise NCC 1701 Refit

Published: January 1st, 2009     
USS Enterprise NCC 1701 Refit
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/350
Company: Polar Lights

The first thing that you will notice, even before opening the box, is that this is a big model! The box measured at about 17 inches on each side and is five inches deep, weighing in about just less than five pounds. Opening the box one of the things that draws the eye is the saucer. The saucer, which is about 16.5 inches in diameter, weighs in at just less than 2 pounds. For the math challenged among us, that equates to a saucer circumference of just less than 52 inches. As a reference, a standard NBA basketball hoop has a diameter of 18 inches. Each engine pod is about 17 inches long. The model will take up an estimated vertical displacement of about 10 inches. Okay, it's big. It's heavy.

Star Wars Snow Speeder

Published: January 1st, 2009     
Star Wars Snow Speeder
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Scale: 1/48
Company: Fine Molds

In the Box 

Eighty-three parts, including those for the two pilot figures and the display base, are located on the five part sprues. The glazing for the canopy consists of two clear parts. The canopy framing consists of two parts into which the glazing fits. The parts are, with only a few exceptions, without flash, and are held in place at small attachment points that will require very little clean up.

Kit Instructions 

The instructions include both Japanese and English text but neither is required. The illustrations are clearly drawn and easy to interpret. Gunze is the paint of choice and all color references are for Gunze products. 

Decals 

The decal sheet contains markings for two different "squadrons". One set features "gray" markings while the second version features "orange" markings. An interesting feature is that the decals have small clear areas simulating chipped paint and weathering. 

X-Wing Fighter

Published: January 1st, 2009     
X-Wing Fighter
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr, IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Fine Molds

Is there anybody on earth that hasn't heard of Star Wars? Released in 1977, the George Lucas film changed the genre of Sci-Fi forever. One of the biggest stars of the show was the Incom Corporation T-65 X-Wing Space Superiority Fighter, or just X-Wing for short. When flown by the infamous Red Squadron, the X-Wing was able to fight its way to the Death Star and "then maneuver straight down this trench" and launch a proton torpedo and destroy the Death Star. This specific movie event solidified the X-Wing's place in history, or at least in the mind of this young 15 year old boy.

Painting Masks and Decals for NASA Space Shuttle

Published: January 1st, 2009     
Painting Masks and Decals for NASA Space Shuttle
Reviewed by: Don Matthys, IPMS# 32708
Scale: 1/144
Company: Cutting Edge

  • Masks - CEBM44002 - $9.99 USD
  • Decals - CED44002 - $18.99 USD

The Masks

Here is one good idea from a company called Cutting Edge, a part of Meteor Productions.  These are pre-cut painting masks for painting the orbital stage of the NASA space shuttle.  Cutting Edge has released two sets, in 1/144 and 1/72 scales, both good for the models made by Academy/Minicraft and Monogram.

These "Black Magic" masks consisted of slightly kiss cut black vinyl.  They are very flexible and self adhesive.  The mask patterns conform to the models color breaks, panel lines and over contours.  Thus it saves the time and trouble of making your own masks and friskets.

I wanted to try these out right away so I will use the Academy/Minicraft 1/144 Space Shuttle stack.  Most all of the assembly of the model is per instructions.  With the exception of using Meteor Productions resin replacements for the orbiter main engines and the camera mount now fitted to the existing fleet of orbiters.  All this is done to the point of painting.

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