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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...

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.

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.

Forbidden Planet Robbie the Robot

Published: January 1st, 2009     
Forbidden Planet Robbie the Robot
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Scale: 1/12
Company: Polar Lights

As a fan of 1950's movies and SciFi in general, I consider Robbie to be the most famous robot of all time. I wanted one for the collection. I also wanted to do one from his 1st appearance, which was in the 1956 MGM picture "Forbidden Planet." When this kit was first issued by Polar Lights, I missed the boat. So I was on it when Round2 Models brought back this classic! 

Inside the long Aurora-style box was approximately 50 parts including: a single part base, chrome sprue for the pieces and parts, clear parts for the voice area and head details, and several sprues of dark metallic gray parts. I started preparing to build by watching my copy of the movie and searching the Internet where I stumbled on this picture: 

This is one of the original movie posters and shows Robbie in a more spread leg position and carrying what is supposed to be Altaira. Better yet, Steve Iverson of Culttvman had a 2-part conversion set which included new legs and the lady already in scale to the robot - perfect! I purchased the sets which included a one-piece set for the legs and Altaira, which comes in two pieces. Available from CultTVMan: http://culttvman.com/main/

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