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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Again there is some flash around the parts and the smaller bits are on a wafer.
The pilot is a Greedo (I believe the species is Rodian) and a maintenance guy.
The underside of the hover cart is really nicely detailed. Shame it is very unlikely to be seen.
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.