When I saw this Easykit™ come up on the Revell Germany site I really did have to have a look at it in the flesh – and before Vader could say “nooooooooooooooooooooooo” I had ordered a sample for us to all have a “look” at, notice I said look and not Play???
"TIE noise" then "they came from ...behind...."
Revell of Germany
Kit no 06675: TIE Fighter
Star Wars Easykit™
Kit No: 06675
Kit type: Plastic – ready-made – snap together
Available from: Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit www.revell.eu
This 24 piece – skill level 2 kit would not really be part of the review schedule for most modellers frequenting here or of any “serious” reviews – but to make sure we include everyone and aren’t too full of ourselves we thought we would like to give it a go. Too much of our hobby is sometimes too serious and elitist, younger modellers often find it a barrier to get serious in this hobby when they are in that transitional phase between the fun aspects of making things and drift off to other pursuits before serious hobby can develop.
The kit comes with a lovely little colour instruction booklet and a collectors card
Now we all know we are big kids at heart – and I thought it was good that we looked at this very serious product for serious modellers who need a stress buster (or for kids in the 8 years plus range – it doesn’t give an upper limit) – something easy and satisfying to quickly blow away the cobwebs - or indeed something to do with the kids to help them develop their interest and skills further. You can make this kit as “snap together “kit – which we will show – also we can show you where you can add detail to make this a more serious/challenging project.
This kit comes in the usual Revell side opening box – with a few sealed plastic bags inside (two sprues together this time only – getting better Revell!) What I didn’t expect is a coloured kit! Ready-made really means that here – you need no glue and no paint to get this baby on the mantle-piece. The kit comes on five pre painted sprues - yes I thought I was going to have to paint it - no painting required here! The sprues are moulded in that blue/grey/green colour that the imperials TIE’s were coloured in in the later films. The earlier star wars TIE’s were a lighter grey colour in the original star wars.
A look at the sprues...
The grey/blue/green coloured sprues are well moulded with no real defects (no filling) there is however some scarring on the exterior of the cockpit which will simply look like wear and tear once assembled. The whole thing about the TIE’s however is that they are all meant to be in top notch condition – the direct parallel to the Rebel Alliance prototype T-65 X-Wing fighter which seemed in the films to be old even though they were meant to be new! The reason in the films the TIE’s were that grey colour was because of the difficulty in using them with blue screen filming, gradually as the technology became better they became a more blue-ish shade – as well as this a blue/grey/green was added in post-production. Here I go – all serious again – keep it fun!
Scenes of the originals being made from resin
The TIE pilot is a little “thick”, but looks ok when sitting in the cockpit. As well as the pilot his pre-painted tub comes completed and you can detail it up if you like – or just leave as it is! As it is the cockpit is perfectly adequate and looks the part to me. This is a good place for younger modellers to practice a little dry brushing – I am sure a (much) younger me would have tried it out.
I just rubbed the residue off and he was all jet black
The superstructure of the TIE comes on regular sprues – it feels funny to be lifting them off all painted. Care must be taken to make sure you are not overzealous with cutting away the sprue at any gaps as the last thing you need to do is to need to fill this kit. I would find it pretty hard to match this colour of the superstructure as no match is given. Again this kit is to have fun and filling ain't no fun! Let’s put it together – the clock starts…..Now!
Details of the pre painted kits close up
The Cockpit walls - space age stuff!
Solar panel "wings" are look really good
The instructions come in an eight page coloured card booklet affair with multilingual instructions of which I don’t know how many languages were left out – indeed this kit’s appeal is universal - pardon the pun there...
There are only eleven steps to make this lovely little kit – the first five being the cockpit – if you want to teach your young-un I would leave all of the parts on the sprues – I could not resist and ripped them all off and cleaned them up straight away. The plastic itself has no visible sink marks though there are internal but invisible injection marks – no probs as you won’t see them, nice work Revell
The cockpit tub goes together very easily and has the details picked out for you already in silver, gold and black highlights over a medium grey interior colour. It all fits together well around the pilot, I did go O.T.T. though and apply some glue to the locating holes which are conveniently placed around the cockpit.
The central “eye” of the TIE-ger - sorry I couldn’t resist - goes together around the cockpit tub next – complete with top door and glass canopies this is pre painted again and the rear compartment goes on at the same time to make the “eye” cockpit module complete. Now you don’t need any glue for this as it all fits together well, us a child modeller though I would have added some Contacta to the seam joining the top and bottom halves of the eye fuselage. I did add this glue and it made a slight difference to the joint – making it more airtight – which is good for a TIE fighter don’t you think? The entry hatch on top remains actionable so you can take the TIE pilot out or leave him in the cockpit. He has a keeper in his behind quarters to keep him in position without glue.
The two solar panel wings fit together in a snap action again. Though again I chose to cement them. Just to make the “wings” as thin as possible than any other reason. This works very well and you can just join them to the centre of the eye fuselage via some snap in pieces in the end of the wings which double up as the actual ends of the fuselage. Very cleverly done for such a basic kit.
The stand looks almost like a little piano black masterpiece – its painted plastic really but it looks great – it wobbles if moved too much but perfectly strong and tough enough for a regular display – I was aching to tie this to the roof though! Also I was aching to detail this further – give it a nice imperial background – but that is the old modeller wanting it to all be perfect – this is a fun kit with one or two main applications, let’s not go too deep into making a death star to park it in!
The two main things these kits are for are adults wanting a quick diversion …. And of course children who like star wars but who may also be interested in modelling – what bait! It’s a lovely little kit which does snap together quite literally – I would say pack in some Revell Contacta that you probably got from the same hobby shop – and it’s a great Christmas present for any modeller – young or old. Kids big or small.
As a bit of a diversion on the Revell TIE Fighter I present you with the alternative to this £13 pound kit – this one of four only original kits in resin from the movie – going for a measly $150,000 – 200,000 dollars US – (link to article) it was the one seen careening off Vader’s fighter in Star Wars a New Hope – to me there isn’t much difference except for the scale and of course the price tag – and the fact you can zoom the Revell kit around the house instead of locking it up in a safe!! To me it doesn’t look any better than the kit I have on my desk now from Revell as well.
And that is what a kit like this is for really isn’t it – Whether it be for an 8 year old or a 38 year old kid – It is a bit of fun…. Isn’t that why this is the hobby we do - to have fun?
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