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Star Wars revolutionized the film industry back in the late seventies. The most popular big-screen space epics of all time have maintained their appeal over the years, and spawned fan devotion and creativity equal to Trek's. Alas, it seems like there are far more Trek kits on the market - as well as more readily available references and guides (but we'll see about *that*!). There are a number of AMT kits (of often dubious attention to detail) available in the US, UK and Australia, as well as a fleet of Micro-Machines and other toys useful as scratchbuilding starting points. The upcoming end to the second trilogy offers new hope for the variety of available Star Wars model kits.

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For a list of all currently-available Star Wars ship/vehicle kits, please see our Star Wars Scales List.

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Ships of the Rebellion


Image: STAR WARS: The Millenium Falcon

Corellian Engineering Corp. YT-1300 Transport (Modified) Millenium Falcon - The classy tramp freighter that was a prominent character in all three (so far) Star Wars movies. This ship is heavily modified from the 'stock' version - including uprated weapons, shields liberated from the Imperials, and a class 5 hyperdrive that makes it almost twice as fast as Imperial warships.

References:
Smith, Bill Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels, Del Rey 1996
Johnson, Shane Star Wars Technical Journal, Del Rey 1994
Starship Modeler Smithsonian Star Wars Gallery
Reynolds, Jenssen, and Chasemore Star Wars Incredible Cross Sections, DK Books 1998
Vaz and Hata, From Star Wars to Indiana Jones: The Best of the Lucasfilm Archives, Chronicle Books 1994
The Millennium Falcon: Ship of Riddles


Reviews:
Rob Caswell looks at Falcon Kits' accurizing kits
Tim Ketzer's Scratchbuilt Falcon
Rafael Mateo's Accurized ERTL Falcon
Brian Miller builds an ERTL YT-1300
Mark Sewell's Accurized Cockpit Seating
Paul Heaberlin previews Triliance's Gun Well Upgrade
John Boswell rebuilds Ships from the Rebel Base Kit
Jay Chladek looks at the Fine Molds Falcon
John Martin accurizes Ertl's Falcon
Terry Burke has a first look at Revell's pre-finished Millenium Falcon


[X-Wing]
Image: Fenn Shysa

Incom T-65 X-Wing Space Superiority Fighter The workhorse of the rebellion and one of the most instantly recognizable sci-fi icons. A descendent of the Z-95 Headhunter, its deadly blend of maneuverability and firepower was instrumental in the survival of the Rebellion. In a head-to-head dogfight with the standard Imperial TIE fighter, the X-Wing will almost always come out ahead.

References:
Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels, Del Rey 1996
Star Wars Technical Journal, Del Rey 1994
Reynolds, Jenssen, and Chasemore Star Wars Incredible Cross Sections, DK Books 1998
Vaz and Hata, From Star Wars to Indiana Jones: The Best of the Lucasfilm Archives, Chronicle Books 1994
Spaceships of Fact and Fantasy, Kalmbach 1996
Starship Modeler Smithsonian Star Wars Gallery


Reviews:
Tony Agustin uses Fine Molds kits for his Scratchbuilt Deathstar Tower Diorama
Carlos Zangrando's Pro-shop X-Wing Build Up
Marco Scheloske's Lego Ultimate X-Wing Review
Paul Heaberlin's Building the Fine Molds' X-Wing Review
John Lester's Fine Molds' X-Wing Preview
John Lester's Using GE Canopy Masks for the Fine Molds' X-Wing
Dave Windham's Electronic X-Wing Build up
Alfred Wong's XJ-Class Conversion
John Lester's Two-seat conversion Pt. 1



Image: John P. Funk

Koensayr BTL-S3 Y-Wing Attack Starfighter The Y-Wing is an older craft, past it's prime by the Battle of Yavin (ANH) but still an important part of the Rebel Alliance. Though large and slow, it's extremely rugged and packs a heavy punch. This craft is seen in all three Star Wars movies, starting with the first unsuccessful attack on the Death Star in ANH.

References:
Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels, Del Rey 1996
Starship Modeler Smithsonian Star Wars Gallery
Reynolds, Jenssen, and Chasemore Star Wars Incredible Cross Sections, DK Books 1998
Vaz and Hata, From Star Wars to Indiana Jones, The Best of the Lucasfilm Archives, Chronicle Books 1994
Star Wars Technical Journal, Del Rey 1994


Reviews:
The Last Mission Of Gold Flight
Scratchbuilt 24" Y-Wing
Fine Molds' Y-Wing preview
SMT Y-Wing preview
Vince Hoffman's SMT Y-Wing
Rafael Mateo's Scratchbuilt Y-Wing
Next Generation SMT Y-Wing preview
Joe Jimenez builds the Blue Moon Wishbone Fighter


1Zero's A-Wing

Alliance A-Wing Fighter The A-Wing is the hot-rod of the Rebel arsenal. Small, nimble, and faster than even the TIE interceptor, its a superb fighter - but also expensive to acquire and maintain, and difficult to train pilots to fly. This craft is only seen in the climactic battle sequences in ROTJ.

