Reader reviews of a kit featured on Starship Modeler.

Starship Modeler - The complete information source for modelers who build sci-fi, fantasy and real space subjects

Your Two Cents: Nebula-class Conversion

The following are reader's opinions of the Nebula-class Conversion made by WARP.

Reviewer   Niall T. Johnson
Date Reviewed   Jun 30, 2003
Overall Rating       Good kit, but with some problems.
Comments Before I begin, I'd like to point out that I did the Honshu conversion kit as opposed to the Sutherland, the difference being that the saucer was not supplied with the kit.

That being said, with a couple of spare nacelles courtesy of federation models, I got away with a stand-alone galaxy stardrive. How bad?

Given that this was a Warp kit, I was plesently surprised that there was very little flash and was quite well molded. I had previously purchased their Future Enterprise Conversion which worked out very well, but didn't think too highly of their Enterprise-C when I saw it out of the box, holes filled in and so forth.

On to the Honshu. During Test fitting, I discovered that my first problem was the nacell fittings. This involved trimming the supports off the Ertl nacelles and substituting them with longer, less detailed versions with vents at the back. This in itself presented no real problem, however there was no way the pylons were going to fit into the new supports without machine precision cutting, filing, powersanding (!?!?!); so after much soul searching and needles to say, a few prayers, I sawed off the connection slips, filled the slots an superglued them together.

Now that you've all rolled your eyes up to heaven, let me assure you it worked. A dab of fillers and you won't notice the difference.

The second and last problem faced was that the saucer doesn't fit as comfortably as it should on the secondary hull. The "bowl" on the lower rear of the saucer is a little big by about a millimeter or so on each side. It's a little more severe on the underside, where it's level and close on one side, but there is a noticable gap on the other. Personally that doesn't bother me, but still, it's something to keep in mind.

Otherwise, the kit came together nice and handy. I decaled her up with JT Graphics (they are the business!!) decals calling her the U.S.S. Ulysses, and decided to forgo the aztec pattern, as I don't trust myself THAT much with such an expensive kit. Mabye next time.

All in all, I'd recommend this over the Sutherland kit simply to keep from being left with a Galaxy class sans a bridge module. Plus, you get all the windows!!

I unfortunately won't have pictures until a later date.

Beir Bua is Beannacht,
Niall T. Johnson

Would like to add a review of this kit? If so, please click here.

Go back up | Starship Modeler Home | Site Map | Feedback

This page copyright © 2000 Starship Modeler™. Last updated on 9 May 2007.