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Kit Name: Jedi Starfighter with Hyperdrive Ring
Scale: 1/72
Material: Plastic
Manufacturer: Fine Molds

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Released: 2002
Number Of Parts: 80
Final Dimensions: (Fighter) 4.25"L x 2"W x .75"H
(Ring) .75"L 5.5"W x 4.5"H
(Together) 5.25"L x 5.5"W x 4.5"H
Box Cover: Click Here
Instructions: Click Here (.zip)
Country of Origin: Japan
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This is the third release from Fine Molds (or Finemolds as some say) out of Japan. After their immensely successful X-wing and TIE, this was a definite for many modelers. This was also the first licensed kit to be released for Episode II. The detail on this kit is just as great as the first two and it definitely lives up to the reputation of Fine Molds One thing that I didn't really like about this kit was the size. The Jedi Starfighter is small to begin with, and at 1/72 it is just around 4 inches long. That's kind of disappointing. The Hyperspace Ring makes up for it as it adds some bulk. You kind of get two kits for the price of one. They can be displayed separately or together. The Starfighter fits snugly inside the ring and can be taken out again after if you like. Probably the second thing people notice about this kit, besides the size, is the decals. This kit came with a whopping 178 decals!! There was little to no painting involved. At first I didn't really like this idea, but after doing the decaling I changed my mind. The designs are so complex that it would be impossible to paint, trust me! Decaling is what took the longest by far. Assembly was blindingly fast. There are very few parts. There was a little bit of a fit problem on the two body halves of the Starfighter, but this is covered by the decals. After assembly I painted the few parts that needed it (engines, cockpit, Obi-Wan, R4 and various small details) and went on to decaling. After that immense task was done I weathered the ship. The Jedi Starfighter is actually a lot more beat up that people realize. It's kind of the sam situation with the Naboo Starfighter. To weather, I dry brushed a lot of grays, blacks and smoky colors. I then brushed a little chalk along the edges of the Starfighter. This came out really nice. It is kind of washed out in most pics but some of it can be seen on the front of the Starfighter in the second picture there of the starboard side of the Starfighter. I also chipped the decals with an X-ACTO and added some dirt spots here and there. Overall this was an awesome kit that, despite it's size, looks really good. It will look great next to Fine Molds Slave I! I got this kit from HLJ online for around $30 or so.

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