References:
Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels, Del Rey 1996
Star Wars Technical Journal, Del Rey 1994


Reviews:
OneZero's Build Up Review
Phil Schembri's Build Up Review
Rafael Mateo's Accurizing Review



Image: John P. Funk

Slayin & Korpil B-Wing Another ship seen only in ROTJ, the B-Wing is the Rebel Alliance's most powerful fighter. It was specifically designed to assault Imperial capital ships. Though only slightly larger than the X-Wing, it's modular weapons packs (which provide multiple blaster, laser and ion cannon configurations) give it the punch of a much larger ship.

References:
Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels, Del Rey 1996
Star Wars Technical Journal, Del Rey 1994


Reviews:

  • Joe Jimenez's builds the Blue Moon Cruciform Fighter
  • Larry Johnson's preview of the SMT Limited Edition B-Wing
  • Tony Celliers' Scratchbuilt B-Wing

  • Mon Cal Cruiser

    The Mon Calamari Cruisers make up the backbone of the Rebel fleet. These sleek capital ships give the fleet the needed muscle to back up the operations of smaller Rebel fighter fleet. Their organic shapes stand in contrast to Human-made vessels, and their designs vary from ship to ship.

    References:
    Star Wars Smithsonian Exhibit Photos
    The Art of "Return of the Jedi", Del Rey 1993


    Reviews:



    Other Ships Also available are various diorama sets, usually incorporating various figures and space craft (such as the Rebel Transport at left) on a 12x 18 inch vacuformed base. These kits are not the greatest if you are looking for accuracy but they are the only sources of several vehicles. They include :


    Image: Rebel Transport from Rebel Base diorama, courtesy of John P. Funk

    • Battle of Hoth snow scene, with AT-AT's, Snow speeders and assorted troops and structures;
    • Rebel Base, apparently from EST, with three each X-Wing, Y-Wing, and Snow-speeders, a Rebel Transport, and various Imperial and Rebel troops;
    • Encounter with Yoda with R2, Luke and Yoda on Dagobah;
    • Jabba's Throne Room with various characters in the throne room on Tatooine.
    • Late 1998: Cantina Action Scene.

    One suggestion for those who want a kit that's not available in their location: use our Trading Post to swap kits with other folks (this is how I got A- and Y-Wing kits from Australia).

    References:
    Smith, Bill Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels, Del Rey 1996
    Johnson, Shane Star Wars Technical Journal, Del Rey 1994
    Starship Modeler Smithsonian Star Wars Gallery
    Reynolds, Jenssen, and Chasemore Star Wars Incredible Cross Sections, DK Books 1998
    Vaz and Hata, From Star Wars to Indiana Jones: The Best of the Lucasfilm Archives, Chronicle Books 1994

    Reviews:
    John Lester's preview of Zarkus Model's Z-95 Headhunter
    Jim Kiker's scratchbuilt FR-17 Headhunter

    Other Good Guys

    Starfighter

    The two races we've seen most in TPM and AotC are the humanoid Naboo and amphibian Gungans. The Naboo are an old race, much enamored of art and elegance. Their cities, clothing and especially space craft reflect this. The Naboo Starfighter, their most well known starship, is a sleek, slippery, retro-looking design. Gungans share their home planet, living mostly underwater.

    References:

    Reviews:
    John Ulshafer's ERTL Snapfast Naboo Starfighter Preview
    Al Cottreau's ERTL Snapfast Naboo Starfighter Build Up
    Jim James' ERTL Snapfast Gungan Sub Preview
    Erin Lantz builds the Gungan Sub
    John Lester's Fine Molds Jedi Starfighter Preview
    James Daley's Fine Molds Jedi Starfighter Buildup
    Lionel Kong's Fine Molds Jedi Starfighter Buildup
    Vicente Conejos takes a look at Revell's Republic Star Destroyer
    Cosi and Linda Lester each review Revell's Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter
    Two more reviews of Revell's Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter by Larry Johnson and Jim James
    John Lester reviews ERTL's Jedi Starfighter
    Ben Sadr's R2-D2 Cooler
    LTSO previews Nut Hut Productions Aayla Secura figure kit
    Jim James takes a look at Fantastic Plastic's Royal Starship
    John Lester previews Studio StarForge's 1/72 Rebel Pilots
    John Lester previews Trilance's 1/72 Hangar Equipment for Rebel Fleet
    Jim James looks at the Revell (Germany) Republic Gunship (Mini-Kit)
    Jim James previews Revell's Clone Wars Jedi Starfighters
    Jim James previews the Revell Republic Gunship (Clone Wars) kit
    William Blackmore builds Randy Cooper's Tantive IV Blockade Runner kit

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