It’s been a long while since I did anything resembling a kit review so I figured I’d have to put this one up as I’m just so baffled.
As a note, I’m on holiday. I wasn’t doing any modelling this holiday so purposely didn’t pack any. Which would of course lead us upto discovering that an awesome model shop was on our best walking route to town.
I couldn’t help it – I needed one. So given how when faced with racks and racks of kits I tend to dither way too much I asked my wife to pick me a starter set out, me thinking it would be enough to satisfy my itch.
She floored me a little by picking out a revell one instead of the wall of airfix is been looking at – I’d not really noticed the revell starters she found myself.
It’s either been way too long since I tried an out of the box starter level kit or revell have a strange way of doing starters.
I’ll go piece by piece here.
Two shades of grey and bright orange. Ok, this is a little of the bafflement factor, I’ll explain more later – but notice the decal sheet next to them, they have even provided r2d2’s dome markings as a decal.
I can’t stand them up in my usual pot at home- very strange! Reasonable base coat one end and the other feels more like a purposed drybrush.
Standard revell liquid glue in those pots with the needle spout, fr experience you have to be careful not to let the spout foul as its a bugger to clear. Otherwise not a bad glue.
I just haven’t had to use any….
Revell x-wing, 1:112 scale (I felt like crying looking at the rack, not a single Star Wars kit was the same scale – even the tie was 1:110! I mean it’s so bloody close they could have picked one! And what was wrong with using 1:100 or 1:144 that they use for other series?)
It’s mouldings are crisp, very little flash to deal with, and the detail is nice. The instructions are the first like it I’ve come across – full colour and quite clear assembly instructions (I was still going too fast clipping stuff out though and ended up doing detective work when I realised I’d got three not quite identical laser cannons off the sprue though!)
My one gripe with the kit instructions is as yet I’ve found no reference to the base grey white colour! It could be that they intend you to leave the bare plastic but I’ve got no intention of doing that.
Which nearly brings me back to the other ‘starter kit’ issue. The kit wants ten colours for the various detail sections. Remember the pic? Three. Yup – and the packaging obscured the back of the kit box so I didn’t see the ‘required paints’ bit.
Right. So far we’ve got a nice kit, with a funky brush, some glue I’ve not really needed as yet and three not really relevant paints out of the ten suggested.
So here it is so far:
Summary: I like it, but it’s gonna have to wait till I get home and settled to get back painting it!
I shall continue after I’ve done some more on it 🙂