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Kit Name: Z-95 Headhunter "Z-Hunter"
Scale: 1/48
Material: Resin & Plastic
Manufacturer: Zarkus Model Kits

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Number Of Parts: 40+
Final Dimensions: 9.75"L x 7.75"W x 2.5"H
Box Cover: Plain White Box
Instructions: Click Here (.zip)
Country of Origin: USA
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The Z-95 Headhunter, or "Z-Hunter" as the kit is also called, was the first release from the Zarkus Model Kits company. Let me tell you, they started out with a bang! This kit is just great! The detail looks good, the kit is accurate, easy to put together and is a really great subject. The kit comes cleanly cast in a few main pieces and a bunch of smaller pieces. There was literally no cleanup needed, I was able to star assembly right away. Assembly was a breeze and I had no problems. For painting, I decided on a very simple scheme. I wanted something that I would expect to see on some backwater world in Star wars. I didn't want it to be too involved or exotic. It didn't feel right to me. I used a composite of several different suggested paint schemes that came with the instructions. I started by spraying the whole thing Flat Light Aircraft Gray. Then I picked out various areas in darker shades of gray and finally moved on to squadron colors. I decided on Black just 'cause it looked cool. It made a nice contrast with the light gray and still looked drab and old. I painted it on the wings and on the engines, as suggested by ZMK in the instructions. The kit features a very nicely detailed cockpit and pilot figure that I really wanted to accent. I painted a lot of detail into the cockpit such as view screens, buttons, levers etc. For the pilot I wanted to go with a scheme I hadn't seen before. Something outside the movies. The non-standard Star Wars pilot helped differentiate it from pilots seen in the movie. For weathering I did some simple washes and dry brushes. As I said before, I envisioned this as a backwater ship that was pretty simple in appearance. It hasn't seen too much action so it just shows general wear. No blast marks on this one. If I ever redo it, I'll probably go all out with weathering...just for a change! All in all this is a really great kit that was a great starter for Zarkus and was definitely indicative of the great kits to come. And at $65, it is more than affordable.

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