by: Lance Mertz [ ]
It is an out of print kit from a discontinued TV series, but if you liked the show and its follow-on movies as much as I did you will love this kit. It is 1/72nd scale and larger than I thought, given that, but then we never got good scaling pictures in the shows. The figure is nothing special, but it works fine and paints up nice. Most of the decals for the figure were a waste of time as far as I was concerned, so I painted it and used two decals. You can build several versions, including the Presidential Escort, Black Omega, Sea Witch, Ivanova’s ship or a Standard Sea Fury Fighter. Decals come for all of these, along with paint schemes. The decals were clear and went on well with some decal set. Complete painting instructions for each version are included.
Building and Base Paint
The kit fits well and goes together quickly and fit well. There was only one seam I thought may need some fill, but it worked out. I did not fill or sand the engine nacelle seams as they looked fine until I had it painted. Live and learn. After priming gray I sprayed the kit with a Apple Barrel Colors Country Gray, a nice, neutral gray, costing about $.48 a 2 oz bottle. I am using a lot of the craft acrylics now and after mixing it 50/50 with distilled water I got a great consistency and coverage. In addition to this, I detailed up the cockpit a little with some paint, including black on the seat and red and black accents. I masked and painted the canopy separately. The kit plans and pictures did not show any different colors on the engines, but I decided to use a Games Workshop color called “Tin Bitz” that is like a dark copper to dress them a little. This gave them a burnt metal look at the exhausts. I then drilled out the guns, since there were no openings and painted the guns gun metal, making the muzzles looking burnt black.
Decals and the Wash
After letting it dry I applied the decals for Ivanova’s ship, as she was my favorite and the decal was cool. They went on well using some Testors Decal Set. This ship was a combat ship, not a hangar queen, so I let the decals dry and used some burnt umber and black oils and did some heavy washing to give it that “lived-in” look, concentrating around the engines. It dressed up nicely, brought out the panel lines and “character” of the ship.
The finished kit is a nice addition to the sci-fi model maker’s collection, if you can find it, that is. I got this one and my Babylon 5 Station kit off Ebay over a year ago.Build time was under 6 hours total, including painting and decals. I would watch the final fit on the engine nacelles and rear panel, but other than that it was a very nice build. I would rate it an 8 or 9 out of 10.
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