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In-Box Review
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Jedi Starfighter

by: Jim Lewis [ GUNTRUCK ]


Originally published on:
ModelGeek

WOW - I really couldn't wait for this release to arrive upon my doorstep! I whipped out the X-Wing and TIE/Ln Fighters quickly and was eager to have this fresh subject to work on. When I got it, I ripped opened the package and was all at once struck by the crisp white plastic parts, two pages of decal sheets (gasp), and just how small the model is. Disappointed? Hell no!

 

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Inside the Box
The kit parts are flash-free, and crisply molded. No offending ejector pin marks mar any external or detail surface. First appearances lead me to believe that the construction and finishing time will fall between the TIE Fighter and what it took to complete the X-Wing Fighter - despite it's small size.The model kit is packed with details, and the decal sheet is incredibly comprehensive. It's almost a decal model with plastic supporting parts. Though the box art painting (above) shows some nice weathering - the decals are not weathered like in the X-Wing Fighter release.

 

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Seams, Ejector Pin Marks, Putty
Though an excellent model sitting in the box, assembly points out several areas calling for some sinkhole and seam filling. None are too difficult for the average modeler, however. None marrs the fine detailing present on the kit, and in most circumstances will be covered (partially) by decaling. However, this also magnifies the point. The Fine Molds decals snuggle down quite well - and will definitely show excess glue and seams underneath.

 

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Tricky Assembly
The instruction pictograms are pretty good, but extra care should be made to test-fit subassemblies before committing to glue. It is easy to foul-up assembling the Hyperdrive Ring if you rush through it. A little patience and exploration will pay off in the end.

 

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Verdict?
For me, assembly and completion of the Delta-7 Light Interceptor fell between that of the TIE Fighter's relative ease and speed, and the X-Wing Fighter's unexpected complexity and required pre-planning. I'd say the Delta-7 ties the X-Wing Fighter as Fine Molds' second best Star Wars subject to date. This was more of a model decal with plastic detail parts as I felt initially - but that's not a slam against the kit. My only other druther with the release is that it's the only subject from the prequel stories and looks a bit out of place displayed with the X-Wing and TIE Fighter. However, I'm sure that condition won't persist for long...

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SUMMARY
  EASE OF ASSEMBLY:80%
  DETAILING / MARKINGS:90%
  INSTRUCTIONS:80%
Percentage Rating
80%
  Scale: 1:72
  Mfg. ID: SW3
  Suggested Retail: Approx $33
  Related Link: For More Images & Build Information
  PUBLISHED: Oct 06, 2002
  NATIONALITY: United States
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 89.45%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 86.55%

About Jim Lewis (GunTruck)
FROM: CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES

I love American AFV's from all eras and researching Vietnam-era Gun Trucks and US Army Pentomic and Atomic Battlefield Ordnance from the 1950's through the 1960's. Avid Sci-Fi fan and modeler as well - Star Wars, Space:1999, and Star Trek are favorites. Owner/Master Miniaturist - GunTruck Studios....

Copyright 2017 text by Jim Lewis [ GUNTRUCK ]. All rights reserved.


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