By John Lester - images & text © 1999
The boxart is actually a good reference.
^ All parts are cleanly molded and well detailed.
If you were disappointed by the Naboo Fighter and the Droid Fighters released in the early Summer, this kit will restore your faith in ERTL. It's BIG - fully 13.5" long when assembled, with over fifty parts. Two of these are wire for the antennae; the rest, smooth grey styrene. All are crisp and clean - as befits a brand new mold. I found no sinkholes or other flaws on my kit.
The engineering of the kit is logical - most seams appear to fall on natural panel lines or places where a surface makes an abrupt turn. One exception is the the most forward vertical part - there's a very visible seam there that shouldn't be. No decals are provided - which is fine, as no markings were seen in the movie. All the details of the "original" appear to be reproduced on the kit. Depending on what reference you use, the scale of this one is somewhere between 1/28 and 1/36. Giving ERTL the benefit of the doubt, I'll call it 1/32.
This and the Droid Fighter with STAP kit were released at the same time and appear to be ERTL's finest s/f work to date. Based on what I see in the box, I'd recommend this kit to anyone, even the novice builder. It's well worth the $19.95 retail price.
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First posted on 5 August 1999. Last updated on 24 June 2004.