The postman made the Kessel Run in about 12 parsecs and brought me my 2 plastic Fine Molds kits today. They were on my porch at lunch (early!). These will be my first FM builds. I've only ever read good things about them, so here's to hoping they were worth the $70 (many Bothans died to bring us this information).
I'll be building these (before August) for my daughter's B-day. We'll hang them in her room in a space-dogfight. I imagine she'll be pretty darned stoked.
The boxes are nice and pretty, and the box dates say 2004, and the fret dates say 2002. Both kits arrived to me with the frets in the bags with no damage or wear evident.
I was immediately reminded that I do not speak nor read Japanese. This may be a hindrance surrounding all of the side-text and what not in the instructions, but thankfully the parts are shown clearly and the assembly pictographs are easy enough to follow.
The decals look amazing, and the clear parts are sharp and free of distortion. The X-Wing has a decal for the canopy frame, and the TIE Fighter has a nice mask. There are no PE parts included, but the X-Wing does have some poly caps.
Both include a simple stand, although I won't be using either of them. Both kits also include nicely detailed figures, each with a seated pilot (of which I'll be using). The TIE Fighter has 2 standing stormtroopers, and the X-Wing has a standing pilot.
The detail is overall impressive. For a 1/72 kit, they packed an amazing amount of things into it. The one complaint I have after initial inspection are the panel lines on the X-Wing. They are very faint, and will assuredly get the business with my scribing tool to improve the detail.
With all of the detail on these, the painting and weathering will be the true test of my modelling mettle. I've never done a sci-fi kit, but between the dozens of aircraft and tanks I've done, I think I can pull some techniques from both genres to add to this build.
Is this right?
I will cut you--deep and slow.
Amazing 1/72 detail. You can make out the original Panther fans ILM used
And the Sherman turret
There's a pair of these frets
Still no clue...
The solar panels are deigned to paint separately, so you can sandwich the panels between the frames--easy painting!
Again--this is 1/72 detail!
A close up of the solar panel surface (I want to find a finish that will give me a rainbow reflective sheen to spray over the black)
That's what's in the box(es)! I'll be building these and taking my time about it over the next couple of months. I'll post my progress, and we can see how they turn out.