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Your Two Cents: Obi-Wan/Anakin Jedi Starfighter

The following are reader's opinions of the Obi-Wan/Anakin Jedi Starfighter made by Revell (Germany).

Reviewer   Tom Willaert
Date Reviewed   Nov 1, 2005
Overall Rating       Good kit, but with some problems.
Comments Hello, I am Tom and I live in Belgium. This was the first SciFI kit i have ever made. I know it isn't a real model kit an you will probably laugh at me, but I had a good time building it. I have completed the ANAKIN version in about 2 hours. This includes weathering and so on. I think I overdid a bit on the weathering because my Starfighter looks as if it came out of a swamp on Dagobah or something. This is a snap together kit but I had to use glue for the throttle and joystick parts. The R2D2 doesn't fit in the wing that well. The model is pre-painted, but if you cut a part from the sprue, you are sure to damage the model. All in all this was a good kit. I will propably build the Obi version as well. Pictures will follow when I am happy with the result.

Reviewer   Rich Dula
Date Reviewed   Nov 11, 2005
Overall Rating       Good kit, but with some problems.
Comments I purchased this kit at WonderFest '05 because I liked the design. About a month later I dragged out the box and snapped the kit together in about 30 minutes with the intention of redoing it at some point.

Two months later I took the whole thing apart and redid it. I used MM Lt. Gray as the primary hull color, taking care to paint around the roundels on the wings and fuselage. I also added painted details to the cockpit. The red sections were painted with a mixture of MM Insignia Red/Flat Black that I had left over from my Republic Star Destroyer. The insides of the wings and the guns were all painted MM Gunship Gray. The engines were painted MM Euro Dark Gray.

I brushed on a coat of DullCote, then added some drybrushed MM Chrome Silver and pastels for weathering. I painted the panel lines with a thin-tip paint marker, and sealed with a final layer of DullCote. I will be submitting photos later for the Reader Gallery.

I opted to go for an "empty cockpit" for display at this point. I don't like the lumpy blob of a Kenobi that came with the kit. I might overhaul Obi-Wan later, but I just didn't feel like dealing with him now.

Overall the kit is nicely done, with little or no flash. The only real question that has to be answered by a builder is whether you want to leave the prepainted scheme intact, or if you want to repaint the entire kit.

Reviewer   Simon Beech
Date Reviewed   Nov 10, 2005
Overall Rating       Well worth getting.
Comments My first thoughts on opening this kit were "It's a lot bigger than I thought," and "Why is OB1 so bendy?" Very well cast, no flash and very little (if anything) to fill. If you want a basic kit this is great because it has pretty good precolouring but it was a bit toy-like for me. For those who want more of a challenge the large scale makes it a really good kit to weather and modify. It is also fairly inexpensive at the moment in the UK.

There are only two minor faults I can find. The pilot is too rubbery and doesn't respond well to drilling, carving or painting and there is no stand but I'm being picky with both of these points. The 'Snap fit' does actually work too but I did end up using glue.

I'm going to get another one for my little brother as this goes together so easily. With a bit of adult help I am sure he could build this in a couple of hours (he's 22 in January.) Joking aside this makes a great father son project and does seem to be aimed at the pre-teen age group.

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