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Alliance 1/72 Delta Flyer Preview


By Jon "Vir" Kunatz - images & text © 2004

Scale: 1/72
Parts: 3 major pieces (Cockpit, Fuselage, and Rear radiator cap) and a few smaller detail pieces; all resin
Instructions: 1 page assembly/decal placement diagram
Decals: ALPS-printed waterslide
Molding Quality: 9.5 - Virtually flawless
Detail: 9.5 - Again, nearly flawless
Accuracy: 9.5 - Looks like the Delta Flyer to me
MSRP: $90.00 USD (~$118.65 CAN/ Ä 72.55 EUR) available from Federation Models
Overall Rating: 9.7 - At first glance, a real gem.

There are those modelers out there who are real Trekkies, myself included. And there are those who say Voyager was the worst of Star Trek, and there are those who don't say that, again myself included. Now say what you will of Voyager, many nice looking spacecraft came from the show: the Equinox, Voyager herself, the "Speedboat" shuttlecraft, and this thing,Öthe Delta Flyer, brainchild of Voyager's ace pilot, Lieutenant Tom Paris. I'm sure most of you know the story of the Delta Flyer, but for those of you who don't, I'll leave you to research it on the net. It's much more fun to learn and discover things on your own anyway in my opinion.

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^ Underneath

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^ Detail parts

Image: Front view, hull piece

Image: Decals

Image: Instructions

I acquired the kit at this years Wonderfest, after hearing about itís production for the past year or so while imbibing on one of my favorite pastimes, surfing the net. It seems as a few others had the same thing on mind as I acquired the second to last kit, and im glad I didnít miss out.

What You Get

The kit consists of a fuselage hollow cast in light blue resin. I expected the thing to weigh a ton, but was surprised when I first held it. This is my first time experiencing a hollow cast kit, and I can reasonably say im impressed. The detail on the body is very well done with no major defects. There is a mold parting line to take care of, and some of the panel lines will need rescribing because of extra resin squeezing through, but this is nothing major that anyone with a few years model building experience canít handle.

You also get a Ziploc bag with the detail parts. Cast in solid tan resin, these consist of the detail parts and the cockpit, rear radiator baffle and phaser strips and the like.

Assembly and Finish

Assembling the Flyer should be no big deal. The instructions are clear and well drawn and only a true buffoon could louse building the kit up. (No offense to any buffoons out there) Follow the instructions, painting guide, decal placement guide and there you go: one Delta Flyer.

Conclusions

This kit will be fun to build. I always liked the Flyer, It is a radically different design than your standard fare of Federation shuttlecraft. And someone had the fortitude to actually make one in 1/72nd scale, to that person I say "Thank you". I would love to see a trend started by this kit. Shuttlecraft have always fascinated me as much as the Star Trek capital ships have. Oh would it be nice to see more shuttlecraft done in this scale, like the Argo, Type 12, or even a larger Speedboat

Many thanks to all those who had a hand in creating and producing this kit. If no one beats me to the punch, I may do a follow on to this preview with a build up review. I may be so bold as to even scratchbuild a set of landing gear for the craft.


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