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Jedi Starfighter


Fine Molds

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Catalogue Number: Kit No. SW3 - Jedi Starfighter
Scale: 1/72
Contents and Media: 76 White and 2 Clear injection moulded plastic parts; 2 massive sheets of decals for Kenobi’s Starfighter
Price: ¥2500
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Includes Hyperdrive rings and stand; beautiful surface detail; well detailed cockpit; massive decal sheets reduce painting pain; Obi-Wan figure inlcluded.
Disadvantages: No option for landing gear to be displayed both up and down after assembly; currently only available in Japan.
Recommendation: Recommended


Reviewed by Valentin E. Bueno




I wonder if Uncle George had to ask Lockheed for permission to use the name Starfighter?

As the only Star Wars: Episode 2 kit currently available, the folks at Fine Molds have done it again and produced an absolutely gorgeous kit. I was very surprised at how tiny, and I do mean tiny, the Starfighter was. It measures a total of 4¼” long, about 25½’ in full scale. Yet the box is bigger than the previous X-wing and TIE Fighter kit boxes. This is because of the Hyperdrive Ring included in the kit. The ring looks like it will be 8” in diameter when fully assembled. It has two huge Hyperdrive engines and the center section where you can mount your finished Starfighter.


All the parts were washed with dirty filthy Tamiya Thinner. 
The only time you get dirtier the more you wash!

Interestingly enough, they do not provide you with a way of displaying the kit with and without the landing gear extended and retracted. They did this on the X-Wing by providing vinyl polycaps to install the X-wing’s landing gear. On this kit, I don’t see how you would do both, thus you must chose now and forever hold your peace which way to display your Jedi Starfighter, on the Hyperdrive Ring or off?


Hyperspace Ring Parts

The cockpit is well detailed with 6 parts and decals for the sidewall detail. An Obi Wan Kenobi pilot figure is included. They even dressed him in the appropriate robes.

At first I thought it was the same pilot figure from the old 1/72 scale Monogram kits until I gave him a wash with dirty thinner and saw the folds of the robes and Light Saber. You can see the light saber in the photo to the left. And no, he is not pleased to see you - that is a light saber in his pocket!

The decals are a sight to behold. I counted about 211 separate decals before my eyes went looking for something else to look at. All the red and green-yellow areas are supplied as decals. Everything needs to be painted white when completed with the decals adding ALL of the color. Building and painting this kit will be a breeze. Decaling and finishing might be a chore. I think I’ll go nuts and decal one of these as a Thunderbirds or Blue Angles machine, wadda ya think?


Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:


There are two of these trees. There are two bases, one for the Hyperspace Ring and one for the Starfighter

Currently this kit will be only available in Japan. Hobby Link Japan, Rainbow 10 or a buddy going to Japan is the only way to get this kit.

Good Luck finding this kit and May the Force Be With You.


Review and Images Copyright © 2002 by Valentin E. Bueno
Page Created 07 October, 2002
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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