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Re: Round 2 Pre-decorated assembly kit. Kit Review.

Post by Moongrim » Wed Nov 04, 2015 3:31 am

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I had a bit of a problem with the engine pylon "V". I tried pulling it apart so that I could get the layout 'just so' and I managed to break off the tab that fit into the Port Warp Engine as a result. Whatever process they use to pre-decorate the kit- does seem to make it a bit less elastic. So proceed cautiously when fitting parts together and pulling them apart.
All of the navigational deflector parts are pre-painted copper, which is a bit off, as the feedhorn for the deflector dish is supposed to be silver. I didn't muck about with that, because it seemed to be too small of a point to muck about with in this beginner's kit.

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I did have to sand out the feedhorn hole in the Deflector in order to get the dish placed in the 'more' correct position.
Something that'll be askew to the eye if not addressed. The navigational beacon on the dorsal shuttle bay lip- I had to glue that sucker on. I'm not going to mention how many times I thought it was on and I ended up searching for it in the carpet underneath this desk.


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Completed with stand- port profile. Applying the secondary hull neck to the primary hull slot- That required super glue with some quick set spray. Otherwise- it kept popping out.
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Re: Round 2 Pre-decorated assembly kit. Kit Review.

Post by Steam235 » Wed Nov 04, 2015 3:39 am

If it's anything like most toys the factory gets photo etch brass masks that fit tight over the part before its painted one mask and color at a time.

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Re: Round 2 Pre-decorated assembly kit. Kit Review.

Post by Moongrim » Wed Nov 04, 2015 3:41 am

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Ventral view- completion- Personally I rather like this. It's got the clear coat already applied, and the frosting of the bussard domes gives it a certain 'je ne sai quoi".

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Starboard view- with a good look of the 'properly applied' decals in placement.

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Here you can see the seam lying underneath the impulse engine ports. A minor point.

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And lastly the Starboard side again- with a bit of ventral sides of the kit for better viewing.

Conclusion- it'll be a great 'starter' kit for the beginner modeler. No glue or paint is needed, but I'd recommend just a few dabs of some glue 'just in case". Some of the parts will be needing to be cut off so use a side cutter snips and be sure to have a pair of files for some of the modifications- flat for the warp engines, round for the navigational deflector.

Have this showing up on the shelf, and eventually the modeler will want to graduate into a more involved kit.
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Re: Round 2 Pre-decorated assembly kit. Kit Review.

Post by Moongrim » Wed Nov 04, 2015 3:51 am

Steam235 wrote:If it's anything like most toys the factory gets photo etch brass masks that fit tight over the part before its painted one mask and color at a time.
Then that must be what they did here. Because the fine lines are quite good.
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Re: Round 2 Pre-decorated assembly kit. Kit Review.

Post by Drop_Bear » Wed Nov 04, 2015 4:31 am

Damn, that looks good!

Thanks for reviewing this kit, Moongrim. I have been looking for a nice, easy model kit for my brother and this one would be perfect for him. He wants to tackle the big AMT kit someday, so this might be just the thing to convince him to take the plunge. If not, it still helps to keep the fire smouldering.

The best thing I can see about this kit is that if you are buying it for a beginner modeller, it saves you a shipping tonnage on tools and supplies you would otherwise have to get to go with the kit! :D
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Re: Round 2 Pre-decorated assembly kit. Kit Review.

Post by kobayashimaru » Wed Nov 04, 2015 4:57 am

It's neat! If only there were gamers wanting to game with these -
the gamers'd support even more models being realised, and give folks a chance to dust off the models
and have some fun, while sharing the awesome of their models at the local leagues
(like the good ol' Rogue Trader days)
The older gamers in 40K having somewhat a resurgence, as that retro-cool factor (if models have a 'fashion' cycle)
comes full circle again --- maybe so too, it can be with Star Trek TMP stuff :o

I mean, I see this, and I think: "sweet! let's recreate Wrath of Khan, or Axanar, or adventures in the TMP-Ent C Lost Era on Friday Game Night!" :D

I digress though, there is a certain awesome to the bussards,
a certain 'i don't know quite what' :lol:
the assembly is also very sturdy, unlike some snaptite-style kits out there
and, at a pricepoint that allows kitbashers to have a field day

@defiantclient,
indeed, I'd be pretty hyped for 1/2500... I do enjoy 1:4848/1:5000,
but for more episodic or 'duels' recreations, 1/2500'd be fun.
I suppose it's like SW:Armada and Xwing, Xwing is the ship to ship scale zoomed in, and Armada is the RTS 'full scale'. :D
an interesting thought; Borg at sacred scale :drool:
:borg2:
hehehe

that, and there are some AWESOME tholian models folks could kitbash

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Re: Round 2 Pre-decorated assembly kit. Kit Review.

Post by DefiantClient » Wed Nov 04, 2015 6:47 am

I was 100% not going to buy this kit. This review may have changed that. I do want to put my own 1701 and Botany Bay together eventually, but this model would be a good placeholder for my cubical "shrine" to Trek at work.

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Re: Round 2 Pre-decorated assembly kit. Kit Review.

Post by Moongrim » Wed Nov 04, 2015 8:16 pm

Once you've got a new modeller admiring their handiwork with this one- you can demonstrate the next step: painting and decal work. And all of the fun that goes with that.

Then, logically, the conversion kits/parts.
Eventually- they'll be bugging you to get them an airbrush.
DefiantClient wrote:I was 100% not going to buy this kit. This review may have changed that. I do want to put my own 1701 and Botany Bay together eventually, but this model would be a good placeholder for my cubical "shrine" to Trek at work.
And you'll have folks oohing and aahing about the fine quality work 'you did' on it.
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Re: Round 2 Pre-decorated assembly kit. Kit Review.

Post by Cubey Terra » Wed Nov 04, 2015 8:40 pm

The markings look great, and I agree it would be a very good kit for a beginner. Immediate same-day results. How much is it compared to a toy store model though? Both have very visible seams. It would bug me that I can't putty those.

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Re: Round 2 Pre-decorated assembly kit. Kit Review.

Post by holt35 » Wed Nov 04, 2015 8:46 pm

Thanks for the review :D I however will have to pass on one of these as I just couldn't stand to look at the seem lines. But it dose look like a good kit for beginners.

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