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Your Two Cents: Cowboy BeBop Redtail

The following are reader's opinions of the Cowboy BeBop Redtail made by BanDai.

Reviewer   John Lester
Date Reviewed   Jul 17, 2002
Overall Rating       Average. Get it if on sale or you love the subject.
Comments Though the kit is nice enough, and certainly unique looking, I'd have to agree with HLJ's assessment: it's overpriced, considering its size and detail level. However, it's cheaper than similar sized resin kits (which are mostly unavailable anymore) so ... if you have to have a Redtail on your shelf, this is the one to get.

Reviewer   Kevin Kovarcik
Date Reviewed   Jan 20, 2005
Overall Rating       Average. Get it if on sale or you love the subject.
Comments As has been stated before, this kit is a bit overpriced, particularly now that it is out of production. The only alternative was the Club-M resin kit, which though much more detailed, was also about four times the price.

The pieces for this kit are all well cast and except for the joints below the upper sponson's "grab handles", surprisingly free of sinkholes and ejector pin marks.

Assembly is very simple and the pieces fit together tightly enough to not need glue, though the kit isn't a snap-together kit. Detail is sparse, but since it's an adaptation of an anime subject, it's mostly acceptable.

The ease of assembly and clean up makes painting very easy. The only negative for the entire kit would be the large canopy "locks" molded into the clear plastic right in front of the pilot, in the upper and lower clam-shell pieces.

The kit also comes with a few larger scale figures, cast in vinyl. Nice detail here, but a bit tricky to paint due to the vinyl.

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