Kits

Reviews of scale model kits.

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...

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/

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.