By Scott Scariot - images & text © 2005
The Jem'Hadar Cruiser made it's on screen debut in the Deep Space Nine episode "In Purgatory's Shadow." The ship is much larger than the Jem'Hadar fighter that was seen in previous episodes.
Image: Rear of main hull
Image: 'Wing' detail
Image: More wing detail
Image: Warp nacelles
Image: Larger warp nacelles
Image: Nacelle and pylon
Image: Bridge area
Image: More detail
Image: Underslung pod
Image: Close-up of pod detail
Image: Other side
Image: More hull detail
Image: Base/stand pieces
Image: Assembly guide
Image: Paint guide, page 1
Image: Page 2
The rumors that Starcrafts was working on a 1/1400 scale Jem'Hadar Cruiser started three years ago. Then, last year at WonderFest, some people (myself included) saw parts of this kit. Well, this year at WonderFest the kit was ready.
What You GetIn the large box, there are 17 resin pieces, four pieces of brass rod and two strips of felt for the stand. The main body was rotocast to save on weight. This is the largest part in the box.
I have to say, I think this may be the most detailed Starcrafts kit ever. The body is well cast, though there are a few holes from bubbles. Some of the alignment pins didn't cast, but that's no big deal as I'll probably replace the resin pins with brass rod to give the joints just a little more strength. The other parts in the kit are solid resin. The main engines are very well done. They have nice crisp lines and have lots of detail all over them.
Another nice thing about the kit is that Starcrafts uses a few tricks to keep the weight down. The first was rotocasting the main hull. There is a large pod that mounts under the main hull that was cast in half rather than in one solid piece to save on weight.
This is the first Starcrafts kit that includes a stand that does not require a hole be drilled into the model. The stand is made of two resin parts, the four pieces of brass rod and contains a large copy of the Dominion logo. The "pod" on the bottom of the model will fit right into the stand.
I like this kit. Its size is very impressive and it's very well done. The molding quality is good and construction looks like it should be straightforward. I have only one issue with the model and that is its price. I bought the kit because I had to have one, however, I think the price may put it out of the range of some modelers. I should also mention that a set of Starcrafts' Jem'Hadar fighters is included in the price of the new cruiser.
All that being said, I think Starcrafts has a winner with this kit.
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This page copyright © 2005 Starship Modeler. First posted on 15 September 2005.