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Your Two Cents: USS Equinox

The following are reader's opinions of the USS Equinox made by Starcrafts.

Reviewer   Eric Harrold
Date Reviewed   Oct 14, 2000
Overall Rating       Well worth getting.
Comments A very good model. There are some minor problems with warping on the nacelles, but this is easily fixed with a hairdryer, some bending, and some cold water. The casting is the best I've seen from Starcrafts, with only ONE bubble on the entire model. Of all the resin kits I have, this is my favorite because of the simplicity, quality, and excellent detail.

Reviewer   George Hill
Date Reviewed   Oct 14, 2000
Overall Rating       Good kit, but with some problems.
Comments I really liked this kit, because the Equinox is one of my favorite ships. This was my first resin kit, and I think it was a good attempt. What I really liked about it is that since it's such a small ship, there's not much detail except for the escape pods, sensors, and phasers.

Reviewer   Rob Caswell
Date Reviewed   Nov 9, 2000
Overall Rating       Good kit, but with some problems.
Comments My feelings about this kit were pretty much in line with Erick's. Overall, it's a very well done, one-piece cast. There are some bubbles in the resin, but they're just below the surface. I've only found two spots that definitely need filling. The seam along the primary hull is a little rough and may need filler, too.

The best reference I've found for this subject is Star Trek: The Magazine June 2000. It has CGI profile views of the ship: top, bottom, side, front. It's clear from that reference that a few details are innaccurate, but it's all minor stuff - easily fixed or ignored. It also points out the fact that a couple of markings (those for the underside of the nacelles)are missing from the decal sheet.

By looking at the size of the libeboat hatches, it seems like this model may be a bit smaller than 1/1400. On the other hand, maybe those are 1-2 man lifeboats, where larger ships have lifeboats of larger capacity.

I can't give this kit a solid five star rating, but it's definitely a four-plus job. I got mine through Federation Models and rec'd it 3 working days after I ordered it. That's service!!!

Reviewer   Jack Cieminski
Date Reviewed   Jan 4, 2001
Overall Rating       Not good at all. You really have to want it bad.
Comments After spending the better part of a day sanding, filling, straightening and repairing, I was about ready to give this model a 3 star rating. Then I sprayed a primer coat on it, and discovered a dozen more flaws.

I really, REALLY wish I had received a casting worthy of a 4 or 5 star rating like most of the other reviewers seem to have gotten, but alas, mine has a plethora of problems.

Mine has air bubbles numbering well past a hundred. Mold seams which are very large considering the size of the model, especially on the secondary hull in front of the nacelle pylons. Behind the pylons on the secondary hull, the word "resurface" fits better than "filling and sanding". There were chunks missing from the impulse engine and the top-center portion of the secondary nav. deflector, as well as the leading edge of the pylons and portside bottom edge of the primary hull. The nacelles were pointed wildly downwards and, although this was the easiest thing to fix, it made the little ship look absolutely ridiculous as it came out of the box.

All in all, it'll take a good two days work just to get it ready for a base-coat of paint. However, it really is a beautiful little ship, if one takes the time to fix everything. The accuracy is amazing and the amount of detail superb, too bad I'll have to rescribe most of the panel lines in order to remove all the little bumps from them, and create panel lines in the spots where they seem to have disappeared. The decals are pretty bad as well, and I'm planning on getting an aftermarket set from McDaniel's Models, which include a whole lot of stuff missing from the original set, and hopefully are of much better quality (the kit-supplied ones are best characterized as blurry).

But, I still think all the work is worth it. It is just such a cool design and can be built into something truly beautiful. Don't let me discourage you (too much) from getting one of these.

Reviewer   Don Doten
Date Reviewed   Feb 5, 2001
Overall Rating       Well worth getting.
Comments I really liked this "kit". It was simple to prep, with very few rough mold seams, or bubbles. Mine required no filling, but did require a little careful sanding and filing to remove some of the small mold seams.

The port nacelle pylon was a little warped, but was easy to repair by heting/reshaping. Nothing to gripe about, considering I had nothing to assemble!

The only complaint I have about this kit, is painting. I have yet to find a primer that really works well with Starcrafts resin kits, the paint seems to chip off really easy. Anyone out there have a primer they've used successfully?

This is a fun, detailed model, which really challenges you to give it a good paint job, since you don't have to assemble anything!

Reviewer   Frank Lamarca
Date Reviewed   Mar 19, 2001
Overall Rating       Good kit, but with some problems.
Comments When I got this kit I was pleased with the detail, but like some of you the warp nacelles were a problem. Since the kit was one piece it was a painting project. After I scubed it clean I primed it, then painted it gloss gull gray, then the details. When it came time for the decals they were off on a few things but these were minor. After these were fixed I put a coat of glosscote then dull over the model. I would definatly recomend this kit to even the inexperianced modeler. It was fairly easy to do and makes a nice addition to your fleet.

