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Your Two Cents: Naboo Starfighter

The following are reader's opinions of the Naboo Starfighter made by ERTL.

Reviewer   Michael Walton
Date Reviewed   Jun 24, 2001
Overall Rating       Well worth getting.
Comments This is very well detailed model and very easy to put together. It definately makes a good over the weekend project and great for beginners.

Reviewer   Mark Whitenack
Date Reviewed   Jun 24, 2002
Overall Rating       Well worth getting.
Comments Allison - Excellent job! I'm going to try the Testors metalizers too. I'm a bit of a "newbie" so don't have an airbrush yet. Although I found a spray paint that produces a very satisfying color for this model. Tamiya TS-34 Camel Yellow. A yellow with a bit more orange in it...much better than the lemon yellow the model is produced in.

Reviewer   Jürgen Steffers
Date Reviewed   Dec 31, 2003
Overall Rating       Good kit, but with some problems.
Comments This kit is certainly aimed at younger, less-experienced modelers, who have no problem with bad fit.I found it a bit underwhelming, with its Mr.Blobby Anakin-pilot. On the other hand, I do not have anything against the chrome. It's smooth, with only a little bit of irregularity on the underside (at least in my kit) One has to remember that most of the shine that the fighters had in the movies,dìd look too shiny, thanks to the post-production rendering of shine.

The only thing I found really annoying was the chromium R2-unit.White paint wouldn't stick, even after sanding away most of the detailing, which I a little bitty accidentally did.

I made the Anakin "blob" into a Padmé in disguise,easy to do, since N.Portman is tiny. Some clever sculpting and scraping et voilà... Tiny woman in big cockpit, and a bit more uniqueness.

The biggest gripe i have with this kit, is, that the chrome engine halves do fit really, really BAD!! (Yup, capitals..)So the effect of the nice chrome is annihilated by some unsightly gaps...shame....

Reviewer   John Whitley
Date Reviewed   Dec 31, 2004
Overall Rating       Average. Get it if on sale or you love the subject.
Comments Just sort of boring. Why didn't they give you a choice of pilots and astromech droid models? This is a company that makes well-optioned car kits, right? Also, some of the round/cone parts could have been cast one-piece without the seams and fit problems. Age of targeted consumer is no excuse for shoddy, shortsighted kit design; check out Ban Dai, and tell me I'm not wrong. Bit late for another review? Well, I just saw three-dozen of these turds still on a shelf, and how many of you got one for Christmas because they were less than $2

Reviewer   simon Beech
Date Reviewed   Nov 15, 2005
Overall Rating       Not good at all. You really have to want it bad.
Comments It is accurate but on a tiny scale. The plastic was quite brittle and I didn't really like the crome finish ERTL put on the wings and engines. I love to dirty my models up like they've been in a fight and barely made it home. It's one of the most exciting and appealing things about the StarWars kits of old.

The chrome is very smooth and as shiny and it means that this kit never looks real. Paint just won't stick to it. To dirty it up you must strip it, repaint the crome bits yourself and then weather it. The droid is also shiny but I did get a spray on matt enamel to stick to it and provide enough of a key to paint over.

In the end I felt that it was too fiddly for kids and too simple for experienced modellers. You have to work hard to make this look good and I found the chrome to be the biggest hurdle. A bit uninspiring but then, as I said at the beginning, accurate to the original subject.

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