by: Andy Brazier [ ]
The Millennium Falcon
No introduction is really needed for the highly modified YT-1300 light freighter, the Millennium Falcon. This ship is iconic to the Star Wars trilogy and was boasted as being "the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy".
Piloted by her Captain, the smuggler Han Solo, and his first mate Chewbacca the ship endured many adventures and upgrades which led to its dilapidated exterior appearance. Under both Calrissian and Solo, it played a vital role in the Galactic Civil War and later conflicts.
In the box
Upon opening the standard lidded box, you are confronted with upper and lower fuselage halves. The detail is quite outstanding, with a multitude of raised detail, recessed panel lines and open panels with exposed parts.
The lower half is just as impressive with the landing gear bays moulded into the hull, with added detail.
Internal detail comprises the cockpit and the gun turret stations.
The cockpit comprises of the four seats moulded into the cockpit tub and a separate control console.
The gun turrets both have the four Quad lasers and a little internal detail in the gun wells.
The cockpit and the gun-well access hatches are sealed, so you won't get the see straight through the empty space look.
The ship can be modelled with landing gear down or up. A stand is provided for the kit is the Falcon is depicted as flying.
The landing gear legs are nicely detailed with repulsor jets moulded onto the underside of the landing pads.
The communications dish is nicely detailed and comes with a set of masking stickers for the paint scheme on the dish, which have to be cut and trimmed to fit.
The clear parts for the cockpit and gun turrets are thin and clear with no blemishes or marks.
The rest of the box holds the instructions, a colour painting profile sheet, one set of decals and a flyer advertising the Clone Wars series, which is printed in Japanese.
Instructions and decals
The instructions are printed on a fold out sheet, with the main text about the craft printed in Japanese. Construction is carried out over 16 steps. The construction sequence is easy to follow and internal colours are given along the way for the GSI Creo "Mr Color" paints.
The decals have very little carrier film around the edges and are very well printed, with some wear and tear detail on them. Previous experience with Fine Molds decals are they conform well to raised and engraved detail, with a little help from a decal solution.
The painting guide is printed in colour over four pages with two of the pages for the decal placement guide.
The model shown on the painting guide is the 1/72nd version that Fine Molds released a few years ago.
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