Most helpful positive review
Miny Starfighter that builds well.
on 13 July 2014
As with just about every glue less snap fit model kit in existence I have built to date, these Revell Star Wars Easy Kits conform to the same basic principle, that being, they really need to be glued. The snap fit idea has been around for years, and in theory it was designed for the younger builders so they would not get covered in glue. Next came the pre-painted kits so as youngsters would not get covered in paint. I'm maybe sounding like my Father now, but when I was a kid in the mid 70's, that was half the fun and it never hurt me or the generations of builders before me.
Revell have taken over where Airfix and AMT / ERTL finished in the early 2000's with their snap fit, pre-painted Star Wars kit range from the prequel and original trilogy. Most of the vehicles that are available can be found in a larger and smaller "pocket" scale covering both periods of Star Wars history. There are a few in a bigger scale that cost in the region of £20 - £40 but what we are concerned with here are the much smaller pocket kits, I'm not sure on exact scale here, but I would guess this is in the area of 1:72?
The kit comes in a small white card box that is covered in a shiny foil heat sealed wrapper that one rips open. The contents are an instruction sheet and bagged sprues with clear parts. As stated the premise it to simply pull the parts of the sprues, push them together in sequence and hey presto! A completed Jedi Starfighter! That is the theory, and for a wee nipper who just wants to knock one up to hang from the ceiling as there is no stand supplied, then it's does the job, but a youngster would find it quite hard to apply the levels of coordination and finger strength needed to push these parts together.
As a seasoned and somewhat grizzled older model builder I took one look at the snap fit and decided to glue it all in place. I was tempted to remove all the locating pins but since they add much needed strength, I simply sand the pins down so they glide together in the holes. Test fitting is important too as there is one occasion where four separate parts have to be glued together at once in the cockpit region that contains the two egg shaped halves, the circular window, the opening canopy and the rear engine bay. These parts are delicate and would probably brake with the force needed for snap fit. Altered in this way, the kit goes together really well and seams that would ordinarily show are taken care off with some small sanding. The wings are positionable too so it's up to you if you leave them movable or stick them in place. The pilot, in this case Obi-Wan-Kenobi, is moulded from a softer material and is easily placed in the cockpit seat after removing the locating pin and glueing him in. Detail and paint applications on the figure are really quite nice considering and the figure sets the ships off well.
Once built you get a pretty nice looking kit that is only let down in my and most other kit fans buy the paint applications being on the basic side. All the markings are there and the basic schemes, but there is no base colour as the kit is moulded in coloured plastic that gives it a naked feel. I would recommend a repaint and importantly, weathering to really bring all of these Star Wars kits to life as it is really the one important thing they are missing.
Not many criticisms here, some helpful pointers maybe but I have to say that with a little extra work, these kits polish up well, the look and proportionality of them is very good, the parts fit after a little alteration is excellent which leads me to think that if these were glue up kits they would go together wonderfully. On the other hand I'm sure that pre-painted and snap fit takes the very creative heart out of model making as it is the whole process of learning to improve what you do that is the fun of model building. Please could we have regular models of these ships?