|The following are reader's opinions of the USS Equinox made by Starcrafts.|
|Date Reviewed||May 12, 2003|
|Overall Rating||Average. Get it if on sale or you love the subject.|
|Comments||I got Starcraft's "Nova Class Starship" on sale from the departing John F. Green distributor. (I think sale is too generous a term, by the way.)
Oddly enough, the nacelles on my example are perfectly straight. There is also little flash. Mold lines are present along the pylon edges and midships on the engineering section, but they're modest and don't infringe on real detail.
Unfortunately, much detail is marred with open air bubbles. Lights, phaser strips, lifeboat covers, and even just plain flat stretches of hull are riddles with small gaps. There are a couple of notable gaps in the framework around the Bussard scoops, on both nacelles. Both pylons have multiple pinholes in their rib-like sections, and one rib is completely gone.
Another problem is the thickness of resin in several places. The aforementioned ribbed pylon sections, the hull in front of the smaller deflector dish, the projecting lip of the hanger bay, and the fins on both nacelles are all paper-thin, making clean-up dicey at best. The relatively small scale has something to do with this, of course, but I'm still going to coat those areas with a layer of thin super glue.
Overall, the kit's engineered well. I just wish there'd been more care in the execution.
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