By Jim James - images & text © 2009
Image: Second sprue
Image: Big hole where the stand fits in
^ Anakin's, assembled
Image: Canopy open
Image: Front/rigt view, on stand
Image: Port and starboard
A few months after Revell-Germany released them in Europe, Revell USA has released two versions of the Clone Wars version of the Jedi Starfighter - Anakin's yellow ride and Obi-Wan's red one. Both kits are identical structurally (different pilot figures, of course) but the pre-painting is different.
What You Get
Inside the box are three sprues, nicely pre-painted except for the fact that someone who has no idea what weathering is has streaked grey paint over most of the parts - although not, for some strange reason, the engines and the landing gear. On the sprues are 31 nicely molded parts with a fair amount of detail. The canopy has the fin pre-painted and is very clear.
The figures (at least Obi-Wan is) are nice representations of the cartoon counterparts although they might be too small. They're also made from Revell's favorite rubber - which pretty much eliminates any idea of customizing the figure.
There's a nice stand for a change but the mounting point on the model is a rather large dimple and slot. Makes it nice and stable but ruins the looks of the model if you don't want to use the stand. Landing gear is also included, by the way, and so is a complete R2 droid.
What You Can Do With It
Frankly, apart from the messy weathering, this looks like it would make up nicely straight out of the box but who wants to do that?
To get this into a nice looking model, you're going to have to be a little creative:
This is not a bad kit. Certainly it's above Revell's normal snap-fit kit standards and it's a nice size. It's a great kit for a young modeler just starting out but with some opportunities for the more serious modeler.
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This page copyright © 2009 Starship Modeler. First posted on 25 November 2009.