Reviewer   airboss
Date Reviewed   Oct 2, 2001
Overall Rating       Well worth getting.
Comments Highly detailed exl. detail from computer isnt so bad after all. Should be sold at a fair market price, no more than 15.00 dollars.

Reviewer   Jeffrey W. Griffin
Date Reviewed   Nov 22, 2002
Overall Rating       Well worth getting.
Comments The kit I got was a very clean casting and highly detailed for the scale. It looks pretty accurate compared to the few online references that are available. Definitely worth the money.

Reviewer   Jagdson
Date Reviewed   May 12, 2003
Overall Rating       Average. Get it if on sale or you love the subject.
Comments I got Starcraft's "Nova Class Starship" on sale from the departing John F. Green distributor. (I think sale is too generous a term, by the way.)

Oddly enough, the nacelles on my example are perfectly straight. There is also little flash. Mold lines are present along the pylon edges and midships on the engineering section, but they're modest and don't infringe on real detail.

Unfortunately, much detail is marred with open air bubbles. Lights, phaser strips, lifeboat covers, and even just plain flat stretches of hull are riddles with small gaps. There are a couple of notable gaps in the framework around the Bussard scoops, on both nacelles. Both pylons have multiple pinholes in their rib-like sections, and one rib is completely gone.

Another problem is the thickness of resin in several places. The aforementioned ribbed pylon sections, the hull in front of the smaller deflector dish, the projecting lip of the hanger bay, and the fins on both nacelles are all paper-thin, making clean-up dicey at best. The relatively small scale has something to do with this, of course, but I'm still going to coat those areas with a layer of thin super glue.

Overall, the kit's engineered well. I just wish there'd been more care in the execution.

Reviewer   Tim Wiltshire
Date Reviewed   Oct 17, 2003
Overall Rating       Good kit, but with some problems.
Comments I like the look of the actual model, It is just that it looks like it is lacking in detail, as well as the paintjob, which I feel could have been done better, this kit might get some better ratings, and I might buy it, IF you guys can show a model, that was painted with detail, because I don't know if this model has the potential to be good or not....

Reviewer   Kelby Bauder
Date Reviewed   Nov 11, 2003
Overall Rating       Good kit, but with some problems.
Comments After I saw the Voyager episode "Equinox" I was dying to find out if there was a kit available. When my birthday finally rolled around, my grandparents asked what I wanted, I showed them the kit for the Equinox and they bought it right in front of me. I was a little disappointed at how small it was but I got over that very quickly. The base that came with it was very cool, the starfleet emblem from TOS with a Bat'Leth and a sword that reminded me of King Arthur's Excaliber. I was very puzzled to see that the nacelle pylons were both bent at an odd angle. They were bent in towards the engineering hull and pointed down. Being a lot younger and a lot less expierienced, I figured I could just bend then to the right shape, instead I broke one off and left the other one. I'm eventually going to get a new kit and redo it. I think the kit will look great when it's put up against the three-ship kit Voyager, and I know it looks good against the larger Voyager kit. It's a worthwhile kit to get if you know how to fix the few problems.

Reviewer   Gary Kleisley
Date Reviewed   Jan 1, 2001
Overall Rating       Well worth getting.
Comments I saw this model on Federation Models site and was impressed. I ordered the kit ans was amazed when it arrived. A beautiful version of the Nova class vessel. I had the ship sanded, cleaned, and primed for painting in 10 minutes. This kit looks great next to my Starcraft version of the Jem"Hadar attack ship.

Reviewer   Steve Hein
Date Reviewed   Apr 19, 2005
Overall Rating       Well worth getting.
Comments A lot of people have some bad experiances with this model, but mine was spectacular. The nacelles were straight, and I had to do NO filling at all!

I did however fill in the sensor areas and sand them flush with the surface because I bought the JT Graphics Nova Class detail sheet which included decals for the sensor areas. If you are going to buy this model, then get an aftermarket sheet! JT's is by far the most detailed, so I reccomend that one.

The panel lines were well scribed, and the mold seams were very minor and easy to fix with an x-acto knife. The only problem with my kit at all was that the escape hatch at the rear of the bridge on the port side seems to have disappeared with my model.... but no big deal since the JT decals come with lifeboats.

Painting was a cinch, and went fast. I actually completed and detailed my model within a 48 hours period of off and on work. It's a fun and fast project that you can display next to your Monogram (or Alliance) 1/1400 Voyager kit (or hang it from the ceiling as I did)

So thumbs up Starcrafts! This was my first model from them, and I am definately getting one of theirs next time I feel like doing a ship model.

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