Available from Hobbylink Japan (http://www.hlj.com/product/FNMSW-16/Sci)
A small kit with a big heart…. That’s true enough.
I cannot stress enough how much detail has been squeezed into the castings on this kit, and though I have been making models for a long time indeed, it still amazes me how intensely detailed this is – and other Fine Molds kits are.
Such simplicity, eh? So much awesome and evil concentrated on such a small seat. However, let’s add a few more bits and see how she looks.
The inner cockpit closely replicates the film design, and sits inside an ingenious shell, which – when taken with the clear front screen and slats in the upper dome, allow a clear sight of the Dark Lord of the Sith as he goes about his business.
Speaking of the canopies, they are cast in clear plastic, and the kit comes supplied with sticky-backed masks to make painting these important elements all the easier.
Here you can really see the detail in the tiny fuselage as it comes together. From fuel lines to access panels, all elements are cast with incredible eyes for the source – not surprising when one considers that Fine Molds was able to consult studio props in the creation of their own masters.
And with the iconic ‘wings’ added, the ship is taking shape properly. I do not think I have been so pleased by such a small kit before. Fine Molds has really knocked it out of the trench with this one….
And here is how she looks painted up.
With so much detail, the process of painting was simple indeed. With a base coat of a neutral grey, all that was required to bring the model up to a near finish was a black wash and a series of light dry brushes. All the relief on the various surfaces breaks up the light admirably, and makes the kit seem much more than the drab grey thing which, in reality, it is.
I am impressed…. A wonderful version of one of film’s true icons.
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