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Starcrafts' 22nd Century Romulan Bird of Prey Preview


By Scott Scariot - images & text © 2003

Scale: 1/1400 - about 7"/ 17.8cm long when built
Parts: 8 resin including base; warp nacelles are cast in clear green
Instructions: 1 page assembly and paint guide
Decals: None
Molding Quality: 8 - some flash and some surface bubbles
Detail: 8 - Very detailed, although the windows on the bridge module are not symmetrical
Accuracy: 9 - Looks extremely accurate, matches all of the pictures I have seen
MSRP: $30.00 USD (~$41.21 CAN/ Ä 26.60 EUR) available from Federation Models
Overall Rating: 9 - A very well engineered kit that should be a fun build of an interesting ship.

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The Enterprise ® episode "The Minefield" showed a 22nd century Romulan ship. Many people felt that the ship looked too futuristic for the time frame. I tend to agree but I loved the design of the ship.

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^ Assembly is a breeze!

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^ Main hull, bottom

Image: Main hull, top side

Image: Tail fin and impulse engines

Image: Wing

You can imagine my excitement when I saw this year at WonderFest that Starcrafts models released its Romulan Bird of Prey.

The model is very reasonably priced at $30.00. Inside the standard clamshell box were 7 resin parts, plus a triangular base. The main body, wings, tail fin and impulse engines were cast in the standard Starcrafts white resin. The warp nacelles were cast clear green. A one page assembly and paint guide was also included. No decals are included with the kit, but none are needed.

The parts were very well cast, with little or no flash present. The seams were also kept to a minimum. There were a few minor flaws on the bottom of the main hull in my kit. These should be easily fixed with some putty and they are on the bottom of the model. The detail is very good. Especially since this was a ship of the week. I have to say that the engineering of this kit is its hallmark. Assembly of the model should be a breeze as the parts just seem to fall together. The joint where the nacelles meet the wings is very well done.

Conclusions

This is a great kit, and it should be a fun build. Starcrafts has done a great job with this kit. I think this may be the best engineered resin kit I have ever seen. The casting of the engine nacelles in clear green is also a nice addition. The kit looks very accurate. Questions about this design being too futuristic aside, itís a cool looking ship and it will make a nice addition to any model fleet.


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