DANUBE CLASS RUNABOUT
Designed for ERTL's 1/72
Runabout kit, this is the only set that includes both resin
and photoetch. The cream colored resin appears to be good quality
and shows no pits or airbubbles. The resin
parts include replacements for the thruster/phaser quadrants
that jut from the craft's sides, as well as replacement phaser
strips for the nacelles and Runabout aft. The replacement quadrants
include RCS thruster detail.
A single photoetch part
is included, replacing the kit's kludgier transporter emitter.
A well-illustrated, fold-out instruction sheet makes part application
very clear, as well as providing some useful tips for the novice
multimedia modeler. All in all, the kit has six parts and weights
in at $9 CAN (about $6 USD). It's a fine deal that can add just
a little extra spark to an already decent kit.
CLASS DOCKING PORTS
This is the most minimal
of the sets covered here, but it also carries a minimal price:
$1.50 CAN (about $1 USD). The set includes two PE parts for ERTL's
Reliant (Miranda class) kit: the main gangway doors for
the hatch on the rim of the saucer and the round docking port
doors for the airlock at the rear of the bridge structure. Both
are simple in detail, but improve that found in the kit. The brief
instructions have a placement illustration and cover the finer
details of applying the parts.
Mk.II CLASS DOCKING PORTS
Designed for ERTL's line
of Enterprise (refit) and Enterprise-A models, this
set is similar to the Miranda class set, above, only it adds four
circular docking port doors for the secondary hull. The instructions
treatment is also similar, featuring good application details
and a simple placement drawing. This set runs for $3 CAN (about
AMBASSADOR CLASS TRANSPORTER
This set is designed
for use with ERTL's Yamaguchi or Enterprise-C models.
It contains six PE transporter emitter panels, replacing the kits
emitter decals with detail that actually has texture. It should
be noted that, while you can use these with the Enterprise-C,
that ship did not carry exposed transporter emitter panels.
This set is ideal for
the novice who wants to get a taste for using aftermarket detail
sets. Like all the sets in this series, the instructions are well-written
and lead you, step by step, in where to apply the parts, as well
as what tools and glues to use.
This set costs for $5
CAN (about $3.75 USD) - a fine deal for the money.
GALAXY CLASS TRANSPORTER
This is one of the most
extensive PE sheets in this series. Designed for use with ERTL's
1/1400 Enterprise-D, this set (like the one above) features
fine brass replacements for detail that is only represented on
the kit by decals. There are nineteen parts on the PE fret. This
includes the transporter emitter on the contact surface of the
This set does not
include an extensive placement illustration, but part locations
should be obvious by following ERTL's decal placement instructions.
The set sells for $10 CAN (about $7 USD).
CLASS TRANSPORTER EMITTERS
This set complement's
Monogram's 1/670th Voyager and Voyager Limited Edition.
Like the sets above, this one provides PE replacement parts for
the kit's transporter emitter decals. Unlike most of the kits
above, Monogram's Voyager featured raised emitter panels.
These should be removed before applying the PE replacements.
A nice bonus with this
set is the inclusion of the four lifeboat panels missing from
the back side of the Monogram Voyager upper hull. This
saves the time of having to cut replacements from sheet styrene.
What's in this set is
nice, but docking ports for the rim of the upper hull would have
been a welcome addition, as this area of the Monogram kit screams
for that extra bit of detail. All told, this set features sixteen
parts and commands $10 CAN (about $7 USD).
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