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NorthTrek's Accurate Defiant Bridge Cap


By John Lester - images & text © 2004

Scale: 1/420 - in scale with ERTL's USS Defiant kit
Parts: 1 resin
Instructions: Small sheet with painting instructions
Decals: N/A
Molding Quality: 9 - well done
Detail: 8 - scribed lines a bit faint
Accuracy: 9+ - looks good compared to DVD freeze frame
MSRP: $8.00 USD (~$ 10.70 CAN/ 6.43 EUR ) available from NorthTrek Creations
Overall Rating: 9 - quick fix anyone can use

['Box Art']

I must confess, I hadn't realized how over-simplified the bridge cap on ERTL's USS Defiant kit is, even compared to the box art!

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^ Side-by-side comparison with the kit part (left)

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^ So easy to use

What You Get

NorthTrek's accurization kit gives you one piece of resin and simple directions for using it, all in a little ziploc baggie. The new piece just drops in to the place the kit part would otherwise inhabit.

There were no evident bubbles or pinholes on my sample part, and only a small mold seam around the circumference of the part. I won't even bother cleaning that up, as it won't be seen on the model. Scribed detail on the piece is a little faint, but so is that on the kit piece. It shouldn't disappear unless you get crazy with the paint. The piece fits perfectly in place; I see no need for filler, and the alignment of the detail looks perfect.

NorthTrek provides a quick and dirty paint guide. The colors called for look right.

Conclusions

The detail on this piece is far superior to the kit-supplied part, and using it could not be simpler. I recommend it to anyone, novice or past master, looking a quick way to improve their ERTL Defiant.


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