|Bandai Plastic Model Kit - Star Wars Star Destroyer [Vehicle Model 001] packaging|
|Assembly instructions were printed directly on the inside on the box cover|
|Colour guide was based on GSI Creos Mr Color solvent based paints|
As per Bandai's usual top-notch quality and design, the details on this plastic model kit's parts - even at such a small scale - were simply astounding. Iconic sections of the Star Destroyer were readily spotted on the sprue such as the ion engines, primary docking bay, deflector-shield generator domes, and of course the triangular upper and lower hulls. Assembly looks so simple that instructions could fit/were printed directly onto the inside of the cardboard box packaging. And it was there that they also provided a colour guide for this original trilogy version of the Star Destroyer. Paints referenced were the Mr. Color solvent-based model paints. I plan to use Tamiya acylic paint equivalents instead.
|Sprue A1: Rear hull with emergency ion engines, primary docking bay, and parts of the bridge|
|Sprue A2: Lower hull, parts of the bridge and communications tower|
|Sprue A3: Side hull, ion engines and central crewed section of upper hull|
|Sprue A4: Lower hull with solar ionisation reactor, part of the bridge and deflector-shield generator domes|
|Sprue BM1: Base with display stand|
With all this glorious detail at such a small scale, there exists the possibility of creating (read assembling and painting) a beautiful looking model even without the help LED lighting. This is exactly what I'll be trying to do with the Bandai Star Wars Star Destroyer plastic model kit.
|Relatively small size of the Star Destroyer meant that it fit into the palm of my hand|
Do I wish the Star Destroyer model was bigger? Definitely. Does it mean I don't like this model kit? Hell no. An Imperial Star Destroyer retains a cool factor regardless of scale and size. Below are three beautiful glimpses of the Star Destroyer from the second Rogue One trailer in the unlikely off-chance you haven't caught the trailer yet. I screen-captured them from a HD resolution version of the trailer.
|Close-up of the Star Destroyer ... it's a little bit whiter than I remembered|
|Part of the Death Star forms the backdrop for a wide shot of the Star Destroyer|
|A Star Destroyer in low atmospheric orbit ... how cool is that|
Returning to the topic of the latest Rogue One trailer, all three iconic Galactic Empire vehicles look different and/or are operating in conditions different to their counterparts in the original trilogy. Firstly, the Star Destroyer looks much whiter. My theory: the Rogue One versions are newer hence less exposed to space debris and atmospheric reentry heat. Not unlike what happens to a new white car after a year or so. Secondly, the new walker is supposedly called the Imperial AT-ACT Cargo Walker so it's essentially a different model of a same class. And thirdly, the TIE Fighter is allegedly a TIE Striker namely a variant designed for atmospheric controls. There you have it - trivia galore and an unboxing to boot. With that I'm signing off until I get that destroyer assembled. So see you then!