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Your Two Cents: Republic Star Destroyer

The following are reader's opinions of the Republic Star Destroyer made by Revell (Germany).

Reviewer   Harald Rotter
Date Reviewed   Jun 23, 2005
Overall Rating       Well worth getting.
Comments This kit is well thought-out - parts meet on panel lines, everything fits fine, and detail is sharp. What a difference to the old AMT/Ertl ISD! When you get ready to put the sidewalls into the lower fuselage, you instinctively reach for file and sandpaper, only to realize after a few minutes that everything is in place and there was no need to adjust the fit of anything. And when you dry-fit the upper fuselage, it is difficult to get if off again, so good is the fit. The kit looks great as completed, and there is still ample room for superdetailers. I'm quite sure though there will be no resin sidewalls for this one : )

Trying to think of any criticism (and I feel like a nitpicker saying this): there is no inside detail to the engines (no flameholders or the like), and nozzle detail is a little coarse. BTW, it is possible to change the construction sequence and leave off the engines for easier spraying. If you do that, glue parts [37] and [38] to the back wall [36] before you glue the back wall to the lower fuselage.

Another great kit from Revell of Germany. May the Force stay with them.

Reviewer   Mark Laiman
Date Reviewed   Jan 1, 2001
Overall Rating       Well worth getting.
Comments I got this kit for fathers day and its definately worth having. Overall the detail is crisp and accurate. The fit is excellent, with virtually no flash or seamlines. Those that were there were in places where it was easy to clean up and fill. The kit went together easily, and as stated in a previous review the engines can be left off to make painting easier.

There are a few minor niggles. Draft angle errors on the engines caused by the simple two part casting. Minor sinkholes on the engine nozzles. A lack of detail on the front of the conning tower sides (lack of windows), and the most glaring of all the bridge windows. On the conning tower you will find all of the windows recessed and looking good, on the bridge you'll find them raised with raised partitions. These look bloody awful and I will be cutting mine out. Also watch out for an error with the secondary engines. The instructions, and the locating pins will get you to put them on upside down compared to the box photo! Simply trim off the inner pins and stick em on the right way round.

Reviewer   Chris Hewes
Date Reviewed   Jul 19, 2005
Overall Rating       Well worth getting.
Comments Impressive.....Most Impressive, as Lord Vader would say. The overall fit and finish of this product should be used as a template should AMT ever wish to produce more Star Wars kits in the future. The assembly and painting process was eased by clear and consise instructions and diagrams and best of all the finished product produces very few seams Revell Germany has done it again! Now if they could only get the licence for a 30 to 35" Imperial Class destroyer to give it company on my shelf....

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