Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

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.

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.

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/

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.

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.