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Fine Molds 1/72 X-Wing and TIE Fighter???
Knuckles
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Oregon, United States
Joined: March 09, 2017
KitMaker: 525 posts
ModelGeek: 26 posts
Posted: Monday, March 20, 2017 - 04:34 AM GMT+7
Good day, Geeks.

I just bought a set of these Fine Molds 1/72 Star Wars ships. I've never built a Fine Molds kit before and have no idea what to expect. I was going to pick up one of the Bandai 1/48 kits, but the 1/72 is more my speed, and will fit in my daughter's room better.

A couple of questions for you pros, then: I got both kits for $65 shipped. Is this a good deal, or did I get robbed? And second: Are they good kits? I'm looking at building them both worn and weary, and will be posed in a dogfight suspended on fishing line from her ceiling in her bedroom.

I appreciate the knowledge, and I'll share the results when I get them done!

russamotto
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Utah, United States
Joined: December 14, 2007
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ModelGeek: 61 posts
Posted: Monday, March 20, 2017 - 04:50 AM GMT+7
I haven't built the Fine Molds kits but my understanding was they were the best available. I have built the Bandai in that scale and they are great. The price you paid is pretty good as the Fine Molds kits can be pricey. When they arrive, show us what you got in the box.
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MODELGEEK
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Scotland, United Kingdom
Joined: June 08, 2015
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Posted: Monday, March 20, 2017 - 10:37 AM GMT+7
They're exceptional kits, no fit issues with clear and concise instructions (I've built the Tie fighter and interceptor)
edklingon
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Joined: October 11, 2010
KitMaker: 165 posts
ModelGeek: 6 posts
Posted: Monday, June 12, 2017 - 10:43 PM GMT+7
Expect the best! Those kits are superb enginery pieces.
Lakota
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New Mexico, United States
Joined: November 17, 2008
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Posted: Monday, June 12, 2017 - 11:47 PM GMT+7
I built the TIE fighter for SciFi II. It's an excellent kit. I had to get used to the idea of the panels just snapping onto the body. If I ever run across them at a swap meet I'm snapping up the Fine Molds kits. I bought mine for $25 at a swap meet so it sounds like you got a good deal. The TIE fighter is a small kit for the money but worth it IMHO.
Have fun.
Don "Lakota"
MLD
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Vermont, United States
Joined: July 21, 2002
KitMaker: 3,173 posts
ModelGeek: 735 posts
Posted: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 12:52 AM GMT+7
What everyone else said. They are superbly engineered kits.

There was a translation to English of the instructions for the X-wing still up on the HLJ page even though the kit is discontinued.
https://hlj.com/product/FNMSW-01
Nothing earth-shattering, but some useful stuff about which set of markings went with which build.

I don't think they did the translation for the Tie fighter.
Vodnik
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Warszawa, Poland
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Posted: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 01:46 AM GMT+7

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I just bought a set of these Fine Molds 1/72 Star Wars ships. I've never built a Fine Molds kit before and have no idea what to expect. I was going to pick up one of the Bandai 1/48 kits, but the 1/72 is more my speed, and will fit in my daughter's room better.


I know the original post is a few months old, but I would like to clear away some confusion. Bandai never made 1/48 TIE Fighter. They only made 1/48 X-Wing and it is a "motorized" kit with lighting set and other gimmicks. The only other Star Wars 1/48 kits from Bandai are Snowspeeder and AT-ST walker.

Bandai also sells 1/72 kits of TIE Fighter (in many variants) and X-Wing (both original trilogy and Episode VII variants). These kits are superior to Fine Molds - more detailed and more accurate to the studio models. Also they are more correctly scaled, as FM kits are not truly 1/72.