Category Archives: Reviews

1/24 Scale Iron Man Kits by Dragon

Picked up the new 1:24 scale Iron Man kits from Dragon recently and here is a quick review of them. They are available for around the £12/13 mark on places like eBay at the moment.

There are 4 kits available at the moment and they are labelled up as Series 1, so I assume that if these are successful then there might be a Series 2. Boxes are all the same for them:

Mini Iron Man Kits
Mini Iron Man Kits

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Resin Modeller 1:2500 Constellation Class

A while ago I bought the 1:2500 Constellation Class which was sold by Resin Modeller.  The model retails for £15 plus postage (which was just 1st class post in the UK). I had a number of issues with the detail and the quality of the casting on it which I fed back to Resin Modeller at the time and we had quite a useful discussion.  The upshot of this was that he decided to remaster this kit using a 3D printed version.  This took sometime to produce but it is now available.

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Star Trek Magazine Enterprise D

Just picked up the new Star Trek magazine, first issue, which comes with a model of the Enterprise D and must say very impressed with it.  The first issue is £1.99 which makes it a bit of a bargain.  Future issues will be more (it lists £5.99 for the second one which is the Refit Enterprise) but looks like the normal price is £9.99 which is way too much for a toy.

It comes in a fair stout box with the compulsory clear packaging.

Enterprise D
Enterprise D

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1:2500 MVM Cyclone Class-Review

Recently purchased the newly released Cyclone Class Carrier in 1:2500 scale from Multi-Verse Models which looked like an interest and quite different ship to the norm.  Del (who is Multi-Verse Models) couldn’t have been more helpful and I ended up getting both the original and refit versions since the postage was the same for 1 or both.  Each kit is $25 and the postage for both to the UK was $12.75, cheaper than delivery within the UK for some companies).  And they got here in a week, which is pretty good going.

The kits are hand made masters, rather than being 3D prints like the Bonaventure.  The quality of the original and the casting is absolutely first rate and there is no flash, airbubbles or misalignment of the moulds.  In fact these look pretty much like you could assemble them straight off with no sanding or filling.

So here is what you get.

The model comes in a zip lock bag with a professionally laid out colour insert.

Cyclone
Cyclone

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Into Darkness Enterprise

Finally got delivery of my newly released Enterprise from the new Into Darkness movie (having been held at the post office for a week) and initial impressions are very favourable.  Looks like a really nice model from Revell who have clearly thought carefully about what the model builder might want to do and have produced a nicely sized model.

Box art is pretty standard and nothing too exciting. It is marked up as the Into Darkness Enterprise and represents the Enterprise as it is for the vast majority of the film and not in the final scene.

Box Art
Box Art

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Delta Quadrant Star Trek 1:2500 Bonaventure Class

Just picked up the 1:2500 scale Bonaventure Class ship from Delta Quadrant and wanted to post some pictures and review on it, so here it is.

The Bonaventure is probably best placed in the pre-original series period.  Some time between the NX-01 and the NCC-1701 series and features a very unusual hybrid of the saucer and secondary hull.  Almost like someone has driven it through by accident. It appears that there are shuttle bays on the sides of the saucer and the deflector is in the front.  This makes for a streamlined ship which is very pleasing to look at.

I believe the original is 3D printed from computer files rather than being a freehand sculpt or kitbash.

Casting is first class with basically no flash and just a few pouring stubs.  The very small deflector is the only piece what will require careful clean up and a centre piece will need to be found for it.

Top Side
Top Side

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Triliance Star Wars Personnel and Equipment

Managed to pick up both sets of the Triliance Star Wars accessory sets recently for the upcoming hanger build to busy up the scene as a whole and provide some additional interest.  They seem to be listed as permanently out of stock and if you want to get hold of a set it seems to you have to get on their mailing list and email to show interest.  Maybe they are really popular and they never actually get to be listed on the site?

There are two sets, the personnel and the equipment, which also has a couple of additional figures.

The personnel set includes 5 figures, with 5 replacement heads (presumably for the Fine Molds figures to give variety), 3 R2 type droids with 3 different heads and 2 Gonk droids.

Personnel
Personnel

Casting looks good but there is quite a bit of flash, as you might expect for a 2 part mould of this size, and clean up does not appear to be particularly challenging.  The droid parts are mounted on a wafer.

Figures may have limited usefulness for this particular build as there are really only 3 which would be useful for the hanger.  The other 2 appear to be Luke and Han in their Stormtrooper disguises.

Gonk
Gonk

The Gonk droids are a nice touch and include a separate foot.

The equipment set gives you 2 more figures (a pilot and a technician), a hover cart, 2 R2 type droids, 1 Gonk droid and then some diagnostic equipment and some lighting parts which are seen around parked ships.

Equipment
Equipment

Again there is some flash around the parts and the smaller bits are on a wafer.

Figures and droids
Figures and droids

The pilot is a Greedo (I believe the species is Rodian) and a maintenance guy.

Hover cart
Hover cart

The underside of the hover cart is really nicely detailed.  Shame it is very unlikely to be seen.

Equipment
Equipment

And finally all the various items of equipment.

Overall the parts all look nicely detailed and cleanup should not be a challenge.  The droids don’t come with any decals so finishing them could be something of a challenge, but possible that the Fine Molds ones could be used as a template as long as they are the same size.  Must confess to not looking forwards to painting the figures as this scale is way smaller than I am particularly comfortable with and not very good at faces anyway.