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By John Lester - images & text © 2002

Scale: N/A
Parts: Number varies - injection molded styrene
Instructions: N/A
Decals: Waterslide decals are part of the range
Molding Quality: 9 - very crisp
Detail: 8 - a bit soft on some parts, but generally quite good
Accuracy: N/A
MSRP: 350 JPY (average) [$ 2.70 USD (~ 3.00 EUR)] available from HobbyLink Japan
Overall Rating: 8 - Great for detailing a wide range of models

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Image: "Z Vernier #3" exhausts

Image: "U Vernier" square details


Japan's Wave corporation is much smaller than BanDai and Tamiya, but quite nearly their equal in terms of quality of kits. In addition to their excellent mecha kits, they produce a full line of detailing accessories called the Option System. This line includes all manner of parts, from springs to decals to a wide assortment of styrene shapes. Intended to "dress up" mecha kits, they're usefull for all manner of other sci-fi models.

What You Get

Each set comes in a small bag with a cardboard backing. The styrene detail sets reviewed averaged 16-20 parts per package. Molding is crisp with no flash or other flaws. Most of the parts around 1/4" - 3/8" (0.6 - 1.0 cm) in size. Detail on the pieces is a bit soft, but quite useable.

A catalog is available that details what parts, decals, bases and other assorted accessories are available. Text is all in Japanese, but the pictures are sufficient to show what each set contains. At just $6 US, it's a worthwhile reference if you find these parts useful.

Conclusions

The sets I've obtained so far (quite a bit more than are pictured here) have been quite handy for fleshing out details on various kitbashed and scratchbuilt projects. I highly recommend 'em.


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